|As an Actor||Leading||17||$583,615,488||$613,491,653||$1,197,107,141|
|Lead Ensemble Member||8||$295,757,887||$598,294,257||$894,052,144|
|In Technical Roles||Director||1||$0||$58,884||$58,884|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 68 films, with $7,277,959,486 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #81)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games), Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1), Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2), The Colonel (War for the Planet of the Apes)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Suzanne Collins, Jesse Eisenberg|
|Born: July 23rd, 1961 (56 years old)|
July 5th, 2017
July 1st, 2017
I hate it when the first of the month lands on a Saturday. By the time this story goes live, we will still have almost no box office data for Despicable Me 3, so we won’t know if June ended on a positive note. Fortunately, Wonder Woman beat expectations and might end up as the biggest hit of the summer, at least for a little while. July begins with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which should make at least $300 million and is the last film being released this summer that has a shot at being a $400 million hit domestically. It is very likely that nothing else this month will come within $100 million of that movie, so that could help its legs. There are a few potential $100 million hits, including War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and a couple of other long shots. Last July had a similar feel with The Secret Life of Pets topping the list with well over $300 million, while there were five other $100 million hits. This July would have to beat expectations substantially to match this performance. I’m not confident 2017 will be able to maintain its pace at the box office. I’m worried at least one big film will struggled and 2017 will end the month behind 2016’s pace.
June 30th, 2017
March 30th, 2017
March 24th, 2017
It is not a great week for limited releases. Granted, there are several that are earning excellent reviews, films like Dig Two Graves, I Called Him Morgan, The Levelling, and A Woman, A Part. However, none of them look like they will be box office hits. The film I’m most interested in seeing is Prevenge and this film could be a hit, when it hits the home market.
February 13th, 2017
The Edge of Seventeen was one of those films that had light Awards Season buzz. Its reviews were 95% positive, but it only managed a couple of major nominations. Worse still for the studio, it bombed in theaters. Is this a film that deserved better during Awards Season? Does it at least deserve a bigger audience on the home market?
January 23rd, 2017
December 9th, 2016
November 19th, 2016
As expected, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them easily earned first place on Friday. However, it only managed $29.7 million, which was well below expectations. This is the worst opening day in the Harry Potter franchise since The Chamber of Secrets. (The two films are so close that the final figure for Fantastic Beasts could be the worst in the franchise.) The reviews are weaker than the franchise as a whole, but its CinemaScore is an A and that’s roughly average for the previous 8 Harry Potter films. The film should still earn between $70 million and $75 million over the weekend, depending on if the high CinemaScore can overcome the Fanboy Effect. I would choose to be optimistic, but that hasn’t worked out this weekend.
November 1st, 2016
October turned out to be a mixed month. On the one hand, not one movie earned $100 million, or even came close. However, it was also a more steady month than last October and the last two weeks really helped 2016 in the year-over-year comparisons. In November, we have five films with at least a shot at $100 million, three of which should have no trouble getting to at least $200 million. A little while ago, I thought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be the biggest hit of the month, but the buzz took a hit recently. More on that below. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange’s reviews are currently 90% positive and that should help it out at the box office. The third very likely $200 million hit is Moana. There is certainly precedent for an animated movie to be a monster hit at this time of year, but there is also a lot of competition. Last November was similar in strength, with five films that earned more than $100 million and two films that earned more than $200 million. None earned more than $300 million, so that’s the goal for this November. If we can get one $300 million and / or three $200 million movies over the month, then it will be seen as a victory.
June 1st, 2016
May was great, as long as you don't compare it to last May. Captain America: Civil War was a monster hit and is closing in on $400 million, while both X-Men: Apocalypse and The Angry Birds Movie will earn over $100 million. Looking ahead, every week in June, there is one movie that should top $100 million; however, only Finding Dory is expected to make more than $200 million. In fact, that film is expected to make close to $400 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide. Last June, there were two monster hits, Inside Out and Jurassic World, plus one $100 million hit, Spy. I don't see how 2016 will top that. Even if every film with a shot at $100 million gets to that milestone, 2016 still might not top last year's pace. Fortunately, 2016 does have a large lead and that could be enough to keep 2016 ahead of 2015's pace in the year-over-year competition. It could be really close at the end of the month, on the other hand.
March 28th, 2016
The Hunger Games franchise has come to a close. The four films earned a combined $1.45 billion domestically and $2.90 billion worldwide. The final two chapters of the film franchise didn't live up to the first two in terms of quality and box office numbers. Did it collapse so much in quality that the franchise isn't worth owning? If not, is it worth picking up, even with the double-dips?
