|As an Actor||(Unclassified)||25||$302,804,234||$89,214,759||$392,018,993|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$217,804,785||$329,270,794||$547,075,579|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 64 films, with $5,948,434,303 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #95)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games), Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1), Charlie Frost (2012), Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins|
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.
|7/14/2017||War for the Planet of the Apes||The Colonel||$0||$0||$0|
|6/10/2016||Now You See Me: The Second Act||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2015||By Way of Helena||Abraham Brant||$0||$0||$0|
|11/20/2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2||Haymitch Abernathy||$111,206,338||$146,000,000||$257,206,338|
|11/21/2014||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1||Haymitch Abernathy||$337,135,885||$372,500,000||$709,635,885|
|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||$234,000,000||$351,723,989|
|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|
|12/31/2010||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||$205,957,794||$104,292,551||$310,250,345|
|12/30/1998||The Hi-Lo Country||Big Boy Matson||$163,810||$0||$163,810|
|12/23/1998||The Thin Red Line||Keck, S/Sgt, Ldr 2nd Pl||$36,385,763||$61,308,543||$97,694,306|
|12/25/1997||Wag the Dog||Sgt. William Schumann||$43,022,524||$21,194,568||$64,217,092|
|11/26/1997||Welcome to Sarajevo||Flynn||$429,756||$0||$429,756|
|12/25/1996||The People vs. Larry Flynt||Larry Flynt||$20,191,312||$0||$20,191,312|
|10/25/1996||The Sunchaser||Dr. Michael Reynolds||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|8/26/1994||Natural Born Killers||Mickey||$50,215,954||$0||$50,215,954|
|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||$101,268,255||$159,985,941||$261,254,196|
|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||$53,732,464||$0||$53,732,464|
|2/8/1991||L.A. Story||Harris' Boss (uncredited)||$28,463,149||$0||$28,463,149|
|2/5/1988||She's Having a Baby||(uncredited) Cameo at end||$16,031,707||$0||$16,031,707|