|As an Actor||Supporting||14||$1,216,910,671||$2,305,510,921||$3,522,421,592|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$68,146||$520,953||$589,099|
|In Technical Roles||Producer||5||$105,936||$543,237||$649,173|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 14 films, with $3,522,421,592 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #197)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Frodo (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), Mumble (Happy Feet)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Executive Producer), Cooties (Producer), The Greasy Strangler (Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, George Miller, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler|
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.
June 12th, 2015
While there are a number of films on this week's list, only one of them is earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl's Tomatometer Score is 85% positive and it is playing in 15 theaters, so it is the clear choice for fans of limited releases. In fact, it might do well enough to earn some measure of mainstream success.
May 23rd, 2015
January 25th, 2015
Open Windows is an English-language, Spanish thriller starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey. Elijah Wood was part of one of the biggest franchises ever, but since then he plays in mostly smaller movies, most of which struggle to find an audience in theaters. For instance, he was really good in Grand Piano. Is this another great film that deserves to be discovered on the home market? Or is there a legitimate reason it struggled in theaters?
November 7th, 2014
May 19th, 2014
Grand Piano is a thriller that opened in limited release earlier this year. Thrillers rarely do well in limited release and this film proved to be no exception. Despite earning amazing reviews, the film opened below the Mendoza Line and disappeared in a matter of weeks. Granted, it was also playing on Video on Demand, so the theatrical numbers were an after thought. This week, it comes out on the home market, but will those who passed on it in theaters want to check it out now?
March 7th, 2014
This week the list of limited releases includes The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is earning amazing buzz and arguably better reviews. It will likely dominate the per theater chart so much so that the rest of the films might suffer as as result. This would be too bad, because there are several other films that deserve to find an audience. Grand Piano and In Fear are both earning great reviews, but as horror films playing on Video on Demand, their box office numbers will be nothing more than an afterthought. There are also a couple of comedies I'm interested in seeing, Journey To The West and No Clue, although the latter is only playing in Canada.
October 14th, 2013
It's a good week on the home market with two $100 million hits coming out: The Heat and Pacific Rim. I've heard good things about both films, but unfortunately, neither screener has arrived. Also, while we have two big release on top, there's not a lot of depth and we quickly run into releases that would be filler during a normal week. At the time I started this column, no new releases for the week had arrived on time, but at least that gave me a chance to get a bit caught up on some of the previous late arrivals. This list includes two contenders for Pick of the Week: White Collar: Season Four and Modern Family: Season Four on DVD or Blu-ray. Both are must haves, but the latter won out for Pick of the Week honors.
July 5th, 2013
Wilfred is a high concept show, which is both good and bad. On the positive side, it makes the show more interesting than 90% of the shows on TV. On the negative side, a high concept usually means a really short shelf life. These shows tend to run out of things to do with the concept and have to either end early, or live long enough to become just a standard TV show. Are there any signs that the show is suffering from this problem? Or will fans be eager to check out season two, and season three?
June 21st, 2013
There is a relatively short list of limited releases this week, but there are a few that are worth keeping an eye on. A Hijacking and The Attack. Both films are earning stunning reviews, but both are foreign language films, so that will hurt their chances to expand significantly, but maybe they will have strong starts in limited release.
|5/13/2016||The Trust||David Waters||$0||$44,641||$44,641|
|10/23/2015||The Last Witch Hunter||Dolan 37th||$27,367,660||$103,866,746||$131,234,406|
|6/12/2015||Set Fire to the Stars||John M. Brinnin||$7,280||$0||$7,280|
|11/7/2014||Open Windows||Nick Chambers||$0||$473,486||$473,486|
|3/7/2014||Grand Piano||Tom Selznick||$22,555||$816,441||$838,996|
|2/21/2014||Kaze Tachinu||Sone (U.S. Version)||$5,201,879||$112,722,821||$117,924,700|
|7/12/2013||Pawn Shop Chronicles||Johnny Shaw||$8,088||$0||$8,088|
|5/7/2013||Revenge for Jolly!||$0||$0||$0|
|12/14/2012||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Frodo||$303,003,568||$714,000,000||$1,017,003,568|
|8/3/2012||Celeste and Jesse Forever||Scott||$3,103,407||$684,282||$3,787,689|
|11/18/2011||Happy Feet Two||Mumble||$64,006,466||$93,950,000||$157,956,466|
|8/6/2010||The Oxford Murders||Martin||$4,803||$17,699,328||$17,704,131|
|1/18/2008||Day Zero||Aaron Feller||$16,659||$0||$16,659|
|5/4/2007||Paris, je t'aime||The Tourist||$4,857,374||$317,714||$5,175,088|
|9/16/2005||Everything is Illuminated||Jonathan Safran Foer||$1,705,595||$383,351||$2,088,946|
|9/9/2005||Green Street Hooligans||Matt Buckner||$345,821||$3,987,450||$4,333,271|
|3/19/2004||Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind||Patrick||$34,366,518||$38,259,171||$72,625,689|
|12/17/2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of …||Frodo Baggins||$377,845,905||$763,557,436||$1,141,403,341|
|7/25/2003||Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||The Guy||$111,760,631||$56,091,364||$167,851,995|
|12/18/2002||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||Frodo Baggins||$342,548,984||$592,150,661||$934,699,645|
|10/11/2002||Ash Wednesday||Sean Sullivan||$2,942||$149,457||$152,399|
|12/19/2001||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship…||Frodo Baggins||$315,544,750||$571,666,235||$887,210,985|
|4/5/2000||Black and White||Wren||$5,241,315||$0||$5,241,315|
|5/8/1998||Deep Impact||Leo Biederman||$140,464,664||$209,000,000||$349,464,664|
|9/26/1997||The Ice Storm||Mikey Carver||$8,038,061||$7,973,914||$16,011,975|
|11/4/1994||The War||Stu Simmons||$16,480,770||$0||$16,480,770|
|9/24/1993||The Good Son||Mark||$44,456,478||$0||$44,456,478|
|4/2/1993||The Adventures of Huck Finn||Huck Finn||$24,103,594||$0||$24,103,594|
|12/11/1992||Forever Young||Nat Cooper||$55,942,530||$72,000,000||$127,942,530|
|11/22/1989||Back to the Future Part II||Video Game Boy||$118,450,002||$213,549,998||$332,000,000|
|10/7/2016||The Greasy Strangler||Producer||$45,878||$21,595||$67,473|
|11/21/2014||A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night||Executive Producer||$544,032||$83,988||$628,020|
|11/7/2014||Open Windows||Executive Producer||$0||$473,486||$473,486|