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Paul Dano

Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 10 films, with $1,152,056,759 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,702)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Percy Dolarhyde (Cowboys and Aliens), Simon Feck (Knight and Day), Seth (Looper), Alexander (Where the Wild Things Are), Alex Jones (Prisoners)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Ruby Sparks (Executive Producer), For Ellen (Executive Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bill Pohlad, Bruce Willis, Rian Johnson, Viola Davis

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Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting10$519,400,385$632,656,374$1,152,056,759
Lead Ensemble Member2$62,594,394$62,083,004$124,677,398
In Technical RolesExecutive Producer2$2,552,502$6,251,222$8,803,724

Limited and VOD Releases: Neon Lights Shine Bright on Limited Releases

June 24th, 2016

The Neon Demon

Wow. This is a great week for limited releases. Not only are there a few releases earning a lot of buzz (The Neon Demon, Swiss Army Man, and Wiener Dog). There are also even more movies earning 100% positive reviews. Of those, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the one that I think will have the best chance of breakout success. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Limited Releases have Dozens of Uses

June 17th, 2016

Swiss Army Man

There's not a lot of limited releases coming out this week, but there is one that I'm really interested in seeing: Swiss Army Man. Its reviews are not the best, but its premise is certainly intriguing. On the other hand, Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is a better movie for fans of movies. It is certainly worth at least a VOD rental. More...

2015 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part III - Limited Releases, Foreign Films, Classics, and Canadian Films

December 13th, 2015

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki

The third installment of the Holiday Gift Guide focuses on smaller releases, movies that opened in limited release, foreign films, classics getting new releases, and a few Canadian films. This year the list looks different to the previous guides for a simple reason. While there were only eight releases on the TV on DVD installment of the holiday gift guide, the first pass had more than 30 films on this list. I tried trimming the list, but that resulted in me remembering more films I wanted to add to it. Even after getting rid of the ones that won't be released until after Christmas, like Bone Tomahawk, there are still way too many releases to deal with. So let's not delay anymore and get to the list, starting with the biggest release... More...

2015 - Awards Season: Golden Globes - Nominations

December 10th, 2015


The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning and we are already beginning to see a trend for this year's Awards Season. For the most part, the same films are coming up over and over again. Carol led the way with five awards, while there was a three-way tie for second place with The Big Short, The Revenant and Steve Jobs each picking up four. More...

2015 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Nominations

November 25th, 2015


Awards Season begins with the Independent Spirit Awards nominations. There were definitely some surprise nominees this year, but that also meant there were some unfortunate snubs as well. The overall leader was Carol, which just opened this past weekend. This is great timing and should help its box office numbers, as well as its chances throughout Awards Season. Its six nominations were one ahead of Beasts of No Nation and Spotlight. (One of Spotlight's was the Robert Altman Award, which has no nominations, just one winner.)


Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Love and Mercy

September 14th, 2015

Love and Mercy

Love and Mercy is a movie about a real life person dealing with adversity. It's a movie about a real life famous person dealing with adversity. This movie practically screams Oscar bait. However, while it won over a lot of critics, Oscar bait movies can't always translate critical acclaim into mainstream appeal. Is that the case here? Is it worth checking out for fans of the The Beach Boys? Will those with limited knowledge of their music enjoy the film? More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Some Lovely Limited Releases

June 5th, 2015

Love and Mercy

In another improvement to our news this week, the Limited Releases column is expanding to cover both limited and VOD releases. I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, “aren't you already talking about VOD on the Home Market Releases column?” Yes. However, those are for VOD releases for films that already played in theaters some time ago. This column will include films that debut on VOD either before, or simultaneously with, their theatrical release. We think this it an important change, as too often the Limited Release column was “Limited Releases Playing in New York City and Possibly Los Angeles.” For people in most of the rest of the country, there were no films on the list playing anywhere near them. This week, there are at least a few films worth checking out, including We Are Still Here, which is playing on VOD and Love and Mercy and Testament of Youth, which are theatrical-only releases that both have a shot at mainstream success. More...

