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Release DateMovieProduction
Box Office
Box Office
Mar 23, 2012 The Hunger Games $80,000,000 $152,535,747 $408,010,692 $677,923,379 Play
Nov 22, 2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $130,000,000 $158,074,286 $424,668,047 $864,868,047 Play
Nov 21, 2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 $125,000,000 $121,897,634 $337,135,885 $766,652,288 Play
Nov 20, 2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 $160,000,000 $102,665,981 $281,723,902 $650,523,427 Play
 Totals$495,000,000 $1,451,538,526$2,959,967,141 
Release DateMovieDomestic
DVD Sales
Blu-ray Sales
Total Domestic
Video Sales
Aug 18, 2012 The Hunger Games $153,419,155 $68,941,876 $222,361,031
Mar 7, 2014 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $64,163,758 $58,447,764 $122,611,522
Feb 17, 2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 $33,387,687 $44,016,522 $77,404,209
Mar 8, 2016 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 $22,095,575 $29,655,976 $51,751,551

Our DVD and Blu-ray sales estimates are based on weekly retail surveys, which we use to build a weekly market share estimate for each title we are tracking. The market share is converted into a weekly sales estimate based on industry reports on the overall size of the market, including reports published in Home Media Magazine.

For example, if our weekly retail survey estimates that a particular title sold 1% of all units that week, and the industry reports sales of 1,500,000 units in total, we will estimate 15,000 units were sold of that title. The consumer spending estimate is based on the average sales price for the title in the retailers we survey.

We refine our estimates from week to week as more data becomes available. In particular, we adjust weekly sales figures for the quarter once the total market estimates are published by the Digital Entertainment Group. Figures will therefore fluctuate each week, and totals for individual titles can go up or down as we update our estimates.

Because sales figures are estimated based on sampling, they will be more accurate for higher-selling titles.

Home Market Releases for February 13th, 2018

February 13th, 2018

Blade of the Immortal

It’s not a good week in terms of box office numbers, as the biggest box office hit to come out this week is Wonder. It is also one of the best new releases of the week and a contender for Pick of the Week. Other contenders for Pick of the Week include Blade of the Immortal, Night of the Living Dead, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Sinner: Season One. In the end, it was a coin toss between Blade of the Immortal and Night of the Living Dead and the former won. More...

Weekend Estimates: Coco Gives Disney Another Thanksgiving Win

November 26th, 2017

Coco Coco will easily top the box office chart this Thanksgiving weekend, with Disney projecting a $71 million 5-day opening, including $49 million from Friday to Sunday. That’s the fourth-best Thanksgiving opening of all time, behind Frozen ($94 million), Moana ($82 million), and Toy Story 2 ($80 million). In all, Disney lays claim to 10 of the top 11 opening weekend’s over this holiday period, although, to be fair, the Hunger Games and Harry Potter franchises both claim several spots in the higher reaches of the Thanksgiving weekend record chart, but were just playing in their second weekend, rather than opening.

Nit-picking aside, it’s a great weekend for Coco. More...

Featured Blu-ray and DVD Review: Death Race 2050

January 16th, 2017

Death Race 2050

The original Death Race 2000 is one of my favorite films of all time. It is campy, B-movie fun with a serious satirical streak to it. The film spawned a remake / prequel in 2008, which in turn spawn two, soon to be three sequels, none of which really captured the essence of the original. However, Death Race 2050 is produced by Roger Corman, so does that mean it will be closer in tone and quality? More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Fantastic Be Fantastic? Or will it merely be a Beast at the Box Office?

