|As an Actor||Leading||40||$4,298,124,047||$4,555,696,055||$8,853,820,102|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$93,408,414||$150,114,882||$243,523,296|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||13||$777,923,449||$487,471,070||$1,265,394,519|
By Yeoman 1st Class Donna Lou Morgan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 40 films, with $8,853,820,102 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Woody (Toy Story 3), Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code), Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Sully), Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump), The Conductor/Hero Boy/Father/Hobo/Scrooge/Santa Claus (The Polar Express)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Producer), Cast Away (Producer), The Polar Express (Executive Producer), Mamma Mia! (Executive Producer), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Gary Goetzman, Akiva Goldsman|
|Born: July 9th, 1956 (60 years old)|
October 1st, 2016
September is over and we should all be glad about that. Unless the final weekend brings a surprise $100 million hit or two, 2016’s lead over 2015 will shrink over the month. There were some bright spots, most notably Sully, which will be the biggest hit of the month. On the other hand, we had more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Sadly, October isn’t much better. There are a couple of films that could be $100 million hits, but most of the films will struggle to become midlevel hits. Both Inferno and The Girl on the Train are aiming for $100 million. One of them might get there too. If both get there, then October will be seen as a success. By comparison, last October was led by The Martian; however, because of a misalignment in the calendar, The Martian’s opening weekend actually lines up with the final weekend in September. It had great legs, so that will help 2015 early in the month, but the rest of the month was terrible last year and I think 2016 will come out ahead as a result.
September 18th, 2016
As expected, this weekend’s three new wide releases couldn’t budge Sully from the top of the chart with the Tom Hanks/Clint Eastwood drama down a very respectable 37% in its second weekend to $22 million, for a total of $70.5 million to date. Two films, Blair Witch and Bridget Jones’s Baby both had aspirations to challenge Sully for the title, but had to settle for second and third place.
September 15th, 2016
There are three wide releases this week, plus another that could sneak into the top ten. Two of the three new releases, Blair Witch and Bridget Jones’s Baby, are expected to do well. On the other hand, Snowden is only going to reach the top five due to the lack of competition. Meanwhile, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise is a faith-based concert film. It could reach the top five, or it could miss the Mendoza Line. There’s no way to predict its box office potential. Despite the number of new releases, Sully is expected to remain in top spot thanks to its reviews and target demographic. This weekend last year, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials led the way with just over $30 million. It is likely no film will make that this year, while the depth is a mixed bag, so it looks like 2016 will lose in the year-over-year comparison.
September 13th, 2016
Four films opened wide or semi-wide over the weekend, but only one of them, Sully, did well at the box office. It earned more than double its nearest competition, When the Bough Breaks, at $35.03 million to $14.20 million. The other two new releases bombed. Overall, the box office was flat, up 1.1% from last weekend to $101 million. This was also flat when compared to last year, down just 1.7%. Since this weekend was so close to last weekend, it should come as no surprise that the year-over-year comparison hardly moved. This time last week, 2016 was ahead of 2016 by just over 6.7%, while this week its lead is just under 6.8% at $8.10 billion to $7.58 billion.
September 11th, 2016
September 10th, 2016
Sully is the only new release not to disappoint this weekend, as it earned $12.21 million on Friday. This is well ahead of Tom Hanks’ recent trio of real-life movies. It tops Captain Philips’ opening day by nearly 50%, and that movie went on to earn more than $100 million domestically. Additionally, the film’s reviews improved and hit 84% positive. That’s on the low end of potential Awards Season buzz, but it isn’t impossible to get there. It also earned a solid A from CinemaScore, which suggests good word-of-mouth. As for its opening weekend chances, it is on pace for about $35 million over the weekend and I’m predicting $100 million domestically. There’s no way the studio isn’t happy with that.
September 9th, 2016
Sully was the only one of the four wide releases to have previews and the lack of competition paid off, as it opened with $1.35 million. This is more than twice as much as Tom Hanks’ previous fall release, Bridge of Spies, earned last year ($600,000). That film did earn better reviews than Sully earned, but with a Tomatometer Score of 82% positive, Sully isn’t going to suffer from bad word-of-mouth.
