|As an Actor||Leading||34||$2,003,908,887||$1,934,126,496||$3,938,035,383|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$39,322,544||$175,385,686||$214,708,230|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||5||$421,986,021||$325,110,615||$747,096,636|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 34 films, with $3,938,035,383 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #36)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Graham Hess (Signs), Nick Marshall (What Women Want), Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon 4), Benjamin Martin (The Patriot), Tom Mullen (Ransom)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Passion of the Christ (Director), The Passion of the Christ (Screenwriter), The Passion of the Christ (Producer), Hacksaw Ridge (Director), Apocalypto (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: James Caviezel, Bruce Davey, Monica Bellucci, Benedict Fitzgerald, M. Night Shyamalan|
|Born: January 3rd, 1956 (61 years old)|
(Updated) Theater Counts: Daddy’s Home and Orient Express Vie for Theater Space Between Thor and Justice League
November 9th, 2017
Two new releases are fighting for some theater space between two giant releases this weekend. With Thor: Ragnarok holding on to the 4,080 theaters it opened in last weekend, and Justice League opening in approximately 4,000 theaters next weekend (per Warner Bros. announcement this evening), Daddy’s Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express had some work to do to get a shot at good debuts. It looks as though they’ve pulled that off, mostly.
November 1st, 2017
October wasn’t a good month; then again, outside of a few bright spots, the overall box office has been a disaster since early summer. I would love to say November will turn things around, but, while it should be better, in this case “better” is a relative term. There are two films on this list with a chance at $300 million, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, while Coco is nearly a guarantee for $200 million. By comparison, last November had a similar result with three films earning between $200 million and $300 million, but none topping that figure. This means, if Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League both get to that milestone, then 2017 could cut into 2016’s lead during the month. It will still take a minor miracle for 2017 to catch up in the end, but just cutting the lead in half by the end of December would be a reason to celebrate at this point.
September 6th, 2017
February 26th, 2017
February 26th, 2017
It’s Oscar night and we will be live blogging the show. Before that, let’s take a last look at the nominations with a few annotations. Nominees in italics are those that have received the most votes from our readers so far in our Oscar contest (which is open to new entries until noon, Pacific, today—enter now!). Bold films are those films I think will win. Meanwhile, those that are Underlined are those I want to win. Not all categories have underlined nominees, because not all categories have someone I’m cheering for, or because there are two nominees I couldn’t pick between.
February 23rd, 2017
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. Today we look at Best Director. It is not a particularly competitive category with a favorite, a long shot with a shot, and then everyone else.
February 21st, 2017
Did you know Oscars are being handed out next week? If you didn’t already know that, you would be able to figure that out, as there are five major Oscar nominees on this week’s list. Two of those, Jackie and Moana, are VOD releases, so that limits the choices for Pick of the Week. In fact, only Manchester by the Sea was a contender for Pick of the Week. Unfortunately for that film, I got to the review for Doctor Strange a week early and I’m awarding it the Pick of the Week this week. It is out on VOD right now, but I would wait a week for the Blu-ray Combo Pack.
January 24th, 2017
The Oscar nominations were announced starting at 5:18 am Pacific time. Nothing is good that early in the morning. Worse still, it’s a boring year for nominations with very few surprises worth talking about, especially in the biggest categories. Leading the way was La La Land with 14 nominations, tying the record.
December 12th, 2016
The Golden Globes nominations were announced and we are starting to see a few names pop up over and over again. La La Land led the way with seven nominations, but Moonlight was right behind with six and Manchester by the Sea earned five. You will be hearing those three names over and over and over again this Awards Season.
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.
October 11th, 2016
Ghostbusters is the biggest release of the week and the best first run release. Combined with its fully-loaded Blu-ray (extended edition), it is a Pick of the Week contender. There’s not much competition. The main competition is a new Collector's Edition Blu-ray for The Thing, but this is at least a double-dip, which hurts its value. There are a couple of smaller releases as well. In the end it was a literal coin toss to decide the Pick of the Week and Ghostbusters won.