February 1st, 2016
As expected, January was dominated by holdovers with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant leading the way. That's not to say there were no new releases that did well, as Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 were hits with moviegoers. Looking forward, there is only one film that looks like a sure hit, Deadpool. There's a slim chance it could be a surprise $200 million hit. There's a much better chance it will be the only $100 million hit. Conversely, last February started with a $100 million hit coming out, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, while there were two other $100 million movies to come out that month, Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Looks like 2016 is going to lose in the year-over-year comparison.
October 31st, 2014
October was a better than expected month with the overall box office keeping pace with October of 2013, for the most part. (The last weekend will be terrible, but that's because of Halloween.) We were able to close the gap somewhat in the year-over-year comparison, at least by a little bit. So how will November do compared to October. Let's put it this way. There are only seven films opening wide this month. Of those, Beyond the Lights will likely not make an impact at the box office. Every other film has at least a reasonable shot at $100 million. More than half the of the films opening this month could hit $200 million. Leading the way will be The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, which could hit $400 million. The only problem is when book franchises split the final installment into two parts, the first part tends to be weaker at the box office. Interstellar is a big question mark. On the low end, it could make just over $100 million, while on the high end, just over $300 million is within reach. That's a wide range of expectations. On the downside, last November, there were two movies to reach $400 million: Catching Fire and Frozen. On the other hand, there was only one other movie to make more than $100 million, Thor: The Dark World, so perhaps the depth this year will help 2014 come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison.
October 12th, 2014
Kingpin was not a hit when it was first released nearly 20 years ago. It earned mixed reviews and barely matched its production budget domestically. However, it became a huge cult hit on the home market. This week it comes out on Blu-ray for the first time. It is also the first time I've seen it. Was it worth the wait? Or was I smart skipping it the first time it came out?
June 9th, 2014
True Detective earned a lot of pre-release buzz and opened with great reviews. The series debut earned more than 2 million viewers and by the end of its 8-episode run, its ratings grew by more than 50%. On the other hand, there were many people who were let down by the ending. Did I get drawn into the show like most critics were? And did the ending let me down?
March 9th, 2014
Out of the Furnace came out the weekend after Thanksgiving, which is a dead zone at the box office. Despite being in the heart of the winter holidays (Thanksgiving through New Year's Day) the weekend after Thanksgiving is often times among the worst weekend of the year for wide releases. That was certainly the case in 2013 and Out of the Furnace was part of the problem. Is it as bad as its box office numbers would indicate? Or did it fail to find an audience in part because of the release date?
March 7th, 2014
The Hunger Games came out in 2012 with high expectations. Many thought it was going to be a good movie and do very well, especially for a spring time release. Instead, it broke records, including best mid-night screening for a non-sequel, biggest March weekend, biggest weekend for a non-sequel, etc. And thanks to its high quality, it had better than expected legs. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came out last fall and earned even more money at the box office. Is it as good as its predecessor? Or can it be even better?
December 1st, 2013
We had some good news and some bad news in November. The bad news is the overall weakness at the box office continued and 2013 lost its lead over 2012. Strong runs by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen did help it bounce back in the end, but 2013 is still going to have a tough time topping 2012. Looking forward to December, we find about a dozen wide releases, sort of. There are several films that are opening in limited release that are expected to expand wide by the end of the month, but I'm not sure that will be the case for all of them. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be the easy winner this month and if it is a little lucky, it might even top its predecessor at the box office. There is a huge amount of hype surrounding Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and it could double the first film's box office numbers. On the other hand, those two films might be the only two December wide releases to reach $100 million. There are a few that have the potential to get to the century mark, if they are big players during Awards Season. Obviously some of the films coming out this month will win awards, but there's already a lot of competition in theaters before the month begins. There were three $100 million movies last December, led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so while it could be close, it looks like December will lose in the year-over-year comparison. This is really bad news, as 2013 can't afford to go out on a losing streak if it wants to top 2012.
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.
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.
January 6th, 2013
The 2008 presidential campaign was a strange story. It was the first time in more than 50 years there would be no incumbent on either ticket and this meant both the Democrats and the Republicans had open primaries and this meant there were lots of contenders and lots of drama. One could write dozens of books and movies about the various stories of the 2008 campaign. Game Change tells one of many stories from that election focusing on McCain's decision to pick Sarah Palin as their Vice Presidential candidate. Is it worth checking out if you are a political junkie? Is it worth checking out even if you are not?
