|As an Actor||Leading||29||$2,410,737,448||$2,447,604,586||$4,858,342,034|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$427,017,238||$587,919,510||$1,014,936,748|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||3||$145,937,309||$89,202,438||$235,139,747|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 29 films, with $4,858,342,034 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #19)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Mark Watney (The Martian), Dr. Mann (Interstellar), Jason Bourne (The Bourne Ultimatum), Texas Ranger La Boeuf (True Grit), Jason Bourne (The Bourne Supremacy)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Good Will Hunting (Screenwriter), Good Will Hunting (Story Creator), Promised Land (Screenwriter), Promised Land (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: George Clooney, Neill Blomkamp, Steven Soderbergh, Jodie Foster, Bill Block|
January 19th, 2016
The Martian opened in early October and became a huge box office and critical success. The film became the biggest hit in Ridley Scott's career and recently picked up seven Oscar nominations. Will I love it as much as the average critic did? Or will I be in the minority here?
January 15th, 2016
The Oscar nominations were announced at 5:30 am Pacific time. Nothing is good that early in the morning. Worse still, this was a terrible year for snubs, especially when it comes to diversity of the nominees. The voters for the Oscars are 94% white and 77% male... but that's still more diverse than the list of nominees. The Revenant led the way with 12 nominations and it is expected to win a few of those, while it is a serious contender in most of the categories it was nominated in.
January 11th, 2016
The Golden Globes were handed out on Sunday evening. There were a few minor surprises and some infuriating results. On the other hand, no one film truly dominated, with The Revenant leading the way with just three wins. Only two other movies earned more than one win, The Martian and Steve Jobs.
January 9th, 2016
The BAFTA nominations were announced and you can read them on their site... in alphabetical order. Alphabetical order is very useful in most circumstances, but not here. On the other hand, the nominees within each category are not presented in alphabetical order. ... Are the BAFTAs trolling us? As for the actual nominees, the big winners here are Bridge of Spies and Carol, both of which earned nine nominations. For Carol, this is just another impressive score, but this was a pleasant surprise for Bridge of Spies.
December 10th, 2015
The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning and we are already beginning to see a trend for this year's Awards Season. For the most part, the same films are coming up over and over again. Carol led the way with five awards, while there was a three-way tie for second place with The Big Short, The Revenant and Steve Jobs each picking up four.
October 8th, 2015
The Martian opened in first place with $45.2 million on 9,299 screens in 50 markets. This includes a first place, 10.01 million opening on 582 theaters in the U.K. This was the biggest opening for both the director and the star. The film had a similarly strong opening in Australia earning first place with $4.28 million on 582 screens. It also earned first place in Hong Kong ($2.26 million on 70 screens) and Taiwan ($1.68 million on 137 screens). It only managed second place in Italy with $2.53 million on 464 screens and in Mexico with $2.9 million on 1,757, while it debuted in third place in Brazil with $1.82 million on 507. Overall, the film it doing about as well internationally as it did here, which is good news for Fox.
October 2nd, 2015
The Martian is the only true wide release this week, but it might not be the only new release in the top ten. The Sci-fi adventure film is earning award-worthy reviews and is also being praised for being an inspiring portrayal of science on the big screen. Sicario is expanding its theater count to 2,500, which should push it into the top five. The Walk opened in IMAX screens on Wednesday, but it missed the top ten place and it will likely fall. This weekend last year, Gone Girl and Annabelle both opened with between $37 million and $38 million. The Martian will open with more than either of those films opened with. However, it won't open with more than both of them combined. We will need good growth from Sicario and solid legs from Hotel Transylvania 2 to match last year's result.
October 1st, 2015
September ended on a record note with the debut of Hotel Transylvania 2. Additionally, there was great depth and 2015's lead over 2014 grew to nearly $500 million. How do things look going forward? The month starts out with The Martian, which should have no trouble becoming the biggest hit of the month and might even top $200 million. On the other hand, no other film is expected to get to $100 million. There's only one or two that will even come close. Fortunately, last October was very similar with one $100 million hit, Gone Girl, while two other films came close, Annabelle and Fury. It looks like it will be up to the depth films from both years to determine which year comes out on top.