November 17th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

At the beginning of the month, we thought there would be four wide releases / expansions this week. However, it turns out there will be just one, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The lack of wide releases should help it at the box office and there is a small chance it could top $100 million over the next three days. While there are no other wide releases, there are a few films opening or expanding semi-wide. Of these, The Edge of Seventeen is the only one with a realistic shot at the top five. It is earning the best reviews of the week and did earn a lot of film festival buzz, so that should help. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk had an amazing opening in limited release last weekend, but it will likely struggle as it expands into just over 1,000 theaters this weekend. Finally there’s Bleed for This, which is expected to barely make the top ten. This weekend last year, the final installment of the Hunger Games franchise opened with just over $100 million. There’s a slim chance Fantastic Beasts will do the same. Even if it doesn’t, the depth this year is much better than last year and that should help 2016 win in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Home Market Releases for March 29th, 2016

March 29th, 2016


There are a huge number of new releases on Amazon this week. Unfortunately, they go from Oscar contenders to stuff that would be filler on a slow week really, really quickly, so I will be skipping over most of them. Almost half of the releases on this week's list are contenders for Pick of the Week, so it is really hard to narrow that list. In the end, I couldn't chose between any of the movies / TV shows, so I went BabyMetal Metal Resistance, which comes out on CD on Friday. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Hunger Games: Complete Collection

March 28th, 2016

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games franchise has come to a close. The four films earned a combined $1.45 billion domestically and $2.90 billion worldwide. The final two chapters of the film franchise didn't live up to the first two in terms of quality and box office numbers. Did it collapse so much in quality that the franchise isn't worth owning? If not, is it worth picking up, even with the double-dips? More...

Home Market Releases for March 22nd, 2016

March 21st, 2016

Mountain Men

This week, there are not many releases to talk about and one of them, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, is dominating the list so much that I could ignore the rest of the list and very little of substance would be lost. I'm not going to do that, but I could. The Box Set is a contender for Pick of the Week, but I'm still waiting for the screener. City Lights is another contender for Pick of the Week, but in the end, I went with the Canadian movie, Mountain Men on DVD, which is Puck of the Week. More...

2016 Preview: January

January 1st, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3

2016 will begin the same way 2015 ended, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on top. In fact, three of the five films that have the best shot at box office success in January are The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, and The Revenant, all of which opened in December. There are two true January releases that could also do really well, for this time of year: Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3. The rest of the releases are just hoping to become midlevel hits. Last January, American Sniper dominated earning more than $300 million. Its success could prevent 2016 from being ahead in the year-over-year comparison by the end of the month, but this year does have better depth. More...

International Box Office: The Force Awakens Sets Global Opening Record with $529 million

December 23rd, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As expected, not opening in China cost Star Wars: The Force Awakens the international opening weekend record, as it earned $281 million, which is behind Jurassic World’s opening international weekend of $316.1 million. However, The Force Awakens did set the worldwide opening record with $529 million, just ahead of Jurassic World’s mark of $525 million. This is especially impressive, as Jurassic World opened with just over $100 million in China. Even a slower than expected opening in China would have given The Force Awakens the first $600 million global opening. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office is Left Hungry

December 14th, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 remained in first place for the fourth weekend in a row, which is terrible news for the box office. A film repeating on top happens a lot, but to get to four weeks in a row, it means the new releases have been particularly weak. That was the case this week, as In the Heart of the Sea had to settle for second place with well below expectations. Overall, the box office fell 21% from last weekend to $78 million. This is 7.2% lower than the same weekend last year. Had In the Heart of the Sea merely matched predictions, then 2015 would have won in the year-over-year competition. Year-to-date, 2015 has earned $9.79 billion, putting it almost exactly $400 million ahead of last year's pace. More...

Weekend Estimates: Mockingjay Cruises On

December 13th, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 will cruise to another victory at the box office this weekend, for the simple reason that In the Heart of the Sea is having a terrible opening. Mockingjay will be down another 40% in its fourth weekend, and will pick up a relatively modest $11.3 million, taking its domestic total to $244.5 million. That confirms it as comfortably the worst-performing film in the franchise, and even a Christmas-season boost at the box office will leave it under $300 million in total. That, however, is unimaginable riches compared to the performance of Heart of the Sea. More...

Weekend Predictions: How Many will See Heart of the Sea?

December 10th, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea

There's only one wide release this week, In the Heart of the Sea, although some sources still have Legend expanding nationwide. Of course, expanding nationwide doesn't mean the same thing as expanding truly wide. Because In the Heart of the Sea doesn't have any real competition this weekend, it is widely expected to earn first place, but it isn't expected to be a smash hit. It is very unlikely it will do as well as last year's number one film, Exodus: Gods and Kings. The depth is a little better this year, but 2015 will still likely struggle to match 2014 in the year-over-year comparison. More...

