|As an Actor||Leading||11||$337,562,739||$195,372,071||$532,934,810|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$560,846,905||$763,273,339||$1,324,120,244|
|In Technical Roles||Director||1||$0||$0||$0|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 47 films, with $3,511,927,930 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #392)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Maurice (Beauty and the Beast), Alvin (No Strings Attached), Sam (Last Vegas), Artemus Gordon/President Grant (Wild Wild West), Chief Inspector Dreyfus (The Pink Panther)|
|Most productive collaborators: Natalie Portman, Ivan Reitman, Ashton Kutcher, Joe Medjuck, Will Smith|
June 6th, 2017
There have been three previous adaptations in Disney’s recent streak of live-action adaptations. I’ve previously reviewed all of them and only really liked Maleficent. In fact, I like Maleficent more now than I did when it first came out, because it took the characters and made an original story with them, while the other two only had minor changes, but were mostly beat-for-beat remakes. I mention all of this before even mentioning Beauty and the Beast, because this is what I want in these movies. I want a reason to watch this version rather than the original. Does this film give me a reason?
June 2nd, 2017
A few films on this week’s list are earning really good reviews, including Past Life, Handsome Devil, and Band Aid. On the other hand, 3 Idiotas is the widest release of the week and the one with the best shot at earning some mainstream success.
March 23rd, 2017
March 1st, 2017
February was an okay month. The films that missed expectations were mostly balanced by the films that were pleasant surprises. Unfortunately, last February was amazing as Deadpool dominated the chart, so 2017 has fallen further behind 2016 and 2016’s lead is now about $100 million. It is not so bad that a good March won’t help 2017 back into the lead. Will that happen? We have some good news and some bad news. Good news: Every week there is one movie that has at least a shot at $100 million. Two of them, Logan and Beauty and the Beast, could reach $200 million or a lot more. Bad News: last March, both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned more than $300 million. That’s a really powerful one-two punch and I don’t think we can replicate that this time around. On the other hand, last March, the third best film of the month was 10 Cloverfield Lane, while there were four films that were expected to open wide that earned less than $10 million at the box office. 2017 likely won’t be as good at the top, but I also don’t think it will have as many bombs either. If Beauty and the Beast reaches the very high end of expectations, then 2017 could even close the gap with 2016 entirely. I’ll be happy getting halfway there.
August 1st, 2015
It is still a little too soon to tell how July will finish, as we don't have any numbers for the final weekend at the time of writing. We know Minions was a monster hit and that Ant-man will be a financial success. However, until we see how Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation does, it will be impossible to call the month a true success. If Rogue Nation bombed this weekend, then the month is only a partial success. It would also mean the summer of 2015 could be coming to an abrupt end. As for August, only Fantastic Four has a better than 50/50 chance of reaching $100 million; although some people think Straight Outta Compton also has a shot at that milestone. Besides those two, only a couple of other films even have a realistic shot at becoming midlevel hits. Worse still, last August was amazing with Guardians of the Galaxy breaking records. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also did better than expected with a domestic haul of nearly $200 million. No release this August is going to match that figure. There's a good chance the top two releases combined won't do so. Fortunately, 2015 has a sizable lead over 2014, so even a soft month will keep 2015 ahead in the year-over-year comparison.
March 3rd, 2015
This is not a great week for new releases on the home market. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is by far the biggest new title and its DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack is going to sell a ton of units. However, its reviews are not up to the level required to make it our Pick of the Week. Conversely, Foxcatcher is award-worthy, but the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack doesn't have enough extras to be a Pick of the Week. It seemed like every choice for Pick of the Week wasn't quite up to the level needed, so I'm going to go outside the box and pick To Write Love On Her Arms on DVD, which is a film I've been waiting to see for about three years.
September 12th, 2014
There's a large number of limited releases, including a few that are earning good reviews and strong buzz. One of these is The Drop, but it is opening in too many theaters and I think that will hurt it at the box office. If I were to guess, The Skeleton Twins will be the biggest hit on this week's list.
August 29th, 2014
It's not a great week for limited releases as there are only two films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews: The Congress and Starred Up. Both of those films are playing on Video on Demand as well, so their box office numbers are likely going to be weaker than their Tomatometer Scores. Cantinflas does have an outside shot at tenth place, so at least there's some good news as far as limited releases are concerned. Swearnet: The Movie might turn out to be the biggest hit of the weekend north of the border, but it doesn't open in the States till next month.
