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James Franco

Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 29 films, with $964,225,264 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #217)
Best-Known Acting Roles: New Goblin/Harry Osborn (Spider-Man 3), Oz (Oz the Great and Powerful), Harry Osborne (Spider-Man 2), Harry Osborn (Spider-Man), Will Rodman (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Best-Known Technical Roles: The Disaster Artist (Director), The Interview (Executive Producer), Palo Alto (Story Creator), King Cobra (Producer), Interior. Leather Bar. (Director)
Most productive collaborators: Sam Raimi, Seth Rogen, Mila Kunis, Michell Kapner, Rupert Wyatt
Born: April 19th, 1978 (39 years old)

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Box Office
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As an ActorLeading29$475,166,699$489,058,565$964,225,264
Lead Ensemble Member5$336,246,926$280,794,598$617,041,524
In Technical RolesDirector9$9,979,466$1,933,902$11,913,368
Story Creator4$776,857$412,458$1,189,315
Executive Producer3$6,121,348$6,237,457$12,358,805

2017 - Awards Season: SAG - Nominations

December 13th, 2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Screen Actors Guild were the third group to announce their nominations for this awards season. So far there have been three different films earning the most nominations. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri picked up four nominations, which is extra impressive, as there are only six theatrical categories. More...

2017 - Awards Season: Golden Globes - Nominations

December 11th, 2017

The Shape of Water

The Golden Globes nominations are the second major Awards Season set to come out. Sort of. (WGA announced the nominations for TV, radio, etc., but not their theatrical nods.) It is still very early in the year, so it is hard to say if there are any real snubs, or if there are any real favorites. The Shape of Water led the way with seven nominations, while The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri were right behind with six a piece. More...

2017 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Nominations

November 22nd, 2017

Call Me by Your Name

The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced yesterday and thus the 2017 Awards Season begins. The movie with the most nominations is Call Me by Your Name, which opens on Friday. This is amazingly good timing. It’s not the only film that should get a financial boost. More...

The Disaster Artist Trailer

November 14th, 2017

Comedy directed by and starring James Franco opens December 1 ... Full Movie Details. More...

Home Market Releases for March 28th, 2017

March 29th, 2017


It’s a good week for Pick of the Week contenders, as there are seven such releases on this week’s list. Unfortunately, none of them really scream out as The Pick of the Week. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is by far the biggest, but it is only out on Video on Demand right now, while Hidden Figures is the best, but again, it is only on VOD this week. There are also a couple of busted Oscar-bait films, Archer: Season Seven is only getting a DVD release, while the previous seasons came out on Blu-ray. In the end, I went with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII, partially to celebrate the return of the show. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Cry for Help

March 3rd, 2017


It is not a particularly good week for limited releases with lots of films earning mixed reviews, or worse. There are a few that are earning good reviews, like Catfight or Donald Cried, but none are likely to be box office hits. More...

2016 Preview: December

December 1st, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

November was good, but not great. Fortunately, 2016 had a large enough lead going into November that the month only needed to be good. In fact, it could have been mediocre and 2016 would have still had an excellent shot to end the year above 2015. As for December, it’s a race between Star Wars and Star Wars. Almost no one thinks Rogue One is going to match The Force Awakens, but if Rogue One earns just half of what The Force Awakens managed, then 2016 will come out on top in the year-over-year comparison. There are only two other films with a better than 50/50 chance of hitting $100 million, Passengers and Sing. Either one could earn second place for the month, but Passengers will likely start faster. Last December, the only other film to earn more than $100 million was Daddy’s Home, which earned just a hair over $150 million. There’s a chance both Passengers and Sing will earn more than $150 million, which would be a boon to the box office. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just too strong last year and it would take a miracle for 2016 to have a stronger December. That said, it would take a complete collapse for 2016 not to top 2015 in raw dollars. The growth might not be enough to keep pace with ticket price inflation, on the other hand. More...

Why Him? Trailer

November 28th, 2016

Comedy starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston opens December 23 ... Full Movie Details. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Handmade Limited Releases

October 21st, 2016

The Handmaiden

Several films coming out this week are earning nearly unanimously positive reviews. This includes a few documentaries, but also a couple of narrative films that have a shot at some box office success. Moonlight is clearly aiming to win awards and it might do so. The Handmaiden should help grow Chan-wook Park’s fanbase here. More...

Home Market Releases for August 9th, 2016

August 8th, 2016

Sweet Bean

It is a really slow week on the top with only a couple of main releases worth being a contender for Pick of the Week: Supergirl: Season 1 and Sweet Bean on DVD. The Nice Guys would also be a contender, but it is only coming out on Video on Demand this week and it is worth waiting for the Blu-ray Combo Pack. With only two real choices, Sweet Bean is my Pick of the Week. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Singing Praises

April 15th, 2016

Sing Street

There are not a lot of new releases on this week's list, but four of the seven of of them are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Additionally, one of the other three, Fan, doesn't have enough reviews for a Tomatometer Score, but the first two reviews are positive. Of the best films, Sing Street is the one I expect to do the best at the box office. More...