International Box Office: Major Milestone for Hunger Games

December 9th, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

It was a milestone weekend for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, as it crossed the $500 million mark worldwide. Over the weekend, the film pulled in $32.4 million in 93 markets for totals of $296.8 million internationally and $524.2 million worldwide. Its biggest market of the weekend was Germany, where it pulled in $4.77 million on 1,127 screens for a three-week total of $30.53 million. On the other hand, its biggest market overall has been the U.K., where it has made $35.21 million, including $3.38 million in 539 theaters this past weekend. There are rumors that Lionsgate are working on prequels for this franchise. Not sure that's a good idea. More...

Weekend Estimates: Krampus Wins Battle for Second

December 6th, 2015


Krampus is providing the industry with some surprise post-Thanksgiving, pre-Holiday cheer this weekend, with an opening well ahead of expectations amongst a crowd of slightly disappointing results. Mockingjay, Part 2 will top the chart with $18.6 million, which is off a surprisingly steep 64%. With the film expected to hit $20 million or so this weekend, that’s a disappointment, and makes a final total of $300 million look just out of reach. The Good Dinosaur was expected to have the legs of a Pixar movie, and is instead looking more like a run-of-the-mill high-budget animated film, so instead of topping $20 million, it is down 60% to $15.5 million for the weekend. That left an opening for Krampus, which will take second spot overall with a $16-million debut. More...

Weekend Predictions: Krampus Has a Surprise For You

December 3rd, 2015


The weekend after Thanksgiving is historically a really bad time of the year at the box office. This year there is only one wide release risking it, Krampus. However, this is one more wide release than we had this week last year. There is also a semi-wide release coming out, The Letter, but its reviews are terrible and its box office chances might be even worse. This should give The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 an easy path to first place. In fact, the top three will likely remain the same as last weekend. Fortunately, the holdovers this year are stronger than the holdovers last year, so 2015 should win in the year-over-year comparison. More...

International Box Office: Martian Feels Some Hunger Pangs

December 2nd, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 remained in first place with $62.0 million in 93 markets for totals of $242.4 million internationally and $440.9 million worldwide. The film's only major market opening came from Spain where it had to settle for second place with a total opening of $4.52 million on 449 screens. Its biggest market overall is the U.K. where it pulled in $6.78 million in 579 theaters over the weekend for a total of $28.88 million after two weeks of release. At this pace, the film will finish with between $600 million and $700 million, which is amazing, but below average for the Hunger Games franchise. More...

Weekend Estimates: Mockingjay Rules Thanksgiving Roost

November 29th, 2015

Mockingjay Part 2

The combined forces of a 50% weekend-to-weekend decline at the box office and two strong rivals wasn’t enough to knock The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 off its perch at the top of the box office chart this Thanksgiving. With a three-day total of $51.6 million (and $75.8 million over five), the franchise-capper will finish the holiday just shy of $200 million at the domestic box office. With a reported $242.4 million overseas, the film is hurrying towards $500 million worldwide, and sits at $440.7 million as of Sunday evening. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Dinosaur have a Good Opening?

November 25th, 2015

The Good Dinosaur

It appears The Good Dinosaur will win the box office race this weekend with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 being pushed into second place. Creed should have the best opening weekend of the franchise. Meanwhile, Victor Frankenstein is just hoping for a spot in the top five. I don't think it will get there. Both new releases from last year failed to meet expectations, so that gives 2015 a real shot at coming out on top of the year-over-year comparison. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Moviegoers Satisfied with Final Course of Hunger Games

November 24th, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

The Curse of the High Expectations strikes again. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 became the fifth film of the year to open with more than $100 million. This should be a reason to celebrate, but it marks a very steep decline from previous films in the Hunger Games franchise. The other two wide releases, The Night Before and Secret in Their Eyes, both failed to meet expectations, leaving the overall box office softer than anticipated. Granted, it still grew 60% from last weekend to $173 million, but this is 10% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2015 is still ahead of 2014 by a comfortable margin of 3.6% or $320 million. It would take a sizable collapse for 2015 to not come out on top in terms of raw box office dollars. On the other hand, it wouldn't take too much for it to slip below ticket price inflation, which is about 2% this year. More...

