|As an Actor||Leading||34||$1,576,280,110||$1,350,788,920||$2,927,069,030|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$228,050,857||$84,833,767||$312,884,624|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||5||$450,538,717||$736,933,239||$1,187,471,956|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 34 films, with $2,927,069,030 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #66)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Jonathan Kent (Man of Steel), Al Harrison (Hidden Figures), Lieutenant John G. Dunbar (Dances with Wolves), Robin of Locksley (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), William Harper (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Dances with Wolves (Director), Dances with Wolves (Producer), The Bodyguard (Producer), Waterworld (Producer), Black or White (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Reynolds, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Theodore Melfi|
April 10th, 2017
Hidden Figures is an Oscar-bait movie, there’s no getting around that. It is an inspirational movie based on real life events that opened in limited release in December. Clearly they were going for Awards Season glory. It did earn a number of nominations, but was only able to pick up one award. On the other hand, the film earned nearly $170 million and is the biggest limited release hit of 2016. Is the film just a little too mainstream for Awards Season success? Did it deserve better on Oscar-night?
July 17th, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came out on Video on Demand two weeks ago, but comes out on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Combo Pack, or 4k Combo Pack this week. I’m reviewing the VOD, not because I got a screener, but because one of the people I game with watched it in theaters and demanded others in our group see it, so he’s not the only one to suffer. Is it really as bad as its reputation? Yes. Yes it is.
June 28th, 2016
Usually, this time of year is terrible for the home market. However, this week, Kung Fu Panda 3 hits the home market. I'm still waiting on the screener, but its reviews are a step above most of its competition, so at the very least it is a contender for Pick of the Week. It's not the only contender, but there can only be one winner and this week it's Eye in the Sky on Blu-ray Combo Pack.
April 1st, 2016
March was a really good month, for the most part. There were a few bombs, but the two biggest films, Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both beat expectations by significant margins, so overall the box office was better than expected. Unfortunately, April is a mess, which makes prognosticating really tough. Every single week has at least one film that either moved, switched from wide to limited release, or disappeared entirely. The Jungle Book appears to be the biggest film of the year, but The Huntsman: Winter's War could also be a $100 million hit. Sadly, last April was led by Furious 7, which earned more than $350 million at the box office. That's very likely more than both The Jungle Book and The Huntsman: Winter's War will make combined. Worse still, there were only four weekends in April last year, meaning the month ends by going head-to-head with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the time the month ends, 2016's lead over 2015 might be gone. Let's hope it is not that bad.
June 3rd, 2015
Welcome to the column formerly known as the DVD and Blu-ray release report! In response to the changing home market landscape, we have renamed it the Home Market Release Report, and will now be including Video-on-Demand releases. It was a bad week to try and change the format, as there were a ton of great releases contending for Pick of the Week. Most of these contenders are TV on DVD releases, including Parks & Recreation: Season 7. There is also one limited release, Spring on Blu-ray, and one first-run releases, The SpongeBob Movie: A Sponge Out of Water on 3D Combo Pack. It was a close race, but I choose SpongeBob in the end.
February 20th, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey will again win the weekend box office race. In fact, it could make more than the three new wide releases make combined. The biggest of these three wide releases is Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but it is unfortunately earning terrible reviews. The DUFF's reviews were amazing, but it has since settled on merely good. McFarland, USA is earning the best reviews, but unfortunately its buzz is really quiet. Granted, its target audience doesn't tend to get hyped about movies, but this still isn't a good sign. This weekend last year, The LEGO Movie remained in first place with just over $30 million. This is about the same as Fifty Shades is expected to earn. If 2015 is to win, it will need to rely on depth. Since we could have seven films earning $10 million or more, that won't be an issue.
February 1st, 2015
It was a record-breaking January thanks entirely to American Sniper, which set records, both during its limited release run and especially when it expanded wide. There were a couple of other films that did well, but for the most part, it was a typical January. The question is, will American Sniper boost the overall box office, which would help February, or will its effects fade as it does? There are ten wide releases in February; there are a few films that may or may not open in the top ten. Of these, there are only two that have a real shot at true box office success. The biggest film in terms of buzz is Fifty Shades of Grey, which looks so, so bad. Personally, I would rather watch The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water a hundred times than sit through just the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. If Fifty Shades of Grey becomes the biggest hit of the month, it will mrean the end of civilization. Because. I. Will. End. Civilization. Last February was mostly mediocre, except for The LEGO Movie which was a huge early year hit. There's no chance any film opening this month will match The LEGO Movie; the top two films likely won't match The LEGO Movie. Because of this, 2015 will need to rely on depth to come out ahead. I'm not sure how likely that will be.
