|As an Actor||Leading||34||$2,785,902,459||$4,471,977,528||$7,257,879,987|
|Lead Ensemble Member||9||$419,797,902||$735,225,941||$1,155,023,843|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||6||$174,397,605||$295,793,713||$470,191,318|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 34 films, with $7,257,879,987 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #6)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland), Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End), Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Lone Ranger (Executive Producer), Dark Shadows (Producer), Hugo (Producer), The Rum Diary (Producer), Mortdecai (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Tim Burton, Gore Verbinski, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska, Linda Woolverton|
May 1st, 2016
April started on a soft note and ended weak, but thanks to The Jungle Book, overall the month was actually really good. That's what happens when you get a surprise $300 million hit. This bodes well for May, which is both a slow month and a fantastic month. There are only four weekends and only eight movies coming out, but of those eight films, five have a shot at $100 million. The potential blockbusters are led by Captain America: Civil War, which is not only going to be the biggest hit of the month, but according to a Fandango survey, it is the most anticipated film of the summer. (On a side note, Finding Dory is the most anticipated family film of the summer and Ghostbusters is the most anticipated comedy of the summer. I was surprised by the last result.) Both Alice Through the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse have real shots at $200 million. One of them could get to $300 million, if they weren't opening against each other. Overall, the month looks excellent. Even better, last May there was only one monster hit, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and most analysts think Captain America: Civil War will beat it at the box office. (There's also the issue of the misalignment in the weekends, which hurt April, but will really help May.)
February 15th, 2016
There's no major release this week. I was tempted to give Spectre the Pick of the Week honor, but the screener arrived too late to get the review done over the weekend. None of the big releases are worth the Pick of the Week title. There are a number of smaller releases that are worth considering for Pick of the Week, including The Kid, which tops the list.
On a side note, this week's list is a little shorter than I would have liked, because the people who run Amazon are morons. They've changed the New Releases page, again, making it even harder to find a list of new releases for the week. Additionally, there are some films, like Black Mass, that weren't on the list of releases for this week before the changes were made. I understand why physical stores reorganize every once and a while, because if people have to walk to the store to find something, they are more likely to buy something else on a whim. However, these people physically walked to the store, so if they don't buy what they came for, it will be a wasted effort. On the other hand, people go to Amazon by clicking a button. Making it harder to find new releases for that week won't make it more likely they will buy something else. It means they are more likely to not buy anything at all.
December 9th, 2015
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced today and there are at least a few surprises to talk about. Trumbo led the way with three nominations, but there were six films with two nods apiece. Six!
September 20th, 2015
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will win the weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates released on Sunday, with a very solid $30.3 million. That’s down a bit from The Maze Runner’s $32.5 million this weekend last year, but the difference is small enough that a good performance on Sunday and slight increases in the actuals for Friday and Saturday could actually push the sequel slightly ahead. Either way, the franchise seems on fairly solid ground, although the increase in budget for the second film to $61 million from $34 million the first time around suggests it won’t be as profitable. As always, international box office will be key, and early signs there are good, with $78 million already in the bank.
September 19th, 2015
The Fall Season starts in earnest this weekend with the release of a Young Adult, dystopian-future action movie and an Older Adult dramatic thriller (not to mention a couple of pieces of counter-programming) vying for box office dollars, and, in one case, Oscar attention. Both films are getting off to good starts, based on Friday’s estimates. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is off to the best start with $11 million for the day and a projected weekend around $30 million. Black Mass will have to settle for second place with $8.8 million on Friday and around $25 million for the weekend.
September 18th, 2015
It's a sort of busy week this week, with two wide releases, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Black Mass, as well as two limited releases with a shot at reaching the top ten, Captive and Everest. The Scorch Trials is the latest Young Adult Adaptation franchise. The first film crossed $100 million domestically, so this one hopes to grow at the box office. Black Mass is early Oscar-bait, but the reviews suggest it won't quite get there. Captive is the latest faith-based film and it likely won't go anywhere. Everest gets an early IMAX opening before its wide release next week. This weekend last year was the weekend The Maze Runner opened. Since sequels tend to open faster than their predecessors, 2015 should come out on top in the year-over-year comparison.
