|As an Actor||Leading||9||$171,759,545||$444,862,417||$616,621,962|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$560,391||$6,167,359||$6,727,750|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 9 films, with $616,621,962 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #331)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Io (Clash of the Titans), Fields (Quantum of Solace), Tamina (Prince of Persia: Sands of Time), Gretel (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Rebecca Shafran (Runner Runner)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mike Newell, Jeremy Renner, Tommy Wirkola, Louis Leterrier|
|Born: February 2nd, 1986 (31 years old)|
July 11th, 2017
This week, the home market is led by The Fate of the Furious, which is the number one film both in terms of worldwide box office and alphabetically. It earned well over $1 billion worldwide, but it is losing the charm the franchise thrived on during the past few installments. As for the Pick of the Week, I’m going with Underground, Season Two, or the Two-Season box set.
April 7th, 2017
It is a busy week for limited releases with more than a dozen titles on this week’s list. This includes a quartet of releases with good reviews and loud buzz. Gifted’s reviews are good, but likely not good enough for limited release. That said, it has a shot at becoming a sleeper hit. Their Finest is a stellar British World War II dramedy, but the cast is more famous in the U.K. than here. Your Name is arguably the best film on this week’s list and it is a monster hit worldwide. However, it is playing in over 300 theaters and that might turn out to be too many. This leaves Colossal as the film with the best shot at mainstream success. Its reviews are not the best, but the combination of reviews, cast, buzz, and commercial viability is.
March 9th, 2017
May 29th, 2015
There are not a lot of films on this week's list; however, there are several that are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Heaven Knows What and I Believe in Unicorns are both coming of age films. Tu dors Nicole and Wet Bum are both Canadian films, the latter of which is only playing in Canada at the moment. Finally, there's Results. Its reviews are not as good as the other four, but its chances of earning some measure of mainstream success is likely greater.
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.
June 28th, 2013
There are nine films on this week's list, with quite a few having strong reviews or impressive casts. Unfortunately, only one of them, I'm So Excited, has both. It is a return to light comedy by Pedro Almodovar and that could help it become the biggest limited release hit of the week. However, it is a foreign language film, which will limit its potential to expand significantly.
June 21st, 2013
There is a relatively short list of limited releases this week, but there are a few that are worth keeping an eye on. A Hijacking and The Attack. Both films are earning stunning reviews, but both are foreign language films, so that will hurt their chances to expand significantly, but maybe they will have strong starts in limited release.
June 10th, 2013
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was a high concept action film that came out in January. That suggests it was a good idea on paper, but the execution was weak. On the other hand, it did become a surprise hit earning more than $200 million worldwide. Did the studio underestimate what they had? Or did the film thrive merely by being better than the January competition?
January 1st, 2013
December ended on a positive note with 2012 topping 2011 with a week to spare. Hopefully this will translate into strong box office numbers going forward. There are several January releases that actually look very interesting, but you always have to ask, if the films are as good as they look, why are they opening in January? The biggest hit on this list will likely not be a January release, but a limited release from December that is expanding wide in January. Zero Dark Thirty opened in limited release the Wednesday before Christmas and right away it got off to an incredible start. If it can turn some of its Awards Season nominations into wins, which seems very likely at this point, it should be the biggest hit of January. If it can earn some major Oscars, then it might crack $100 million. Unfortunately, no other film on this release list is likely to come close to the $100 million mark. Last January was unseasonably strong with three films opening with $20 million or more and four films finishing with $50 million or more. It is possible that none of the new releases will reach those relatively weak standards.
|4/7/2017||Their Finest||Catrin Cole||$3,603,484||$8,323,028||$11,926,512|
|2/24/2017||The Girl with all the Gifts||Helen Justineau||$0||$2,751,669||$2,751,669|
|12/31/2016||She Who Brings Gifts||$0||$0||$0|
|11/18/2016||The History of Love||Alma Mereminski||$0||$0||$0|
|5/29/2015||Gemma Bovery||Gemma Bovery||$425,080||$654,168||$1,079,248|
|10/4/2013||Runner Runner||Rebecca Shafran||$19,316,646||$41,196,034||$60,512,680|
|1/25/2013||Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters||Gretel||$55,703,475||$159,246,241||$214,949,716|
|10/8/2010||Tamara Drewe||Tamara Drewe||$560,391||$6,167,359||$6,727,750|
|8/6/2010||The Disappearance of Alice Creed||Alice Creed||$166,980||$1,438,159||$1,605,139|
|5/28/2010||Prince of Persia: Sands of Time||Tamina||$90,759,676||$223,834,921||$314,594,597|
|4/1/2010||Clash of the Titans||Io||$163,214,888||$330,000,000||$493,214,888|
|12/31/2009||The Legend of Fritton's Gold||$0||$0||$0|
|11/13/2009||The Boat That Rocked||Desiree||$8,017,467||$29,455,184||$37,472,651|
|11/14/2008||Quantum of Solace||Fields||$169,368,427||$422,323,651||$591,692,078|