|As an Actor||Supporting||19||$978,268,217||$1,695,060,047||$2,673,328,264|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$590,322,240||$931,808,946||$1,522,131,186|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||1||$0||$0||$0|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 62 films, with $5,485,488,879 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #136)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Bagheera (The Jungle Book), The Mandarin (Iron Man 3), Merenkahre (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), Dr. Cawley (Shutter Island), Nizam (Prince of Persia: Sands of Time)|
|Most productive collaborators: Jon Favreau, Bill Murray, Justin Marks, Idris Elba, Rudyard Kipling|
August 28th, 2016
The Jungle Book is the latest live-action remake of a classic Disney cartoon. The film is the third biggest domestic release of the year so far. (It just topped Deadpool this weekend.) It also earned 95% positive reviews. Is it truly one of the best films of 2016? Or am I going to be in the minority when it comes to this movie?
April 3rd, 2016
Despite what the box office numbers would indicate, there are some people who have never seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. [Copy Ed: Some of us have never seen any Star Wars movie]. Because of that, we are going to have two reviews. The first is going to contain absolutely no spoilers... okay, just one spoiler. The big boat sinks in the end. ... On the one hand, I feel the need to apologize for that joke. On the other hand, I will never not find that joke funny. So how do you do a review without a single spoiler? Simple, nothing but lists. I will rank The Force Awakens in a trio of lists. How does this film compare to others in the Star Wars Franchise? How does it compare to the biggest hits of 2015? And finally, how does it compare to the biggest all-time hits?
April 1st, 2016
March was a really good month, for the most part. There were a few bombs, but the two biggest films, Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both beat expectations by significant margins, so overall the box office was better than expected. Unfortunately, April is a mess, which makes prognosticating really tough. Every single week has at least one film that either moved, switched from wide to limited release, or disappeared entirely. The Jungle Book appears to be the biggest film of the year, but The Huntsman: Winter's War could also be a $100 million hit. Sadly, last April was led by Furious 7, which earned more than $350 million at the box office. That's very likely more than both The Jungle Book and The Huntsman: Winter's War will make combined. Worse still, there were only four weekends in April last year, meaning the month ends by going head-to-head with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the time the month ends, 2016's lead over 2015 might be gone. Let's hope it is not that bad.
January 20th, 2016
It was a slow week with only a handful of significant releases. However, that was good news for me, because it allowed me review the screener that arrived late. That screener was for The Martian, which was as good as I had hoped it was and it is the Pick of the Week. It is not the only new release that was in contention for that title. Both Adventure Time - Stakes! (DVD) and All Things Must Pass (DVD or Blu-ray) were in the running.
August 21st, 2015
It might not be a good week for limited releases overall, but we do have a potential Oscar nominee opening this week. Grandma is not only earning the best reviews of the week, but Lily Tomlin is earning some early Awards Season buzz.
July 1st, 2015
June was a much better month than expected due to two films, Jurassic World and Inside Out. Had those two films merely matched expectations, then 2015 would have likely fallen behind 2014. As for this coming month, there are five weekends in July and each week there is at least one film with the potential to reach $100 million. Most weeks there are two films that at least have a shot at getting to the century mark. The biggest hit of the month will likely be Minions, which has already opened in several international markets and it's ahead of Despicable Me 2 at the same point. That film made more than $300 million and nearly $1 billion worldwide, so any growth would be fantastic. There are also a number of potential $200 million films, led by Ant-man. Ant-man is the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that has averaged $300 million domestically over eleven films and all of the past six films have reached at least $200 million. I'm not saying this one is guaranteed to do the same, but you can't dismiss that possibility. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Pixels have smaller chances to get to $200 million, but you have to at least entertain the possibility. Additionally, last July was a lot weaker than this July looks to be, so 2015 should win in the year-over-year comparison most weeks. Or I might have let the box office success of June cloud my judgment. We will soon find out.
April 5th, 2015
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the third film, and likely final film, in the Night at the Museum franchise. The previous two films were very profitable, but the films have never really won over critics. This film had the weakest run at the box office, but is it also the weakest in terms of quality?
