|As an Actor||Supporting||29||$1,527,214,546||$2,217,304,272||$3,744,518,818|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$224,392,164||$349,525,583||$573,917,747|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 80 films, with $7,022,168,761 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #77)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Sullivan (Monsters University), Hound (Transformers: Age of Extinction), William “Bill” Randa (Kong: Skull Island), James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan (Monsters, Inc.), John Chambers (Argo)|
|Most productive collaborators: Billy Crystal, John Lasseter, Darla Anderson, George Clooney, Ben Affleck|
|Born: June 20th, 1952 (64 years old)|
August 28th, 2016
The Jungle Book is the latest live-action remake of a classic Disney cartoon. The film is the third biggest domestic release of the year so far. (It just topped Deadpool this weekend.) It also earned 95% positive reviews. Is it truly one of the best films of 2016? Or am I going to be in the minority when it comes to this movie?
August 15th, 2016
Ratchet and Clank opened in late April, which is a bad time of the year to release a movie, as the first of the Summer blockbusters is just around the corner. Even so, Ratchet and Clank was a serious box office disappointment. Is it as bad as its box office numbers? Or would it have thrived during a better time of year?
April 18th, 2016
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead is a documentary about the rise and fall of National Lampoon, which at one time was the most influential force in American comedy. If you are old enough to remember National Lampoon at its peak, will this film tell you something new? If you only know the label from the terrible films that have come out over the last decade or so, will this documentary give you more respect for the once-giant force in comedy?
March 1st, 2016
It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.
As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015.
September 16th, 2014
The Christmas Shopping Season is kicking into high gear with a great mix of first-run releases, as well as TV on DVD releases. The biggest release of the week is Godzilla and while it is worth picking up on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, or 3D Combo Pack, it isn't quite Pick of the Week material. For that, we turn to The Fault in Our Stars on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and Eraserhead on Blu-ray (Criterion Collection). It was a close call, but in the end, I went with The Fault in Our Stars.
August 23rd, 2014
Now and Again debuted in 1999 and while it found a sizable audience, the production budget was biggest than its ratings were and it was canceled after just one season. This means this review is a little different. The question isn't whether or not the TV show is worth watching. The question is whether or not the TV show is worth watching knowing the show ended without a good resolution. That's a higher bar to reach.
July 13th, 2014
Revenge of the Nerds came out in theaters 30 years ago and hit Blu-ray in February or May. Amazon seems to have been confused on this issue. The screener arrived late, possibly by a few months, but I finally got to the review this weekend. Was it worth the wait? The reviews were strong when it came out, but has it aged well? And is the Blu-ray worth checking out?
March 17th, 2014
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.
November 24th, 2013
Thanksgiving is less than a week away and that means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a ton of shopping. It also means the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. Over the next month, we will talk about TV on DVD releases, independent releases, foreign language releases, classics, etc. but this week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. However, this year seems weaker than years past. Last year the biggest new release was The Avengers, which was also one of the best reviewed wide releases of the year. This year the biggest release is Iron Man 3, which earned good reviews, but not great reviews. Last year there were a ton of franchise box sets. This year has been pretty barren. In fact, I think the only franchise box set that's truly new and really worth picking up is...
October 26th, 2013
Monsters Inc. was a huge hit in 2001 earning close to $300 million domestically and more than $550 million worldwide. This summer, a prequel, Monsters University, came out and it earned a little less domestically, but more than $700 million worldwide. If you factor in inflation and the growth of international markets, this isn't as strong a run as the predecessor had, but still very profitable. Is the quality similar, i.e., not quite as strong as the original, but still worth checking out? And are any of the four releases worth picking up?
June 2nd, 2013
May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead.
