|As an Actor||(Unclassified)||14||$193,101,119||$75,155,685||$268,256,804|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$5,032,496||$1,121,340||$6,153,836|
|In Technical Roles||Director||1||$4,975||$0||$4,975|
|Best known as an Actress based on credits in that role in 33 films, with $3,543,919,431 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #320)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Dr. Jean Grey (X-Men: The Last Stand), Lenore (Taken 2), Jean Grey (The Wolverine), Jean Grey (X2), Lenore (Taken)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Bringing Up Bobby (Director), Bringing Up Bobby (Screenwriter), Bringing Up Bobby (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Liam Neeson, Jeremy Renner, Tommy Wirkola, Maggie Grace, Luc Besson|
April 27th, 2015
Taken 3 is the second movie I've reviewed this weekend. The first was atrocious, but unfortunately, this one earned even worse reviews. Is it that bad? Is it simply a mindless action film that can take up two hours of your life?
January 1st, 2015
2014 is over and for the most part, December was a soft ending to a weak year. This is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, it means the overall box office is still soft and it is unlikely that January will start strong. Secondly, last January was a great month, thanks in part to Frozen and other holdovers. The slump can't last forever and Taken 3 should help 2015 get off to a reasonably fast start and it even has a shot at $100 million. American Sniper got off to a really fast start in limited release, so it too could be a hit when it expands wide. By comparison, last January was led by Ride Along, but there were only two other films that didn't completely bomb. I want to say 2015 will start out on a winning note, but given the box office losing streak, it will likely pay to be pessimistic.
November 16th, 2013
We are more than halfway through the seven-year run of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The first two seasons were a little rough, but by season three and season four it had really hit its stride. How does season five compare?
July 25th, 2013
It's the final weekend of July and there is only one wide release to deal with, The Wolverine. It should be the easy winner of the weekend, it might pull in enough to become the biggest opening weekend of the month. This isn't likely, but there is a slim chance. There is one other film that might make an appearance in the top ten, The To Do List. Again, it doesn't have a strong chance, but it could happen. The holdovers should be far behind The Wolverine, as only The Conjuring has a shot at $20 million. This weekend last year, both new releases bombed, which is good news for 2013 in the year-over-year comparison. Granted, The Dark Knight Rises took in $62.10 million, which is something The Wolverine should have no trouble topping, while the holdovers should provide more depth.
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?
March 9th, 2013
The original Taken cost just $25 million to make and was released in January, so expectations were limited. However, it nearly broke the record for a January release and earned more than $200 million worldwide. Needless to say, a sequel was given the greenlight. Taken 2 cost much, much more to make, but did the higher budget translate into a more entertaining product?
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.
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.
September 28th, 2012
There are only four films on this week's list that we have solid theater counts for, but I've included a few others that are coming out on this week's list. The biggest limited release of the week is Pitch Perfect, which is expanding wide next Friday (assuming it doesn't bomb this weekend). However, the limited release that is earning the best reviews is The Hole 3D. I would not have guessed that would happen. Pitch Perfect will obviously earn the most in terms of raw dollars, some even think it will reach the top ten overall, but I don't think there's any film that will really be a hit on the per theater average.
|12/31/2017||Every Good Boy Does Fine||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2016||Untitled Bruce Willis Action Comedy||$0||$0||$0|
|1/9/2015||Taken 3||Lenore St. John||$89,256,424||$238,400,000||$327,656,424|
|7/26/2013||The Wolverine||Jean Grey||$132,556,852||$283,900,000||$416,456,852|
|4/5/2013||Down the Shore||Mary||$6,558||$0||$6,558|
|1/25/2013||Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters||Muriel||$55,703,475||$159,246,241||$214,949,716|
|7/8/2011||The Chameleon||F.B.I. Agent Jennifer Johnson||$0||$0||$0|
|7/3/2008||The Wackness||Kristin Squires||$2,077,046||$1,252,966||$3,330,012|
|5/9/2008||Turn the River||Kailey Sullivan||$2,722||$0||$2,722|
|8/3/2007||The Ten||Gretchen Reigert||$769,726||$16,951||$786,677|
|5/4/2007||The Treatment||Allegra Marshall||$82,701||$0||$82,701|
|5/26/2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Dr. Jean Grey||$234,362,462||$224,997,093||$459,359,555|
|1/28/2005||Hide and Seek||Katherine||$51,100,486||$72,596,255||$123,696,741|
|9/28/2001||Don't Say a Word||Aggie Conrad||$54,997,476||$49,490,907||$104,488,383|
|8/25/2000||Love and Sex||Kate Welles||$536,287||$0||$536,287|
|10/29/1999||House on Haunted Hill||Evelyn Price||$40,846,082||$24,244,459||$65,090,541|
|12/25/1998||The Faculty||Miss Burke||$40,064,955||$0||$40,064,955|
|9/25/1998||Monument Avenue||Katy O'Connor||$332,388||$0||$332,388|
|1/30/1998||Deep Rising||Trillian St. James||$11,146,409||$0||$11,146,409|
|1/23/1998||The Gingerbread Man||Leeanne||$1,534,569||$0||$1,534,569|
|3/14/1997||City of Industry||Rachel Montana||$1,495,332||$0||$1,495,332|
|8/25/1995||Lord of Illusions||Dorothea||$13,229,129||$0||$13,229,129|
|9/28/2012||Bringing Up Bobby||Director,|