|As an Actor||Leading||26||$1,723,921,938||$2,316,368,845||$4,040,290,783|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$150,117,807||$107,760,487||$257,878,294|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 26 films, with $4,040,290,783 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #30)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Bruce Wayne/Batman (The Dark Knight Rises), Bruce Wayne (The Dark Knight), Irving Rosenfeld (American Hustle), Batman/Bruce Wayne (Batman Begins), John Connor (Terminator Salvation)|
|Most productive collaborators: Christopher Nolan, Michael Caine, Ridley Scott, David O. Russell, Charles Roven|
December 1st, 2014
November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential.
March 9th, 2014
Out of the Furnace came out the weekend after Thanksgiving, which is a dead zone at the box office. Despite being in the heart of the winter holidays (Thanksgiving through New Year's Day) the weekend after Thanksgiving is often times among the worst weekend of the year for wide releases. That was certainly the case in 2013 and Out of the Furnace was part of the problem. Is it as bad as its box office numbers would indicate? Or did it fail to find an audience in part because of the release date?
February 20th, 2014
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 week we will look at the four acting categories, continuing with Best Lead Actor. Like last year, this category is not truly competitive with one nominee way out ahead according to experts. And also like last year, I'm supporting an underdog. (In fact, I'm cheering for two underdogs.)
January 16th, 2014
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there are some surprises mixed in with the predictable results. Gravity and American Hustle led the way with ten nominations each while 12 Years a Slave was right behind with nine. The fact that 12 Years a Slave wasn't the leader is the first of the surprises.
December 14th, 2013
Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their Golden Globe nominations this week, and a clear picture is forming. 12 Years a Slave was again the recipient of the most nominations, but this time it was a tie, as it and American Hustle both grabbed seven nominations. If you look down the list of other multi-nominated films, you will find a number of familiar faces.
December 1st, 2013
We had some good news and some bad news in November. The bad news is the overall weakness at the box office continued and 2013 lost its lead over 2012. Strong runs by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen did help it bounce back in the end, but 2013 is still going to have a tough time topping 2012. Looking forward to December, we find about a dozen wide releases, sort of. There are several films that are opening in limited release that are expected to expand wide by the end of the month, but I'm not sure that will be the case for all of them. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be the easy winner this month and if it is a little lucky, it might even top its predecessor at the box office. There is a huge amount of hype surrounding Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and it could double the first film's box office numbers. On the other hand, those two films might be the only two December wide releases to reach $100 million. There are a few that have the potential to get to the century mark, if they are big players during Awards Season. Obviously some of the films coming out this month will win awards, but there's already a lot of competition in theaters before the month begins. There were three $100 million movies last December, led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so while it could be close, it looks like December will lose in the year-over-year comparison. This is really bad news, as 2013 can't afford to go out on a losing streak if it wants to top 2012.
November 13th, 2013
On Tuesday we launched The Numbers Bankability Index, a new service to help assess the value that different people bring to the industry, from actors and actresses to directors, screenwriters, producers, and anyone else involved in the creative process of making a movie. In this article, I'll look more deeply into how the Index is compiled, and how we use the tools behind it to analyze questions about people in movies.
If you haven't already, now's a good time to look at our announcement video, and the November Edition of the Worldwide Bankability Index.
June 19th, 2013
Hayao Miyazaki is one of the best animators working today, if not they best. He's created a number of masterpieces and even his weaker efforts are worth watching again and again. Recently two of his films were released on Blu-ray, Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro. The screeners arrived a little late, but I finally got to the reviews this week. Where do they fit in Hayao Miyazaki's filmography? And are they worth picking up?