January 29th, 2015
There are three wide releases coming out this weekend, sort of. Project Almanac is the only film opening truly wide this weekend and it is easily the biggest of the three releases. The other two new releases, Black or White and The Loft, are both opening in below 2,000 theaters and neither has a real shot to open in the top five. This leaves American Sniper with an easy path to first place, but perhaps the Super Bowl will be bigger competition this weekend than any of the new releases were the last two weeks. This weekend last year, both new releases struggled and Ride Along was easily able to win, but with just $12 million. 2015 is going to crush 2014 in the year-over-year comparison.
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.
June 8th, 2014
I previously reviewed the Jack Ryan box set when it came out on Blu-ray last year. When I got a chance to review the latest installment, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, it seemed like the natural thing to do. But can this reboot live up to the past installments in the franchise? Or was there a reason it was dumped during the early part of the year?
May 19th, 2014
It's that time of year, the weakest time of year on the home market. This week there are four first-run releases, but only one of them earned overall positive reviews and only one of them did well at the box office. Fortunately, it was the same film, About Last Night. If you are a fan of romantic comedies, then the DVD or Blu-ray is worth picking up, but it is not Pick of the Week material. For Pick of the Week, I went with Nosferatu the Vampyre on Blu-ray.
May 18th, 2014
Kevin Costner practically stopped acting in movies after Swing Vote. After appearing in Man of Steel last summer, he has four films this year. Unfortunately, so far none of them have been box office hits. 3 Days to Kill, for instance, earned just over $30 million at the domestic box office. Is it truly a bad movie? Or was this more of a result of a bad release date?
April 13th, 2014
When Friday's numbers came in, the consensus was that Rio 2 would take the weekend, but relatively weak Saturday numbers for the debutant, and strength through the weekend for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, means that the final weekend estimates on Sunday morning point towards a win for Marvel's superheroes. Captain America is projected to earn $41.4 million over three days for a domestic total around $159 million after two weekends. That's well ahead of the original's $117 million at this stage in its release, and the film's worldwide box office will better the first film's final global total by the end of the weekend too. Rio 2, meanwhile, will have an opening weekend almost identical to Rio, which is a slight disappointment, but hardly a disaster.
April 10th, 2014
While Captain America: The Winter Soldier is expected to win the race for first place on the box office chart this weekend, some think it will be rather close with Rio 2 giving it a fight. Draft Day and Oculus will also be in a close race for third place with both films earning in the low teens. Overall, the box office looks a lot stronger than it did last year. Both The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 will crush 42's opening, while Draft Day and Oculus will be close to Scary Movie 5's debut.
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.
January 31st, 2014
After a weak start, January rebounded and a couple of films on last month's preview cracked $100 million at the box office. Granted, Lone Survivor is technically a December release, but Ride Along will become one of the rare January releases to reach the century mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be too many February releases that have a real shot at $100 million. It is very likely that The Lego Movie will reach that milestone, but most of the rest of the movies will be lucky if they reach $50 million. Last February was very similar. We had one surprise $100 million hit, Identity Thief, plus a couple of solid midlevel hits, Warm Bodies, for instance. However, for the most part, the month was one miss after another. This means 2014 could continue its winning ways, or at the very least, shouldn't fall behind 2013's pace.
January 1st, 2014
It's the first month of the new year, but the biggest hit might be a film released in December. Last month ended on a slow note with all five Christmas day releases failing to become hits, some more than others. (It's a little too soon to tell if The Wolf of Wall Street or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will do well enough to break even any time soon, but neither is a serious hit.) There are still some December releases that will likely remain on the charts through the opening weekends of January, while there are some films that opened in limited release last month with a scheduled wide release this month. Of the purely January releases, I would guess Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the biggest hit. Even then, it won't live up to the previous films in the franchise, even if you don't take inflation into account. Most of the rest of the new releases will be happy if they can become midlevel hits. Last January was led by Mama, which earned more than $70 million. I think Shadow Recruit will top that figure at the box office, while there are a similar number of likely box office bombs opening this year as there were last year. 2014 could start out ahead of 2013's pace, but it likely won't be a huge difference either way.
