|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $4,475,066,656 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #119)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Weasel (Deadpool), Fred (Big Hero 6), Lucas Flannery (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Tuffnut (How to Train Your Dragon), Tuffnut (How to Train Your Dragon 2)|
|Most productive collaborators: Ryan Reynolds, Tim Miller, Morena Baccarin, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick|
|Born: June 4th, 1981 (36 years old)|
August 13th, 2017
Pete Holmes writes and stars in this semi-autobiographic TV series about the life of a comic. The show airs on HBO and there were only eight episodes during the first season. It only got through four of those before HBO renewed it for a second season. Clearly they were happy with the results. Will those who don’t have HBO want to check out the show? Is it worth picking up if you’ve seen the show?
July 1st, 2017
I hate it when the first of the month lands on a Saturday. By the time this story goes live, we will still have almost no box office data for Despicable Me 3, so we won’t know if June ended on a positive note. Fortunately, Wonder Woman beat expectations and might end up as the biggest hit of the summer, at least for a little while. July begins with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which should make at least $300 million and is the last film being released this summer that has a shot at being a $400 million hit domestically. It is very likely that nothing else this month will come within $100 million of that movie, so that could help its legs. There are a few potential $100 million hits, including War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and a couple of other long shots. Last July had a similar feel with The Secret Life of Pets topping the list with well over $300 million, while there were five other $100 million hits. This July would have to beat expectations substantially to match this performance. I’m not confident 2017 will be able to maintain its pace at the box office. I’m worried at least one big film will struggled and 2017 will end the month behind 2016’s pace.
June 21st, 2017
December 1st, 2016
November was good, but not great. Fortunately, 2016 had a large enough lead going into November that the month only needed to be good. In fact, it could have been mediocre and 2016 would have still had an excellent shot to end the year above 2015. As for December, it’s a race between Star Wars and Star Wars. Almost no one thinks Rogue One is going to match The Force Awakens, but if Rogue One earns just half of what The Force Awakens managed, then 2016 will come out on top in the year-over-year comparison. There are only two other films with a better than 50/50 chance of hitting $100 million, Passengers and Sing. Either one could earn second place for the month, but Passengers will likely start faster. Last December, the only other film to earn more than $100 million was Daddy’s Home, which earned just a hair over $150 million. There’s a chance both Passengers and Sing will earn more than $150 million, which would be a boon to the box office. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just too strong last year and it would take a miracle for 2016 to have a stronger December. That said, it would take a complete collapse for 2016 not to top 2015 in raw dollars. The growth might not be enough to keep pace with ticket price inflation, on the other hand.
July 26th, 2016
May 9th, 2016
Deadpool is proof that a troubled production doesn't necessarily result in a bad product. A Deadpool film with Ryan Reynolds was first proposed more than a decade ago, while this version has been in some form of production on and off since 2010. Now that the film has finally been made, was the wait worth it? And is the DVD / Blu-ray worth picking up? ... I won't be able to answer that second question, because I only have a digital screener. This also means I have to watch the movie on my computer, which is a pain. At least I don't have to stream it.
April 16th, 2016
Silicon Valley started in 2014 with an eight-episode first season. I didn't get a chance to review the first season, but I did see a few of the episodes and liked what I saw. Does it get better in season two? And is the DVD or Blu-ray worth picking up?
February 23rd, 2015
Big Hero 6 just won the Oscar, which is great timing, as it hits the home market this Tuesday. Many were surprised that the film won. Should they be? Is this really the best animated film of the year?
October 31st, 2014
October was a better than expected month with the overall box office keeping pace with October of 2013, for the most part. (The last weekend will be terrible, but that's because of Halloween.) We were able to close the gap somewhat in the year-over-year comparison, at least by a little bit. So how will November do compared to October. Let's put it this way. There are only seven films opening wide this month. Of those, Beyond the Lights will likely not make an impact at the box office. Every other film has at least a reasonable shot at $100 million. More than half the of the films opening this month could hit $200 million. Leading the way will be The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, which could hit $400 million. The only problem is when book franchises split the final installment into two parts, the first part tends to be weaker at the box office. Interstellar is a big question mark. On the low end, it could make just over $100 million, while on the high end, just over $300 million is within reach. That's a wide range of expectations. On the downside, last November, there were two movies to reach $400 million: Catching Fire and Frozen. On the other hand, there was only one other movie to make more than $100 million, Thor: The Dark World, so perhaps the depth this year will help 2014 come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison.
September 29th, 2014
If you look at our list of franchises, none have made more money in as few installments as Transformers has earned. On the other hand, if you look at the top ten franchises, none of them have earned as much critical scorn as the Transformers films have earned. Only the first one managed to come close to overall positive reviews. Depending on who you talk to, the most recent installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has been called the best of the sequels or the worst of the sequels. Which camp do I fall under?
|3/1/2019||How to Train Your Dragon 3||$0||$0||$0|
|3/30/2018||Ready Player One||i-R0k||$0||$0||$0|
|7/28/2017||The Emoji Movie||Gene||$85,487,846||$118,712,551||$204,200,397|
|12/9/2016||Office Christmas Party||Clay Vanstone||$54,767,494||$36,575,000||$91,342,494|
|10/2/2015||Hell & Back||Augie||$157,768||$0||$157,768|
|11/7/2014||Big Hero 6||Fred||$222,527,828||$429,600,000||$652,127,828|
|6/27/2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Lucas Flannery||$245,439,076||$858,600,000||$1,104,039,076|
|6/13/2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Tuffnut||$177,002,924||$437,583,346||$614,586,270|
|6/22/2012||Seeking a Friend for the End of the W…||Chipper Host/Darcy||$7,078,738||$4,688,221||$11,766,959|
|6/15/2012||Rock of Ages||Rolling Stone Receptionist||$38,518,613||$22,513,319||$61,031,932|
|8/26/2011||Our Idiot Brother||Billy||$24,814,830||$1,046,419||$25,861,249|
|12/17/2010||Yogi Bear||Ranger Jones||$100,246,011||$104,528,679||$204,774,690|
|6/4/2010||Get Him to the Greek||Brian the Concierge||$61,153,526||$30,302,349||$91,455,875|
|3/26/2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Tuffnut||$217,581,231||$277,289,760||$494,870,991|
|3/12/2010||She's Out of My League||Stainer||$32,010,860||$16,670,117||$48,680,977|
|4/3/2009||Sugar||Business Man Running Out||$1,081,922||$62,000||$1,143,922|