|As an Actor||Supporting||7||$508,923,934||$689,759,676||$1,198,683,610|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$99,519,329||$182,317,279||$281,836,608|
|In Technical Roles||Director||15||$624,622,752||$956,688,251||$1,581,311,003|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 30 films, with $2,670,792,986 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #718)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Commander Bolton (Dunkirk), Gilderoy Lockhart (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Hercule Poirot (Murder on the Orient Express), Major-Gen. Henning von Tresckow (Valkyrie), Dr. Arliss Loveless (Wild Wild West)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Cinderella (Director), Thor (Director), Murder on the Orient Express (Director), Murder on the Orient Express (Producer), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Chris Weitz, Simon Kinberg, Richard Madden|
|Born: December 10th, 1960 (57 years old)|
November 12th, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok maintains a firm hold on top spot at the domestic and international box office this weekend, with a respectable decline of 54% at home taking it to $56.6 million for the weekend and $211.6 million to date. With another $75.9 million internationally, for a total of $438.5 million overseas,
Ragnarok will pass $650 million worldwide today. That makes it the most successful Thor film already, and it seems like it should retain decent traction into the holidays, even with Justice League coming out next weekend.
November 1st, 2017
October wasn’t a good month; then again, outside of a few bright spots, the overall box office has been a disaster since early summer. I would love to say November will turn things around, but, while it should be better, in this case “better” is a relative term. There are two films on this list with a chance at $300 million, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, while Coco is nearly a guarantee for $200 million. By comparison, last November had a similar result with three films earning between $200 million and $300 million, but none topping that figure. This means, if Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League both get to that milestone, then 2017 could cut into 2016’s lead during the month. It will still take a minor miracle for 2017 to catch up in the end, but just cutting the lead in half by the end of December would be a reason to celebrate at this point.
June 2nd, 2017
December 23rd, 2016
June 20th, 2016
There are two wide releases coming out this week, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and The Divergent Series: Allegiant, although the latter is only coming out on Video on Demand. Neither of these are big releases and it only gets much worse from there. There wasn't a lot of competition for Pick of the Week, but I went with Fantastic Planet: Criterion Collection. It's a classic, but it is also a French Surrealist animated film, so that will limit its target audience.
September 15th, 2015
Cinderella is the latest in a long line of Disney animated movies to be turned into a live-action film. I've previously reviewed a few of these movies, including Maleficent. I enjoyed that movie a lot more than most critics did. I loved the fact that the movie took the original characters, but told a different story than the original did. Does this film also do something new with the old story? If not, is it at least a good re-telling of the old story?
March 1st, 2015
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.
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?
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.
|11/10/2017||Murder on the Orient Express||Hercule Poirot||$94,440,669||$181,195,939||$275,636,608|
|1/17/2014||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Viktor Cherevin||$50,577,412||$80,800,000||$131,377,412|
|11/23/2011||My Week with Marilyn||Sir. Laurence Olivier||$14,597,405||$19,643,167||$34,240,572|
|11/13/2009||The Boat That Rocked||Mister Dormandy||$8,017,467||$29,455,184||$37,472,651|
|12/25/2008||Valkyrie||Major-Gen. Henning von Tresckow||$83,077,762||$120,824,345||$203,902,107|
|11/29/2002||Rabbit-Proof Fence||A.O. Neville||$6,199,600||$10,667,328||$16,866,928|
|11/15/2002||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Gilderoy Lockhart||$261,987,880||$616,991,754||$878,979,634|
|2/22/2002||How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog||Peter McGowan||$48,564||$0||$48,564|
|6/9/2000||Love's Labour's Lost||Berowe||$284,291||$0||$284,291|
|3/31/2000||The Road to El Dorado||Miguel (voice)||$50,802,661||$14,897,339||$65,700,000|
|6/30/1999||Wild Wild West||Dr. Arliss Loveless||$113,805,681||$107,423,654||$221,229,335|
|12/23/1998||The Theory of Flight||Richard||$71,999||$0||$71,999|
|3/27/1998||The Proposition||Father Michael McKinnon||$1,622,381||$755,147||$2,377,528|
|1/23/1998||The Gingerbread Man||Rick Magruder||$1,626,593||$0||$1,626,593|
|10/11/1996||Looking for Richard||Himself||$1,266,417||$0||$1,266,417|
|2/22/1996||Anne Frank Remembered||Narration (voice)||$606,713||$0||$606,713|
|5/7/1993||Much Ado About Nothing||Seigneur Benedick||$22,549,338||$0||$22,549,338|
|3/5/1993||Swing Kids||Herr Knoff, Gestapo||$5,632,086||$0||$5,632,086|
|12/25/1992||Peter’s Friends||Andrew Benson||$4,058,564||$0||$4,058,564|
|8/23/1991||Dead Again||Mike Church/Roman Strauss||$38,016,380||$0||$38,016,380|
|11/8/1989||Henry V||Henry V||$10,161,099||$15,602||$10,176,701|
|9/25/1981||Chariots of Fire||Artist||$57,159,946||$307,785||$57,467,731|
|11/10/2017||Murder on the Orient Express||Director,|
|12/31/2016||Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo & J…||Director||$0||$1,110,720||$1,110,720|
|12/31/2015||Branagh Theatre Live: The Winte…||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|1/17/2014||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Director||$50,577,412||$80,800,000||$131,377,412|
|12/31/2007||As You Like It||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2006||The Magic Flute||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|2/9/1996||A Midwinter's Tale||Director||$288,122||$0||$288,122|
|5/7/1993||Much Ado About Nothing||Director||$22,549,338||$0||$22,549,338|