|As an Actor||Leading||14||$550,279,996||$676,321,275||$1,226,601,271|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$45,055,776||$45,044,074||$90,099,850|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 14 films, with $1,226,601,271 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #165)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Dr. Christine Palmer (Doctor Strange), Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes), Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Claire Clearly (The Wedding Crashers), Paige (The Vow)|
|Most productive collaborators: Benedict Cumberbatch, Scott Derrickson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, C. Robert Cargill, Robert Downey, Jr.|
February 28th, 2016
It’s Oscar day and, if all goes to plan, I will be live-blogging the ceremony tonight. Here is the list of nominees marked according to predictions from our readers, and my personal wishes. Nominees in Bold are the ones predicted to win by our readers (we’ll have a full rundown of the predictions at noon, after the contest ends). If I am predicting a different film, those are in Italics. Meanwhile, the nominees I want to win, but don’t think will win, are Underlined. There are a few categories where the film I really think deserves the award was not even nominated, plus a few I don’t have a real opinion on.
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February 24th, 2016
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This year, Best Supporting Actress is a two-horse race, making it one of the more competitive categories of the ones we are going to look at.
January 15th, 2016
The Oscar nominations were announced at 5:30 am Pacific time. Nothing is good that early in the morning. Worse still, this was a terrible year for snubs, especially when it comes to diversity of the nominees. The voters for the Oscars are 94% white and 77% male... but that's still more diverse than the list of nominees. The Revenant led the way with 12 nominations and it is expected to win a few of those, while it is a serious contender in most of the categories it was nominated in.
December 9th, 2015
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced today and there are at least a few surprises to talk about. Trumbo led the way with three nominations, but there were six films with two nods apiece. Six!
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.
May 31st, 2015
In a Summer already littered with franchise films, it’s good to see something original top the charts, even if it is something as rote as a disaster movie based on an earthquake in California. The $53.2 million projected opening for San Andreas is something of a triumph for Dwayne Johnson, who carries the film as its sole lead, unlike his contributions to the Furious 7 ensemble. With only the domestic opening numbers in, Johnson has already moved up to third on our top current stars list, and will most likely pass Vin Diesel for second place before San Andreas’ run is over.
May 1st, 2015
April is over and there was good news and bad news. Good news: Furious 7 crushed the competition, and broke records along the way. Bad news: Furious 7 crushed the competition and no other April release will earn as much in total as Furious 7 earned during its opening day. Fortunately, Furious 7 was so strong that it carried April of 2015 to a draw when compared to April of 2014. May has a lot of similarities to April. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to break records during its opening weekend and even the low end has it earning more than $1 billion worldwide. Unfortunately, no other film is going to come close to that figure. There are five other films with a potential to reach $100 million at the box office. The keyword there is "potential". There's a chance less than half of those five films will get to that milestone. And like last April, last May had much better depth with five films that reached $100 million, including four that surpassed $200 million. Age of Ultron will earn more than the combined totals of Maleficent, last month's winner, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which placed second for the month. I am a little concerned about the lack of depth this month and this could cause May to lose in the month-over-month comparison in the end.
March 3rd, 2015
November 4th, 2014
A Most Wanted Man is famous for a really negative reason. It is one of the last films starring Philip Seymour Hoffman released after his untimely death. It earned incredible reviews and did really well at the box office for a limited release, but it wasn't able to break into truly wide releases. Is the movie as good as its reviews? Or were critics quick to praise the film for its significance in Philip Seymour Hoffman's life?
February 3rd, 2014
It's another slow week on the home market. There are five or so first run releases, but the biggest box office was earned by Free Birds, which earned $55 million. Fortunately, while there are no box office hits, there are some high quality releases, led by Dallas Buyers Club. Unfortunately, the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack has so few extras that I'm convinced a special edition is on its way, so it isn't a Pick of the Week contender. So what are the Pick of the Week contenders this week? First there's Cutie and the Boxer on DVD or Blu-ray. Second there's ... Cutie and the Boxer is the Pick of the Week.
November 7th, 2013
It's a big week with several first run releases, some big TV on DVD, releases, and more to deal with. The only one that truly rises to the level of Pick of the Week is Mad Men: Season Six, but the screener arrived late and I hate awarding Pick of the Week to a title when that happens. The only other release I really want to see is White House Down, but that's more guilty pleasure than Pick of the Week. I guess it goes to Mad Men: Season Six on DVD or Blu-ray.
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.
|11/4/2016||Doctor Strange||Dr. Christine Palmer||$218,941,446||$419,381,731||$638,323,177|
|2/12/2016||The Little Prince||$1,311,213||$89,583,378||$90,894,591|
|12/4/2015||Every Thing Will Be Fine||Sara||$0||$438,237||$438,237|
|7/25/2014||A Most Wanted Man||Annabel Richter||$17,237,855||$18,831,035||$36,068,890|
|4/12/2013||To the Wonder||Jane||$584,563||$977,377||$1,561,940|
|12/16/2011||Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||Irene Adler||$186,848,418||$348,815,025||$535,663,443|
|5/20/2011||Midnight in Paris||Inez||$56,816,662||$106,021,711||$162,838,373|
|11/10/2010||Morning Glory||Becky Fuller||$31,011,732||$28,783,338||$59,795,070|
|12/25/2009||Sherlock Holmes||Irene Adler||$209,028,679||$289,409,533||$498,438,212|
|8/14/2009||The Time Traveler's Wife||Clare||$63,414,846||$38,917,289||$102,332,135|
|4/17/2009||State of Play||Della Frye||$37,017,955||$51,814,255||$88,832,210|
|9/26/2008||The Lucky Ones||Collee||$266,967||$0||$266,967|
|12/16/2005||The Family Stone||Amy Stone||$60,062,868||$32,294,631||$92,357,499|
|8/19/2005||Red Eye||Lisa Reisert||$57,891,803||$38,774,683||$96,666,486|
|7/15/2005||The Wedding Crashers||Claire Clearly||$209,218,368||$74,000,000||$283,218,368|
|6/25/2004||The Notebook||Young Allie Nelson||$81,001,787||$35,023,236||$116,025,023|
|12/13/2002||The Hot Chick||Jessica Spencer/Clive Maxtone||$35,081,550||$19,557,959||$54,639,509|