August 12th, 2016
This week’s list of limited releases is full of films that are earning good reviews, but not great reviews, and they will struggle to survive in limited release. Then there’s Hell or High Water. The film’s reviews are just shy of 100% positive and it is going to expand wide next week. It should have the most impressive opening out of all of the films on this week’s list. It might not even be close.
August 2nd, 2016
The true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
July 11th, 2016
|12/31/2018||Dragged Across Concrete||$0||$0||$0|
|11/10/2017||Daddy’s Home 2||Mr. Mayron||$35,776,447||$489,042||$36,265,489|
|8/15/2014||The Expendables 3||Conrad Stonebanks||$39,322,544||$170,138,834||$209,461,378|
|7/17/2012||Get the Gringo||Driver||$0||$0||$0|
|5/6/2011||The Beaver||Walter Black||$970,816||$4,075,222||$5,046,038|
|12/31/2010||Under and Alone||ATF Agent Queen||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2010||Sam and George||$0||$0||$0|
|1/29/2010||Edge of Darkness||Thomas Craven||$43,313,890||$39,498,566||$82,812,456|
|3/17/2006||The Big Question||Himself||$2,248||$0||$2,248|
|9/3/2004||Paparazzi||Anger Management Therapy Patient||$15,712,072||$900,000||$16,612,072|
|10/24/2003||The Singing Detective||Dr. Gibbon||$336,456||$188,291||$524,747|
|3/1/2002||We Were Soldiers||Lt. Col. Hal Moore||$78,120,196||$36,538,066||$114,658,262|
|2/2/2001||The Million Dollar Hotel||Detective Skinner||$52,526||$0||$52,526|
|12/15/2000||What Women Want||Nick Marshall||$182,805,123||$191,300,000||$374,105,123|
|6/28/2000||The Patriot||Benjamin Martin||$113,330,342||$101,969,658||$215,300,000|
|7/10/1998||Lethal Weapon 4||Martin Riggs||$130,444,603||$154,955,397||$285,400,000|
|10/24/1997||Fairytale: A True Story||Frances' Father||$14,059,077||$0||$14,059,077|
|8/8/1997||Conspiracy Theory||Jerry Fletcher||$76,118,990||$66,664,728||$142,783,718|
|5/9/1997||Father's Day||Scott the Body-Piercer (cameo)||$28,681,080||$7,000,000||$35,681,080|
|6/10/1995||Pocahontas||John Smith (voice)||$141,579,773||$205,520,227||$347,100,000|
|8/25/1993||The Man Without a Face||Justin McLeod||$24,760,338||$0||$24,760,338|
|5/15/1992||Lethal Weapon 3||Martin Riggs||$144,731,527||$174,968,473||$319,700,000|
|5/18/1990||Bird on a Wire||Rick Jarmin||$70,978,012||$67,719,000||$138,697,012|
|7/7/1989||Lethal Weapon 2||Martin Riggs||$147,253,986||$80,046,014||$227,300,000|
|12/2/1988||Tequila Sunrise||Dale McKussic||$39,703,427||$0||$39,703,427|
|3/6/1987||Lethal Weapon||Detective Sergeant Martin Riggs||$65,192,350||$55,000,000||$120,192,350|
|7/10/1985||Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome||Mad Max||$36,230,219||$0||$36,230,219|
|12/26/1984||Mrs. Soffel||Ed Biddle||$4,012,827||$0||$4,012,827|
|12/17/1984||The River||Tom Garvey||$8,818,672||$0||$8,818,672|
|5/4/1984||The Bounty||Fletcher Christian||$8,613,462||$0||$8,613,462|
|1/21/1983||The Year of Living Dangerously||Guy Hamilton||$8,601,065||$0||$8,601,065|
|5/21/1982||Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior||Max||$24,600,832||$0||$24,600,832|
|3/21/1980||Mad Max||'Mad' Max Rockatansky||$8,750,000||$91,000,000||$99,750,000|
|7/17/2012||Get the Gringo||Screenwriter,|
|2/25/2004||The Passion of the Christ||Director,|
|10/24/2003||The Singing Detective||Producer||$336,456||$188,291||$524,747|
|8/25/1993||The Man Without a Face||Director||$24,760,338||$0||$24,760,338|