September 8th, 2016
Fall Season starts in lively style this weekend with an impressively wide release for Sully. The Clint Eastwood/Tom Hanks drama will open in 3,525 theaters, the most for a new release since Pete’s Dragon almost a month ago. That film’s $21 million opening will be the minimum benchmark for Sully.
September 8th, 2016
The weekend after the Labor Day long weekend is often the worst weekend of the year. However, this year there two films opening wide that have a real shot at $20 million or more. Sully is Oscar-bait, but it is opening a little too early for that role and its reviews are a little below where they need to be. When the Bough Breaks is a thriller aimed at African-Americans and this time of year has become the perfect time to release such a film. Those two films should earn $50 million combined. Unfortunately, there are two other films coming out this week. The Wild Life is a third-tier animated film, while The Disappointments Room isn’t even opening truly wide. There’s a chance neither of them will reach the top five. The Disappointments Room likely won’t reach the top ten. This weekend last year, the top two films were The Perfect Guy and The Visit, which combined earned just over $50 million at the box office. It should be a really close race in the year-over-year competition.
September 1st, 2016
August continued to pad 2016’s lead over 2015 in the year-over-year comparison. It managed this feat almost entirely due to Suicide Squad, which is on pace to hit $300 million. The next best film was Sausage Party, which might make $100 million, if it gets a push over the top. September won’t be as strong as that. This is no surprise, as the month is one of the biggest dumping grounds on the calendar. That said, studios have been working to make the end of the month a lot more productive and there are a few potential hits. The biggest of these is The Magnificent Seven, which is expected to crack $100 million, maybe even $150 million. Meanwhile, Sully and Storks both have a limited chance at $100 million. Last September, the biggest release of the month was Hotel Transylvania 2 with pulled in $169.70 million. I don’t think The Magnificent Seven will match that, so we might need a surprise $100 million hit for 2016 to come out on top.
August 8th, 2016
It is a really slow week on the top with only a couple of main releases worth being a contender for Pick of the Week: Supergirl: Season 1 and Sweet Bean on DVD. The Nice Guys would also be a contender, but it is only coming out on Video on Demand this week and it is worth waiting for the Blu-ray Combo Pack. With only two real choices, Sweet Bean is my Pick of the Week.
July 18th, 2016
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
April 22nd, 2016
There are several limited releases on this week's list, including three that have a shot at earning a spot in the top ten. However, the best-reviewed releases are among the smaller releases: Tale of Tales and The Meddler included. However, if you don't want to go out, Holidays is good bet on Video on Demand.
November 2nd, 2015
Toy Story that Time Forgot is the latest Disney TV special to hit the home market. It is based on the Toy Story franchise and hit TVs last December. Is is worth checking out if you haven't seen it before? Is it worth picking up?
October 26th, 2015
Most of the new releases were not expected to do well at the box office. ... Almost no one saw this coming. We had some near-record bombs this weekend and even the best of the new releases were terrible. This left The Martian in first place; in fact, the top three spots and four of the top five were held by holdovers. The best new release, The Last Witch Hunter, barely cracked the $10 million mark. The overall box office fell 14% from last weekend to $105 million. This was also 9.5% lower than the same weekend last year. Midweek numbers were better this year than last year, so the year-over-year actually improved and 2015 now has a 5.2% lead over 2014 at $8.60 billion to $8.18 billion.
October 18th, 2015
A slightly-softer-than-expected (but still good) opening for Goosebumps will be enough to take the film to the top of the box office chart this weekend, according to studio projections released on Sunday morning. Sony expects the family horror adventure to come in with $23.5 million on opening weekend, which is a solid enough start, and sets the film up for a good run, helped by strong reviews and Halloween coming up in a couple of weeks. The Martian will land in second with a projected $21.5 million as of this morning, a slightly steeper-than-expected 42% decline from last weekend, and a total to date around $144 million. In general, we’re looking at quite a few steep drops from last weekend thanks to an unfavorable comparison with the Columbus Day long weekend and a batch of new releases.
