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Jake Gyllenhaal

Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $1,301,642,491 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #155)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Sam Hall (The Day After Tomorrow), Dastan (Prince of Persia: Sands of Time), Detective Loki (Prisoners), Billy Hope (Southpaw), Jack Twist (Brokeback Mountain)
Best-Known Technical Roles: End of Watch (Executive Producer), Nightcrawler (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Mike Newell, Dennis Quaid, Roland Emmerich, Gemma Arterton, Boaz Yakin

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As an ActorLeading15$515,399,463$786,243,028$1,301,642,491
Lead Ensemble Member2$1,270,522$6,166,307$7,436,829
In Technical RolesProducer2$32,381,218$17,953,200$50,334,418
Executive Producer1$41,003,371$16,583,235$57,586,606

2015 Preview: September

September 1st, 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2

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. More...

Weekend Predictions: Is Pixels Poised to Top the Weekend Chart?

July 24th, 2015


Pixels leads a group of three wide releases looking to battle for limited box office dollars. It appears to be on track for first place, but with not as much as I anticipated at the beginning of the month. This is partially explained by its reviews which are lower than the 30% to 40% positive range I was anticipating. Paper Towns is earning much better reviews, but still barely above the overall positive level. Finally there's Southpaw, which is earning mixed reviews and its buzz is weak, so it will likely be outside the top five over the weekend. Both Ant-Man and Minions should continue to perform well, with the former having a shot at first place, if Pixels flops. This weekend last year, there were two wide releases that did quite well, Lucy and Hercules. I don't think any of the new releases this week will come close to earning the same as Lucy did, but I think the depth is better this year, so 2015 will still come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2015 Preview: July

July 1st, 2015


June was a much better month than expected due to two films, Jurassic World and Inside Out. Had those two films merely matched expectations, then 2015 would have likely fallen behind 2014. As for this coming month, there are five weekends in July and each week there is at least one film with the potential to reach $100 million. Most weeks there are two films that at least have a shot at getting to the century mark. The biggest hit of the month will likely be Minions, which has already opened in several international markets and it's ahead of Despicable Me 2 at the same point. That film made more than $300 million and nearly $1 billion worldwide, so any growth would be fantastic. There are also a number of potential $200 million films, led by Ant-man. Ant-man is the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that has averaged $300 million domestically over eleven films and all of the past six films have reached at least $200 million. I'm not saying this one is guaranteed to do the same, but you can't dismiss that possibility. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Pixels have smaller chances to get to $200 million, but you have to at least entertain the possibility. Additionally, last July was a lot weaker than this July looks to be, so 2015 should win in the year-over-year comparison most weeks. Or I might have let the box office success of June cloud my judgment. We will soon find out. More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscars - Nominations

January 17th, 2015

Birdman poster

The Oscar nominations were announced early in the morning, when all sensible people were asleep. There were some surprises, as well as some results that would have been surprises had it not been for the previous Awards Season nominations. Seventeen films earned two or more nods, led by Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, both of which picked up nine nominations, while The Imitation Game was right behind with eight. More...

2014 - Awards Season: BAFTA - Nominations

January 11th, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel poster

The BAFTA nominations were announced yesterday and unlike most other Awards Season voters, the BAFTA voters gave us some real surprises. For instance, Birdman didn't lead the way. In fact, it was a comedy, The Grand Budapest Hotel, that earned the most nominations at 11. Granted, Birdman and The Theory of Everything were tied for second place with ten each, but it is still strange to see a comedy leading the way. More...

2014 - Awards Season: Golden Globes - Nominations

December 11th, 2014

Birdman poster

The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning, at three in the morning, because the people at Golden Globes are under the delusion that news announced at 3:00 a.m. is somehow more important if it is announced before anyone is awake. As for the actual nominations, like with the Independent Spirit Awards and the SAG nominations, Birdman led the way. It earned seven nominations, while Boyhood and The Imitation Game tied for second with five apiece. Starting to notice a pattern here? This could be a really dull Awards Season with very few surprises. On the other hand, predictable means less work for me. Plus, predictable probably means the Awards Season voters are making the right choices, as surprises usually mean someone made the wrong choice. More...

2014 - Awards Season: SAG - Nominations

December 10th, 2014

Birdman poster

The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced Wednesday morning. Are there surprises worth mentioning? Is the Oscar picture beginning to take shape? Like with the Independent Spirit Awards, Birdman led the way this time earning four nominations from six categories, while Boyhood, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything had three nods each.


2014 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Nominations

December 6th, 2014

Birdman poster

The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced last week and I'm getting to them a little late, because I needed to organize the whole Awards Season stories. Firstly, I've decided to use the year the movies were released not the year the awards are handed out, unlike what we did last year. This means both will have 2014 as the year. Not ideal, but it is better to fix the mistake now than carry on making it. Secondly, the headlines are just going to be the name of the Awards and either nominations or winners. This will make it easier for readers to find later on. As for the Independent Spirit Awards nominations, Birdman led the way with 6 nods, while Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma were right behind with 5 each.


