|Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 43 films, with $2,160,209,238 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #18)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: It (Story Creator), The Green Mile (Story Creator), The Dark Tower (Story Creator), 1408 (Story Creator), Carrie (Story Creator)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Minister (Pet Sematary), Cemetery Caretaker (Sleepwalkers), Dr. Bangor (Thinner), Jordy Verrill (Creepshow), Truck Driver (Creepshow 2)|
|Most productive collaborators: Andres Muschietti, Jaeden Lieberher, Dan Lin, Bill Skarsgård, Roy Lee|
|Born: September 21st, 1947 (70 years old)|
October 31st, 2017
It’s Halloween, so most people are concerned with how much Halloween candy they can eat before there’s not enough for trick or treaters, so they are not paying attention to new home market releases. At least I assume that’s why there are so few top-notch releases on this week’s list. The Dark Tower is the biggest release of the week, but it is not worth renting, and it is certainly not a Pick of the Week contender. So what is the Pick of the Week? There’s not a lot of competition, but I think any film history bull will love Dawson City: Frozen Time on DVD or Blu-ray.
October 3rd, 2017
It is not a great week for home market releases. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the biggest release of the week, but it is far from the best. As for the Pick of the Week contenders, they are all horror themed. Cult of Chucky is surprisingly good, especially for a franchise that’s lasted seven installments. Don't Torture A Duckling is a giallo film, and an important one in its director’s career. Up next is iZombie: Season Three, which is amazing, but it is always on the edge of being canceled. Finally, there's Vampyr: Criterion Collection Blu-ray. In the end, I went with the Don't Torture A Duckling: Special Edition as the Pick of the Week. Meanwhile, Goon: Last of the Enforcers Blu-ray Combo Pack earned Puck of the Week, for the best Canadian release.
September 15th, 2017
There are two wide releases debuting this week: American Assassin and mother! Neither is expected to match It at the box office. In fact, both combined won’t match It’s sophomore stint. Neither will earn as much in total as It does over just this weekend. This weekend last year, Sully led the way with $21.65 million, while the three new releases earned about $26 million combined. It should earn more than those four films earned combined, giving 2017 its second massive win in a row.
September 11th, 2017
Historically, the weekend after the Labor Day long weekend is one of the worst weekends of the year. That is not the case this year. In fact, this year, this weekend was historic in a much more positive sense of the word. It broke tons of records, some of which were more esoteric. It demolished the records for biggest September weekend box office, biggest horror weekend, Biggest R-rated day, biggest opening weekend for a Stephen King, etc. All of this led to the weekend box office more than doubling last weekend’s total earning $163 million. This is also 62% higher than the same weekend last year. A change this severe usually only happens when there is a misalignment in holidays. I’ve been saying that a lot over the past few weeks; however, this has been due to a massive decline, so it is nice to be unabashedly positive for once. Year-to-date, 2017 is still well behind 2016 at $7.63 billion to $8.08 billion. 2017 did close the gap and it is now 5.6% or $450 million behind last year’s pace. If the movie industry can close the gap by this much each week, then it will take till Halloween before it has caught up in terms of dollars and would take until nearly Christmas to catch up in terms of ticket sales.
September 1st, 2017
As bad as July was, August actually managed to be worse. 2017 was over $300 million behind 2016’s pace during August alone. That’s worse than the rest of the summer combined. The only film that was an unqualified hit was Annabelle: Creation, although there were a couple of other films that are doing well enough to be considered financial hits. There’s some good news and some bad news for this September. The month gets off to a slow start with no wide releases the first weekend, but there are three films opening during the rest of the month that are expected to top $100 million and all three should be better than the best August had to offer. It is expected to be the biggest hit of the month and is tracking to break the record for the biggest September weekend. Both Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Lego Ninjago Movie are expected to cross $100 million, although they are opening the same weekend, so that could hurt both of their chances. Meanwhile last September, Sully was the biggest release of the month earning $125.07 million. It should top that, while Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Lego Ninjago Movie won’t be too far behind. 2017 should cut the gap with 2016, but sadly only by a little bit.