October 1st, 2015
September ended on a record note with the debut of Hotel Transylvania 2. Additionally, there was great depth and 2015's lead over 2014 grew to nearly $500 million. How do things look going forward? The month starts out with The Martian, which should have no trouble becoming the biggest hit of the month and might even top $200 million. On the other hand, no other film is expected to get to $100 million. There's only one or two that will even come close. Fortunately, last October was very similar with one $100 million hit, Gone Girl, while two other films came close, Annabelle and Fury. It looks like it will be up to the depth films from both years to determine which year comes out on top.
January 25th, 2015
After smashing the January weekend record last weekend, American Sniper is enjoying a very solid second-weekend hold. So solid, in fact, that it will also have the third-best January weekend. If it drops less than 35% next weekend, it will share with Avatar the records for the top six January weekends, each movie having topped $42 million three times. Sniper’s expected weekend this time around is $64.365m, according to Warner Bros. Sunday morning projection.
May 5th, 2014
The Terminal came out in 2004, just after Tom Hanks' record-breaking run of seven $100 million hits in a row came to an end. The streak ended with The Ladykillers, but many thought The Terminal would start a new streak. It didn't. Now that it has been ten years since it came out, does it feel like it underperformed at the box office. Or was this never going to be a big hit with moviegoers?
January 20th, 2014
The home market picks up steam this week, sort of. We are starting to get some of the Awards Season hopefuls coming out, which is great news for fans of great movies. However, there's not a lot of depth to go with the award-worthy movies. The two films that were the main contenders for Pick of the Week were Captain Phillips on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and In a World... on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close decision, but in the end, I went with In a World...
December 14th, 2013
Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their Golden Globe nominations this week, and a clear picture is forming. 12 Years a Slave was again the recipient of the most nominations, but this time it was a tie, as it and American Hustle both grabbed seven nominations. If you look down the list of other multi-nominated films, you will find a number of familiar faces.
December 14th, 2013
December 9th, 2013
Big hits the home market this week with a 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray. Or if you want to be snarky, you could call it a 4th Anniversary Edition of the 2009 Blu-ray release. Is there anything new this time around? No. That said, if you didn't grab the Blu-ray the first time around, is the 25th Anniversary Edition worth it?
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 13th, 2013
On Tuesday we launched The Numbers Bankability Index, a new service to help assess the value that different people bring to the industry, from actors and actresses to directors, screenwriters, producers, and anyone else involved in the creative process of making a movie. In this article, I'll look more deeply into how the Index is compiled, and how we use the tools behind it to analyze questions about people in movies.
If you haven't already, now's a good time to look at our announcement video, and the November Edition of the Worldwide Bankability Index.
October 15th, 2013
Both Gravity and Captain Phillips topped expectations, which is a reason to celebrate. However, it's practically the only reason to celebrate. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 did well, but from that point on, the box office was a disaster. Overall, the total box office was $116 million, which was down 8% from last week. Compared to last year, the box office was down by 10%. How can this year's top film earn more than twice as much as last year's number one film, but still lose out overall? Last year, the fourth place film was Hotel Transylvania, which earned $17.24 million. This year the fourth place film was Machete Kills, which earned just $3.84 million. The depth this year is simply terrible. Year-to-date, 2013 is still ahead of 2012, but by less than 1% at $8.21 billion to $8.15 billion.
October 11th, 2013
There are two wide releases this week: Captain Phillips and Machete Kills. The former is a potential Awards Season player, while the latter is definitely not. Unfortunately, neither seems likely to challenge Gravity for top spot at the box office this weekend. Captain Phillips should come in a solid second place, while Machete Kills will try not to under-perform when compared to Runner Runner's opening from last weekend. Gravity could help 2013 top last year's box office, which was led by Taken 2 in its second weekend of release. The best new release was Argo, but it opened with less than $20 million and Captain Phillips should top that. However, last year had much better depth and might prove to be too much for 2013 to overcome.
