|As an Actor||Supporting||14||$1,649,480,900||$2,823,458,623||$4,472,939,523|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$290,990,342||$467,787,342||$758,777,684|
|In Technical Roles||Screenwriter||2||$37,863,405||$69,353,413||$107,216,818|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 14 films, with $4,472,939,523 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #120)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Ozone/Reginald (The Secret Life of Pets), Professor Flux/Tower Guard (Minions), Fritz (Despicable Me 3), Octavius (Night at the Museum), Octavius (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Philomena (Screenwriter), Philomena (Producer), Alan Partridge (Screenwriter), Dancer (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda, Brian Lynch, Christopher Meledandri|
December 3rd, 2017
Despicable Me 3 is the fourth film in the Despicable Me franchise. I’ve previously reviewed the first three films and bought the first film, because I loved it. The second film was weaker, but still great. The third film was Minions. It’s a kids movie, nothing more. There’s been a downward trajectory in the quality that’s quite noticeable. Does it continue here? Is it at least better than Minions was?
August 11th, 2017
There are a number of limited releases coming out this week that are earning good reviews and / or strong buzz. Of these, The Trip to Spain is the one I want to see the most. It also has a good chance to earn more than $2 million in theaters, as its two predecessors did the same.
October 4th, 2015
Technically this is HAPPYish: Season One, but the show was canceled after just one season, so adding Season One isn't accurate, as it implies there will be a Season Two. So we know the show wasn't able to find an audience, but does that mean it isn't a good show? Was it an undiscovered gem that deserves to be seen by more on the home market?
April 5th, 2015
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the third film, and likely final film, in the Night at the Museum franchise. The previous two films were very profitable, but the films have never really won over critics. This film had the weakest run at the box office, but is it also the weakest in terms of quality?
December 22nd, 2014
Like every other week, new releases on the home market come out on Tuesday. Unlikely every other week, Christmas Eve is on Wednesday. Christmas Eve is the busiest shopping day of the year, but it is mostly last minute food purchases and almost no one is paying attention to new DVD and Blu-ray releases. This explains why there are so few new releases of note. That's not to say there are no releases worth checking out; in fact, there are four contenders for Pick of the Week. Continuum: Season 3 (DVD or Blu-ray); The Good Lie (Blu-ray Combo Pack); and The Trip to Italy (DVD or Blu-ray) were all in the running. However, in the end, I went with Pride (DVD or Blu-ray).
December 21st, 2014
The Trip to Italy is a sequel to The Trip, which I previously reviewed. That movie was basically two people, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, travelling around northern England, eating food, and getting into weird conversations. Is this film any different? If not, is it worth watching a second time?
October 27th, 2014
It's a terrible week on the home market with no major releases. The biggest theatrical release is Begin Again, which earned excellent reviews, but opened in limited release and never expanded truly wide. The best new release on the list is the limited edition Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel, but it costs more than $200, so it is out of the price range of most people. Besides those two releases, there's more filler than releases worth talking about. Begin Again wins Pick of the Week, practically by default, as it is the only release I can enthusiastically recommend.
October 26th, 2014
In Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan plays Alan Partridge, a character he first played more than 20 years ago. However, for most people here, this will be their first introduction to the character. Will this be a problem? Are there too many inside jokes? Or will the humor be appreciated by even those who have never heard of Alan Partridge before?
August 15th, 2014
As the summer blockbuster season ends, there are a few limited releases that are actually fairly strong. Perhaps they are hoping to take advantage of the lull in blockbusters, or perhaps they are hoping to get a jump on Awards Season. Regardless why they picked this weekend to open, Abuse of Weakness, Frank, and The Trip to Italy all have a chance to thrive in the art house circuit.
April 4th, 2014
It is a busy week, not only in terms of quantity, but also quality. There are seven films earning 80% positive reviews or higher (at least when I checked last). Some of these, like Afflicted, probably won't find an audience in theaters, because it is just the wrong genre. Others, like The Unknown Known and Watermark, might do well for the genre, but won't find any real measure of mainstream success. On the other hand, Under the Skin and Alan Partridge might find audiences in theaters.
February 25th, 2014
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. Today we will look at the two writing categories, ending with Best Adapted Screenplay. This race is about as uncompetitive as it can be with nearly all analysts agreeing on the likely winner.
January 16th, 2014
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there are some surprises mixed in with the predictable results. Gravity and American Hustle led the way with ten nominations each while 12 Years a Slave was right behind with nine. The fact that 12 Years a Slave wasn't the leader is the first of the surprises.
December 14th, 2013
Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their Golden Globe nominations this week, and a clear picture is forming. 12 Years a Slave was again the recipient of the most nominations, but this time it was a tie, as it and American Hustle both grabbed seven nominations. If you look down the list of other multi-nominated films, you will find a number of familiar faces.