August 3rd, 2017
August has begun, but I’m starting to think Summer has already ended. The Dark Tower was expected to be the big hit of the weekend, but its reviews are a lot weaker than anticipated. Kidnap is also opening wide and its early reviews were good, but that has changed as the day has gone on. Furthermore, it’s buzz is really quiet, so its box office chances are not good. Finally Detroit is expanding wide this weekend. Its reviews are among the best we’ve seen all summer, but it is tough to go from a limited release to a wide release, so I’m not overly optimistic. This weekend last year, Suicide Squad opened with $133.68 million. It is very likely the entire box office will be less than $133.68 million this weekend. 2017 is going to get destroyed in the year-over-year comparison.
August 1st, 2017
July is over and we should all be happy about that. Granted, there were some positive results we can talk about. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a huge hit and Despicable Me 3 will pull in a sizable profit before it reaches the home market. There were also a couple of other $100 million hits and a midlevel hit or two; however, overall, 2017 wasn’t able to compete with 2016 and the box office finally lost its lead over last year. 2017 started the summer about $200 million ahead of 2016, but will finish July about $100 million behind last year’s pace. August doesn’t look any better. There are a couple of films that have a reasonable shot at $100 million, The Dark Tower and Annabelle: Creation, as well as a few that should be solid midlevel hits. However, last year we had Sausage Party and Don’t Breathe, both of which nearly hit $100 million, then we had midlevel hits like Pete’s Dragon, Kubo and the Two Strings, and War Dogs. I don’t know if 2017 will be able to compete with that. ... Now some of you are thinking I forgot about Suicide Squad. Trust me, I will never forget that movie. I ignored it to make a point. Even without Suicide Squad, I don’t think 2017 will make up the deficit it has with 2016. With Suicide Squad, it is going to be a disaster. I want to be optimistic, but there’s no evidence to suggest I should be.
June 27th, 2017
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.
July 8th, 2016
Captain Fantastic is the only film on this week’s list that I think will do well in theaters. There are some films that are earning better reviews, like Our Little Sister, but no film on this week’s list has the same buzz as this film does.
January 27th, 2015
It is a really bad week for the home market with a lot of filler on the first page of the new releases on Amazon.com. Fury is the biggest release, but there are not enough extras on the DVD or Blu-ray to be a contender for Pick of the Week. The Book of Life, on the other hand, has a loaded DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and is a contender. The only other real contender is The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness on DVD. In the end, I went with The Book of Life.
December 28th, 2014
Christmas day is the single biggest gift-giving day of the year... so it makes total sense that the week after Christmas is a terrible week to release any new DVDs or Blu-rays. The week is better than you would expect with a few notable releases, including The Equalizer, which earned just over $100 million during its theatrical run. It is also one of the best releases on this week's list and with solid extras, the Blu-ray is a contender for Pick of the Week. The other two contenders are Banshee: Season 2 on DVD or Blu-ray and Shameless: Season 4 on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. It was a bit of a coin toss, but in the end I went with Shameless.
October 3rd, 2014
The list this week is less detailed than usual for reasons I'm not going to go into detail about. I'm just going to say two words, "Food poisoning", and leave it at that. There are not a lot of limited releases on this week's list that are earning good reviews and strong buzz. The Good Lie is the best limited release of the week in that regard, but I already talked about it on the weekend predictions, because I think it will reach the top ten. I don't think any of the films below will earn breakout success.
August 26th, 2014
This is not a good week for new releases on the home market. For one thing, the biggest first-run release is Blended (DVD or Blu-ray ComboPack) which is also one of the worst movies of the summer. There are many TV on DVD releases that helped pick up the slack somewhat, but it still feels like a shallow week. As for Pick of the Week contenders, there are not many. The Normal Heart (DVD or Blu-ray) and Belle (Blu-ray) are the two most likely candidates, but I kind of want to give it to Gravity Falls: Even Stranger (DVD). In the end, I went with The Normal Heart.
January 26th, 2014
Carrie is a remake of of the 1976 film of the same name. The original Carrie is considered a classic horror film and the movie that brought Stephen King immense fame. Horror remakes have done poorly recently and this film was no different. However, was it a bad remake? Or has the public perception of horror remakes unfairly hurt this film at the box office? Does it do enough new to make it worth watching? Or is it yet another unnecessary remake?
