|As an Actor||Supporting||21||$1,339,112,602||$2,076,478,432||$3,415,591,034|
|Lead Ensemble Member||4||$91,127,288||$101,036,944||$192,164,232|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 21 films, with $3,415,591,034 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #183)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Sam Wilson/The Falcon (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Maj. William Bowman (Eagle Eye), Finn (Real Steel), Shawrelle Berry (Million Dollar Baby)|
|Most productive collaborators: John Gatins, Hugh Jackman, Shawn Levy, Clint Eastwood, Chris Evans|
November 1st, 2015
October has come to an end and everyone should be happy about that. Except for The Martian, there were no serious hits that opened last month. There were more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Fortunately, October of last year wasn't spectacular either, so 2015 maintains a healthy lead over 2014. Even more fortunately, November looks fantastic. There are four films that have the potential to earn $200 million or more. The biggest of these is the final Hunger Games movie, which should reach $400 million. Spectre has a real shot at $300 million and could be the biggest hit in the franchise. Meanwhile, nearly every November there's an animated kids movie that becomes a monster hit. This year, The Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur are both aiming for that box office milestone. The last time we didn't have a family film that earned at least $100 million in November was 2011 and that's because there were four family films that opened in the final two weeks of the month and that much competition meant they cannibalized each other. Both of these has a shot at $200 million and if neither of them reached $200 million, I would be shocked. Meanwhile, last November was a good month at the top with three monster hits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Big Hero 6, and Interstellar. However, after those three films, there were not much positive to talk about. It really looks like 2015 will match 2014 at the top, plus it could have better depth. I might be a little too optimistic, but I think November is going to be a great month at the box office.
November 26th, 2014
This Thursday is Thanksgiving, which means this is Black Friday and 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. In some ways, this is better than last year, as there were a wider number of big releases that would make great gifts. However, in other ways it is much weaker. I can't think of a single big franchise box set that came out this year. There are some smaller ones, like the Halloween Box Set, but while the franchise has lasted ten installments and 30 years, how many can you really say are worth repeated viewing? Fortunately, there were plenty of great films to come out this year, starting with what is currently the biggest hit of the year.
September 6th, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the latest in an unending string of hits for Marvel Studios. It was for quite a while the biggest hit of the year, but was recently overtaken by Guardians of the Galaxy. Is this film worth checking out for those who have enjoyed the previous Avengers films? And if you've never seen any of the previous Avengers films, is this a good place to start?
April 1st, 2014
March was stronger than expected when compared to 2013 with four films earning $100 million or more, led by Divergent. (Not all of them have gotten there yet, but they are certain to reach that milestone before they are done their box office runs.) It wasn't a blow-out victory, on the other hand, as a few weekends the ticket sales were lower in 2014 than they were during the same weekend in 2013. April looks really strong with Captain America: The Winter Soldier leading the way. This film should top $200 million over the weekend, while it isn't the only film that should crack the century mark, as Rio 2 is also on track for $100 million. This is great news, as no film last April reached $100 million. Granted, 42 came close and Oblivion wasn't far behind, but The Winter Soldier should earn more than those two films earned combined giving 2014 a comfortable lead over 2013 over the full month.
February 28th, 2014
It is Oscar weekend, so it should come as no surprise there are not a lot of limited releases with the usual target audience. Art house aficionados will be paying more attention to the Awards than to new releases. Ernest & Celestine is the lone exception, which is the only Oscar-nominated film on this week's list and the best reviewed as well. Most of the rest of the movies are earning reviews that range from mixed to outright terrible. The Lunchbox could be the break-out hit of the weekend, if there is a break-out hit.
December 21st, 2013
PANIC! If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet, it is officially time to panic. Personally, I got the last of my shopping done on Wednesday, although I don't think the gift will arrive in time for Christmas. For those still looking for a last minute gift, Part IV of our Holiday Gift Guide focuses on books, CDs, and of course anything else I missed the first time around, beginning with...
April 1st, 2013
March is over and while it is a little too soon to tell where a few films will end their box office runs, it is clear Oz The Great and Powerful won the month. Some films beat expectations to become midlevel hits, like The Call, but it wasn't a great month at the box office, especially compared to last year. This month, there are only seven wide releases spread over four weeks. Only one of those films, Oblivion, has a shot at being anything more than a midlevel hit. None of the other six releases look like they will come close to $100 million, but none of them look like obvious bombs either. (Although I do have my worries when it comes to Scary Movie 5.) Last April was even weaker with no film earning $100 million, although Think Like a Man did come relatively close. We might actually see growth on the year-over-year comparison. We'd better, because 2013 is behind 2012's pace by a huge margin at the moment and things will get worse when May arrives.
|11/20/2015||The Night Before||Chris||$43,035,725||$9,348,624||$52,384,349|
|11/13/2015||Love the Coopers||Officer Williams||$26,302,731||$15,864,260||$42,166,991|
|10/30/2015||Our Brand is Crisis||Ben||$7,002,261||$1,582,402||$8,584,663|
|5/1/2015||The Avengers: Age of Ultron||Sam Wilson/The Falcon||$459,005,868||$945,700,000||$1,404,705,868|
|3/31/2015||Playing It Cool||Bryan||$0||$846,290||$846,290|
|12/3/2014||Black or White||Jeremiah Jeffers||$21,571,189||$0||$21,571,189|
|4/4/2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Sam Wilson/Falcon||$259,746,958||$454,100,000||$713,846,958|
|10/18/2013||The Fifth Estate||Sam Coulson||$3,254,172||$2,900,000||$6,154,172|
|10/11/2013||The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete||Kris||$494,608||$0||$494,608|
|4/26/2013||Pain & Gain||Adrian Doorbal||$49,875,291||$31,400,000||$81,275,291|
|1/11/2013||Gangster Squad||Officer Coleman Harris||$46,000,903||$58,100,000||$104,100,903|
|6/22/2012||Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter||Will||$37,519,139||$99,970,591||$137,489,730|
|1/27/2012||Man on a Ledge||Mike Ackerman||$18,620,000||$27,068,337||$45,688,337|
|9/30/2011||What's Your Number?||Tom Piper||$14,011,084||$16,152,701||$30,163,785|
|3/4/2011||The Adjustment Bureau||Harry Mitchell||$62,495,645||$64,435,680||$126,931,325|
|12/3/2010||Night Catches Us||Marcus||$76,185||$0||$76,185|
|6/26/2009||The Hurt Locker||Sergeant JT Sanborn||$17,017,811||$32,876,412||$49,894,223|
|9/26/2008||Eagle Eye||Maj. William Bowman||$101,440,743||$76,625,826||$178,066,569|
|12/22/2006||We Are Marshall||Nate Ruffin||$43,545,364||$0||$43,545,364|
|12/15/2004||Million Dollar Baby||Shawrelle Berry||$100,422,786||$131,524,199||$231,946,985|
|11/5/2004||Brother to Brother||Perry||$79,315||$0||$79,315|
|7/30/2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Robert Baker||$65,948,711||$30,200,000||$96,148,711|
|7/30/2004||She Hate Me||$365,134||$1,100,000||$1,465,134|