2014 Preview: October

September 30th, 2014

Fury poster

September is over and while it got off to a bad start, a really, really, truly terrible start, it actually ended on a bit of a strong note. Granted, no film has yet to reach $100 million, but The Maze Runner and The Equalizer both could get there in the end. As for October, we might go another month without a $100 million hit. There are a couple of films that have the potential to reach the century mark, Gone Girl and Fury. Hopefully they will get there, but given the recent box office woes, it is probably best to keep expectations low. Last October, there were two films that earned more than $100 million. Bad Grandpa just made it passed that mark. On the other hand, Gravity was a monster hit earning nearly $275 million. It you compare its run to this year's batch of films, it only ranks behind Guardians of the Galaxy. ... There's no way any film opening this month is going to match that. ... There no way the top two films will match that. ... The top three films might not match that. ... 2014 is going to get crushed in the year-over-year comparison and by the end of the month, it will be safe to say its chances of ever catching up to 2013 will be over. It is going to be a depressing month. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for June 24th, 2014

June 23rd, 2014

There's very little on the home market that stands out. 300: Rise of an Empire is the biggest movie coming out this week, but it is far from the best new release. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of new releases in competition for Pick of the Week. The A Hard Day's Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray is absolutely worth picking up, but there are no new extras for the Blu-ray, so that is a strike against it. Masters of Sex: Season One earned great reviews, but the extras on the DVD or the Blu-ray are only good. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Six is loaded, but its price is just too high. In the end, I rolled a dice and Star Trek: The Next Generation came out on top, but it really is a close race. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Enemy

June 22nd, 2014

Enemy is the latest film from Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal. It was actually made before Prisoners was, but that was a lot more mainstream movie and it earned a theatrical release first. There are many words that can be used to describe Enemy, but mainstream isn't one of them. Is it worth checking out for fans of the unusual? And is the Blu-ray worth picking up? More...

Weekend Predictions: Prisoners Free to Capture Top Spot

September 20th, 2013

There might be a close race at the box office this weekend. The buzz surrounding Prisoners is growing enough that it should earn first place, but Insidious Chapter 2 might hold on well enough to challenge the newcomer for top spot. The other new release for the week is Battle of the Year, which is opening in fewer theaters than I thought it would and with much worse reviews. It likely won't be a factor. In fact, there's a slim chance that the 3-D re-release of The Wizard of Oz will earn more this weekend than Battle of the Year will. The best new releases from this week last year was End of Watch, which only managed $13.15 million. This is close to what it cost to make, but it is low for a number one film. On the other hand, last year had much better depth than this year will have, so 2013's winning streak might come to an end. More...

2013 Preview: September

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. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: End of Watch

January 21st, 2013

End of Watch was released in September, which is usually a terrible sign. It didn't seem like a bad movie from the trailer, and there was a lot of buzz going in, but still, that release date is usually a death sentence. Its reviews turned out to be better than expected, award-worthy, in fact. But it was only able to become a midlevel hit. Granted, it was profitable thanks to its low budget and it is one of the best runs for the studio. Will it be able to find an audience on the home market? More...

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12/31/2017 The Current War George Westinghouse  $0 $0 $0
12/31/2016 Stronger Jeff Bauman  $0 $0 $0
12/31/2016 The Man Who Made it Snow Max Mermelstein  $0 $0 $0
11/18/2016 Nocturnal Animals   $0 $0 $0
4/8/2016 Demolition Davis Mitchell  $1,978,592 $2,145,723 $4,124,315
9/18/2015 Everest Scott Fischer  $43,309,450 $178,353,226 $221,662,676
7/24/2015 Southpaw Billy Hope  $52,421,953 $37,403,255 $89,825,208
3/17/2015 Accidental Love Howard Birdwell  $0 $135,436 $135,436
10/31/2014 Nightcrawler Lou Bloom  $32,381,218 $17,953,200 $50,334,418
9/20/2013 Prisoners Detective Loki  $61,002,302 $52,400,000 $113,402,302
9/21/2012 End of Watch Brian Taylor  $41,003,371 $16,583,235 $57,586,606
4/1/2011 Source Code Colter  $54,712,227 $85,716,272 $140,428,499
12/31/2010 Me and My Monster   $0 $0 $0
11/24/2010 Love and Other Drugs Jamie Randall  $32,367,005 $70,349,316 $102,716,321
5/28/2010 Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Dastan  $90,759,676 $223,834,921 $314,594,597
12/4/2009 Brothers   $28,544,157 $16,499,713 $45,043,870
10/19/2007 Rendition Douglas Freeman  $9,736,045 $17,203,880 $26,939,925
3/2/2007 Zodiac Robert Graysmith  $33,080,084 $50,000,000 $83,080,084
12/9/2005 Brokeback Mountain Jack Twist  $83,043,761 $93,968,412 $177,012,173
11/4/2005 Jarhead Swoff  $62,647,540 $34,300,000 $96,947,540
9/16/2005 Proof Hal  $7,535,331 $749,000 $8,284,331
5/28/2004 The Day After Tomorrow Sam Hall  $186,740,799 $369,578,651 $556,319,450
9/27/2002 Moonlight Mile Joe Nast  $6,830,957 $0 $6,830,957
8/7/2002 The Good Girl Holden Worther  $14,018,296 $2,567,207 $16,585,503
6/28/2002 Lovely and Amazing Jordan  $4,210,379 $403,103 $4,613,482
10/26/2001 Donnie Darko Donnie Darko  $1,270,522 $6,030,871 $7,301,393
8/24/2001 Bubble Boy Jimmy Livingston  $5,002,310 $0 $5,002,310
2/19/1999 October Sky Homer Hickam  $32,683,932 $425,933 $33,109,865
4/17/1998 Homegrown Jake/Blue Kahan  $215,553 $0 $215,553
12/3/1993 A Dangerous Woman Edward  $1,497,222 $0 $1,497,222
11/24/1993 Josh and S.A.M. Leon  $1,484,404 $0 $1,484,404
6/7/1991 City Slickers Danny Robbins  $124,033,791 $0 $124,033,791
Movies: 32Totals:$1,012,510,877$1,276,601,354$2,289,112,231
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12/31/2016 The Man Who Made it Snow Producer $0 $0 $0
10/31/2014 Nightcrawler Producer $32,381,218 $17,953,200 $50,334,418
9/21/2012 End of Watch Executive Producer $41,003,371 $16,583,235 $57,586,606
Movies: 3Totals:$73,384,589$34,536,435$107,921,024