|As an Actor||Leading||25||$2,332,895,330||$3,218,897,848||$5,551,793,178|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$133,656,750||$158,509,113||$292,165,863|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 25 films, with $5,551,793,178 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #13)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Princess Fiona (Shrek 2), Princess Fiona (Shrek the Third), Princess Fiona (Shrek Forever After), Princess Fiona (Shrek), Elizabeth Halsey (Bad Teacher)|
|Most productive collaborators: Nick Cassavetes, Jimmy Miller, Mike Myers, Jason Segel, Tom Cruise|
July 28th, 2014
The Other Woman is the second film called The Other Woman that I've reviewed. That film was melodramatic and mediocre. I really doubt this film with be melodramatic, but will it be better than merely mediocre?
July 20th, 2014
Only one new release really fired at the box office this weekend, and even that film, The Purge: Anarchy couldn’t topple Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from top spot on the chart. Apes will be down 50% from last weekend, to $36 million, and its cume is hovering around $140 million so far. It seems destined to be another film that ends up around $200 million this Summer. Anarchy will open with about $28.4 million, according to Universal, for a theater average of almost exactly $10,000. That’s stellar business for a film costing $9 million to make, although it is off a bit from the $34 million open enjoyed by last year’s surprise hit. A third installment seems inevitable (and a direct-to-video Part 4 is a good bet).
The weekend’s other two wide releases were well behind the pace.
July 17th, 2014
There are a trio of wide releases coming out this week looking to dethrone Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The Purge: Anarchy is the most likely film to come out on top, but the original didn't win over many moviegoers. It opened big, but collapsed very quickly after that. Planes didn't perform much better with moviegoers, but there hasn't been an animated family film released wide since How to Train Your Dragon 2, so Planes: Fire and Rescue could benefit from the lack of competition. Sex Tape is the only non-sequel opening wide this week and that could help it do well. Or the fact that it is not based on a previous movie could hurt it. There is one last film that might reach the top ten, Persecuted, which is opening in 700 theaters. It would only need a per theater average of just over $4,000 to reach the top ten, which is doable. This year, we should have four films that earn more than $20 million. Last year there were only three. However, last year, The Conjuring earned more than $40 million, a milestone no film this year will reach, while seven films earned more than $10 million. This year there will be only four films earning more than $10 million. Again, it looks like 2014 is going to get crushed at the box office.
July 1st, 2014
Overall, June was not good. Most films matched expectations, or came close enough that there weren't major disappointments. However, it looks like How to Train Your Dragon 2 will miss expectations by more than $100 million. This was such a massive amount that 2014 lost its lead over 2013 and not even Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million opening was able to turn things around. Looking forward to July, there's not a lot of good news. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be the only film coming out during July that will reach the $100 million milestone, but on the high end, it might reach the $200 million mark. There are a few others that have a shot, but are not favored to reach the century mark. On the other hand, there are more films that may or may not open / expand wide and even if they do, they will likely have no real impact at the box office. By comparison, last July, Despicable Me 2 was the top draw and finished with more than $350 million. There were also four other films that surpassed $100 million at the box office. It seems practically impossible for 2014 to match those numbers and will likely finish the month behind last year's pace. Overall, 2014 isn't doing poorly, but the summer has been much weaker than the spring was, so we've gone from potential record breaking year to merely average.
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 27th, 2014
By every measure, April at the box office has been dominated by Captain America: Winter Soldier, but it won't win every weekend this month, thanks to a jaunty $24.7 million debut for The Other Woman. The comedy, headlined by Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton hasn't been a huge hit with critics, but audiences are giving it a solid 70% at Rotten Tomatoes, which is plenty for a comedy (The Heat, by comparison, earns a 72% positive audience score at Rotten Tomatoes, though it started higher). A strong run in theaters certainly seems possible for The Other Woman, given its competition over the next few weeks will mostly come from male-skewing films (Moms' Night Out being the only exception).
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.