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.
|5/25/2018||Solo: A Star Wars Story||Beckett||$0||$0||$0|
|11/10/2017||Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Miss…||$0||$0||$0|
|8/11/2017||The Glass Castle||Rex Walls||$17,273,059||$80,380||$17,353,439|
|7/14/2017||War for the Planet of the Apes||The Colonel||$146,699,016||$340,240,142||$486,939,158|
|11/18/2016||The Edge of Seventeen||Mr. Bruner||$14,431,633||$4,370,622||$18,802,255|
|6/24/2016||The Duel||Abraham Brant||$0||$0||$0|
|6/10/2016||Now You See Me 2||Merritt McKinney/Chase McKinney||$65,075,540||$263,600,000||$328,675,540|
|2/26/2016||Triple 9||Sgt. Detective Jeffrey Allen||$12,639,297||$13,304,495||$25,943,792|
|11/20/2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2||Haymitch Abernathy||$281,723,902||$368,799,525||$650,523,427|
|11/21/2014||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1||Haymitch Abernathy||$337,135,885||$429,516,403||$766,652,288|
|12/4/2013||Out of the Furnace||Harlan DeGroat||$11,330,849||$4,103,526||$15,434,375|
|11/22/2013||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||Haymitch Abernathy||$424,668,047||$440,200,000||$864,868,047|
|5/31/2013||Now You See Me||Merritt McKinney||$117,723,989||$225,045,211||$342,769,200|
|1/8/2013||Game Change||Steve Schmidt||$0||$0||$0|
|3/23/2012||The Hunger Games||Haymitch Abernathy||$408,010,692||$269,912,687||$677,923,379|
|7/22/2011||Friends with Benefits||Tommy||$55,802,754||$90,793,137||$146,595,891|
|10/31/2010||The Other Side||Marston I / Marston II||$0||$0||$0|
|11/13/2009||The Messenger||Capt. Tony Stone||$1,109,660||$635,292||$1,744,952|
|12/19/2008||Seven Pounds||Ezra Turner||$69,951,824||$96,665,504||$166,617,328|
|9/19/2008||Battle in Seattle||Dale||$223,537||$650,000||$873,537|
|3/21/2008||The Grand||One-Eyed Jack Faro||$115,879||$0||$115,879|
|12/7/2007||The Walker||Carter Page III||$79,698||$428,505||$508,203|
|11/9/2007||No Country for Old Men||Carson Wells||$74,273,505||$89,777,745||$164,051,250|
|7/7/2006||A Scanner Darkly||Ernie Luckman||$5,501,616||$1,903,468||$7,405,084|
|6/9/2006||A Prairie Home Companion||Lefty||$20,342,852||$6,373,339||$26,716,191|
|6/6/2006||The Big White||Raymond||$0||$0||$0|
|10/21/2005||North Country||Bill White||$18,324,242||$5,352,529||$23,676,771|
|9/30/2005||The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio||Leo "Kelly" Ryan||$627,844||$0||$627,844|
|11/12/2004||After the Sunset||Stan Lloyd||$28,328,132||$10,000,982||$38,329,114|
|7/30/2004||She Hate Me||Leland Powell||$365,134||$1,100,000||$1,465,134|
|4/21/2004||This So-Called Disaster||Himself||$45,195||$0||$45,195|
|4/11/2003||Anger Management||Galaxia / Security Guard||$135,560,942||$60,100,000||$195,660,942|
|12/24/1999||Play it to the Bone||Vince Boudreau||$8,427,204||$0||$8,427,204|
|6/10/1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Himself||$206,040,085||$106,343,402||$312,383,487|
|12/30/1998||The Hi-Lo Country||Big Boy Matson||$166,082||$0||$166,082|
|12/23/1998||The Thin Red Line||Keck, S/Sgt, Ldr 2nd Pl||$36,400,491||$61,308,543||$97,709,034|
|12/25/1997||Wag the Dog||Sgt. William Schumann||$43,057,470||$21,194,568||$64,252,038|
|11/26/1997||Welcome to Sarajevo||Flynn||$429,756||$0||$429,756|
|12/25/1996||The People vs. Larry Flynt||Larry Flynt||$20,224,840||$0||$20,224,840|
|10/25/1996||The Sunchaser||Dr. Michael Reynolds||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|8/26/1994||Natural Born Killers||Mickey||$50,282,766||$0||$50,282,766|
|6/3/1994||The Cowboy Way||Pepper||$19,731,505||$0||$19,731,505|
|2/4/1994||I'll Do Anything||"Ground Zero" Hero||$10,209,111||$0||$10,209,111|
|4/7/1993||Indecent Proposal||David Murphy||$106,614,059||$159,985,941||$266,600,000|
|3/27/1992||White Men Can't Jump||Billy Hoyle||$76,253,806||$14,500,000||$90,753,806|
|8/2/1991||Doc Hollywood||Hank Gordon||$54,751,779||$0||$54,751,779|
|2/8/1991||L.A. Story||Harris' Boss (uncredited)||$28,854,480||$0||$28,854,480|
|2/5/1988||She's Having a Baby||(uncredited) Cameo at end||$16,031,707||$0||$16,031,707|
|12/31/2016||Lost in London||Director||$0||$58,884||$58,884|