September 1st, 2015
As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy.
March 23rd, 2015
Into the Woods first debuted 30 years ago in 1985 starting its Broadway run a year later. The show's original Broadway run earned three Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, while the 2002 revival was nearly as well received with award voters. It is not a surprise that the film was turned into a big budget musical. However, does the theatrical version of Into the Woods live up to the source material? Will fans of musicals who haven't seen the original like it?
January 25th, 2015
After smashing the January weekend record last weekend, American Sniper is enjoying a very solid second-weekend hold. So solid, in fact, that it will also have the third-best January weekend. If it drops less than 35% next weekend, it will share with Avatar the records for the top six January weekends, each movie having topped $42 million three times. Sniper’s expected weekend this time around is $64.365m, according to Warner Bros. Sunday morning projection.
January 1st, 2015
2014 is over and for the most part, December was a soft ending to a weak year. This is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, it means the overall box office is still soft and it is unlikely that January will start strong. Secondly, last January was a great month, thanks in part to Frozen and other holdovers. The slump can't last forever and Taken 3 should help 2015 get off to a reasonably fast start and it even has a shot at $100 million. American Sniper got off to a really fast start in limited release, so it too could be a hit when it expands wide. By comparison, last January was led by Ride Along, but there were only two other films that didn't completely bomb. I want to say 2015 will start out on a winning note, but given the box office losing streak, it will likely pay to be pessimistic.
December 28th, 2014
Tusk is the latest film from Kevin Smith, who has a mixed track record at the box office. He has made some amazing movies, like Clerks and Chasing Amy. However, he has also made some serious misses, like Cop Out. Is this one of his better films? Or is this another recent miss?
June 30th, 2014
With the recent weak performance of films such as Transcendence and Edge of Tomorrow at the box office, there’s been a lot of talk recently about how much actors and actresses are really worth to a film. The poor performance of these films hasn’t come as a huge surprise to followers of the Bankability Index, which produces valuations considerably below the $20 million that Johnny Depp reportedly earned from his lead role in Transcendence, and we thought this is a good opportunity to look at what the Index says about the most valuable actors and actresses in the business.
With Angelina Jolie making headlines for all the right reasons for her starring role in Maleficent, it seemed only fitting to start with an analysis of the most valuable actresses in Hollywood. For this chart, we’ve taken each star’s worldwide Bankability Index and divided it by the number of films they make each year to get an estimate of the average value they bring to a film, as of June, 2014.
April 1st, 2014
March was stronger than expected when compared to 2013 with four films earning $100 million or more, led by Divergent. (Not all of them have gotten there yet, but they are certain to reach that milestone before they are done their box office runs.) It wasn't a blow-out victory, on the other hand, as a few weekends the ticket sales were lower in 2014 than they were during the same weekend in 2013. April looks really strong with Captain America: The Winter Soldier leading the way. This film should top $200 million over the weekend, while it isn't the only film that should crack the century mark, as Rio 2 is also on track for $100 million. This is great news, as no film last April reached $100 million. Granted, 42 came close and Oblivion wasn't far behind, but The Winter Soldier should earn more than those two films earned combined giving 2014 a comfortable lead over 2013 over the full month.
December 15th, 2013
Before The Lone Ranger even hit theaters, there was a lot of bad buzz preceding it. Part of the reason was the film's budget. With a combined production and P&A budget of around $400 million, the film would need to make more than $600 million worldwide to have a hope of breaking even sometime during its home market run. However, previous to this film's release, the biggest western was Dances with Wolves, which barely cracked $400 million. On the other hand, Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski helped revitalize the Pirate genre, so perhaps lightning can strike twice. Nope. The film bombed. But is it as bad as its box office numbers? Or was it unfairly overlooked by moviegoers?