October 1st, 2013
October is an awkward month. It sits between the dumping ground that is September and November, the unofficial start of Awards Season / holiday blockbuster season. For the most part, September was stronger than average for the month and there's reason to be optimistic going forward. After all, box office success tends to feed on itself, as does box office struggles. That said, there are not a lot of sure hits over the coming four weeks. Of the nine or ten films opening wide this month, only Gravity has a better than 50/50 chance at $100 million. Captain Phillips could have a shot at the century mark, but only if it becomes a serious Awards Season player. Its early reviews suggest that could be a possibility. Last October, there were two films to reach the $100 million mark, Taken 2 and Argo. On the other hand, pretty much everything else that opened that month crashed and burned. While this October doesn't have as strong a top end, it will hopefully have much better depth.
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.
June 12th, 2013
Another typical summer week on the home market. There are a few first-run releases, but nothing that is a blockbuster. There are more TV on DVD releases, including a couple that were contenders for Pick of the Week. This includes Burn Notice: Season Six, but the screener is late, so I'm holding off. Enter the Dragon gets an Anniversary Edition Blu-ray and it is a contender. However, in the end I went with The Newsroom: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Combo Pack.
March 3rd, 2013
Schindler's List came out 20 years ago and immediately earned near universal acclaim and went on to become the big winner at the 1994 Oscars taking home seven awards out of the twelve it was nominated for. This week it makes its Blu-ray debut. Does it still stand up 20 years later? And is the Blu-ray worthy of the film?
December 3rd, 2012
Catch Me If You Can opened on Christmas day 2002, and while it was never able to reach top spot on the box office chart (a little film called Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was blocking it) it did become a huge hit. Ten year later, it is coming out on Blu-ray. Has the film aged well? Is the Blu-ray worth the upgrade?
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.
|9/9/2016||Sully||Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger||$120,854,369||$57,200,000||$178,054,369|
|4/22/2016||A Hologram for the King||Alan Clay||$4,212,494||$3,532,042||$7,744,536|
|10/16/2015||Bridge of Spies||James Donovan||$72,313,754||$89,200,000||$161,513,754|
|4/14/2015||Misery Loves Comedy||Himself||$19,634||$100||$19,734|
|12/13/2013||Saving Mr. Banks||Walt Disney||$83,299,761||$31,662,764||$114,962,525|
|10/11/2013||Captain Phillips||Captain Richard Philips||$107,136,417||$113,511,767||$220,648,184|
|10/26/2012||Cloud Atlas||Dr. Henry Goose/Hotel Manager/Isaac Sachs/Dermot Hoggins/Cavendish Look-A-Like Actor/Zachry||$27,108,272||$103,564,882||$130,673,154|
|12/25/2011||Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close||Thomas Schell||$31,847,881||$23,400,000||$55,247,881|
|7/1/2011||Larry Crowne||Larry Crowne||$35,608,245||$25,840,890||$61,449,135|
|6/18/2010||Toy Story 3||Woody||$415,004,880||$654,813,349||$1,069,818,229|
|5/15/2009||Angels & Demons||Robert Langdon||$133,375,846||$357,500,000||$490,875,846|
|3/20/2009||The Great Buck Howard||Mr. Gable||$750,587||$150,000||$900,587|