November 7th, 2013
It's a big week with several first run releases, some big TV on DVD, releases, and more to deal with. The only one that truly rises to the level of Pick of the Week is Mad Men: Season Six, but the screener arrived late and I hate awarding Pick of the Week to a title when that happens. The only other release I really want to see is White House Down, but that's more guilty pleasure than Pick of the Week. I guess it goes to Mad Men: Season Six on DVD or Blu-ray.
November 5th, 2013
Under the Dome is a book written by Stephen King in 2009. Reviews for the book were really good and it wasn't long before talk of an adaptation was in work. Since the book was so massive, it was clearly going to have to be a mini-series, but that's where things get a little complicated.
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.
|7/5/2013||Stuck in Love||Stephen King||$78,950||$39,319||$118,269|
|2/15/2008||Diary of the Dead||Newsreader||$952,620||$4,441,827||$5,394,447|
|5/1/1987||Creepshow 2||Truck Driver||$14,000,000||$0||$14,000,000|
|7/25/1986||Maximum Overdrive||Man At Cashpoint||$7,433,663||$0||$7,433,663|
|9/8/2017||It||Story based on “It…||$326,920,931||$356,800,000||$683,720,931|
|8/4/2017||The Dark Tower||Based on the novel by||$50,692,621||$60,969,470||$111,662,091|
|12/31/2016||In The Tall Grass||Based on the novella by||$0||$0||$0|
|6/10/2016||Cell||Based on the book by,|
|12/31/2015||Gerald’s Game||Story Creator||$0||$0||$0|
|1/27/2015||Big Driver||Based on the Story By||$0||$0||$0|
|10/3/2014||A Good Marriage||Screenwriter,|
|11/21/2007||The Mist||Based on 'The Mist' By||$25,593,755||$31,595,653||$57,189,408|
|10/15/2004||Riding the Bullet||Story Creator||$101,107||$0||$101,107|
|3/12/2004||Secret Window||Based on the Novella…||$47,958,031||$44,153,520||$92,111,551|
|9/28/2001||Hearts in Atlantis||Story Creator||$24,185,781||$6,700,000||$30,885,781|
|12/10/1999||The Green Mile||based on the novel by||$136,801,374||$153,900,000||$290,701,374|
|3/12/1999||The Rage: Carrie 2||Characters||$17,760,244||$0||$17,760,244|
|10/23/1998||Apt Pupil||Story Creator||$8,863,193||$0||$8,863,193|
|3/24/1995||Dolores Claiborne||Story Creator||$24,262,193||$0||$24,262,193|
|3/3/1995||The Mangler||Story Creator||$1,781,000||$0||$1,781,000|
|9/23/1994||The Shawshank Redemption||Based on the Short N…||$28,241,469||$65,623||$28,307,092|
|8/27/1993||Needful Things||Story Creator||$15,185,672||$0||$15,185,672|
|4/23/1993||The Dark Half||Story Creator||$9,579,068||$0||$9,579,068|
|1/29/1993||Children of the Corn II: The Fi…||Story Creator||$6,953,340||$0||$6,953,340|
|10/26/1990||Graveyard Shift||Story Creator||$11,578,883||$0||$11,578,883|
|5/4/1990||Tales from the Darkside: The Movie||Screenwriter||$16,324,573||$0||$16,324,573|
|4/21/1989||Pet Sematary||Story Creator||$57,469,179||$0||$57,469,179|
|11/13/1987||The Running Man||Story Creator||$38,122,000||$0||$38,122,000|
|5/1/1987||Creepshow 2||Story Creator||$14,000,000||$0||$14,000,000|
|8/8/1986||Stand by Me||Story Creator||$52,287,414||$0||$52,287,414|
|7/25/1986||Maximum Overdrive||Story Creator||$7,433,663||$0||$7,433,663|
|10/11/1985||Silver Bullet||Story Creator||$10,803,211||$0||$10,803,211|
|4/12/1985||Cat's Eye||Story Creator||$9,000,000||$0||$9,000,000|
|3/9/1984||Children of the Corn||Story Creator||$14,600,000||$0||$14,600,000|
|10/21/1983||The Dead Zone||Story Creator||$20,766,000||$0||$20,766,000|
|5/23/1980||The Shining||Story Creator||$44,017,374||$710,853||$44,728,227|