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Joel Coen

Joel Coen
By Georges Biard [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 23 films, with $1,510,324,151 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #93)
Best-Known Technical Roles: True Grit (Director), True Grit (Screenwriter), True Grit (Producer), True Grit (Editor), Unbroken (Screenwriter)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Drive-In Security (Spies Like Us), Reporter At Execution (Crimewave)
Most productive collaborators: Ethan Coen, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, Jack O'Connell
Born: November 29th, 1954 (63 years old)

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Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an Actor(Unclassified)2$59,531,303$0$59,531,303
In Technical RolesScreenwriter23$764,880,824$745,443,327$1,510,324,151
Executive Producer1$60,060,328$17,086,703$77,147,031
Story Creator1$190,946$120,000$310,946

Weekend Predictions: Can Jigsaw Still Fit at the Box Office?

October 26th, 2017


There are three wide releases coming out this week, although only Jigsaw is expected to make any real impact at the box office. The other two, Suburbicon and Thank You for Your Service, are opening in barely more than 2,000 theaters and neither of them are expected to do well at the box office. Meanwhile, Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween, has an actual shot at repeating in first place, mostly because of the weak competition. This is terrible news for the overall box office, as it means we are going to have a hard time matching last year’s box office, even though last year there was only one wide release, Inferno. More...

2017 Preview: October

October 1st, 2017

Blade Runner 2049

September destroyed the previous September monthly record for total box office take, with $800 million or so (we won’t know the exact figure until after the weekend), which tops 2016’s record of $616 million. Granted, this is almost entirely due to It’s record breaking run, and the rest of the month was merely average. Kingsman: The Golden Circle was the only other film to come close to $100 million. October doesn’t look any better, as far as depth is concerned. Blade Runner 2049 is widely expected to be the biggest hit of the month, but it is the only film expected to reach $100 million domestically. Boo 2 should be the second biggest hit of the month, while there are only a couple of other films that have a shot at $50 million. Part of the problem is the level of competition, as there are 16 films opening during the four October weekends. (Needless to say, some of the predictions below will be a little short, as there’s not much to say about a film that will barely open in the top ten and disappear two weeks later.) That’s way too many and most will be buried by the competition. Last October was a flop, as no film earned more than $100 million at the box office. There were a few films that came close, including the original Boo! movie. As long as Blade Runner 2049 matches expectations, 2017 should win the year-over-year comparison by a small margin. If we get one surprise hit, then 2017 has a real shot at closing the gap with 2016 by a significant margin. I choose to be cautiously optimistic. More...

Home Market Releases for August 22nd, 2017

August 23rd, 2017

Ash vs Evil Dead: Season Two

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 comes out this week and it is such a big release that is scared away nearly all of the competition. Fortunately, it is also a great film and a serious contender for Pick of the Week. The main competition are Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2 and Supergirl: Season 2. In the end. I went with Ash vs Evil Dead, but it was a close race. More...

Suburbicon Trailer

July 27th, 2017

Black comedy starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, directed by George Clooney, written by Joel and Ethan Coen, opens October 27 ... Full Movie Details. More...

2015 Awards Season: Oscar Preview

February 28th, 2016

The Revenant

It’s Oscar day and, if all goes to plan, I will be live-blogging the ceremony tonight. Here is the list of nominees marked according to predictions from our readers, and my personal wishes. Nominees in Bold are the ones predicted to win by our readers (we’ll have a full rundown of the predictions at noon, after the contest ends). If I am predicting a different film, those are in Italics. Meanwhile, the nominees I want to win, but don’t think will win, are Underlined. There are a few categories where the film I really think deserves the award was not even nominated, plus a few I don’t have a real opinion on.

If you haven’t done so already, it’s not too late to enter our Oscar competition, and win all Best Picture nominees on Blu-ray or DVD. More...

2015 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Original Screenplay

February 20th, 2016


With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. The Best Original Screenplay category isn't the most lop-sided category we will highlight, but it is also not very competitive. More...

Weekend Predictions: Hail, Holdovers!

February 4th, 2016

Hail, Caesar!

It's a new month and there are three wide releases trying to score and get February off to a fast start. That's probably not going to happen. Not only do the wide releases have to deal with Kung Fu Panda 3, but it is also Super Bowl Weekend with the Carolina Idontknows Playing the Dever Somethingabouthorses. ... Once the Seattle Seahawks were eliminated, I completely stopped caring about the NFL. The best new release of the week is Hail, Caesar!, which is the only film with a real shot at becoming a midlevel hit. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies started out with mixed reviews, but that might not be a dealbreaker for its target audience. Finally there's The Choice. There are still not enough reviews for a Tomatometer Score and the buzz appears to be getting worse. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water led the way this weekend last year, with more than all three new releases will earn this year. More...

2016 Preview: February

February 1st, 2016


As expected, January was dominated by holdovers with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant leading the way. That's not to say there were no new releases that did well, as Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 were hits with moviegoers. Looking forward, there is only one film that looks like a sure hit, Deadpool. There's a slim chance it could be a surprise $200 million hit. There's a much better chance it will be the only $100 million hit. Conversely, last February started with a $100 million hit coming out, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, while there were two other $100 million movies to come out that month, Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Looks like 2016 is going to lose in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2015 Awards Season: Oscars - Nominations

January 15th, 2016

The Revenant

The Oscar nominations were announced at 5:30 am Pacific time. Nothing is good that early in the morning. Worse still, this was a terrible year for snubs, especially when it comes to diversity of the nominees. The voters for the Oscars are 94% white and 77% male... but that's still more diverse than the list of nominees. The Revenant led the way with 12 nominations and it is expected to win a few of those, while it is a serious contender in most of the categories it was nominated in. More...