Weekend Estimates: Mockingjay Tops $100 Million, But Only Just

November 22nd, 2015

Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 is about to record the most disappointing $100 million weekend ever, based on Sunday’s estimate from Lionsgate. Why disappointing? Because its $101.025 million projected opening follows the $158 million earned by Catching Fire on this weekend in 2013 (then the sixth-biggest weekend ever), and the $122 million debut of Mockingjay—Part 1 this weekend last year. That marks a decline of 20% or so from one installment of the franchise to the next, which is the worst performance of any franchise to have recorded a $100 million start. Global numbers tell a similar story: $247 million this weekend against Part 1’s $275 million. However, once we get that troubling statistic out the way, this is also a reason for celebration: $100 million domestically and $250 million globally in one weekend is still a huge amount of money, and caps a spectacularly successful franchise for Lionsgate. More...

Friday Estimates: Hunger Games not as Filling as Anticipated

November 21st, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

There’s good news / bad news for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2’s Friday box office. On the positive side, it is dominating in theaters with $46 million on Friday, which is more than any other film will earn during the entire weekend. It might be more than the combined weekend hauls of the rest of the top five, in fact. On the down side, this is below expectations and puts the film on pace for about $104 million for the weekend as a whole. Granted, this is still the best opening since Jurassic World and the fifth-best opening of the year, but it is well behind Part 1, which pulled in $55 million on its opening day, so some will call this a disappointment. It is the curse of high expectations. More...

Thursday Previews: Appetizer for Hunger Games

November 20th, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 got off to a $16 million start last night. That is the best "midnight" preview we've seen since Jurassic World earned $18.5 million this summer. However, it is a little lower than The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1's figure of $17 million. Does this mean Part 2 is going to open on the low end of expectations? It's too soon to tell. Previews are not very predictive of box office success, especially when the numbers are this close. Obviously bigger would be better, but there's no reason to panic just yet. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Moviegoers Feel Satiated?

November 20th, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

It should be a very busy weekend, at least at the top, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 is nearly guaranteed to dominate the box office and many think it will top $100 million over the weekend. On the other hand, the other two releases are The Night Before and Secret in Their Eyes, neither of which is expected to do particularly well. That said, they would have to truly bomb to not at least make the top five, but I doubt either of them will top Spectre over the weekend. This weekend last year, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 opened with just over $120 million. That is the figure Part 2 will need to match to be considered a success. I'm feeling cautiously optimistic, but not everyone is. More...

2015 Preview: November

November 1st, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

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. More...

2015 Preview: September

September 1st, 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2

As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy. More...

DVD Sales: Annie vs. Kings

April 7th, 2015

Just as it was on the Blu-ray Sales Chart, there was a tight race for top spot in the DVD sales chart, only the combatants weren't entirely the same. Exodus: Gods and Kings topped Annie in terms of units at 226,000 units to 202,000 units, but the pair finished in the opposite order in terms of revenue with $3.59 million to $3.38 million. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 3rd, 2015

March 3rd, 2015

This is not a great week for new releases on the home market. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is by far the biggest new title and its DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack is going to sell a ton of units. However, its reviews are not up to the level required to make it our Pick of the Week. Conversely, Foxcatcher is award-worthy, but the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack doesn't have enough extras to be a Pick of the Week. It seemed like every choice for Pick of the Week wasn't quite up to the level needed, so I'm going to go outside the box and pick To Write Love On Her Arms on DVD, which is a film I've been waiting to see for about three years. More...

