|As an Actor||Leading||24||$1,242,131,541||$1,148,844,490||$2,390,976,031|
|Lead Ensemble Member||8||$770,613,790||$957,720,718||$1,728,334,508|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||3||$112,570,983||$119,477,884||$232,048,867|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 24 films, with $2,390,976,031 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #79)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Lucius Fox (The Dark Knight Rises), Lucius Fox (The Dark Knight), Vitruvius (The Lego Movie), God (Bruce Almighty), Narrator (War of the Worlds)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Along Came a Spider (Executive Producer), Invictus (Executive Producer), 5 Flights Up (Executive Producer), Bopha! (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Luc Besson, Scarlett Johansson, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Choi Min-sik|
|Born: June 1st, 1937 (79 years old)|
August 1st, 2016
July did reasonably well, thanks mostly to The Secret Life of Pets, which will top $300 million shortly and could earn double its nearest competitor when all is said and done. That said, there were also a quartet of $100 million hits as well, so the month had good depth as well. August isn’t as lucky. There is one film that is expected to earn $100 million during its opening weekend, Suicide Squad, and one more that is expected to reach $100 million in total, Pete’s Dragon. There could be a surprise hit among the rest of the releases, (my long shot with a shot is Sausage Party) but for the most part, the rest of the wide releases would be happy with just $50 million at the box office. Last August was a disaster and Straight Outta Compton was the only hit of the month. Unless Suicide Squad bombs compared to expectations, 2016 will come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison.
March 1st, 2016
It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.
As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015.
June 17th, 2015
Wow. Slow week. There are a few releases that are notable, but we very quickly run into titles that would be considered filler during the average week. In fact, there are no first run releases that are contenders for Pick of the Week. There are a trio of limited releases that are in the running for that title: Time Lapse (DVD or Blu-ray or Video on Demand); Wild Tales (DVD or Blu-ray or Video on Demand); and The Wrecking Crew (DVD or Blu-ray or Video on Demand). There were also two catalog releases of note: The Cat Returns (Blu-ray Combo Pack) and Spirited Away (Blu-ray Combo Pack). Both are excellent, but Spirited Away is the better of the two films and it is the Pick of the Week.
April 3rd, 2015
It is a busy week, but not a good week for limited releases. The two biggest releases, Effie Gray and Woman in Gold, are both earning weak reviews. The film on this list I'm most interested in seeing is Cheatin'. I own a number of Bill Plympton movies / shorts and this one looks like it is worth adding to my collection.
January 20th, 2015
Lucy opened at the end of July and it was expected to do well at the box office, but it was a surprise hit earning more than $40 million opening weekend and $120 million domestically, not to mention over $450 million worldwide. This is an even better result when you compare it to how bad the overall summer box office was. Did this film deserve this success? Or did this film benefit from the lack of strong competition?
September 1st, 2014
August was a great month, it is as simple as that. Not only did Guardians of the Galaxy break records, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a surprise hit as well. These early gains led to an extended winning streak in the year-over-year comparison. Granted, 2014 is still more than $300 million behind 2013, but this is substantially less than the gap was before the month. Can September maintain this run? I'm not sure. Last September was strong compared to most Septembers with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 earning more than $100 million while Insidious Chapter 2 came relatively close. This year, there likely won't be any $100 million hits, but I think The Equalizer should at least come close. Meanwhile, there are some who think The Maze Runner will be the biggest hit of the month, but I'm not among them. There have been too many similar releases that have struggled to think this one will be a hit. I think September will get off to a terrible start, but overall I think it will be close to last year.
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.
May 5th, 2014
I don't think it is unfair to call Amistad Oscar-bait. It is a film based on a powerful real life story that came out in theaters in December, right in the heart of Oscar season. However, it didn't live up to expectations, either with critics or at the box office. It did pick up four Oscar nominations, but it failed to convert any of those into wins. Then again, "Not quite good enough for Oscars." is hardly a damning statement. Was the movie hurt by unrealistic expectations? Has it aged well in the years since it came out? And is the Blu-ray worth picking up?
April 1st, 2014
In the March update to our Bankability Index, our list of industry influencers increases to 14 people and we examine the top actors and actresses in dramatic roles in movies.