|12/21/2007||Charlie Wilson's War||Charlie Wilson||$66,661,095||$52,851,676||$119,512,771|
|7/27/2007||The Simpsons Movie||Himself||$183,135,014||$343,936,008||$527,071,022|
|5/19/2006||The Da Vinci Code||Robert Langdon||$217,536,138||$550,284,321||$767,820,459|
|8/2/2005||Elvis Has Left the Building||Mailbox Elvis||$0||$0||$0|
|11/10/2004||The Polar Express||The Conductor/Hero Boy/Father/Hobo/Scrooge/Santa Claus||$194,949,659||$124,140,582||$319,090,241|
|3/26/2004||The Ladykillers||Professor G.H. Dorr||$39,692,139||$37,700,000||$77,392,139|
|12/25/2002||Catch Me if You Can||Joe Shaye||$164,606,800||$191,005,491||$355,612,291|
|9/20/2002||Apollo 13 (IMAX)||Jim Lovell||$1,759,075||$460,127||$2,219,202|
|7/12/2002||Road to Perdition||Michael Sullivan||$104,054,514||$79,300,000||$183,354,514|
|12/22/2000||Cast Away||Chuck Noland||$233,632,142||$193,598,374||$427,230,516|
|12/10/1999||The Green Mile||Paul Edgecomb||$136,801,374||$153,900,000||$290,701,374|
|11/19/1999||Toy Story 2||Woody||$245,852,179||$265,506,097||$511,358,276|
|12/18/1998||You've Got Mail||Joe Fox||$115,821,495||$134,978,505||$250,800,000|
|7/24/1998||Saving Private Ryan||Captain John Miller||$216,335,085||$268,700,000||$485,035,085|
|10/4/1996||That Thing You Do!||Mr. White||$25,857,416||$8,700,000||$34,557,416|
|3/15/1996||The Celluloid Closet||Interviewee||$1,310,167||$0||$1,310,167|
|6/30/1995||Apollo 13||Jim Lovell||$172,070,496||$162,029,504||$334,100,000|
|7/6/1994||Forrest Gump||Forrest Gump||$330,151,138||$349,706,026||$679,857,164|
|6/25/1993||Sleepless in Seattle||Sam Baldwin||$126,680,884||$101,219,116||$227,900,000|
|7/1/1992||A League of Their Own||Jimmy Dugan||$107,533,925||$24,906,141||$132,440,066|
|12/19/1990||The Bonfire of the Vanities||Sherman McCoy||$15,432,314||$0||$15,432,314|
|3/9/1990||Joe Versus the Volcano||Joe||$39,381,963||$0||$39,381,963|
|7/28/1989||Turner & Hooch||Scott Turner||$71,079,915||$0||$71,079,915|
|2/17/1989||The `Burbs||Ray Peterson||$35,382,246||$0||$35,382,246|
|11/14/1986||Every Time We Say Goodbye||David||$278,623||$0||$278,623|
|7/30/1986||Nothing in Common||David Basner||$32,324,000||$0||$32,324,000|
|3/26/1986||The Money Pit||Walter Fielding||$37,499,651||$0||$37,499,651|
|8/16/1985||Volunteers||Lawrence Bourne III||$19,875,740||$0||$19,875,740|
|7/19/1985||The Man With One Red Shoe||Richard||$8,645,411||$0||$8,645,411|
|6/29/1984||Bachelor Party||Rick Gassko||$38,435,947||$0||$38,435,947|
|8/29/1980||He Knows You're Alone||Elliot||$4,875,436||$0||$4,875,436|
|12/31/2017||Beautiful: The Carole King Musical||Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|3/25/2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||Producer||$59,689,605||$31,962,273||$91,651,878|
|10/16/2009||Where the Wild Things Are||Producer||$77,233,467||$21,890,189||$99,123,656|
|3/20/2009||The Great Buck Howard||Producer||$750,587||$150,000||$900,587|
|7/18/2008||Mamma Mia!||Executive Producer||$144,130,063||$458,370,497||$602,500,560|
|12/21/2007||Charlie Wilson's War||Producer||$66,661,095||$52,851,676||$119,512,771|
|6/22/2007||Evan Almighty||Executive Producer||$100,289,690||$73,841,639||$174,131,329|
|7/28/2006||The Ant Bully||Producer||$28,142,535||$21,468,363||$49,610,898|
|11/10/2004||The Polar Express||Executive Producer||$194,949,659||$124,140,582||$319,090,241|
|4/19/2002||My Big Fat Greek Wedding||Producer||$241,438,208||$133,451,826||$374,890,034|
|10/4/1996||That Thing You Do!||Screenwriter,|