|As an Actor||Leading||20||$1,206,982,705||$1,901,907,878||$3,108,890,583|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$0||$4,968||$4,968|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||4||$89,202,256||$24,301,147||$113,503,403|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 20 films, with $3,108,890,583 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #54)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Po (Kung Fu Panda 3), Po (Kung Fu Panda), Po (Kung Fu Panda 2), Carl Denham (King Kong), Lenny (Shark Tale)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Nacho Libre (Producer), Gulliver's Travels (Executive Producer), Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (Screenwriter), Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (Producer), Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (Composer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Rob Letterman, Mark Osborne, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Ben Stiller|
December 1st, 2017
The box office was mostly as expected during November. Granted, Thor: Ragnarok over-performed and Justice League underperformed, but overall there were no real surprises. This means the month started slow, but we got a couple of wins in the end and that bodes well going into the final month of the year. That said, December is a weird month. There are five weekends, but only seven films that I’m sure are opening truly wide. Additionally, five of those seven films are opening Christmas weekend. I’ve never seen a month this lop-sided. There are no real wide releases the first two weeks of the month, so we will likely start slow again, but when The Last Jedi debuts, we should see explosive growth at the box office. It will open with more than any film last December made and that should help 2017 cut into 2016’s lead. 2017 won’t be able to close the gap entirely, but the month could do well enough to cut 2016’s lead to under $250 million. That’s my goal. If that happens, I will be happy.
June 29th, 2017
February 29th, 2016
I featured Drunk History on a Holiday Gift Guide and I stand by that recommendation. It's got a really simple set-up and a better than expected execution. On the other hand, I was worried that it's high concept meant a really short shelf life. Would I grow tired of the show after just three seasons? Or is it still entertaining?
January 1st, 2016
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.
October 15th, 2015
We are getting closer to Halloween and there are two scary movies opening wide this weekend. Goosebumps is a live-action family film and as we saw with Pan, those are rarely big hits. On the other hand, this film is earning great reviews and cost about 60% less to make, so even if it just matches Pan's opening, it will still have a shot at profitability. Crimson Peak is an old-fashioned Haunted House horror film, similar to The Woman in Black, but with a $55 million production budget. That might be too much to recoup. Finally there's Bridge of Spies, a Cold War era Spy Thriller. Its reviews are the best for this week, but its target audience isn't known for rushing out to see a movie opening weekend. This weekend last year, there were five films with more than $10 million, but only one with more than $20 million. This year, we should have the same number of $10 million movies, but at least two $20 million movies and perhaps even a $30 million movie. I think 2015 has the edge in the year-over-year comparison, but unless the new releases are bigger hits than most anticipate, it could be close.
October 1st, 2015
September ended on a record note with the debut of Hotel Transylvania 2. Additionally, there was great depth and 2015's lead over 2014 grew to nearly $500 million. How do things look going forward? The month starts out with The Martian, which should have no trouble becoming the biggest hit of the month and might even top $200 million. On the other hand, no other film is expected to get to $100 million. There's only one or two that will even come close. Fortunately, last October was very similar with one $100 million hit, Gone Girl, while two other films came close, Annabelle and Fury. It looks like it will be up to the depth films from both years to determine which year comes out on top.
December 20th, 2014
The final installment of our annual Holiday Gift Guide involves books, music, and whatever DVD and Blu-rays I forgot the first time around. Also, like every year, I use this as an opportunity do go over some screeners that arrived late and that I didn't have time to go through in-depth. Like I've said the first three times, I didn't feel like there was a huge amount of DVDs and Blu-ray that came out this year, so I really hope I didn't miss out much. We can start out with...
March 30th, 2014
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy came out in theaters nearly a decade ago. It earned good reviews and did well at the box office managing nearly $90 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. However, it became a classic on the home market and many think it is among Will Ferrell's best movies. Rumors of a sequel persisted for quite a while before Anchorman: The Legend Continues finally came out. It earned better reviews and nearly doubled the first film's numbers at the worldwide box office. Is this because the quality is also better? Or did it unduly benefit from nearly ten years of demand?
December 13th, 2012
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five.
November 28th, 2012
The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though.
|12/20/2017||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||Professor Sheldon "Shelly" Oberon/Bethany's Avatar||$0||$4,968||$4,968|
|12/31/2016||The Polka King||$0||$0||$0|
|1/29/2016||Kung Fu Panda 3||Po||$143,528,619||$375,085,764||$518,614,383|
|10/16/2015||Goosebumps||Stine/Voice of "Slappy"/"Invisible Boy"||$80,069,458||$78,835,866||$158,905,324|
|5/8/2015||The D Train||Dan||$669,688||$102,678||$772,366|
|11/7/2014||21 Years: Richard Linklater||Himself||$0||$0||$0|
|11/6/2012||Kung Fu Panda Holiday||Po||$0||$0||$0|
|5/4/2012||Last Call at the Oasis||Himself||$40,846||$0||$40,846|
|10/14/2011||The Big Year||Brad Harris||$7,204,138||$480,386||$7,684,524|
|5/26/2011||Kung Fu Panda 2||Po||$165,249,063||$499,588,484||$664,837,547|
|8/13/2008||Tropic Thunder||Jeff 'Fats' Portnoy||$110,461,307||$80,629,943||$191,091,250|
|6/6/2008||Kung Fu Panda||Po||$215,434,591||$416,475,940||$631,910,531|
|2/22/2008||Be Kind Rewind||Jerry||$11,175,164||$19,719,083||$30,894,247|
|12/21/2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Paul McCartney||$18,317,151||$2,288,902||$20,606,053|
|11/16/2007||Margot at the Wedding||Malcolm||$1,958,977||$408,798||$2,367,775|
|11/22/2006||Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny||JB||$8,334,575||$5,100,000||$13,434,575|
|12/14/2005||King Kong||Carl Denham||$218,080,025||$332,437,332||$550,517,357|
|7/9/2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Junkie||$84,136,909||$5,339,356||$89,476,265|
|10/3/2003||School of Rock||Dewey Finn||$81,261,177||$50,683,936||$131,945,113|
|1/11/2002||Orange County||Lance Brumder||$41,059,716||$2,248,991||$43,308,707|
|12/8/1999||Cradle Will Rock||Sid||$2,899,970||$0||$2,899,970|
|5/21/1999||The Love Letter||Fisherman (uncredited)||$8,322,608||$0||$8,322,608|
|11/13/1998||I Still Know What You Did Last Summer||Titus (uncredited)||$40,020,622||$0||$40,020,622|
|12/13/1996||Mars Attacks!||Billy Glenn Norris||$37,771,017||$63,600,000||$101,371,017|
|8/16/1996||The Fan||Broadcast Technician||$18,582,965||$0||$18,582,965|
|6/14/1996||The Cable Guy||Rick||$60,240,295||$42,585,501||$102,825,796|
|12/29/1995||Dead Man Walking||Craig Poncelet||$39,387,284||$43,701,011||$83,088,295|
|3/17/1995||Bye Bye Love||DJ at Party||$12,073,560||$0||$12,073,560|
|10/8/1993||Demolition Man||Wasteland Scrap||$58,055,768||$101,000,000||$159,055,768|
|5/8/2015||The D Train||Producer||$669,688||$102,678||$772,366|
|12/25/2010||Gulliver's Travels||Executive Producer||$42,779,261||$189,238,587||$232,017,848|
|11/22/2006||Tenacious D in: The Pick of Des…||Screenwriter,|