December 1st, 2012
November was a strong month and left 2012 with a very easy path to a new all time record. There was only one major miss the entire month, Rise of the Guardians, while The Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from wide release at the last minute, so it is a little hard to judge its box office performance. On the positive side, Skyfall might top original expectations by $100 million. All this December has to do is maintain pace with last December to ensure 2012 sets the new record. I would like to say that will be easy to do, but I really don't know. Last year, there was only one $200 million hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, plus a few others that reached $100 million, so the bar isn't set too high. This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to at least come close to $300 million. Some think it will earn more than $400 million. However, it could also be the last film to make $100 million till February. December is normally a very good month to release a film, but the release schedule is so messed up that it makes it very hard to predict what will happen. There appears to be just ten films opening truly wide this month (I'm getting mixed signals on a few of them). That's a really light schedule for a month and a light schedule tends to help maximize the box office potential for individual films. However, eight of these films open wide within a seven-day period. That's insane. There's no way all of those films will find an audience and there's a chance that due to the competition, none of them will. Let's hope the situation isn't as bad as that, but there are some serious reasons to be concerned for most new releases coming out this month.
October 1st, 2012
2012 continues its downward path. After a record-breaking spring, thanks to The Hunger Games, and a record-breaking start to the summer, thanks to The Avengers, the box office hasn't been able to maintain any real momentum. For most of the month, September was no better than August and now the year-over-year gains are just a little more than inflation. October will need to improve or 2012 will be in real trouble. Unfortunately, that might be tough. There's not a single film coming out in October that looks like it will be a guaranteed $100 million hit and there are only two films with a realistic chance, Taken 2 and Paranormal Activity 4. (There's also Cloud Atlas, which is a wild card. That movie could bomb or be the biggest hit of the month and I wouldn't be surprised either way.) There is a chance all three will get to the century mark, but there's a better chance none of them will. Last October, two films cracked $100 million: Paranormal Activity 3 and Puss in Boots, with the latter nearly reaching $150 million. I don't see any film coming close to matching that figure. On the other hand, last year there were six films that one could accurately describe as bombs. So while 2012 is weaker at the top, it could have better depth than 2011 did. Let's hope so, because we can't afford more bad news.
|7/28/2017||Atomic Blonde||CIA Agent||$0||$0||$0|
|7/21/2017||Valerian and the City of a Thousand P…||$0||$0||$0|
|6/23/2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||Hound||$0||$0||$0|
|6/16/2017||Once Upon a Time in Venice||$0||$0||$0|
|3/10/2017||Kong: Skull Island||William “Bill” Randa||$162,423,946||$391,050,000||$553,473,946|
|12/21/2016||Patriots Day||Ed Davis||$31,886,361||$12,498,738||$44,385,099|
|4/29/2016||Ratchet and Clank||Grimroth||$8,813,410||$3,000,000||$11,813,410|
|3/11/2016||10 Cloverfield Lane||Howard||$72,082,999||$36,203,423||$108,286,422|
|11/13/2015||Love the Coopers||Sam||$26,302,731||$15,864,555||$42,167,286|
|9/25/2015||Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead The Story…||Himself||$62,684||$0||$62,684|
|6/23/2015||Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle||$0||$658,224||$658,224|