June 2nd, 2013
May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead.
|12/25/2016||Hidden Figures||Al Harrison||$168,861,886||$59,543,552||$228,405,438|
|3/25/2016||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||Jonathan Kent||$330,360,194||$537,800,000||$868,160,194|
|9/18/2015||The Man Who Saved the World||Himself||$0||$0||$0|
|2/20/2015||McFarland, USA||Jim White||$44,480,275||$1,227,649||$45,707,924|
|12/3/2014||Black or White||Elliott Anderson||$21,571,189||$0||$21,571,189|
|4/11/2014||Draft Day||Sonny Weaver Jr.||$28,842,237||$434,667||$29,276,904|
|2/21/2014||3 Days to Kill||Ethan Renner||$30,697,999||$8,261,901||$38,959,900|
|1/17/2014||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||William Harper||$50,577,412||$80,800,000||$131,377,412|
|6/14/2013||Man of Steel||Jonathan Kent||$291,045,518||$376,954,000||$667,999,518|
|1/21/2011||The Company Men||Jack Dolan||$4,444,612||$125,355||$4,569,967|
|5/18/2010||The New Daughter||$0||$0||$0|
|8/1/2008||Swing Vote||Bud Johnson||$16,289,867||$1,300,000||$17,589,867|
|6/1/2007||Mr. Brooks||Earl Brooks||$28,476,219||$17,512,793||$45,989,012|
|9/29/2006||The Guardian||Ben Randall||$55,011,732||$39,961,808||$94,973,540|
|12/25/2005||Rumor Has It||Beau Burroughs||$42,996,140||$45,937,422||$88,933,562|
|3/11/2005||The Upside of Anger||Denny Davies||$18,761,993||$10,153,768||$28,915,761|
|8/15/2003||Open Range||Charley Waite||$58,331,254||$10,282,738||$68,613,992|
|2/22/2002||Dragonfly||Dr. Joe Darrow||$30,063,805||$0||$30,063,805|
|2/23/2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||Murphy||$15,738,632||$2,970,216||$18,708,848|
|12/22/2000||Thirteen Days||Kenny O'Donnell||$34,566,746||$31,987,801||$66,554,547|
|12/24/1999||Play it to the Bone||Cameo Appearance||$8,427,204||$0||$8,427,204|
|9/17/1999||For Love of the Game||Billy Chapel||$35,188,640||$10,924,000||$46,112,640|
|2/12/1999||Message in a Bottle||Garret Blake||$52,880,016||$0||$52,880,016|
|12/25/1997||The Postman||The Postman||$17,650,704||$3,190,419||$20,841,123|
|8/16/1996||Tin Cup||Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy||$53,854,588||$22,000,000||$75,854,588|
|6/24/1994||Wyatt Earp||Wyatt Earp||$25,052,000||$0||$25,052,000|
|11/24/1993||A Perfect World||Butch Haynes||$31,160,784||$0||$31,160,784|
|11/25/1992||The Bodyguard||Frank Farmer||$121,945,720||$288,954,280||$410,900,000|
|6/14/1991||Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves||Robin of Locksley||$165,493,908||$225,006,092||$390,500,000|
|5/10/1991||Madonna: Truth or Dare||Himself||$15,012,935||$14,000,000||$29,012,935|
|11/9/1990||Dances with Wolves||Lieutenant John G. Dunbar||$184,208,842||$239,991,158||$424,200,000|
|4/21/1989||Field of Dreams||Ray Kinsella||$64,431,625||$0||$64,431,625|
|6/15/1988||Bull Durham||Crash Davis, Catcher Durham Bulls||$50,888,729||$0||$50,888,729|
|8/14/1987||No Way Out||Lt. Cmdr. Tom Farrell||$35,509,515||$0||$35,509,515|
|6/3/1987||The Untouchables||Eliot Ness||$76,270,454||$0||$76,270,454|
|2/18/1983||Table for Five||Newlywed Husband||$2,400,000||$0||$2,400,000|
|12/17/1982||Frances||Man in Alley||$122,100||$0||$122,100|
|7/30/1982||Night Shift||Frat Boy #1||$21,017,056||$0||$21,017,056|
|12/3/2014||Black or White||Producer||$21,571,189||$0||$21,571,189|
|11/9/1990||Dances with Wolves||Director,|