2015 Preview: March

March 1st, 2015

Cinderella poster

February was strong thanks to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Fifty Shades of Grey, both of which beat expectations. This March could actually be even better, as there are three or four films that have a decent shot at earning $100 million or more. The top film will likely be Cinderella, which has a real shot at $200 million. Insurgent will almost assuredly get beyond the $100 million mark, while Get Hard, Home, and perhaps Chappie will also get to the century mark. Last March, there were four $100 million hits, led by Divergent, which pulled in $150 million. While this March should be better than February, I'm not sure it will be better than last March. I don't think March 2015 will be much worse than last year, but I think its percentage lead will be chipped away at by the end of the month. More...

International Box Office: Milestone for Mockingjay

December 4th, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 remained in first place with $67.0 million in 86 markets for a two-week total of $254.6 million. Its worldwide total rose to $480.3 million. I would be surprised if the film hasn't already broken even, even though it will have the lowest box office in the franchise. The film remained in first place in Australia with $7.52 million on 574 screens over the weekend for a total of $22.69 million after two weeks of release. It was pushed into second place in the U.K., but still pulled in $7.69 million in 569 theaters for a two-week total of $33.32 million. More...

International Box Office: Mockingjay has $275 million Worldwide Weekend

November 27th, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 opened in first place on the international chart with $154.3 million in 85 markets for a worldwide opening of $276.2 million. Its international opening was about 4% higher than the previously entry in the franchise. The film managed $19.8 million in the U.K. and $13.8 million in Germany. This was 5% and 9% higher than the previous film's debut in those two markets. Mockingjay, Part 1 opened 19% higher in Russia with $11.9 million. The film also topped $10 million in Mexico ($12 million) and Australia ($10.3 million). More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Hunger Games Goes on a Diet

November 24th, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

As expected, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 earned first place with ease pulling in more than the rest of the box office combined. On the downside, it was well below the optimistic expectations at just $121.90 million. ... It seems strange that an opening of $121.90 million is considered disappointing. Worse still, none of the other films in the top five topped predictions, so they couldn't help mitigate Mockingjay, Part 1's softer than anticipated opening. The overall box office still rose 38% from last weekend to $194 million, but this was 14% lower than the same weekend last year. There's really no way to spin that in a positive manner. Year-to-date, 2014 has earned $8.94 billion, which is 3.2% or $290 million lower than last year's pace. Again, it is hard to spin that number in a positive way.


Weekend Predictions: Will Hunger Games Leave Moviegoers Hungry?

November 20th, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

There is only one wide release coming out this weekend, but it is the biggest release of the year. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 should have no trouble earning the biggest opening weekend of the year so far and it shouldn't take very long before it surpasses Guardians of the Galaxy for number one film of the year. As for the rest of the box office, there's not a lot to look forward to. Dumb and Dumber To will likely take a serious hit, while Big Hero 6 should overtake it over the weekend. This weekend last year, Catching Fire led the way with $158.07 million, which could be more than the entire box office earns this year. Hopefully that won't be the case, but I don't see how 2014 comes out ahead on the year-over-year comparison.


2014 Preview: November

October 31st, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

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. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Divergent

August 22nd, 2014

Divergent is one of the latest Young Adult adaptations to hit theaters. These films usually fall under one of two sub-genres: Dystopian Future and Fantasy Romance. (There are also a growing number of Dying Girl movies, like The Fault in Our Stars and If I Stay.) This film is part of the Dystopian Future genre and will inevitably be compared to Hunger Games. How is it compared that franchise? Does it work on its own? More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 5th, 2014

August 4th, 2014

The first weekend of August isn't a bad weekend, at least in terms of box office numbers. Divergent earned $150 million domestically, but wasn't able to win over critics. The only wide release coming out this week that earned good reviews was Oculus, but its reviews were much better than its box office numbers were. It is certainly worth picking up, but not a Pick of the Week contender. For that honor, we have two choices. Firstly, there's Phantom Of The Paradise - Collector's Edition - Blu-ray Combo Pack, which is a cult hit that turns 40 years old this year. Then there is The Legend of Korra - Book Two: Spirits, which may or may not be coming out on DVD or Blu-ray this week. It was a close call, but in the end I went with The Legend of Korra. More...

