|As an Actor||Supporting||12||$753,644,521||$478,988,890||$1,232,633,411|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$86,193,829||$56,615,810||$142,809,639|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 49 films, with $2,079,358,138 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #977)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Lester Siegel (Argo), Arnie Klein (Marley & Me), The Chief (Get Smart), Tour Guide (The Muppets), Albert (Going in Style)|
|Most productive collaborators: Ben Affleck, Steve Carell, Chris Terrio, John Goodman, Peter Segal|
|Born: March 26th, 1934 (83 years old)|
April 1st, 2017
March was a month of extremes, led by two strong performances: Beauty and the Beast breaking records and Logan cracking $200 million with ease. There were also two other $100 million hits and another potential $100 million hit that we don’t have significant box office numbers for yet. This is fantastic. On the opposite end, there were three films on last month’s list that didn’t even open truly wide. This month won’t be as lucrative at the top, as The Fate of the Furious is the only film expected to top $100 million. Fortunately, it is expected to open with over $100 million. On the other extreme, there are many, many films on this list that I’m not sure will open wide. Fortunately, last April wasn’t any better. The Jungle Book made nearly $1 billion worldwide, but the other nine films combined made less than half of that. To emphasize: the other nine films that opened last April averaged less than $50 million worldwide each. If The Fate of the Furious can just come close to the previous installment of the franchise, then 2017 has a solid shot at topping 2016.
February 16th, 2017
January 23rd, 2017
It’s not a particularly good week for top-notch releases. There are only three contenders for Pick of the Week, one of which doesn’t come out till next week. I was able to review Pinocchio a week early. The others are a classic from the 1970s, The Man Who Fell To Earth on Blu-ray Combo Pack, and an import from South Korea, The Handmaiden on DVD. Even though The Handmaiden is only coming out on DVD, it is still the best and is this week’s Pick of the Week.
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.
May 20th, 2013
Stand Up Guys has a very impressive cast with three Oscar winners in the three lead roles. It also opened with an Oscar-qualifying run; however, outside of a Golden Globe nomination for best original song, it was passed over by Awards Season voters. When it opened in limited release, it debuted in several hundred theaters, but barely topped the Mendoza Line on the per theater chart, while it disappeared as quickly as that opening would suggest. Will it find success on the home market? Or will it struggle there like it did in limited release and during Awards Season?
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.
February 21st, 2013
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, continuing with Best Supporting Actor. This category is more competitive than Best Supporting Actress, but even so, it is mostly a two horse race.
January 10th, 2013
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there's certainly a lot to talk about. There are some nominations that should surprise no one. For instance, Lincoln led the way with twelve nominations, and it has been seen as the major contender for a long time. However, there were also a few surprise nominations and some major snubs. Here are the list of nominations, and some reactions.
December 14th, 2012
It is another busy week for limited releases, including some that are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Unfortunately, like it usually is at this time of year, unless a limited release is earning Oscar buzz, it is very unlikely to find an audience in limited release. Any Day Now is the film I have the highest hopes for, but even for a film with 88% positive reviews, it will be a challenge.
December 13th, 2012
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five.
December 12th, 2012
SAG nominations were announced and there were only a few surprises to deal with. Leading the way for total nominations was The Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Les Miserables, all of which earned nominations in four of the six categories.
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||Albert||$44,802,529||$33,695,670||$78,498,199|
|11/13/2015||Love the Coopers||Bucky||$26,302,731||$15,864,555||$42,167,286|
|5/10/2014||Million Dollar Arm||Ray||$36,447,959||$2,769,953||$39,217,912|
|12/25/2013||Grudge Match||Louis "Lightning" Conlon||$29,807,260||$40,000,000||$69,807,260|
|3/15/2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Rance Holloway||$22,537,881||$4,854,728||$27,392,609|
|12/14/2012||Stand Up Guys||Hirsch||$3,310,031||$2,808,766||$6,118,797|
|2/17/2012||Thin Ice||Grovy Hauer||$789,752||$0||$789,752|
|11/23/2011||The Muppets||Tour Guide||$88,625,922||$72,346,000||$160,971,922|
|8/5/2011||The Change-Up||Mitch's Father||$37,081,475||$38,753,649||$75,835,124|
|11/27/2009||The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||$337,356||$0||$337,356|
|12/25/2008||Marley & Me||Arnie Klein||$143,153,751||$104,658,260||$247,812,011|
|6/20/2008||Get Smart||The Chief||$130,319,208||$96,420,208||$226,739,416|
|2/2/2007||Raising Flagg||Flagg Purdy||$4,109||$0||$4,109|
|11/3/2006||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Bud Newman||$84,500,122||$23,000,000||$107,500,122|
|7/26/2006||Little Miss Sunshine||Grandpa||$59,891,098||$40,751,255||$100,642,353|
|5/24/2002||Thirteen Conversations About One Thing||Gene||$3,287,435||$418,488||$3,705,923|
|7/20/2001||America's Sweethearts||Wellness Guide||$93,607,673||$67,040,820||$160,648,493|
|9/24/1999||Jakob the Liar||Frankfurter||$4,956,401||$0||$4,956,401|
|8/14/1998||Slums of Beverly Hills||Murray Abromowitz||$5,502,773||$0||$5,502,773|
|1/30/1998||Four Days in September||Charles Burke Elbrick||$310,724||$0||$310,724|
|4/11/1997||Grosse Pointe Blank||Dr. Oatman||$28,084,357||$2,986,055||$31,070,412|
|11/1/1996||Mother Night||George Kraft||$363,905||$0||$363,905|
|9/29/1995||Steal Big, Steal Little||Lou Perilli||$3,150,170||$0||$3,150,170|
|2/3/1995||The Jerky Boys||Lazarro||$7,555,256||$0||$7,555,256|
|7/30/1993||So I Married an Axe Murderer||Police Chief||$11,585,483||$0||$11,585,483|
|4/23/1993||Indian Summer||Unca Lou Handler||$14,717,851||$0||$14,717,851|
|9/30/1992||Glengarry Glen Ross||George Aaronow||$10,725,228||$0||$10,725,228|
|12/7/1990||Edward Scissorhands||Bill Boggs||$53,976,987||$0||$53,976,987|
|3/9/1990||Coupe De Ville||Fred Libner||$592,089||$0||$592,089|
|11/22/1985||Bad Medicine||Dr. Ramón Madera||$2,549,195||$0||$2,549,195|
|9/6/1985||Joshua Then and Now||Reuben Shapiro||$542,420||$0||$542,420|
|11/19/1982||The Last Unicorn||Schmendrick||$6,455,330||$0||$6,455,330|
|1/1/1980||Simon||Prof. Simon Mendelssohn||$6,000,000||$0||$6,000,000|
|6/15/1979||The In-Laws||Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.||$38,200,000||$0||$38,200,000|
|1/1/1974||Freebie and the Bean||Bean||$30,000,000||$0||$30,000,000|
|6/24/1970||Catch-22||Captain John Yossarian, B-25 Bombardier||$24,911,670||$0||$24,911,670|
|7/19/1968||Inspector Clouseau||Inspector Jacques Clouseau||$0||$0||$0|
|10/26/1967||Wait Until Dark||Roat/Harry Roat Jr/Roat Sr||$17,550,741||$0||$17,550,741|
|5/25/1966||The Russians Are Coming, the Russians…||Lieutenant Rozanov||$21,693,114||$0||$21,693,114|