|As an Actor||Leading||13||$545,497,423||$879,343,964||$1,424,841,387|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$150,201,498||$152,267,519||$302,469,017|
|In Technical Roles||Director||2||$24,477,704||$16,790,875||$41,268,579|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 13 films, with $1,424,841,387 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #146)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: John Blake (The Dark Knight Rises), Arthur (Inception), Robert Todd Lincoln (Lincoln), Rex (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Joe (Looper)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Looper (Executive Producer), Don Jon (Director), Don Jon (Screenwriter)|
|Most productive collaborators: Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Thomas, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy|
November 1st, 2015
October has come to an end and everyone should be happy about that. Except for The Martian, there were no serious hits that opened last month. There were more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Fortunately, October of last year wasn't spectacular either, so 2015 maintains a healthy lead over 2014. Even more fortunately, November looks fantastic. There are four films that have the potential to earn $200 million or more. The biggest of these is the final Hunger Games movie, which should reach $400 million. Spectre has a real shot at $300 million and could be the biggest hit in the franchise. Meanwhile, nearly every November there's an animated kids movie that becomes a monster hit. This year, The Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur are both aiming for that box office milestone. The last time we didn't have a family film that earned at least $100 million in November was 2011 and that's because there were four family films that opened in the final two weeks of the month and that much competition meant they cannibalized each other. Both of these has a shot at $200 million and if neither of them reached $200 million, I would be shocked. Meanwhile, last November was a good month at the top with three monster hits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Big Hero 6, and Interstellar. However, after those three films, there were not much positive to talk about. It really looks like 2015 will match 2014 at the top, plus it could have better depth. I might be a little too optimistic, but I think November is going to be a great month at the box office.
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.
December 29th, 2013
This Tuesday is New Years Eve, so it should come as no surprise that there are almost no new releases worth talking about. In fact, it is arguably weaker than last week, because last week had Insidious Chapter 2, which was a big hit for a September release. This week the biggest, and best, new release is Don Jon, which earned amazing reviews, but failed to make an impact at the box office. There are almost no extras on the DVD, but the Blu-ray has several exclusive extras and it is the Pick of the Week. It's not the only new release that is worth checking out, but it is close to the other new release that is worth checking out.
November 28th, 2013
Independent Spirit Award started the Awards Season this week, handing out its nominations. 12 Years a Slave led the way with seven nominations, but it wasn't the only film to pick up multiple nominations.
September 27th, 2013
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 leads a group of four wide releases (three wide releases and a wide expansion, if you want to get technical). It should have no problem being the biggest hit of the weekend. It has a good chance of having the biggest opening weekend of the month. The other films coming out this week will be fighting for a smaller portion of the overall box office, but that's to weak competition, all should grab a spot in the top five. Last year, September ended with Hotel Transylvania, which debuted with $42.52 million; that's a good target for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Second place went to Looper, which pulled in $20.80 million. That will top any of the other new releases coming out this week, but I'm hoping there will be better depth this year and 2013 can eke out a win.
September 1st, 2013
August ended, and we should be very grateful for that. Lee Daniels' The Butler was a surprise hit, while We're the Millers did better than expected. However, most other films that were expected to be solid hits failed to live up to expectations. Fortunately, August of 2012 was even worse, so 2013 regained the lead on the year-to-year comparison during the month. Looking forward, there is exactly one film that will likely become more than a midlevel hit in September: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. That film has a chance to reach $100 million in total. Most of the rest of the new releases will be lucky if they get halfway there. Fortunately, September of 2012 was even worse. Hotel Transylvania was a surprise hit, earning nearly $150 million, and there were a few others that topped $50 million, but there were also several outright bombs. If we can avoid those types of bombs, then 2013 should continue its winning streak.
November 1st, 2012
October was pretty good with a few films really crushing expectations, which made up for the few duds that opened at the end. 2012 gained about $100 million over 2011 during the month of October. We really needed this success and hopefully November will continue this push forward. However, November is a bit of a weird month. There are five weekends, but only eight true wide releases, half of which open on the Thanksgiving long weekend, leaving the other four weeks with just one true wide release each. There are a couple others opening in the semi-wide level and another opening in limited release with a planned wide release, but even so, it is not a busy month. That said, it is a case of quality over quantity. There are four films that are pretty much guaranteed to reach $100 million, one of which should reach $300 million. By comparison, last November only produced one $100 million film. Granted, that film was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which made nearly $300 million, which is a huge number no matter how you look at it. But this year, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 should top that number and with the other $100 million movies pulling in more than $400 million combined, it should be a very profitable month at the box office.
September 27th, 2012
There are two wide releases coming out this week that should be in a relatively close race for first place, plus an also-ran that will mostly be forgotten. Last week I thought Looper would win the weekend over Hotel Transylvania; however, that's probably not going to happen. Looper is definitely the better movie, but Hotel Transylvania is opening in more theaters than expected, while Looper is opening in less than expected. Both should do decent business, at least compared to the rest of September's new releases. On the other hand, Won't Back Down will likely struggle just to reach the top five. There's one more new release with a shot at a spot in the top ten, Pitch Perfect. It's opening in more than 300 theaters, which is a risky proposition. If it does open in the top ten, it could expand wide next weekend. I don't think it is very likely, but I'll have more to say with the limited release report. Last year there were four wide releases, but none of them cracked $10 million. The number one film was Dolphin Tale at just under $13 million. If we don't top that this year, we are in a world of trouble.
|11/20/2015||The Night Before||Ethan||$43,035,725||$9,391,621||$52,427,346|
|9/30/2015||The Walk||Philippe Petit||$10,137,502||$51,035,862||$61,173,364|
|8/22/2014||Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Johnny||$13,757,804||$25,741,545||$39,499,349|
|11/8/2013||Kaze Tachinu||Jiro Horikoshi (U.S. Version)||$5,201,879||$112,722,821||$117,924,700|
|9/27/2013||Don Jon||Jon Martello||$24,477,704||$16,790,875||$41,268,579|
|11/9/2012||Lincoln||Robert Todd Lincoln||$182,207,973||$91,138,308||$273,346,281|
|7/20/2012||The Dark Knight Rises||John Blake||$448,139,099||$636,300,000||$1,084,439,099|
|3/11/2011||Elektra Luxx||Bert Rodriguez||$11,514||$0||$11,514|
|11/13/2009||Women in Trouble||$18,521||$0||$18,521|
|8/7/2009||G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||Rex||$150,201,498||$152,267,519||$302,469,017|
|7/17/2009||(500) Days of Summer||Tom||$32,391,374||$26,710,268||$59,101,642|
|9/26/2008||Miracle at St. Anna||Tim Boyle||$7,916,887||$1,193,571||$9,110,458|
|3/30/2007||The Lookout||Chris Pratt||$4,600,585||$954,433||$5,555,018|
|5/6/2005||Mysterious Skin||Neil McCormick||$713,240||$1,435,308||$2,148,548|
|11/27/2002||Treasure Planet||Jim Hawkins||$38,120,554||$53,679,446||$91,800,000|
|3/31/1999||Ten Things I Hate About You||Cameron James||$38,177,966||$22,236,059||$60,414,025|
|8/5/1998||Halloween: H2O||Jimmy Howell||$55,041,738||$0||$55,041,738|
|2/2/1996||The Juror||Oliver Laird||$22,730,924||$0||$22,730,924|
|7/15/1994||Angels in the Outfield||Roger Bomman||$50,236,831||$0||$50,236,831|
|10/9/1992||A River Runs Through It||Young Norman||$43,440,294||$0||$43,440,294|