2014 Preview: August

August 1st, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy poster

July was... well... let's just pretend it didn't happen. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes did well, but week after week 2014 fell further behind 2013 in the year-to-date comparison. At the moment, we are roughly $400 million behind last year's pace and while I don't think August will continue the losing streak, there's really no chance August will put a dent in that number. It looks more and more likely that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a hit, especially given its early reviews, but it could be the last $100 million hit till October, if the bad buzz surrounding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turns into bad ticket sales. Last August there were two films that reached $100 million, plus two others that came close. This August might match that, while the biggest film this year should top the biggest film from last year. I think the slump 2014 is suffering through will end the first weekend and overall I think it will cut the deficit a little bit. That said, summer 2014 will still end as one of the worst recent summers at the box office. More...

Weekend Predictions: Divergent Opinions on the New Releases

March 20th, 2014

Divergent poster

Another week, another pair of wide releases. That's becoming a common thing to say. It is also a good thing to say, because too many movies tend to hurt all films involved and it is much better to have one big release and the counter-programing film. This week the big release is Divergent, which the studio is hoping will be the start of a new franchise. The box office tracking for the film looks good, even if the reviews do not. The counter-programing this week is Muppets Most Wanted, which is also opening with a saturation level theater count and it looks to do as well as The Muppets did. Last year there was also a strong one-two punch with The Croods topping Olympus has Fallen $43.64 million to $30.37 million. I'm not sure that Muppets Most Wanted will hold up its end of the bargain, but Divergent is poised for an opening of at least $50 million. It looks likes 2014 will again win over 2013. More...

2014 Preview: February

January 31st, 2014

Lego poster

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. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office Goes Cold

January 7th, 2014

Frozen poster

The box office wasn't as boisterous as anticipated and this is partially due to the seasonal storm that hit the east coast. This is also partially due to weaker than expected numbers for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which only managed second place in its debut. This allowed Frozen to return to top spot on the chart, even though it was a little weaker than expected. The overall box office fell 27% from last weekend down to $141 million. Compared to last year, the box office was down 4%, which isn't a good result, but it is also not terrible. Had The Marked Ones merely matched expectations, it would have been a virtual tie. More...

Note: This list contains actors who appeared in at least two movies in the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Box Office
Box Office
Jennifer Lawrence 4 Katniss Everdeen $2,959,967,141 $5,770,832,294 51.3%
Josh Hutcherson 4 Peeta Mellark $2,959,967,141 $4,851,648,210 61.0%
Liam Hemsworth 4 Gale Hawthorne $2,959,967,141 $3,700,197,780 80.0%
Woody Harrelson 4 Haymitch Abernathy $2,959,967,141 $7,780,231,985 38.0%
Elizabeth Banks 4 Effie Trinket $2,959,967,141 $8,239,454,158 35.9%
Stanley Tucci 4 Caesar Flickerman $2,959,967,141 $10,025,815,250 29.5%
Donald Sutherland 4 President Snow $2,959,967,141 $5,647,943,682 52.4%
Willow Shields 4 Primrose Everdeen $2,959,967,141 $2,959,967,141 100.0%
Paula Malcomson 4 Katniss' Mother $2,959,967,141 $2,962,484,967 99.9%
Philip Seymour Hoffman 3 Plutarch Heavensbee $2,282,043,762 $5,133,095,708 44.5%
Jeffrey Wright 3 Beetee $2,282,043,762 $4,848,531,047 47.1%
Sam Claflin 3 Finnick Odair $2,282,043,762 $4,172,028,212 54.7%
Jena Malone 3 Johanna Mason $2,282,043,762 $3,212,757,676 71.0%
Stef Dawson 3 Annie Cresta $2,282,043,762 $2,289,669,843 99.7%
Lenny Kravitz 2 Cinna $1,542,791,426 $1,872,210,676 82.4%
Julianne Moore 2 President Coin $1,417,175,715 $5,123,404,019 27.7%
Mahershala Ali 2 Boggs $1,417,175,715 $2,114,252,644 67.0%
Natalie Dormer 2 Cressida $1,417,175,715 $1,666,736,562 85.0%
Evan Ross 2 Messalla $1,417,175,715 $1,443,437,614 98.2%
Elden Henson 2 Pollux $1,417,175,715 $1,854,013,212 76.4%
Wes Chatham 2 Castor $1,417,175,715 $1,683,701,174 84.2%
Sandra Lafferty 2 Hob Vendor $1,542,791,426 $1,542,791,426 100.0%
Meta Golding 2 Enobaria $1,515,391,474 $1,575,919,347 96.2%
Sarita Choudhury 2 Egeria $1,417,175,715 $1,608,304,720 88.1%
Patina Miller 2 Commander Paylor $1,417,175,715 $1,417,175,715 100.0%
Toby Jones 2 Claudius Templesmith $1,542,791,426 $6,842,341,046 22.5%
Nelson Ascencio 2 Flavius $1,542,791,426 $1,643,953,532 93.8%
Jack Quaid 2 Marvel $1,542,791,426 $2,006,180,894 76.9%
Robert Knepper 2 Antonius $1,417,175,715 $2,354,105,988 60.2%
Erika Bierman 2 Snow's Granddaughter $1,631,520,335 $1,788,073,927 91.2%
Judd Lormand 2 Peacekeeper #3 $1,542,791,426 $2,122,079,515 72.7%

Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least two movies in the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Technical RoleFranchise
Box Office
Box Office
Nina Jacobson 4 Producer (4) $2,959,967,141 $3,205,416,664 92.3%
Jon Kilik 4 Producer (4) $2,959,967,141 $3,675,798,280 80.5%
Suzanne Collins 4 Story Creator (4)
Executive Producer (4)
Screenwriter (1)
$2,959,967,141 $2,959,967,141 100.0%
Philip Messina 4 Production Designer (4) $2,959,967,141 $4,918,014,683 60.2%
Larry Dias 4 Set Decorator (4) $2,959,967,141 $5,365,535,620 55.2%
Robert Fechtman 4 Art Director (2)
Set Designer (2)
$2,959,967,141 $3,584,390,860 82.6%
Ve Neill 4 Makeup Designer and Department Head (4) $2,959,967,141 $5,029,548,446 58.9%
Francis Lawrence 3 Director (3) $2,282,043,762 $3,351,940,100 68.1%
Allison Shearmur 3 Executive Producer (3) $2,282,043,762 $4,519,630,235 50.5%
James Newton Howard 3 Composer (3) $2,095,099,094 $17,407,536,949 12.0%
Debra Zane 3 Casting (3) $2,095,099,094 $11,603,731,877 18.1%
Jennifer Vecchiarello 3 Associate Editor (2)
Editor (1)
$2,282,043,762 $2,282,043,762 100.0%
Jeffrey Harlacker 3 Post-Production Supervisor (2)
Production Supervisor (1)
$2,282,043,762 $4,435,858,596 51.4%
Skip Lievsay 3 Supervising Sound Editor (3)
Re-recording Mixer (3)
$2,282,043,762 $8,302,743,103 27.5%
Jeremy Peirson 3 Sound Designer (2)
Supervising Sound Editor (1)
Re-recording Mixer (1)
$2,282,043,762 $4,072,235,502 56.0%
Jim Hewitt 3 Set Designer (3) $2,282,043,762 $2,303,822,317 99.1%
Easton Smith 3 Set Designer (3) $2,282,043,762 $11,638,375,461 19.6%
Sam Hargrave 3 Stunt Coordinator (3) $2,282,043,762 $3,751,236,791 60.8%
Danny Strong 2 Screenwriter (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,594,936,834 88.9%
Peter Craig 2 Screenwriter (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,644,703,173 86.2%
Jo Willems 2 Director of Photography (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,826,727,361 77.6%
Alan Edward Bell 2 Editor (2) $1,417,175,715 $2,695,073,293 52.6%
Mark Yoshikawa 2 Editor (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,506,731,106 94.1%
Joe Drake 2 Executive Producer (2) $1,417,175,715 $2,698,079,393 52.5%
Kurt and Bart 2 Costume Designer (2) $1,417,175,715 $2,173,682,072 65.2%
Jan Foster 2 Executive Producer (2)
Unit Production Manager (1)
$1,417,175,715 $1,799,071,524 78.8%
Louise Rosner 2 Executive Producer (2)
Unit Production Manager (2)
$1,542,791,426 $1,787,160,414 86.3%
Charles Gibson 2 Visual Effects Supervisor (2)
Second Unit Director (1)
$1,417,175,715 $4,630,572,592 30.6%
Bryan Unkeless 2 Co-Producer (2) $1,542,791,426 $1,590,326,904 97.0%
Donna Sloan 2 Executive in Charge of Production (2) $1,515,391,474 $3,174,610,378 47.7%
Aldric La'auli Porter 2 First Assistant Director (2)
Co-Producer (1)