Overall, March's chart reflects the relatively modest start to the year at the box office. Samuel L. Jackson moves back into second place in the overall chart thanks to his appearance in RoboCop, Hans Zimmer was helped by his composing for Winter's Tale and Son of God (and will be further helped in April's chart through his involvement in Divergent–does the man ever sleep?). Leonardo DiCaprio continues to benefit from his producing roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, Out of the Furnace and Runner Runner. Finally, Frozen helps John Lasseter solidify his 11th place in the chart.
This month's new entry is Morgan Freeman, who got a very handy boost from his voice role in The LEGO Movie, and was also helped by some work we did on our archive of credits. That combination takes him to 14th on the Worldwide Chart, up 3 places from February.
All this activity has kept us pretty busy, but it's our new Bankability feature that really kept us burning the midnight oil this month: The Bankability Index Casting and Hiring Guides...
December 2nd, 2013
The Jack Ryan franchise is a strange one. There have been four films so far, with a fifth on the way, and during that time, four different actors will have played the titular role. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hits theaters in mid-January, so it is a perfect time to release the four earlier movies on a Blu-ray box set. (Or to be more accurate, re-release the 2008 Blu-rays in one box set.) How many of these earlier films are worth checking out? And is the box set good value?
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
September 14th, 2013
Over the past two or so years, we've been working on one of the biggest projects we've ever undertaken: building out our database of acting and technical credits to include complete information on every acting role and significant technical credit for movies for which we have box office information. While work on this vast task continues (and will, of course, continue as long as films are being made), we have enough coverage of the industry now to start doing some serious analysis. Over the next month or two, I'll be looking at some of the things we've found and we'll be rolling out new features at The Numbers that take advantage of the dataset. This week, I'll look into how we are categorizing acting roles, and discuss the first charts in our new People Records section.
August 5th, 2013
Oblivion was a spring release, which isn't a great time to release a film, but it is far from a terrible time either. It opened in first place at the box office, but quickly faded away after that. It is hard to get excited by its box office numbers, but it wasn't a real bomb either. It will need help on the home market to recoup its $120 million production budget. Does it deserve to be seen by more on the home market? And is the DVD and / or Blu-ray worth picking up?
May 1st, 2013
As April ends and summer begins, we see the 2013 box office on a losing streak. There is some good news, as May should be much, much, much better than April was. Much better. During the five weekends in May, there are nine films opening wide. Of those film, there are seven that at least have a shot at $100 million. And of those seven films, four at least have a shot at $200 million, two have a shot at $300 million, and we might even have a $400 million hit this month. Iron Man 3 should turn out to be the biggest hit of the month, while there are some who think Star Trek: Into Darkness could be a close competitor for that honor. There's also some bad news. The Avengers opened last May and earned more than $600 million. No film opening this month will come close to that figure. There's a chance the top two films opening this month won't match that combined. On the other hand, last year there was a huge drop-off from the biggest hit of the month to the second biggest hit of the month. There were so many high-profile failures last year, that 2013 might actually start winning some weekends in the year-over-year comparison.
April 1st, 2013
March is over and while it is a little too soon to tell where a few films will end their box office runs, it is clear Oz The Great and Powerful won the month. Some films beat expectations to become midlevel hits, like The Call, but it wasn't a great month at the box office, especially compared to last year. This month, there are only seven wide releases spread over four weeks. Only one of those films, Oblivion, has a shot at being anything more than a midlevel hit. None of the other six releases look like they will come close to $100 million, but none of them look like obvious bombs either. (Although I do have my worries when it comes to Scary Movie 5.) Last April was even weaker with no film earning $100 million, although Think Like a Man did come relatively close. We might actually see growth on the year-over-year comparison. We'd better, because 2013 is behind 2012's pace by a huge margin at the moment and things will get worse when May arrives.
March 1st, 2013
February is over, and for the most part, we should be very happy it is done and buried. The biggest hit of the month turned out to be Identity Thief, which will cross $100 million shortly. There were also a couple of impressive midlevel hits, like Warm Bodies and Escape from Planet Earth, but for the most part, it was miss after miss. This is bad news for March, which is not only dealing with a slumping 2013 box office, but will be compared with a strong March of 2012. Last March started with The Lorax, which earned more than $200 million. There's a good chance no March release this year will reach this milestone. Last March was also the month The Hunger Games opened, which earned more than $400 million. There's a chance the top three films opening this month won't earn that much combined. 2013 is going to take a beating in the year-over-year comparison and it is already $100 million behind last year's pace.