October 1st, 2013
October is an awkward month. It sits between the dumping ground that is September and November, the unofficial start of Awards Season / holiday blockbuster season. For the most part, September was stronger than average for the month and there's reason to be optimistic going forward. After all, box office success tends to feed on itself, as does box office struggles. That said, there are not a lot of sure hits over the coming four weeks. Of the nine or ten films opening wide this month, only Gravity has a better than 50/50 chance at $100 million. Captain Phillips could have a shot at the century mark, but only if it becomes a serious Awards Season player. Its early reviews suggest that could be a possibility. Last October, there were two films to reach the $100 million mark, Taken 2 and Argo. On the other hand, pretty much everything else that opened that month crashed and burned. While this October doesn't have as strong a top end, it will hopefully have much better depth.
|4/25/2014||The Other Woman||Carly||$83,911,193||$111,200,000||$195,111,193|
|11/2/2012||A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue S…||$5,102||$0||$5,102|
|5/18/2012||What to Expect When You're Expecting||Jules||$41,152,203||$79,773,494||$120,925,697|
|6/24/2011||Bad Teacher||Elizabeth Halsey||$100,292,856||$115,156,141||$215,448,997|
|1/14/2011||The Green Hornet||Lenore "Casey" Case||$98,780,042||$130,375,461||$229,155,503|
|6/23/2010||Knight and Day||June Havens||$76,423,035||$182,328,335||$258,751,370|
|5/21/2010||Shrek Forever After||Princess Fiona||$238,736,787||$517,507,886||$756,244,673|
|11/6/2009||The Box||Norma Lewis||$15,051,977||$11,289,919||$26,341,896|
|6/26/2009||My Sister's Keeper||Sara Fitzgerald||$49,200,230||$47,472,772||$96,673,002|
|5/3/2008||What Happens in Vegas...||Joy||$80,277,646||$138,258,062||$218,535,708|
|5/17/2007||Shrek the Third||Princess Fiona||$322,719,944||$484,610,992||$807,330,936|
|10/7/2005||In Her Shoes||Maggie||$32,880,591||$49,322,439||$82,203,030|
|5/19/2004||Shrek 2||Princess Fiona||$441,226,247||$495,781,885||$937,008,132|
|6/27/2003||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle||Natalie||$100,814,328||$126,385,672||$227,200,000|
|12/20/2002||Gangs of New York||Jenny Everdeane||$77,730,500||$105,394,121||$183,124,621|
|6/21/2002||Minority Report||Subway Passenger||$132,024,714||$226,800,000||$358,824,714|
|4/12/2002||The Sweetest Thing||Christina Walters||$24,430,272||$38,648,484||$63,078,756|
|12/14/2001||Vanilla Sky||Julie Gianni||$100,614,858||$102,111,747||$202,726,605|
|12/22/1999||Any Given Sunday||Christina Pagniacci||$75,530,832||$24,700,000||$100,230,832|
|10/29/1999||Being John Malkovich||Lotte Schwartz||$22,858,926||$9,523,455||$32,382,381|
|11/25/1998||Very Bad Things||Laura Garrety||$9,949,470||$11,145,504||$21,094,974|
|7/15/1998||There's Something About Mary||Mary Jenson||$176,484,651||$183,615,348||$360,099,999|
|5/22/1998||Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas||Blonde TV Reporter||$10,680,275||$3,031,628||$13,711,903|
|10/24/1997||A Life Less Ordinary||Celine||$4,287,595||$10,345,675||$14,633,270|
|6/25/1997||Head Above Water||Nathalie||$32,212||$774,437||$806,649|
|6/20/1997||My Best Friend's Wedding||Kimberly 'Kim/Kimmy' Wallace||$126,813,153||$172,110,266||$298,923,419|
|4/11/1997||Keys to Tulsa||Trudy||$57,252||$17,525||$74,777|
|8/23/1996||She's the One||Heather||$9,482,579||$4,312,474||$13,795,053|
|4/5/1996||The Last Supper||Jude||$459,749||$588,863||$1,048,612|
|7/29/1994||The Mask||Tina Carlyle||$119,920,129||$231,700,000||$351,620,129|