Weekend Predictions: Prisoners Free to Capture Top Spot

September 20th, 2013

There might be a close race at the box office this weekend. The buzz surrounding Prisoners is growing enough that it should earn first place, but Insidious Chapter 2 might hold on well enough to challenge the newcomer for top spot. The other new release for the week is Battle of the Year, which is opening in fewer theaters than I thought it would and with much worse reviews. It likely won't be a factor. In fact, there's a slim chance that the 3-D re-release of The Wizard of Oz will earn more this weekend than Battle of the Year will. The best new releases from this week last year was End of Watch, which only managed $13.15 million. This is close to what it cost to make, but it is low for a number one film. On the other hand, last year had much better depth than this year will have, so 2013's winning streak might come to an end. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Ruby Sparks

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. More...

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
6/29/2017 Okja   $0 $2,149,732 $2,149,732
6/24/2016 Swiss Army Man   $4,210,454 $1,626,657 $5,837,111
12/4/2015 Youth Jimmy Tree  $2,703,296 $21,331,749 $24,035,045
6/5/2015 Love & Mercy Brian Wilson, 1960s  $12,551,031 $2,398,877 $14,949,908
10/18/2013 12 Years a Slave Tibeats  $56,671,993 $124,353,350 $181,025,343
9/20/2013 Prisoners Alex Jones  $61,002,302 $52,400,000 $113,402,302
9/28/2012 Looper Seth  $66,486,205 $103,980,200 $170,466,405
9/5/2012 For Ellen Joby Taylor  $12,396 $8,350 $20,746
7/25/2012 Ruby Sparks Calvin Weir-Fields  $2,540,106 $6,242,872 $8,782,978
3/2/2012 Being Flynn Nick Flynn  $540,152 $4,519,704 $5,059,856
7/29/2011 Cowboys and Aliens Percy Dolarhyde  $100,240,551 $75,669,764 $175,910,315
4/8/2011 Meek's Cutoff Thomas Gately  $977,772 $892,156 $1,869,928
6/23/2010 Knight and Day Simon Feck   $76,423,035 $182,328,335 $258,751,370
4/30/2010 The Good Heart Lucas  $20,930 $320,000 $340,930
10/16/2009 Where the Wild Things Are Alexander  $77,233,467 $21,890,189 $99,123,656
8/26/2009 Taking Woodstock VW Guy  $7,460,204 $2,606,162 $10,066,366
4/3/2009 Gigantic   $102,704 $0 $102,704
3/6/2009 Explicit Ills   $28,564 $0 $28,564
12/26/2007 There Will Be Blood Eli Sunday  $40,222,514 $36,986,197 $77,208,711
11/17/2006 Fast Food Nation Brian  $1,005,539 $0 $1,005,539
7/26/2006 Little Miss Sunshine Dwayne  $59,891,098 $40,751,255 $100,642,353
5/19/2006 The King Paul  $282,183 $440,927 $723,110
3/25/2005 The Ballad of Jack and Rose Thaddius  $712,294 $413,964 $1,126,258
4/9/2004 The Girl Next Door Klitz  $14,589,444 $17,045,706 $31,635,150
3/19/2004 Taking Lives Young Asher  $32,682,342 $31,550,021 $64,232,363
11/22/2002 The Emperor's Club Martin Blythe  $14,060,950 $2,132,763 $16,193,713
9/7/2001 L.I.E. Howie Blitzer  $1,140,965 $0 $1,140,965
Movies: 27Totals:$633,792,491$732,038,930$1,365,831,421
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9/5/2012 For Ellen Executive Producer $12,396 $8,350 $20,746
7/25/2012 Ruby Sparks Executive Producer $2,540,106 $6,242,872 $8,782,978
Movies: 2Totals:$2,552,502$6,251,222$8,803,724