$1,542,791,426 $4,175,532,217 36.9%
John Saunders 2 Second Assistant Director (2) $1,542,791,426 $2,004,634,814 77.0%
Mika Saito 2 Production Supervisor (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,588,659,766 89.2%
Cameron MacConomy 2 Associate Producer (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,417,175,715 100.0%
Dan Webster 2 Supervising Art Director (2) $1,417,175,715 $3,857,204,812 36.7%
Andrew Max Cahn 2 Art Director (2) $1,417,175,715 $3,100,135,668 45.7%
Priscilla Elliott 2 Art Director (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,498,447,158 94.6%
John Collins 2 Supervising Art Director (2) $1,542,791,426 $2,369,082,668 65.1%
Lauren Polizzi 2 Art Director (2) $1,417,175,715 $4,114,089,805 34.4%
Chad Stahelski 2 Stunt Coordinator (2)
Second Unit Director (1)
$1,542,791,426 $5,417,851,227 28.5%
Lauren Clark Carroll 2 First Assistant Editor (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,417,175,715 100.0%
Lara Khachooni 2 Assistant Editor (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,417,175,715 100.0%
Linda Flowers 2 Hair Designer and Department Head (2) $1,542,791,426 $5,307,873,552 29.1%
Lee Gilmore 2 Sound Effects Editor (2) $1,631,520,335 $14,290,986,454 11.4%
Madelaine Jereczek 2 Assistant Editor (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,558,750,147 90.9%
Micah Wolf 2 Apprentice Editor (1)
Assistant Editor (1)
$1,417,175,715 $1,959,918,204 72.3%
Mark Weingarten 2 Sound Mixer (2) $1,542,791,426 $3,636,006,501 42.4%
George R. Lee 2 Set Designer (2) $1,542,791,426 $2,719,422,181 56.7%
Robby Baumgartner 2 Second Unit Camera (2) $1,542,791,426 $1,582,391,698 97.5%
Walter Garcia 2 Visual Effects Producer (2) $1,417,175,715 $2,708,290,302 52.3%
Ana Maria Quintana 2 Script Supervisor (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,732,234,888 81.8%
Jose Antonio Garcia 2 Sound Mixer (2) $1,417,175,715 $6,827,923,242 20.8%
Karl Martin 2 Set Designer (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,678,539,825 84.4%
Jim Tocci 2 Set Designer (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,591,983,160 89.0%
Ernie Avila 2 Set Designer (2) $1,417,175,715 $3,732,145,705 38.0%
Al Hobbs 2 Set Designer (2) $1,417,175,715 $3,792,030,406 37.4%
George Lee-McDonnell 2 Set Designer (2) $1,417,175,715 $3,088,888,923 45.9%
Nikoletta Skarlatos 2 Make up (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,664,634,436 85.1%
Conor McCullagh 2 Make up (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,630,063,266 86.9%
Camille Friend 2 Hairstylist (2) $1,417,175,715 $2,484,453,422 57.0%
Kim Santantonio 2 Hairstylist (2) $1,417,175,715 $2,737,386,491 51.8%
Barbara Cantu 2 Hairstylist (2) $1,417,175,715 $1,438,954,270 98.5%
R.A. Rondell 2 Supervising Stunt Coordinator (2) $1,417,175,715 $5,638,936,475 25.1%