|As an Actor||Leading||6||$50,004,443||$184,383,849||$234,388,292|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$166,969,983||$367,875,519||$534,845,502|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 6 films, with $234,388,292 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #653)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Vesper Lynd (Casino Royale), Artemisia (300: Rise of an Empire), Miss Peregrine (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Angelique Bouchard (Dark Shadows), Serafina Pekkala (The Golden Compass)|
|Most productive collaborators: Tim Burton, Asa Butterfield, Jane Goldman, Chris O'Dowd, Ransom Riggs|
September 1st, 2016
August continued to pad 2016’s lead over 2015 in the year-over-year comparison. It managed this feat almost entirely due to Suicide Squad, which is on pace to hit $300 million. The next best film was Sausage Party, which might make $100 million, if it gets a push over the top. September won’t be as strong as that. This is no surprise, as the month is one of the biggest dumping grounds on the calendar. That said, studios have been working to make the end of the month a lot more productive and there are a few potential hits. The biggest of these is The Magnificent Seven, which is expected to crack $100 million, maybe even $150 million. Meanwhile, Sully and Storks both have a limited chance at $100 million. Last September, the biggest release of the month was Hotel Transylvania 2 with pulled in $169.70 million. I don’t think The Magnificent Seven will match that, so we might need a surprise $100 million hit for 2016 to come out on top.
January 20th, 2015
I heard a lot of pre-release buzz for White Bird in a Blizzard, in part because it starred Shailene Woodley, who is rapidly becoming an A-list star. However, its reviews were mixed and it opened below the Mendoza Line. (Although the weak box office numbers are in part due to the film opening on Video on Demand.) Were the critics overly harsh? Or was the buzz overly generous?
October 12th, 2014
Penny Dreadful debuted on Showtime in May with its first season ending at the end of June. Normally, TV on DVD releases come out just in time for the next season to begin, but it is coming out now, likely to take advantage of the Christmas shopping season. Was this a smart move? Is it worth checking out? Or is the competition for TV on DVD releases much too strong at this time of year?
March 1st, 2014
2014 continued its strong run in February with The Lego Movie beating even the high end expectations and will become the first film released in 2014 to reach $200 million. March doesn't look as strong, as no film is on track to hit $200 million, but there are five films that have a chance at $100 million. Granted, not all of them will get there; in fact, there's a chance only one of them will get there. Divergent is the film I think has the best shot at the century club, but it could be joined by Mr. Peabody and Sherman, for instance, which is earning surprisingly strong reviews. Noah is a big-budget Bible epic and the studio has to be hoping for at least $100 million, but the buzz is quite negative and there have been reports of troubles behind-the-scenes. Last March was led by Oz The Great and Powerful, which pulled in more than $200 million domestically. I don't think any film opening this March will match that figure. In addition, The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation also hit the $100 million milestone, while Olympus Has Fallen came very close. Granted, there were also some big bombs last March, like The Host, but even so, I think 2014 will lose ground in the year-over-year comparison.
December 19th, 2012
There are only a few days left till Christmas and we are officially in the panic zone for gift shopping. This week we have our final installment of our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Part I dealt with first run releases, Part II dealt with TV on DVD releases, Part III dealt with limited releases, foreign titles, and classics. This week, we deal with some music, books, games, as well as releases from the first three parts that I forgot the first time around. As always, there are quite a few in that last category. (I also use this time to burn off some releases that arrived late. This way I can get through all of the late reviews quicker than normal and actually have enough time to celebrate Christmas.)
|9/30/2016||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar …||Miss Peregrine||$87,242,834||$209,400,000||$296,642,834|
|10/24/2014||White Bird in a Blizzard||Eve Connors||$33,821||$583,598||$617,419|
|8/22/2014||Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Ava||$13,757,804||$25,741,545||$39,499,349|
|3/7/2014||300: Rise of an Empire||Artemisia||$106,580,051||$224,200,000||$330,780,051|
|5/11/2012||Dark Shadows||Angelique Bouchard||$79,727,149||$158,475,519||$238,202,668|
|12/7/2007||The Golden Compass||Serafina Pekkala||$70,107,728||$297,154,830||$367,262,558|
|11/17/2006||Casino Royale||Vesper Lynd||$167,365,000||$427,055,283||$594,420,283|
|5/6/2005||Kingdom of Heaven||Sibylla||$47,398,413||$171,454,940||$218,853,353|