|As an Actor||Supporting||1||$32,462,372||$53,900,000||$86,362,372|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$44,480,275||$1,227,649||$45,707,924|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on a credit in that role in 1 film, with $86,362,372 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #26,336)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Thomas Valles (McFarland, USA), Oscar Hernandez (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones)|
|Most productive collaborators: Kevin Costner, Niki Caro, Maria Bello, Christopher Cleveland, Morgan Saylor|
April 5th, 2014
The Paranormal Activity has run for five years. The first film cost just $15,000 to make ($450,000 after post-production) and earned more than $100 million domestically and nearly $200 million worldwide. Obviously the studio started rushing out sequels. Unfortunately, some of the later sequels failed to win over critics and it "struggled" at the box office. (It made $86 million worldwide on a $5 million production budget.) The latest film in the franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, is a spin-off of the original story and the first Paranormal Activity not released around Halloween. In fact, it was released in January, which is normally a dumping ground for films. On the other hand, there have been quite a few horror films to do relatively well early in the year in the past few years. Was this one of those successes? Or was it really dumped into theaters because the studio had no faith in the film?
January 1st, 2014
It's the first month of the new year, but the biggest hit might be a film released in December. Last month ended on a slow note with all five Christmas day releases failing to become hits, some more than others. (It's a little too soon to tell if The Wolf of Wall Street or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will do well enough to break even any time soon, but neither is a serious hit.) There are still some December releases that will likely remain on the charts through the opening weekends of January, while there are some films that opened in limited release last month with a scheduled wide release this month. Of the purely January releases, I would guess Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the biggest hit. Even then, it won't live up to the previous films in the franchise, even if you don't take inflation into account. Most of the rest of the new releases will be happy if they can become midlevel hits. Last January was led by Mama, which earned more than $70 million. I think Shadow Recruit will top that figure at the box office, while there are a similar number of likely box office bombs opening this year as there were last year. 2014 could start out ahead of 2013's pace, but it likely won't be a huge difference either way.
|2/20/2015||McFarland, USA||Thomas Valles||$44,480,275||$1,227,649||$45,707,924|
|1/3/2014||Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones||Oscar Hernandez||$32,462,372||$53,900,000||$86,362,372|