January 18th, 2015
The Boxtrolls was a September release that earned good reviews, especially for a September release. However, it failed to meet expectations at the box office. On the other hand, it has done very well with Awards Season voters. Is it as bad as its box office would indicate? Is it as good as its Oscar nomination would indicate? Or is it somewhere in-between?
December 1st, 2014
November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential.
October 24th, 2014
Last weekend, Birdman opened with Oscar-worthy reviews and it wasn't the only film that was expected to be a hit at the box office. This weekend, there are no such films. CitizenFour and Force Majeure are both earning Oscar buzz, but one's a documentary and the other is a foreign-language film, so neither are likely to expand significantly. This leaves Laggies as the film with the loudest buzz, even if its reviews suggest it might not thrive in limited release.
September 1st, 2014
August was a great month, it is as simple as that. Not only did Guardians of the Galaxy break records, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a surprise hit as well. These early gains led to an extended winning streak in the year-over-year comparison. Granted, 2014 is still more than $300 million behind 2013, but this is substantially less than the gap was before the month. Can September maintain this run? I'm not sure. Last September was strong compared to most Septembers with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 earning more than $100 million while Insidious Chapter 2 came relatively close. This year, there likely won't be any $100 million hits, but I think The Equalizer should at least come close. Meanwhile, there are some who think The Maze Runner will be the biggest hit of the month, but I'm not among them. There have been too many similar releases that have struggled to think this one will be a hit. I think September will get off to a terrible start, but overall I think it will be close to last year.
February 17th, 2014
Thor came out in 2011 and cost $150 million to make. However, it barely made a profit. In fact, had it been a stand-alone movie, it would have very likely lost money. Had it not been for The Avengers boosting the home market numbers, it might have lost money. On the other hand, Thor: The Dark World cost $170 million to make and pulled in 40% more at the worldwide box office. Is it also 40% better? Or did it benefit from the big picture The Avengers movie universe has pulled together?
November 24th, 2013
Thanksgiving is less than a week away and that means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a ton of shopping. It also means the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. Over the next month, we will talk about TV on DVD releases, independent releases, foreign language releases, classics, etc. but this week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. However, this year seems weaker than years past. Last year the biggest new release was The Avengers, which was also one of the best reviewed wide releases of the year. This year the biggest release is Iron Man 3, which earned good reviews, but not great reviews. Last year there were a ton of franchise box sets. This year has been pretty barren. In fact, I think the only franchise box set that's truly new and really worth picking up is...
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
September 23rd, 2013
Iron Man 3 was the first Marvel Comics movie since The Avengers broke records. Expectations for this film rose dramatically as a result of that film's box office success, not to mention its critical acclaim. Can Iron Man 3 live up to these expectations? Or has The Avengers set the bar too high?
May 1st, 2013
As April ends and summer begins, we see the 2013 box office on a losing streak. There is some good news, as May should be much, much, much better than April was. Much better. During the five weekends in May, there are nine films opening wide. Of those film, there are seven that at least have a shot at $100 million. And of those seven films, four at least have a shot at $200 million, two have a shot at $300 million, and we might even have a $400 million hit this month. Iron Man 3 should turn out to be the biggest hit of the month, while there are some who think Star Trek: Into Darkness could be a close competitor for that honor. There's also some bad news. The Avengers opened last May and earned more than $600 million. No film opening this month will come close to that figure. There's a chance the top two films opening this month won't match that combined. On the other hand, last year there was a huge drop-off from the biggest hit of the month to the second biggest hit of the month. There were so many high-profile failures last year, that 2013 might actually start winning some weekends in the year-over-year comparison.