October 23rd, 2012
There are not a lot of major releases on this week's list. The biggest box office hit was Magic Mike, which did cross $100 million, but I'm not sure its target audience is going to support it on DVD and especially not on Blu-ray Combo Pack. According to Amazon.com, Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings is the best selling new release, and the DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and 3D Combo Pack are selling very well. However, while that film is absolutely worth picking up, the Pick of the Week goes to The Invisible War on DVD. It could be an Oscar winner next year.
October 18th, 2012
It's the weekend before Halloween, so that must mean Paranormal Activity. The fourth installment in the franchise should dominate the box office, but the challenge is for Paranormal Activity 4 to top Paranormal Activity 3. The only other wide release of the week is Alex Cross, Tyler Perry's attempt to build a mainstream acting career. There's not a lot of buzz for that film. Last year Paranormal Activity 3 broke the record for biggest October opening. There's a slim chance that will happen this year as well, but probably not. On the other hand, the other three releases made roughly $14 million combined, so while we are not as strong at the top, there's better depth in 2012.
October 1st, 2012
2012 continues its downward path. After a record-breaking spring, thanks to The Hunger Games, and a record-breaking start to the summer, thanks to The Avengers, the box office hasn't been able to maintain any real momentum. For most of the month, September was no better than August and now the year-over-year gains are just a little more than inflation. October will need to improve or 2012 will be in real trouble. Unfortunately, that might be tough. There's not a single film coming out in October that looks like it will be a guaranteed $100 million hit and there are only two films with a realistic chance, Taken 2 and Paranormal Activity 4. (There's also Cloud Atlas, which is a wild card. That movie could bomb or be the biggest hit of the month and I wouldn't be surprised either way.) There is a chance all three will get to the century mark, but there's a better chance none of them will. Last October, two films cracked $100 million: Paranormal Activity 3 and Puss in Boots, with the latter nearly reaching $150 million. I don't see any film coming close to matching that figure. On the other hand, last year there were six films that one could accurately describe as bombs. So while 2012 is weaker at the top, it could have better depth than 2011 did. Let's hope so, because we can't afford more bad news.
|4/7/2017||Going in Style||$0||$0||$0|
|6/10/2016||Now You See Me 2||Thaddeus Bradley||$65,075,540||$263,600,000||$328,675,540|
|3/4/2016||London Has Fallen||VP Trumbull||$62,524,260||$131,333,702||$193,857,962|
|6/26/2015||Ted 2||Patrick Meighan||$81,284,830||$135,215,353||$216,500,183|
|5/8/2015||5 Flights Up||Alex Carver||$1,020,921||$1,354,850||$2,375,771|
|9/12/2014||Dolphin Tale 2||Dr. Cameron McCarthy||$42,024,533||$15,800,000||$57,824,533|
|4/4/2014||Island of Lemurs: Madagascar||Narrator||$10,673,448||$273,281||$10,946,729|
|2/7/2014||The Lego Movie||Vitruvius||$257,784,718||$199,944,670||$457,729,388|
|5/31/2013||Now You See Me||Thaddeus Bradley||$117,723,989||$234,000,000||$351,723,989|
|3/22/2013||Olympus Has Fallen||Speaker Trumbull||$98,927,592||$51,634,572||$150,562,164|
|7/20/2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Lucius Fox||$448,139,099||$636,300,000||$1,084,439,099|