November 23rd, 2012
This weekend is Thanksgiving and as always that means Black Friday and Cyber Monday plus 48 hours of shopping in-between. Unlike most years, I'm only halfway done with my Christmas shopping. So what recent, and not so recent releases are prime candidates for the perfect gift this year? Over the next month, we will go over several dozen possibilities with our annual Holiday Gift Guide, which is divided into into four sections. This week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. However, before we get into the individual titles, we will start with an update on...
|12/31/2017||Untitled Enzo Ferrari Biopic||Enzo Ferrari||$0||$0||$0|
|10/6/2017||Jungle Book Origins||$0||$0||$0|
|3/4/2016||Knight of Cups||$0||$311,347||$311,347|
|12/11/2015||The Big Short||$0||$0||$0|
|12/12/2014||Exodus: Gods and Kings||Moses||$65,014,513||$203,300,000||$268,314,513|
|12/13/2013||American Hustle||Irving Rosenfeld||$150,117,807||$107,760,487||$257,878,294|
|12/4/2013||Out of the Furnace||Russell Baze||$11,330,849||$4,103,526||$15,434,375|
|7/20/2012||The Dark Knight Rises||Bruce Wayne/Batman||$448,139,099||$636,300,000||$1,084,439,099|
|12/31/2011||Killing Pablo||Major Steve Jacoby||$0||$0||$0|
|12/21/2011||Jin líng shí san chai||John Miller||$311,434||$93,410,000||$93,721,434|
|12/10/2010||The Fighter||Dickie Eklund||$93,617,009||$35,645,379||$129,262,388|
|7/1/2009||Public Enemies||Melvin Purvis||$97,104,620||$115,178,089||$212,282,709|
|5/21/2009||Terminator Salvation||John Connor||$125,322,469||$240,169,323||$365,491,792|
|7/18/2008||The Dark Knight||Bruce Wayne||$533,345,358||$469,546,000||$1,002,891,358|
|11/21/2007||I'm Not There||Bob Dylan / John / Jack||$4,017,609||$8,380,004||$12,397,613|
|9/2/2007||3:10 to Yuma||Dan Evans||$53,606,916||$17,564,909||$71,171,825|
|7/4/2007||Rescue Dawn||Dieter Dengler||$5,484,375||$1,547,463||$7,031,838|
|11/10/2006||Harsh Times||Jim Davis||$3,337,931||$2,887,373||$6,225,304|
|10/20/2006||The Prestige||Alfred Borden||$53,089,891||$51,317,475||$104,407,366|
|12/25/2005||The New World||John Rolfe||$12,712,093||$13,472,307||$26,184,400|
|6/15/2005||Batman Begins||Batman/Bruce Wayne||$205,343,774||$153,798,948||$359,142,722|
|6/10/2005||Hauru no ugoku shiro||Howl||$4,710,455||$233,103,872||$237,814,327|
|10/22/2004||The Machinist||Trevor Reznik||$1,082,044||$7,573,353||$8,655,397|
|12/6/2002||Equilibrium||Clerick John Preston||$1,190,018||$4,155,851||$5,345,869|
|2/19/2002||Reign of Fire||Quinn Abercromby||$43,061,982||$39,088,201||$82,150,183|
|8/17/2001||Captain Corelli's Mandolin||Mandras||$25,528,495||$36,569,000||$62,097,495|
|6/16/2000||Shaft||Walter Wade Jr.||$70,327,868||$36,862,240||$107,190,108|
|4/14/2000||American Psycho||Patrick Bateman||$15,047,419||$13,604,132||$28,651,551|
|9/3/1999||All the Little Animals||Bobby||$23,349||$0||$23,349|
|5/14/1999||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Demetrius||$16,071,990||$8,939,655||$25,011,645|
|11/6/1998||Velvet Goldmine||Arthur Stuart||$1,043,487||$3,259,856||$4,303,343|
|12/24/1996||The Portrait of a Lady||Edward Rosier||$3,684,143||$0||$3,684,143|
|11/8/1996||The Secret Agent||Stevie||$106,606||$0||$106,606|
|3/5/1993||Swing Kids||Thomas Berger||$5,632,086||$0||$5,632,086|
|4/8/1992||Newsies||Jack Kelly/Francis Sullivan||$2,706,352||$0||$2,706,352|
|12/9/1987||Empire of the Sun||Jim||$22,238,696||$0||$22,238,696|