November 13th, 2013
On Tuesday we launched The Numbers Bankability Index, a new service to help assess the value that different people bring to the industry, from actors and actresses to directors, screenwriters, producers, and anyone else involved in the creative process of making a movie. In this article, I'll look more deeply into how the Index is compiled, and how we use the tools behind it to analyze questions about people in movies.
If you haven't already, now's a good time to look at our announcement video, and the November Edition of the Worldwide Bankability Index.
July 4th, 2013
It's July 4th, which means it is the Independence Day long weekend, one of the busiest weekends of the year. There are two wide releases looking to compete with the holdovers for box office dollars, but it is clear that Despicable Me 2 has far more box office potential than The Lone Ranger has. Meanwhile, Kevin Hart: Let-Me-Explain should grab a spot in the top ten. Meanwhile, Monsters University, The Heat, and the rest of the holdovers should help the overall box office climb higher than last year.
July 1st, 2013
For the most part, June was a really strong month at the box office with nearly every film either matching expectations, or at least coming close enough to call it a victory. Looking forward, there are a dozen films opening wide in July, more or less. One of them, The Smurfs 2, is opening on a Wednesday, so I'm going to hold off talking about that movie till the August preview. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain is opening in less than 1000 theaters, but it has a shot at reaching the top ten during its opening weekend. If we include both of them, there are twelve films, but I think it is better to stick with the ten truly wide, truly July openings. Of these, Despicable Me 2 is clearly going to be the biggest hit at the box office. It could become the second biggest hit of the year so far. It is not the only film that could be a $100 million hit. In fact, there are six films opening in July that I think have a better than 50% chance of reaching that level. There is currently only one film that I think won't at least become a midlevel hit. By comparison in 2012, there were three $100 million movies, led by The Dark Knight Rises, but the rest of the new releases struggled. There's no chance any movie opening this month will top $400 million, in fact, it is quite possible no film will get to $300 million. That said, 2013 has a lot better depth, so it might come out on top in the end.
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.)
October 2nd, 2012
It's the first week of the month and there is a wide variety of releases worth checking out, but not exactly a strong selection of best sellers. The biggest first-run release is Dark Shadows and while I'm looking forward to possibly reviewing the Blu-ray Combo Pack, I don't think it will be a huge hit. New Girl: Season One and The Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray look great, but I'm waiting for the screeners to make final decisions. I won't get a chance to review Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection, but it is a contender for Pick of the Week. The winner of that honor is Cinderella Blu-ray, which is a classic, even if it is a little old-fashioned.
|12/31/2018||Fortunately, the Milk||$0||$0||$0|
|5/26/2017||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Te…||Captain Jack Sparrow||$0||$0||$0|
|5/27/2016||Alice Through the Looking Glass||Mad Hatter||$76,491,359||$200,400,000||$276,891,359|
|9/18/2015||Black Mass||James "Whitey" Bulger||$62,575,678||$32,765,585||$95,341,263|
|12/25/2014||Into the Woods||Wolf||$128,002,372||$75,500,000||$203,502,372|
|4/25/2014||For No Good Reason||Himself||$67,105||$0||$67,105|
|4/18/2014||Transcendence||Dr. Will Caster||$23,022,309||$80,016,949||$103,039,258|
|7/2/2013||The Lone Ranger||Tonto||$89,302,115||$170,700,000||$260,002,115|