|7/6/2012||The Magic of Belle Isle||Monte Wildhorn||$102,388||$23,029||$125,417|
|9/23/2011||Dolphin Tale||Dr. Cameron McCarthy||$72,286,779||$23,781,945||$96,068,724|
|4/8/2011||Born to be Wild 3D||Himself||$25,048,948||$10,717,727||$35,766,675|
|12/31/2009||The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle||$0||$0||$0|
|11/24/2009||The Maiden Heist||$0||$0||$0|
|7/18/2008||The Dark Knight||Lucius Fox||$533,345,358||$469,546,000||$1,002,891,358|
|12/25/2007||The Bucket List||Carter Chambers||$93,466,502||$81,344,313||$174,810,815|
|10/19/2007||Gone, Baby, Gone||Jack Doyle||$20,300,218||$14,051,944||$34,352,162|
|9/28/2007||The Feast of Love||Harry Stevenson||$3,508,572||$2,287,895||$5,796,467|
|7/24/2007||The Contract||Frank Cordell||$0||$1,462,668||$1,462,668|
|12/1/2006||Ten Items or Less||Him||$83,291||$0||$83,291|
|4/7/2006||Lucky Number Slevin||The Boss||$22,495,466||$33,000,000||$55,495,466|
|9/23/2005||Magnificent Desolation||Neil Armstrong||$34,126,126||$5,720,770||$39,846,896|
|9/9/2005||An Unfinished Life||Mitch Bradley||$8,535,575||$10,000,000||$18,535,575|
|6/29/2005||War of the Worlds||Narrator||$234,280,354||$372,556,181||$606,836,535|
|6/24/2005||La marche de l'empereur||Narrator||$77,437,223||$55,839,136||$133,276,359|
|6/15/2005||Batman Begins||Lucius Fox||$205,343,774||$153,798,948||$359,142,722|
|5/13/2005||Danny the Dog||Sam||$24,537,621||$24,500,000||$49,037,621|
|12/15/2004||Million Dollar Baby||Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris||$100,492,203||$131,524,199||$232,016,402|
|1/30/2004||The Big Bounce||Walter Crewes||$6,471,394||$154,721||$6,626,115|
|5/31/2002||The Sum of All Fears||DCI William Cabot||$118,471,320||$75,028,680||$193,500,000|
|4/5/2002||High Crimes||Charles Grimes||$41,543,207||$22,237,893||$63,781,100|
|4/6/2001||Along Came a Spider||Alex Cross||$74,058,698||$31,100,387||$105,159,085|
|9/22/2000||Under Suspicion||Capt. Victor Benezet||$334,245||$0||$334,245|
|5/8/1998||Deep Impact||President Beck||$140,464,664||$209,000,000||$349,464,664|
|4/24/1998||The Big Hit||Boy In Hotel Lobby||$27,066,941||$0||$27,066,941|
|10/3/1997||Kiss the Girls||Alex Cross||$60,527,873||$0||$60,527,873|
|9/19/1997||The Long Way Home||Narrator||$18,665||$0||$18,665|
|8/2/1996||Chain Reaction||Paul Shannon||$21,226,204||$38,983,130||$60,209,334|
|3/10/1995||Outbreak||General Billy Ford||$67,823,573||$0||$67,823,573|
|9/23/1994||The Shawshank Redemption||Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding||$28,241,469||$65,623||$28,307,092|
|1/1/1992||The Power of One||Geel Piet||$2,827,107||$0||$2,827,107|
|6/14/1991||Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves||Azeem||$165,493,908||$225,006,092||$390,500,000|
|12/19/1990||The Bonfire of the Vanities||Judge Leonard White||$15,432,314||$0||$15,432,314|
|12/13/1989||Glory||Sergeant Major John Rawlins||$26,593,580||$0||$26,593,580|
|12/13/1989||Driving Miss Daisy||Hoke Colburn||$106,593,296||$0||$106,593,296|
|9/29/1989||Johnny Handsome||Lt. A.Z. Drones||$6,622,465||$0||$6,622,465|
|3/3/1989||Lean on Me||Principal Joe Clark||$29,823,140||$0||$29,823,140|
|8/10/1988||Clean and Sober||Craig||$8,674,093||$0||$8,674,093|
|1/1/1987||Street Smart||Fast Black||$1,119,112||$0||$1,119,112|
|11/8/1985||That Was Then… This is Now||Charlie Woods||$8,630,068||$0||$8,630,068|
|3/2/1984||Harry & Son||Siemanowski||$4,900,000||$0||$4,900,000|
|6/20/1980||Brubaker||Walter, Solitary Inmate||$37,121,708||$0||$37,121,708|
|5/8/2015||5 Flights Up||Executive Producer||$1,020,921||$1,354,850||$2,375,771|
|4/6/2001||Along Came a Spider||Executive Producer||$74,058,698||$31,100,387||$105,159,085|