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.
March 10th, 2013
This week there are three Disney Blu-ray Double-Shots coming out. This includes one that I've previously reviewed on DVD, but two that I missed the first time around. Each film includes a major theatrical release, plus the direct-to-DVD sequels. How many of the theatrical releases are worth owning? Are any of the direct-to-DVD sequels worth picking up? Are the double-shots worth the money?
|3/17/2017||Beauty and the Beast||Maurice||$504,014,165||$756,900,000||$1,260,914,165|
|8/7/2015||Ricki and the Flash||Pete||$26,822,144||$14,326,535||$41,148,679|
|9/10/2014||My Old Lady||Mathias||$4,011,530||$3,515,702||$7,527,232|
|8/29/2014||The Last of Robin Hood||Errol Flynn||$171,138||$0||$171,138|
|4/15/2011||The Conspirator||Secretary Edwin M. Stanton||$11,538,204||$4,369,207||$15,907,411|
|1/21/2011||No Strings Attached||Alvin||$70,662,220||$78,565,858||$149,228,078|
|12/19/2008||The Tale of Despereaux||Andre||$50,877,145||$39,605,172||$90,482,317|
|2/14/2008||Definitely, Maybe||Hampton Roth||$32,241,649||$23,376,217||$55,617,866|
|12/31/2007||As You Like It||Jaques||$0||$0||$0|
|6/9/2006||A Prairie Home Companion||Guy Noir||$20,342,852||$6,373,339||$26,716,191|
|2/10/2006||The Pink Panther||Chief Inspector Dreyfus||$82,226,474||$76,700,000||$158,926,474|
|11/22/2002||The Emperor's Club||Professor Hundert||$14,060,950||$2,132,763||$16,193,713|
|10/26/2001||Life as a House||George||$15,652,637||$8,236,521||$23,889,158|
|6/8/2001||The Anniversary Party||Cal Gold||$4,013,506||$884,559||$4,898,065|
|3/31/2000||The Road to El Dorado||Tulio (voice)||$50,802,661||$14,897,339||$65,700,000|
|6/30/1999||Wild Wild West||Artemus Gordon/President Grant||$113,805,681||$107,423,654||$221,229,335|
|5/14/1999||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Nick Bottom||$16,071,990||$8,939,655||$25,011,645|
|11/25/1998||The Nutcracker||Narrator (voice)||$1,009,291||$0||$1,009,291|
|9/26/1997||The Ice Storm||Ben Hood||$8,038,061||$7,973,914||$16,011,975|
|9/19/1997||In & Out||Howard Brackett||$63,826,569||$19,400,000||$83,226,569|
|1/24/1997||Fierce Creatures||Vince McCain/Rod McCain||$9,254,184||$0||$9,254,184|
|10/11/1996||Looking for Richard||Himself||$1,266,417||$0||$1,266,417|
|6/21/1996||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||Phoebus||$100,138,851||$225,361,149||$325,500,000|
|5/5/1995||French Kiss||Luc Teyssier||$38,863,798||$59,530,132||$98,393,930|
|5/7/1993||Dave||Dave Kovic/Bill Mitchell||$63,270,710||$0||$63,270,710|
|10/16/1992||Consenting Adults||Richard Parker||$21,591,728||$0||$21,591,728|
|4/6/1990||I Love You to Death||Joey Boca||$15,600,149||$0||$15,600,149|
|1/13/1989||January Man||Nick Starkey||$4,611,062||$0||$4,611,062|
|7/15/1988||A Fish Called Wanda||Otto West||$63,493,000||$0||$63,493,000|
|11/6/1987||Cry Freedom||Donald Woods||$5,899,797||$20,000,000||$25,899,797|
|4/11/1986||Violets Are Blue...||Henry Squires||$4,743,287||$0||$4,743,287|
|9/28/1983||The Big Chill||Harold||$56,077,501||$0||$56,077,501|
|2/18/1983||The Pirates of Penzance||The Pirate King||$694,497||$0||$694,497|
|10/25/2016||Meathead Goes Hog Wild||Director||$0||$0||$0|