|As an Actor||Supporting||7||$151,605,636||$188,726,585||$340,332,221|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$37,281,540||$6,589,906||$43,871,446|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||1||$2,540,106||$6,242,872||$8,782,978|
|Best known as a Supporting Actress based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $340,332,221 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #8,959)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Gabby Adler (It’s Complicated), Emily (The Big Sick), Maureen Grube (Revolutionary Road), LeBlanc (Our Brand is Crisis), Angie (In the Valley of Elah)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Ruby Sparks (Screenwriter), Ruby Sparks (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Scott Rudin, Meryl Streep, Nancy Meyers, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin|
|Born: September 9th, 1983 (33 years old)|
July 1st, 2017
I hate it when the first of the month lands on a Saturday. By the time this story goes live, we will still have almost no box office data for Despicable Me 3, so we won’t know if June ended on a positive note. Fortunately, Wonder Woman beat expectations and might end up as the biggest hit of the summer, at least for a little while. July begins with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which should make at least $300 million and is the last film being released this summer that has a shot at being a $400 million hit domestically. It is very likely that nothing else this month will come within $100 million of that movie, so that could help its legs. There are a few potential $100 million hits, including War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and a couple of other long shots. Last July had a similar feel with The Secret Life of Pets topping the list with well over $300 million, while there were five other $100 million hits. This July would have to beat expectations substantially to match this performance. I’m not confident 2017 will be able to maintain its pace at the box office. I’m worried at least one big film will struggled and 2017 will end the month behind 2016’s pace.
June 23rd, 2017
Not many limited releases are earning any real buzz this week. The Beguiled has the best pedigree and its reviews might be good enough to help it thrive in theaters. The Bad Batch is the biggest in terms of theaters, but its box office potential is close to zero. This leaves The Big Sick as the best new release. That said, if you are not near one of the five theaters it is playing, you could always stay home and binge GLOW on Netflix. I reviewed it this week and it is worth the praise.
June 12th, 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.
November 11th, 2016
One of the more difficult aspects of this job is keeping track of release dates. For instance, we thought The Love Witch came out two weeks ago, but its release date changed at the last minute. The official site says it’s coming out this week, so if it gets changed again, it is not my fault. It arguably has the best reviews on this week’s list and it is the one I’m most interested in seeing. That said, it is too out there to expect it to find mainstream success.
August 8th, 2014
Last week, there was only one limited release that I thought would do well, Calvary. This week might be even weaker. There is only one film earning a good amount of buzz, What If. Unfortunately, its reviews are likely not as good as they need to be. Again like last week, there are also a couple of documentaries that could find audiences in limited release: Fifi Howls from Happiness and The Dog.
June 2nd, 2014
It's not a bad week on the home market, given the time of year. Lone Survivor earned more than $100 million at the box office and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is clearly worth picking up. It isn't quite Pick of the Week material, on the other hand. There are a few choices including a pair of documentaries: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself - Buy from Amazon and Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction - Buy from Amazon. The third option was Attack on Titan, Part 1 - Blu-ray Combo Pack Regular Edition or Limited Edition. It was essentially a coin-toss between the three, but in the end I went with Plimpton! as Pick of the Week.
February 7th, 2014
It's another busy week for limited releases with more than a dozen of them on this week's list. This does mean I'm not going to be as talkative about each individual film, because there are just so many of them. Fortunately, there are also a few that are worth checking out, like Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Alphaville, etc. If I were to chose just one film, it would be Kids for Cash, but the subject matter will enrage you.
November 28th, 2012
The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though.
October 29th, 2012
Paul Dano is an incredibly talented actor; however, his track record at the box office has been spotty. Ruby Sparks had enough buzz going in that some thought it would expand semi-wide. It did start out well, but by the third week of limited release, it was clear it wasn't going to find a mainstream audience. Did it deserve to perform better? Is it too art house? Or is there another reason it failed to live up to some expectations.
|6/23/2017||The Big Sick||Emily||$37,065,430||$5,855,000||$42,920,430|
|12/31/2016||There Are Monsters||$0||$0||$0|
|9/23/2016||My Blind Brother||Francie||$0||$0||$0|
|10/30/2015||Our Brand is Crisis||LeBlanc||$7,002,261||$1,590,171||$8,592,432|
|2/7/2014||The Pretty One||Laurel/Audrey||$13,769||$0||$13,769|
|7/25/2012||Ruby Sparks||Ruby Sparks||$2,540,106||$6,242,872||$8,782,978|
|4/8/2011||Meek's Cutoff||Millie Gately||$977,772||$892,156||$1,869,928|
|3/12/2010||The Exploding Girl||$25,572||$0||$25,572|
|12/25/2009||It’s Complicated||Gabby Adler||$112,735,375||$111,879,369||$224,614,744|
|11/27/2009||The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||$337,356||$0||$337,356|
|11/25/2009||Me and Orson Welles||Gretta Adler||$1,190,003||$0||$1,190,003|
|7/3/2009||I Hate Valentine's Day||$11,004||$0||$11,004|
|12/26/2008||Revolutionary Road||Maureen Grube||$22,911,480||$56,653,480||$79,564,960|
|9/14/2007||In the Valley of Elah||Angie||$6,777,741||$17,711,409||$24,489,150|