May 12th, 2014
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron was an early film from DreamWorks Animation. It cost $80 million to make, and likely another $30 million to $40 million to advertise. However, worldwide it barely matched its combined production budget. On the other hand, it earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature film. (Granted, it was a soft year for animated films and only three films earning a Tomatometer Score of 80% positive or better: Spirited Away, Lilo and Stitch, and The Wild Thornberrys. The last one didn't even pick up an Oscar nomination.) It has been more than a decade since so maybe it has gotten better with time. Is that the case? And is the Blu-ray worth picking up?
January 31st, 2014
After a weak start, January rebounded and a couple of films on last month's preview cracked $100 million at the box office. Granted, Lone Survivor is technically a December release, but Ride Along will become one of the rare January releases to reach the century mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be too many February releases that have a real shot at $100 million. It is very likely that The Lego Movie will reach that milestone, but most of the rest of the movies will be lucky if they reach $50 million. Last February was very similar. We had one surprise $100 million hit, Identity Thief, plus a couple of solid midlevel hits, Warm Bodies, for instance. However, for the most part, the month was one miss after another. This means 2014 could continue its winning ways, or at the very least, shouldn't fall behind 2013's pace.
August 1st, 2013
July was hit and miss at the box office, mostly miss. In fact, only two films really topped expectations, Despicable Me 2 and The Conjuring. That said, 2013 has nearly closed the gap with 2012 and it won't take much to pull ahead. Looking forward to August, we find that it is a very busy month with 16 or so films opening wide over five weeks. Of course, the closer you get to September, the more likely these films will struggle to find an audience, and more often than not, there are simply too many films opening wide to suspect they will all find an audience. On the high end, 2 Guns could be the biggest hit of the month with just over $100 million. The Smurfs 2 and Elysium could pull in $100 million. All three of those films are opening in the first two weeks of the month. After that, most of the new releases will be lucky if they reach $50 million during their theatrical runs. By comparison, last August was not as busy with 14 wide releases. Of those, only one film, The Bourne Legacy, topped $100 million, although a couple came reasonably close. Hopefully we will have more $100 million hits this time around and 2013 will be able to complete the comeback.
January 1st, 2013
December ended on a positive note with 2012 topping 2011 with a week to spare. Hopefully this will translate into strong box office numbers going forward. There are several January releases that actually look very interesting, but you always have to ask, if the films are as good as they look, why are they opening in January? The biggest hit on this list will likely not be a January release, but a limited release from December that is expanding wide in January. Zero Dark Thirty opened in limited release the Wednesday before Christmas and right away it got off to an incredible start. If it can turn some of its Awards Season nominations into wins, which seems very likely at this point, it should be the biggest hit of January. If it can earn some major Oscars, then it might crack $100 million. Unfortunately, no other film on this release list is likely to come close to the $100 million mark. Last January was unseasonably strong with three films opening with $20 million or more and four films finishing with $50 million or more. It is possible that none of the new releases will reach those relatively weak standards.
December 28th, 2012
The end of the year has a few limited releases trying to get a last chance for Oscar glory with Oscar qualifying runs. Promised Land is clearly the biggest film of the week, but its reviews suggest it won't even thrive in limited release.