|5/11/2012||Dark Shadows||Barnabas Collins||$79,727,149||$158,475,519||$238,202,668|
|10/28/2011||The Rum Diary||Paul Kemp||$13,109,815||$8,434,917||$21,544,732|
|5/20/2011||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger…||Captain Jack Sparrow||$241,063,875||$804,600,000||$1,045,663,875|
|12/10/2010||The Tourist||Frank Tupelo||$67,631,157||$211,100,212||$278,731,369|
|4/9/2010||When You're Strange: A Film About The…||Narrator||$246,078||$0||$246,078|
|3/5/2010||Alice in Wonderland||Mad Hatter||$334,191,110||$691,300,000||$1,025,491,110|
|12/25/2009||The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus||Imaginarium Tony||$7,689,607||$56,663,000||$64,352,607|
|7/1/2009||Public Enemies||John Dillinger||$97,104,620||$115,178,089||$212,282,709|
|7/4/2008||Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunte…||Narrator||$1,252,100||$240,000||$1,492,100|
|12/21/2007||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fle…||Sweeney Todd||$52,898,073||$100,431,771||$153,329,844|
|11/2/2007||Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten||Himself||$248,182||$860,378||$1,108,560|
|6/15/2007||When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy…||Himself||$442,936||$0||$442,936|
|5/24/2007||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End||Jack Sparrow||$309,420,425||$654,000,000||$963,420,425|
|7/7/2006||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's …||Captain Jack Sparrow||$423,315,812||$642,900,000||$1,066,215,812|
|3/3/2006||Deep Sea 3D||Narrator||$46,208,699||$41,778,182||$87,986,881|
|11/23/2005||The Libertine||John Wilmot||$4,835,065||$4,613,558||$9,448,623|
|9/16/2005||The Corpse Bride||Victor Van Dort||$53,359,111||$61,411,543||$114,770,654|
|7/15/2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Willy Wonka||$206,459,076||$269,366,408||$475,825,484|
|11/12/2004||Finding Neverland||James Barrie||$51,676,606||$63,359,502||$115,036,108|
|3/12/2004||Secret Window||Mort Rainey||$47,958,031||$44,153,520||$92,111,551|
|9/12/2003||Once Upon a Time in Mexico||CIA Agent Sands||$56,330,657||$41,082,870||$97,413,527|
|7/9/2003||Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse o…||Jack Sparrow||$305,411,224||$329,542,879||$634,954,103|
|1/31/2003||Lost in La Mancha||Himself||$734,514||$1,705,831||$2,440,345|
|10/19/2001||From Hell||Inspector Frederick George Abberline||$31,598,308||$37,114,057||$68,712,365|
|5/25/2001||The Man Who Cried||Cesar||$747,092||$1,043,748||$1,790,840|
|12/22/2000||Before Night Falls||Bon Bon/Lieutenant Victor||$4,221,817||$4,281,642||$8,503,459|
|3/10/2000||The Ninth Gate||Dean Corso||$18,653,746||$39,740,562||$58,394,308|
|11/19/1999||Sleepy Hollow||Ichabod Crane||$101,068,340||$106,000,000||$207,068,340|
|8/27/1999||The Astronaut's Wife||Spencer Armacost||$10,672,566||$0||$10,672,566|
|8/25/1999||The Source||Jack Kerouac||$362,357||$1,594,465||$1,956,822|
|5/22/1998||Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas||Raoul Duke||$10,680,275||$3,031,628||$13,711,903|
|5/10/1996||Dead Man||William Blake||$1,025,488||$0||$1,025,488|
|11/22/1995||Nick of Time||Gene Watson||$8,087,783||$0||$8,087,783|
|4/7/1995||Don Juan DeMarco||Don Juan||$22,032,635||$0||$22,032,635|
|9/30/1994||Ed Wood||Edward D. Wood||$5,828,466||$0||$5,828,466|
|9/9/1994||Arizona Dream||Axel Blackmar||$106,000||$0||$106,000|
|12/25/1993||What's Eating Gilbert Grape||Gilbert Grape||$9,170,214||$0||$9,170,214|
|4/16/1993||Benny & Joon||Sam||$23,202,734||$0||$23,202,734|
|12/7/1990||Edward Scissorhands||Edward Scissorhands||$53,976,987||$0||$53,976,987|
|4/6/1990||Cry-Baby||Wade 'Cry-Baby' Walker||$7,735,790||$0||$7,735,790|
|11/9/1984||A Nightmare on Elm Street||Glen Lantz||$25,504,513||$0||$25,504,513|
|12/31/2018||Fortunately, the Milk||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|7/2/2013||The Lone Ranger||Executive Producer||$89,302,115||$170,700,000||$260,002,115|
|10/28/2011||The Rum Diary||Producer||$13,109,815||$8,434,917||$21,544,732|