|As an Actor||Leading||15||$990,157,396||$1,675,245,537||$2,665,402,933|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$46,462,469||$103,254,655||$149,717,124|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||1||$34,411||$9,079,853||$9,114,264|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $2,665,402,933 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #75)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Charles Xavier / Professor X (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Mr. Tumnus (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), Professor Charles Xavier (X-Men: Apocalypse), Dennis/Patricia/Hedwig/The Beast/Kevin Wendell Crumb/Barry/Orwell/Jade (Split), Professor Charles Xavier (X-Men: First Class)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Filth (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Kelly Asbury, Timur Bekmambetov, Morgan Freeman, Michael Brandt, Emily Blunt|
January 1st, 2017
December box office numbers helped 2016 end on ... a note. The good news and the bad news almost exactly balance out. On the one hand, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will finish the year with more than $400 million after just 16 days of release. That’s a stunning amount of money that helped 2016 earn a record box office at the domestic market. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $650 million during December of 2015, so the month lost a lot of its lead over 2015, so much so that ticket sales fell behind last year’s total. The weakness at the end of the year will spill over into 2017, which is terrible news. A slow start could result in the dominant box office story being 2017 struggles compared to 2016. Bad news like this can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Sadly, 2017 is also going to get off to a slow start when it comes to wide releases / expansions. There are 16 films scheduled to open or expand wide this month and none of them are expected to get to $100 million. It is likely none of them will even get very close. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is expected to be the best of a weak bunch, but I could see it getting beat by one of the five Oscar contenders opening wide this month, if it gets off to a slow start and one of the Oscar contenders starts picking up steam. Hidden Figures got off to a great start on Christmas Day and should it continue to earn Awards Season recognition, including some Oscar nominations, it could be in wide release well into February. Last January wasn’t as busy with 13 films opening or expanding wide over five weeks. Of these, two of them, The Revenant and Kung Fu Panda 3, topped $100 million domestically, while another, Ride Along 2, came close. 2017 is going to get destroyed in the year-over-year comparison.
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.
July 27th, 2015
X-Men: Days of Future Past came out last year and earned plenty of praise from critics. It also became the biggest worldwide hit in the franchise. Now it is being re-released on DVD or Blu-ray as something called The Rogue Cut. How is it different from the theatrical release? And is it worth the double-dip?
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 11th, 2014
It's a slow and shallow week on the home market. Not only are there no prime releases, we quickly run into filler as we look down the list of best selling new releases on Amazon.com. The biggest release of the week is Muppets Most Wanted, which is one of nine reviews on this week's list. It is also the best release of the week and the best choice for Pick of the Week. Next week should be more interesting, as TV on DVD season begins.
May 30th, 2014
It's a mixed bag for limited releases with a number of movies earning weak reviews or that have almost no chance at the box office. There are also some that are good enough to thrive, like Elena - Reviews or Lucky Them - Reviews. But the best movie according to critics is We are the Best! - Reviews.
May 1st, 2014
It has been a great year so far and April was again a strong month. The box office was led by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as it became the second film of the year to reach $200 million, while Rio 2 is on pace to become the seventh $100 million hit of the year. Big picture, 2014 has already hit $3 billion, which isn't a record for this time of the year, but it is $250 million ahead of 2013. That streak ends in May. Don't get me wrong. There are six films opening this month that at least have a shot at $100 million and two of those should earn more than $200 million and there are two others that at least have a shot at that milestone. Leading the way is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is looking to top The Winter Soldier and become the second biggest hit of the year so far. Its main competition this month is X-men: Days of Future Past, while Godzilla also has a shot at $200 million. Unfortunately, this month last year, Iron Man 3 earned more than $400 million, while two other films took in $200 million and seven films in total reached the century mark. That is going to be really hard to replicate this year and 2014 will likely lose some of its lead over 2013. Fortunately, 2014 has such a big lead that unless the box office really slumps, it will end the month with at least a small lead over 2013.
August 3rd, 2013
Trance is based on a TV movie written and directed by Joe Ahearne. Joe Ahearne helped write the screenplay for the theatrical release with John Hodges. John Hodges previously wrote the screenplays for Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, among others. Many of his films were directed by Danny Boyle, who also directed Trance. Given the pedigree, a lot of people were expecting a lot out of this film. It earned overall positive reviews and made more than $2 million in limited release, which is better than a lot of films manage. However, this was still way below expectations. Was it a case of expectations simply being too high? Or were there serious enough flaws in this film that caused it to fail to live up to many of Danny Boyle's previous films.
July 23rd, 2013
This week's new releases are so bad that I'm tempted to hold on to this story till I finish the review for Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season Four on Blu-ray, just so I would have a real contender for Pick of the Week. According to Amazon.com, the best-selling new release of the week is an Anime title. Most weeks, Anime titles are filler, because of their are niche appeal. There are a few foreign releases and limited releases worth checking out, but there are not many contenders for Pick of the Week. The two best are Ginger & Rosa on DVD and Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXVII on DVD. I'm going with the former for Pick of the Week. Meanwhile, Starbuck's DVD earns Puck of the Week. See it before Hollywood ruins it with a bad remake.
April 5th, 2013
As usual, there is an eclectic mix of limited releases, including some that have earned some advance buzz, like Trance and The Company You Keep, which should help them at the box office. The best reviewed film of the week is Upstream Color, but it is probably too weird to thrive outside of the art house circuit. It might be too weird to thrive within the art house circuit.
|1/20/2017||Split||Dennis/Patricia/Hedwig/The Beast/Kevin Wendell Crumb/Barry/Orwell/Jade||$130,823,885||$90,400,000||$221,223,885|
|5/27/2016||X-Men: Apocalypse||Professor Charles Xavier||$155,442,489||$387,300,000||$542,742,489|
|11/25/2015||Victor Frankenstein||Dr. Victor Frankenstein||$5,775,076||$27,400,000||$33,175,076|
|5/30/2014||Filth||Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson||$34,411||$9,079,853||$9,114,264|
|5/23/2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Charles Xavier / Professor X||$233,921,534||$513,941,241||$747,862,775|
|3/21/2014||Muppets Most Wanted||UPS Guy||$51,178,893||$28,133,408||$79,312,301|
|2/3/2014||The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby||Conor||$587,152||$9,920||$597,072|
|6/3/2011||X-Men: First Class||Professor Charles Xavier||$146,408,305||$209,000,000||$355,408,305|
|4/15/2011||The Conspirator||Frederick Aiken||$11,538,204||$4,369,207||$15,907,411|
|2/11/2011||Gnomeo and Juliet||Gnomeo||$99,967,670||$93,770,307||$193,737,977|
|1/15/2010||The Last Station||$6,617,867||$9,078,279||$15,696,146|
|8/3/2007||Becoming Jane||Tom Lefroy||$18,663,911||$20,716,965||$39,380,876|
|2/23/2007||Starter for Ten||Brian Jackson||$216,839||$0||$216,839|
|9/27/2006||The Last King of Scotland||Nicholas Garrigan||$17,606,684||$31,548,687||$49,155,371|
|12/9/2005||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, t…||Mr. Tumnus||$291,710,957||$428,828,615||$720,539,572|
|2/4/2005||Rory O'Shea Was Here||Rory O'Shea||$23,844||$1,447,385||$1,471,229|
|8/20/2004||Bright Young Things||Simon Balcairn||$933,637||$1,748,963||$2,682,600|