|As an Actor||Supporting||13||$1,009,027,469||$1,431,424,280||$2,440,451,749|
|In Technical Roles||Director||2||$33,745||$0||$33,745|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 13 films, with $2,440,451,749 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #435)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Frank McCay (Monsters University), Sir Lancelot (Shrek the Third), Harley (It's Complicated), Sam Walsh (Dreamgirls), Jack (13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Promised Land (Screenwriter), Promised Land (Producer), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Nancy Meyers, Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Scott Rudin|
January 1st, 2016
2016 will begin the same way 2015 ended, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on top. In fact, three of the five films that have the best shot at box office success in January are The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, and The Revenant, all of which opened in December. There are two true January releases that could also do really well, for this time of year: Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3. The rest of the releases are just hoping to become midlevel hits. Last January, American Sniper dominated earning more than $300 million. Its success could prevent 2016 from being ahead in the year-over-year comparison by the end of the month, but this year does have better depth.
October 26th, 2013
Monsters Inc. was a huge hit in 2001 earning close to $300 million domestically and more than $550 million worldwide. This summer, a prequel, Monsters University, came out and it earned a little less domestically, but more than $700 million worldwide. If you factor in inflation and the growth of international markets, this isn't as strong a run as the predecessor had, but still very profitable. Is the quality similar, i.e., not quite as strong as the original, but still worth checking out? And are any of the four releases worth picking up?
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.
December 28th, 2012
The end of the year has a few limited releases trying to get a last chance for Oscar glory with Oscar qualifying runs. Promised Land is clearly the biggest film of the week, but its reviews suggest it won't even thrive in limited release.
October 19th, 2012
It's a slower week for limited releases, but there are a couple that are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Holy Motors is one of them, but while it should do well in art house theaters, its chances at mainstream success is a lot more limited. The Sessions reviews are even better and it has a lot more mainstream appeal. It is never easy for a limited release, but of all of the film's on this week's list, this one has the best shot at the box office.
|1/15/2016||13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Beng…||Jack||$52,853,219||$15,200,000||$68,053,219|
|8/7/2015||Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet||Halim||$340,536||$210,826||$551,362|
|5/29/2015||Aloha||John "Woody" Woodside||$21,052,030||$3,883,769||$24,935,799|
|11/8/2013||Kaze Tachinu||Kiro Honjo (U.S. Version)||$5,201,879||$112,722,821||$117,924,700|
|6/21/2013||Monsters University||Frank McCay||$268,488,329||$475,100,000||$743,588,329|
|12/28/2012||Promised Land||Dustin Noble||$7,597,898||$1,702,438||$9,300,336|
|2/3/2012||Big Miracle||Adam Carlson||$20,157,300||$5,536,698||$25,693,998|
|9/25/2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||$33,745||$0||$33,745|
|6/5/2009||Away We Go||Burt||$9,451,946||$656,070||$10,108,016|
|7/3/2007||License to Wed||Ben Murphy||$43,799,818||$26,387,270||$70,187,088|
|5/17/2007||Shrek the Third||Sir Lancelot||$322,719,944||$484,610,992||$807,330,936|
|11/17/2006||For Your Consideration||"Paper Badge" Officer||$5,549,923||$0||$5,549,923|
|9/25/2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||Director||$33,745||$0||$33,745|