2015 - Awards Season: BAFTA - Nominations

January 9th, 2016

Bridge of Spies

The BAFTA nominations were announced and you can read them on their site... in alphabetical order. Alphabetical order is very useful in most circumstances, but not here. On the other hand, the nominees within each category are not presented in alphabetical order. ... Are the BAFTAs trolling us? As for the actual nominees, the big winners here are Bridge of Spies and Carol, both of which earned nine nominations. For Carol, this is just another impressive score, but this was a pleasant surprise for Bridge of Spies. More...

2015 - Awards Season: WGA - Nominations

January 6th, 2016


The Writers Guild of America nominees were announced and there are only a few surprises here. Additionally, one of these three races seems too close to call at this point. More...

Weekend Estimates: Goosebumps Set to Win Tight Race

October 18th, 2015


A slightly-softer-than-expected (but still good) opening for Goosebumps will be enough to take the film to the top of the box office chart this weekend, according to studio projections released on Sunday morning. Sony expects the family horror adventure to come in with $23.5 million on opening weekend, which is a solid enough start, and sets the film up for a good run, helped by strong reviews and Halloween coming up in a couple of weeks. The Martian will land in second with a projected $21.5 million as of this morning, a slightly steeper-than-expected 42% decline from last weekend, and a total to date around $144 million. In general, we’re looking at quite a few steep drops from last weekend thanks to an unfavorable comparison with the Columbus Day long weekend and a batch of new releases. More...

2015 Preview: October

October 1st, 2015

The Martian

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. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 11th, 2014

March 10th, 2014

If you look over at, the best-selling new release of the week is The Book Thief. This film made just over $20 million at the box office, which is amazing for a limited release. However, it is still a limited release on top of the new releases. That tells you how slow this week is on the home market. Fortunately, last Friday The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came out on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and I'm including it on this week's list as well. There are a number of other releases that are worth picking up, including The Patience Stone on DVD, In Fear on DVD, and Inside Llewyn Davis on Blu-ray. However, while there is some competition, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week. More...

Limited Releases: Inside Track to the Oscars

December 6th, 2013

Inside Llewyn Davis poster

Like last week, it's not a good week on the limited release front. It's busier, but there are almost no films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Inside Llewyn Davis is the biggest exception and it is earning Oscar-worthy reviews. Not only are its reviews stunning, but the buzz suggests it should be a major hit as well. White Reindeer is also earning Award-worthy reviews, but it might not have the buzz to escape art house cinemas. More...

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
4/25/1986 Crimewave Reporter At Execution  $5,101 $0 $5,101
12/6/1985 Spies Like Us Drive-In Security  $59,526,202 $0 $59,526,202
Movies: 2Totals:$59,531,303$0$59,531,303
Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
10/27/2017 Suburbicon Screenwriter $5,775,178 $2,736,097 $8,511,275
2/5/2016 Hail, Caesar! Screenwriter,
$30,080,225 $34,091,194 $64,171,419
10/16/2015 Bridge of Spies Screenwriter $72,313,754 $90,296,719 $162,610,473
12/25/2014 Unbroken Screenwriter $115,637,895 $47,889,929 $163,527,824
5/27/2014 Gambit Screenwriter $0 $14,214,365 $14,214,365
12/6/2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Director,
$13,248,209 $19,695,038 $32,943,247
12/22/2010 True Grit Director,
$171,243,005 $81,033,923 $252,276,928
9/3/2010 San qiang pai an jing qi Story Creator $190,946 $120,000 $310,946
10/2/2009 A Serious Man Producer,
$9,228,788 $21,131,782 $30,360,570
9/12/2008 Burn After Reading Director,
$60,355,347 $107,812,451 $168,167,798
11/9/2007 No Country for Old Men Screenwriter,
$74,273,505 $89,777,745 $164,051,250
5/4/2007 Paris, je t'aime Screenwriter,
$4,857,374 $317,714 $5,175,088
3/26/2004 The Ladykillers Director,
$39,692,139 $37,700,000 $77,392,139
11/26/2003 Bad Santa Executive Producer $60,060,328 $17,086,703 $77,147,031
10/10/2003 Intolerable Cruelty Director,
$35,327,628 $86,000,000 $121,327,628
10/31/2001 The Man Who Wasn't There Screenwriter,
$7,494,849 $14,000,000 $21,494,849
12/22/2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Director,
$45,506,619 $30,257,195 $75,763,814
3/6/1998 The Big Lebowski Director,
$17,498,804 $28,690,764 $46,189,568
3/8/1996 Fargo Screenwriter,
$24,567,751 $26,636,816 $51,204,567
3/11/1994 The Hudsucker Proxy Screenwriter,
$2,816,518 $12,121,631 $14,938,149
8/21/1991 Barton Fink Director,
$5,726,463 $0 $5,726,463
9/22/1990 Miller's Crossing Screenwriter,
$4,693,759 $0 $4,693,759
3/13/1987 Raising Arizona Director,
$22,847,000 $0 $22,847,000
4/25/1986 Crimewave Screenwriter $5,101 $0 $5,101
1/18/1985 Blood Simple Director,
$1,690,913 $1,039,964 $2,730,877
Movies: 25Totals:$825,132,098$762,650,030$1,587,782,128