November 22nd, 2013
This week's list of limited releases is kind of mixed. Frozen is coming out this week for a prestige opening before expanding wide on Wednesday and it is virtually guaranteed box office success. On the other hand, most of the rest of the films are documentaries, which almost never have breakout success. Every documentary on this list looks interesting, but of the non-Frozen releases, I think Philomena has the best shot at box office success.
July 5th, 2013
It's a pretty busy week for limited releases with several films having openings spread out from Wednesday through Friday. However, while it is a busy week, only two of them are earning overall good reviews. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is earning the best reviews, but as a documentary, its chances of expanding are limited. On the other hand, The Way Way Back is not only earning great reviews, but its cast is better than most wide releases could hope for.
October 29th, 2012
Paul Dano is an incredibly talented actor; however, his track record at the box office has been spotty. Ruby Sparks had enough buzz going in that some thought it would expand semi-wide. It did start out well, but by the third week of limited release, it was clear it wasn't going to find a mainstream audience. Did it deserve to perform better? Is it too art house? Or is there another reason it failed to live up to some expectations.
October 13th, 2012
Anne Hathaway played a princess in each of her first three wide releases; however, only Ella Enchanted was a proper fairytale. It also didn't do as well as the other two films did. Granted, live action kids movies, especially those aimed at girls, tend to struggle at the box office. Is this one of the better films in the genre? Should it have performed better? And will fans of the movie want to upgrade to the Blu-ray?
|8/11/2017||The Trip to Spain||Steve||$1,157,604||$709,247||$1,866,851|
|6/30/2017||Despicable Me 3||Fritz||$264,544,665||$767,589,398||$1,032,134,063|
|1/24/2017||The Hangman: Shepherds and Butchers||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2016||Shepherds and Butchers||$0||$51,791||$51,791|
|11/23/2016||Rules Don’t Apply||Colonel Nigel Briggs||$3,652,206||$219,242||$3,871,448|
|7/8/2016||The Secret Life of Pets||Ozone/Reginald||$368,384,330||$507,573,977||$875,958,307|
|12/31/2015||Boswell for the Defence||James Boswell||$0||$0||$0|
|10/2/2015||Northern Soul||Mr. Banks||$8,886||$0||$8,886|
|7/10/2015||Minions||Professor Flux/Tower Guard||$336,045,770||$831,199,596||$1,167,245,366|
|4/14/2015||Misery Loves Comedy||Himself||$19,634||$100||$19,734|
|12/19/2014||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||Octavius||$113,746,621||$242,800,000||$356,546,621|
|8/15/2014||The Trip to Italy||Steve||$2,873,758||$3,110,849||$5,984,607|
|4/4/2014||Alan Partridge||Alan Partridge||$153,426||$8,100,000||$8,253,426|
|7/5/2013||The Look of Love||Paul Raymond||$16,119||$587,000||$603,119|
|5/3/2013||What Maisie Knew||Beale||$1,065,000||$221,501||$1,286,501|
|7/25/2012||Ruby Sparks||Langdon Tharp||$2,540,106||$6,242,872||$8,782,978|
|8/26/2011||Our Idiot Brother||Dylan||$24,814,830||$1,046,419||$25,861,249|
|8/6/2010||The Other Guys||David Ershon||$119,219,978||$51,716,492||$170,936,470|
|2/12/2010||Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Li…||Hades||$88,768,303||$134,282,571||$223,050,874|
|7/24/2009||In the Loop||$2,388,804||$5,400,000||$7,788,804|
|5/29/2009||What Goes Up||$5,290||$0||$5,290|
|5/22/2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Sm…||Octavius||$177,243,721||$224,987,342||$402,231,063|
|8/22/2008||Hamlet 2||Dana Marschz||$4,886,216||$47,888||$4,934,104|
|8/13/2008||Tropic Thunder||Damian Cockburn||$110,461,307||$80,629,943||$191,091,250|
|4/20/2007||Hot Fuzz||Metropolitan Police Inspector||$23,618,786||$58,123,832||$81,742,618|
|12/22/2006||Night at the Museum||Octavius||$250,863,268||$328,583,139||$579,446,407|
|10/31/2006||The Alibi||Ray Elliott||$0||$0||$0|
|10/20/2006||Marie Antoinette||Count Mercy d'Argenteau||$15,962,471||$44,900,000||$60,862,471|
|1/27/2006||Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story||Tristram Shandy/Walter Shandy||$1,253,413||$1,808,350||$3,061,763|
|6/16/2004||Around the World in 80 Days||Phileas Fogg||$24,004,159||$48,000,000||$72,004,159|
|5/14/2004||Coffee and Cigarettes||Steve||$1,971,135||$1,758,671||$3,729,806|
|8/9/2002||24 Hour Party People||Tony Wilson||$1,169,030||$2,435,935||$3,604,965|
|10/31/1997||The Wind in the Willows||Mole||$72,844||$0||$72,844|
|7/14/1995||The Indian in the Cupboard||Tommy Atkins (British medic)||$35,627,222||$0||$35,627,222|