|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 19 films, with $1,169,221,935 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #177)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Lucy Tucci (Home), Shira (Ice Age: Continental Drift), Charlie Honeywell (Monster-in-Law), Marisa Ventura (Maid in Manhattan), Azteca (Antz)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Boy Next Door (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Tim Johnson, Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Mireille Soria, Suzanne Buirgy|
August 9th, 2015
Home is a 3D digitally animated family film that opened in March. Nearly every year there is at least one such film that cracks $100 million and this year it was Home, which not only earned more than $100 million, it came relatively close to $200 million. Is it as good as its box office numbers? Is it at least good for a kids movie?
July 17th, 2015
There are very few films on this week's list that have a real shot at earning mainstream success. I would like to think Court or A Hard Day could do so, but they are both foreign-language films and that's usually too big of an obstacle to overcome. Mr. Holmes has both the cast and the reviews to thrive, but it is playing in more than 300 theaters. That might be too many to thrive. Let's hope I'm being too pessimistic.
April 26th, 2015
The Boy Next Door only cost $4 million to make and even if its P&A budget was just north of $20 million, it made enough worldwide to cover that. All it needs to do on the home market is cover any additional production and advertising costs to break even. However, it earned reviews that were just 11% positive. Is it really this bad? Or were the critics unfairly harsh on the movie?
March 1st, 2015
February was strong thanks to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Fifty Shades of Grey, both of which beat expectations. This March could actually be even better, as there are three or four films that have a decent shot at earning $100 million or more. The top film will likely be Cinderella, which has a real shot at $200 million. Insurgent will almost assuredly get beyond the $100 million mark, while Get Hard, Home, and perhaps Chappie will also get to the century mark. Last March, there were four $100 million hits, led by Divergent, which pulled in $150 million. While this March should be better than February, I'm not sure it will be better than last March. I don't think March 2015 will be much worse than last year, but I think its percentage lead will be chipped away at by the end of the month.
January 1st, 2015
2014 is over and for the most part, December was a soft ending to a weak year. This is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, it means the overall box office is still soft and it is unlikely that January will start strong. Secondly, last January was a great month, thanks in part to Frozen and other holdovers. The slump can't last forever and Taken 3 should help 2015 get off to a reasonably fast start and it even has a shot at $100 million. American Sniper got off to a really fast start in limited release, so it too could be a hit when it expands wide. By comparison, last January was led by Ride Along, but there were only two other films that didn't completely bomb. I want to say 2015 will start out on a winning note, but given the box office losing streak, it will likely pay to be pessimistic.
May 7th, 2013
While there are a lot of new releases listed on Amazon.com, it isn't long before you run into filler. Worse still, the top two selling movies, Jack Reacher and Save Haven, are just mediocre movies. The Great Escape is coming out on Blu-ray this week, which would normally be a reason to celebrate. However, a lot of reviewers are complaining about the poor video quality. The film needed, and deserves, a full restoration, but that didn't happen. We need to look further down the list to find a Pick of the Week contender, and we find one in 30 Rock: Season Seven.
May 7th, 2013
This movie came out during the height of the Bennifer backlash. Gigli did so poorly with critics and moviegoers that a lot of people were prejudging this film as soon as it was announced. It earned three Razzie nominations; however, Raquel Castro won a Young Artist Award for her performance in the film. Now that the mess surrounding the film is nearly a decade in the past, is it worth checking out? Or would it have failed under the best of circumstances?
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 9th, 2012
I've seen all of the Ice Age films. I thought the first film was great and the second film was good, but I thought the third film was only average for a kids film. Will the franchise bounce back with Ice Age: Continental Drift? Or will the fourth film continue the decline?
|7/17/2015||Lila & Eve||Eve||$38,263||$0||$38,263|
|1/23/2015||The Boy Next Door||Claire Peterson||$35,423,380||$17,395,873||$52,819,253|
|7/13/2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Shira||$161,321,843||$718,443,294||$879,765,137|
|5/18/2012||What to Expect When You're Expecting||Holly||$41,152,203||$79,773,494||$120,925,697|
|4/23/2010||The Back-up Plan||Zoe||$37,490,007||$37,791,172||$75,281,179|
|9/9/2005||An Unfinished Life||Jean Gilkyson||$8,535,575||$10,000,000||$18,535,575|
|10/15/2004||Shall We Dance?||Paulina||$57,887,882||$60,210,000||$118,097,882|
|3/26/2004||Jersey Girl||Gertrude Steiney||$25,266,129||$11,800,000||$37,066,129|
|12/13/2002||Maid in Manhattan||Marisa Ventura||$93,932,896||$69,905,321||$163,838,217|
|5/18/2001||Angel Eyes||Sharon Pogue||$24,044,532||$5,500,000||$29,544,532|
|1/26/2001||The Wedding Planner||Maria 'Mary' Fiore||$60,400,856||$34,327,673||$94,728,529|
|8/18/2000||The Cell||Catharine Deane||$61,280,963||$24,630,263||$85,911,226|
|6/26/1998||Out of Sight||Karen Sisco||$37,562,568||$40,000,000||$77,562,568|
|2/21/1997||Blood and Wine||Gabriella||$1,083,350||$0||$1,083,350|
|11/22/1995||Money Train||Grace Santiago||$35,324,232||$41,900,000||$77,224,232|
|5/3/1995||My Family||Maria Sanchez (in the twenties)||$11,079,373||$0||$11,079,373|
|1/23/2015||The Boy Next Door||Producer||$35,423,380||$17,395,873||$52,819,253|