|11/23/2016||The Great Wall||$0||$0||$0|
|7/29/2016||Untitled Bourne Sequel||$0||$0||$0|
|10/2/2015||The Martian||Mark Watney||$228,167,401||$389,813,945||$617,981,346|
|9/18/2015||The Man Who Saved the World||Himself||$0||$0||$0|
|9/19/2014||The Zero Theorem||Management||$257,706||$707,102||$964,808|
|2/7/2014||The Monuments Men||James Granger||$78,031,620||$80,671,128||$158,702,748|
|12/28/2012||Promised Land||Steve Butler||$7,597,898||$1,702,438||$9,300,336|
|3/23/2012||All In: The Poker Movie||Himself||$0||$0||$0|
|11/26/2011||We Bought a Zoo||Benjamin Mee||$75,624,550||$43,104,523||$118,729,073|
|11/18/2011||Happy Feet Two||Bill the Krill||$64,006,466||$93,950,000||$157,956,466|
|3/4/2011||The Adjustment Bureau||David Norris||$62,495,645||$64,435,680||$126,931,325|
|12/22/2010||True Grit||Texas Ranger La Boeuf||$171,050,328||$81,033,923||$252,084,251|
|9/18/2009||The Informant!||Mark Whitacre||$33,316,821||$8,454,347||$41,771,168|
|8/14/2009||Gake no ue no Ponyo||(English Language Version)||$15,090,399||$190,222,267||$205,312,666|
|1/9/2009||Che, Part 1: The Argentine||$1,733,532||$0||$1,733,532|
|12/14/2007||Youth Without Youth||$239,495||$1,822,309||$2,061,804|
|8/3/2007||The Bourne Ultimatum||Jason Bourne||$227,471,070||$214,690,492||$442,161,562|
|6/8/2007||Ocean's Thirteen||Linus Caldwell/Lenny Pepperidge||$117,144,465||$194,600,000||$311,744,465|
|12/22/2006||The Good Shepherd||Edward Wilson||$59,908,565||$40,000,000||$99,908,565|
|10/6/2006||The Departed||Colin Sullivan||$132,384,315||$157,276,304||$289,660,619|
|9/23/2005||Magnificent Desolation||Alan Shepard||$34,126,126||$5,720,770||$39,846,896|
|8/26/2005||The Brothers Grimm||Will Grimm||$37,899,638||$67,400,000||$105,299,638|
|12/10/2004||Ocean's Twelve||Linus Caldwell||$125,531,634||$237,457,442||$362,989,076|
|7/23/2004||The Bourne Supremacy||Jason Bourne||$176,087,450||$112,500,000||$288,587,450|
|3/26/2004||Jersey Girl||PR Exec #2||$25,266,129||$11,800,000||$37,066,129|
|12/12/2003||Stuck On You||Bob||$33,832,741||$29,704,423||$63,537,164|
|12/31/2002||Confessions of a Dangerous Mind||Bachelor Matt||$16,003,576||$17,006,087||$33,009,663|
|6/14/2002||The Bourne Identity||Jason Bourne||$121,468,960||$92,888,411||$214,357,371|
|5/24/2002||Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron||Spirit||$73,215,310||$33,300,000||$106,515,310|
|12/21/2001||The Majestic||Luke Trimble||$27,796,042||$9,510,292||$37,306,334|
|12/7/2001||Ocean's Eleven||Linus Caldwell||$183,417,150||$267,311,379||$450,728,529|
|8/24/2001||Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back||Himself||$30,059,386||$3,703,014||$33,762,400|
|12/22/2000||All the Pretty Horses||John Grady Cole||$15,527,125||$2,593,142||$18,120,267|
|11/3/2000||The Legend of Bagger Vance||Rannulph Junuh||$30,695,227||$8,540,259||$39,235,486|
|12/24/1999||The Talented Mr. Ripley||Tom Ripley||$81,292,135||$47,500,000||$128,792,135|
|7/24/1998||Saving Private Ryan||Private James Ryan||$216,119,491||$268,700,000||$484,819,491|
|12/5/1997||Good Will Hunting||Will Hunting||$138,339,411||$87,500,000||$225,839,411|
|11/21/1997||The Rainmaker||Rudy Baylor||$45,856,732||$0||$45,856,732|
|4/4/1997||Chasing Amy||Exec #2||$12,006,514||$3,148,581||$15,155,095|
|9/27/1996||Glory Daze||Edgar Pudwhacker||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|7/12/1996||Courage Under Fire||Ilario||$58,918,501||$41,829,761||$100,748,262|
|12/10/1993||Geronimo: An American Legend||2nd lieutenant Britton Davis||$16,857,966||$0||$16,857,966|
|9/18/1992||School Ties||Charlie Dillon||$14,715,067||$0||$14,715,067|
|4/21/1989||Field of Dreams||Extra||$60,045,168||$0||$60,045,168|
|11/4/1988||The Good Mother||Extra||$4,764,606||$0||$4,764,606|
|12/31/2017||Houses of Deceit||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|7/29/2016||Untitled Bourne Sequel||Screenwriter,|
|12/5/1997||Good Will Hunting||Screenwriter,|