|6/27/2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Hound||$245,439,076||$858,600,000||$1,104,039,076|
|2/7/2014||The Monuments Men||Walter Garfield||$78,031,620||$80,671,128||$158,702,748|
|12/6/2013||Inside Llewyn Davis||Roland Turner||$13,248,209||$19,695,038||$32,943,247|
|5/23/2013||The Hangover 3||Marshall||$112,200,072||$249,800,000||$362,000,072|
|9/21/2012||Trouble with the Curve||Pete Klein||$35,763,137||$12,055,776||$47,818,913|
|12/25/2011||Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close||Stan the Doorman||$31,847,881||$23,400,000||$55,247,881|
|11/25/2011||The Artist||Al Zimmer||$44,667,095||$83,589,617||$128,256,712|
|11/25/2009||The Princess and the Frog||"Big Daddy" La Bouff||$104,400,899||$166,596,479||$270,997,378|
|2/13/2009||Confessions of a Shopaholic||Graham Bloomwood||$44,277,350||$63,750,351||$108,027,701|
|5/9/2008||Speed Racer||Pops Racer||$43,945,766||$49,448,696||$93,394,462|
|11/2/2007||Bee Movie||Layton T. Montgomery||$126,631,277||$160,963,300||$287,594,577|
|8/31/2007||Death Sentence||Bones Darley||$9,534,258||$7,373,573||$16,907,831|
|6/22/2007||Evan Almighty||Congressman Long||$100,289,690||$73,841,639||$174,131,329|
|3/31/2006||Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing a…||Steve Mills||$349,132||$148,063||$497,195|
|12/17/2004||Beyond the Sea||Steve Blauner||$6,144,806||$2,148,108||$8,292,914|
|4/23/2004||Clifford's Really Big Movie||George Wolfsbottom||$2,922,354||$333,072||$3,255,426|
|7/24/2003||Masked and Anonymous||Uncle Sweetheart||$533,344||$21,991||$555,335|
|2/14/2003||The Jungle Book 2||Baloo||$47,901,582||$92,220,643||$140,122,225|
|11/2/2001||Monsters, Inc.||James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan||$289,423,425||$270,334,294||$559,757,719|
|10/12/2001||My First Mister||Benjamin||$621,377||$0||$621,377|
|4/27/2001||One Night at McCool's||Detective Dehling||$6,276,532||$7,165,425||$13,441,957|
|12/22/2000||O Brother, Where Art Thou?||Big Dan Teague||$45,506,619||$30,257,195||$75,763,814|
|12/15/2000||The Emperor's New Groove||Pacha||$89,296,573||$80,000,000||$169,296,573|
|6/30/2000||The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle||Oklahoma Cop||$26,000,610||$9,129,000||$35,129,610|
|3/3/2000||What Planet Are You From?||Roland Jones||$6,291,602||$0||$6,291,602|
|10/22/1999||Bringing Out The Dead||Larry||$16,640,210||$0||$16,640,210|
|6/12/1998||Dirty Work||The Mayor (uncredited)||$10,020,081||$0||$10,020,081|
|3/6/1998||The Big Lebowski||Walter Sobchak||$17,498,804||$28,690,764||$46,189,568|
|2/13/1998||The Borrowers||Ocious P. Potter||$22,619,589||$31,426,243||$54,045,832|
|2/6/1998||Blues Brothers 2000||Mighty Mack McTeer||$14,089,198||$0||$14,089,198|
|11/1/1996||Mother Night||Frank Wirtanen||$363,905||$0||$363,905|
|2/9/1996||Pie in the Sky||Alan Davenport||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|12/31/1995||A Streetcar Named Desire||$0||$0||$0|
|5/27/1994||The Flintstones||Fred Flintstone||$130,531,208||$227,968,792||$358,500,000|
|3/11/1994||The Hudsucker Proxy||Newsreel Announcer (as Karl Mundt)||$2,816,518||$12,121,631||$14,938,149|
|11/24/1993||We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story||Rex||$9,315,576||$0||$9,315,576|
|3/26/1993||Born Yesterday||Harry Brock||$17,760,754||$0||$17,760,754|
|4/17/1992||The Babe||George Herman 'Babe' Ruth||$17,064,550||$2,400,000||$19,464,550|
|8/21/1991||Barton Fink||Charlie Meadows/Karl 'Madman' Mundt||$5,726,463||$0||$5,726,463|
|9/15/1989||Sea of Love||Sherman||$58,571,513||$0||$58,571,513|
|1/1/1988||The Wrong Guys||Duke Earle||$1,152,786||$0||$1,152,786|
|8/21/1987||The Big Easy||Andre DeSoto||$17,685,307||$0||$17,685,307|
|10/10/1986||True Stories||Louis Fyne||$2,545,142||$0||$2,545,142|
|8/31/1984||C.H.U.D.||Cop in diner||$4,700,000||$0||$4,700,000|
|7/20/1984||Revenge of the Nerds||Coach Harris||$40,874,452||$0||$40,874,452|
|3/25/1983||Eddie Macon's Run||Herbert||$1,300,000||$0||$1,300,000|