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?
|12/31/2017||Backstabbing For Beginners||$0||$0||$0|
|4/15/2016||The Jungle Book||Bagheera||$364,001,123||$599,900,000||$963,901,123|
|9/30/2015||The Walk||Papa Rudy||$10,137,502||$51,035,862||$61,173,364|
|8/21/2015||Learning to Drive||Darwin||$3,447,633||$2,684,931||$6,132,564|
|6/30/2015||Robot Overlords||Robin Smythe||$0||$611,528||$611,528|
|12/19/2014||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||Merenkahre||$113,746,621||$242,800,000||$356,546,621|
|12/12/2014||Exodus: Gods and Kings||Nun||$65,014,513||$203,300,000||$268,314,513|
|10/24/2014||Stonehearst Asylum||Dr. Lamb||$0||$3,197,693||$3,197,693|
|9/26/2014||The Boxtrolls||Archibald Snatcher||$50,837,305||$61,108,946||$111,946,251|
|4/25/2014||Walking with the Enemy||Regent Horthy||$0||$0||$0|
|3/21/2014||A Birder’s Guide to Everything||Lawrence Konrad||$0||$0||$0|
|11/1/2013||Ender's Game||Mazer Rackham||$61,737,191||$28,000,000||$89,737,191|
|5/3/2013||Iron Man 3||The Mandarin||$408,992,272||$806,400,000||$1,215,392,272|
|8/10/2012||It is No Dream: The Life of Theodor H…||Narrated||$0||$0||$0|
|10/29/2010||Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny||Narrator||$212,601||$0||$212,601|
|5/28/2010||Prince of Persia: Sands of Time||Nizam||$90,759,676||$223,834,921||$314,594,597|
|2/19/2010||Shutter Island||Dr. Cawley||$128,012,934||$171,448,848||$299,461,782|
|8/21/2009||Fifty Dead Men Walking||$0||$997,921||$997,921|
|7/3/2008||The Wackness||Dr. Squires||$2,077,046||$1,252,966||$3,330,012|
|6/20/2008||The Love Guru||Guru Tugginmypudha||$32,200,122||$7,923,224||$40,123,346|
|10/19/2007||The Ten Commandments||Narrator||$952,820||$99,087||$1,051,907|
|8/17/2007||The Last Legion||Ambrosinus||$5,932,060||$19,425,711||$25,357,771|
|6/22/2007||You Kill Me||Frank||$2,426,851||$1,432,113||$3,858,964|
|4/7/2006||Lucky Number Slevin||Schlomo||$22,495,466||$33,000,000||$55,495,466|
|9/2/2005||A Sound of Thunder||Charles Hatton||$1,900,451||$4,400,000||$6,300,451|
|8/27/2004||Suspect Zero||Benjamin O'Ryan||$8,712,564||$0||$8,712,564|
|12/19/2003||House of Sand and Fog||Colonel Behrani||$13,005,485||$3,152,438||$16,157,923|
|10/11/2002||Tuck Everlasting||Man in the Yellow Suit||$19,161,999||$182,616||$19,344,615|
|4/17/2002||The Triumph of Love||Hermocrates||$446,942||$0||$446,942|
|6/29/2001||Artificial Intelligence: AI||Narrator/Mecha||$78,616,689||$157,283,311||$235,900,000|
|6/13/2001||Sexy Beast||Don Logan||$6,946,056||$3,212,299||$10,158,355|
|4/7/2000||Rules of Engagement||Mourain||$61,322,858||$10,397,073||$71,719,931|
|3/3/2000||What Planet Are You From?||Graydon||$6,291,602||$0||$6,291,602|
|10/25/1996||Twelfth Night: Or What You Will||Feste||$588,621||$0||$588,621|
|12/23/1994||Death and the Maiden||Dr. Roberto Miranda||$3,038,495||$0||$3,038,495|
|12/15/1993||Schindler's List||Itzhak Stern||$96,067,179||$225,298,388||$321,365,567|
|8/11/1993||Searching for Bobby Fischer||Bruce Pandolfini||$7,266,393||$0||$7,266,393|
|5/7/1993||Dave||Vice President Nance||$63,270,710||$0||$63,270,710|
|1/1/1992||Freddie as F.R.O.7||Freddie||$1,000,000||$0||$1,000,000|
|10/21/1988||Without a Clue||Dr. John Watson||$8,000,000||$0||$8,000,000|
|2/14/1986||Turtle Diary||William Snow||$2,053,364||$0||$2,053,364|
|12/31/2017||Backstabbing For Beginners||Executive Producer||$0||$0||$0|