2014 Preview: December

December 1st, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster

November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for September 9th, 2014

September 9th, 2014

The Christmas shopping season has begun in full force. Even if Captain America: The Winter Soldier were the only new release this week, it would be a great release, as the Combo Packs are clearly pick of the week contenders. It's not the only Pick of the Week contender. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 is also a prime contender, although I'm still waiting for the screener for that release. At the moment, I'm giving the win to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but when I get a chance to review the screener, that might change. More...

Limited Releases: Call in the Calvary

August 1st, 2014

Calvary poster

There are an even dozen films on this week's list, but only Calvary is earning good reviews and strong buzz. Hopefully this will translate into ticket sales, or it will likely be a very bad week for limited releases. There are also a couple of documentaries that could do well in limited release, Finding Fela! and Rich Hill, but neither has the potential for breakout success. More...

Limited Releases: What's Cooking?

May 9th, 2014

Chef poster

There are a number of limited releases coming out this week that are earning strong buzz and good reviews. Some of the films that have reviews that are strong enough to suggest box office success are Palo Alto and The Double, as well as two documentaries, Fed Up and Llyn Foulkes One Man Band. However, the film with the best combination of buzz and reviews is Chef. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for April 15th, 2014

April 15th, 2014

It is a busy week on the home market with five films that either opened at least semi-wide or expanded semi-wide. However, unlike last week, there's no monster hit like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug leading the way. In fact, most of the semi-wide or wide releases on this week's list were critical and box office disappointments. Only Philomena did well with critics. Fortunately, it did well enough that it is a contender for Pick of the Week without even considering the extras on the DVD or Blu-ray. There are a few other new releases that are noteworthy, but most of them are catalog Blu-ray releases. These include Touch of Evil on Blu-ray and Double Indemnity on Blu-ray. In the end, I went with Touch of Evil, but I literally had to roll a dice to decide. More...

Limited Releases: Thrilling or Just Cheap?

March 21st, 2014

Cheap Thrills poster

There are quite a few limited releases this week, including Nymphomaniac: Volume 1, which is earning the loudest buzz. Its reviews are great, but not as strong as the buzz, plus it has been playing on Video on Demand. The best reviews go to Cheap Thrills (Reviews) and Jodorowsky's Dune (Reviews). Hopefully both films will find an audience this weekend, but limited release is a rough go even with the best reviews. More...

Limited Releases: Early Year Doldrums

January 3rd, 2014

Autoreiji Biyondo poster

In order to qualify for the Oscars, a film has to open before the end of the year, so every year the weekend before New Years Eve has a few films trying to get into theaters just under the wire. This also means that the weekend after New Years Eve is a terrible time to release a movie in limited release. Art house theaters are loaded with Oscar hopefuls and it is very unlikely any of the new releases have the reviews to compete with those movies. That is certainly the case this year. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 5th, 2013

November 7th, 2013

It's a big week with several first run releases, some big TV on DVD, releases, and more to deal with. The only one that truly rises to the level of Pick of the Week is Mad Men: Season Six, but the screener arrived late and I hate awarding Pick of the Week to a title when that happens. The only other release I really want to see is White House Down, but that's more guilty pleasure than Pick of the Week. I guess it goes to Mad Men: Season Six on DVD or Blu-ray. More...

Limited Releases: Buying Into Limited Releases

November 1st, 2013

After last week's short list, there are nearly 20 films on this week's list. Because of this, each entry will be shorter than usual. There are a few films on this week's list that seem destined for mainstream success, including Dallas Buyers Club, which could net Matthew McConaughey some Awards Season hardware. More...

2013 Preview: November

November 1st, 2013

October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long. More...

Limited Releases Are What They Are

September 27th, 2013

There are a lot of limited releases on this week's list, including a few earning stellar reviews. There are also a few with weak reviews or that are the wrong genre to thrive in limited release. One film fits into both ends of the spectrum, We Are What We Are, which is earning great reviews, but as a horror film, likely won't find an audience till the home market. Hopefully I am wrong. Inequality for All is earning even better reviews, but it is a documentary, so it have very little chance to expand. On the Job has the best reviews of the week, but it is a foreign-language action film, so it will likely not earn breakout success. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Spring Breakers

July 20th, 2013

Spring Breakers is one of the more unusual films to come out this week. The original buzz was pretty weak, with a lot of people dismissing it as "Disney Girls Gone Wild". When it was finally released, the critical response was divided. There were many critics who liked the movie, more so than those who disliked the movie, but there were also some who called it one of the worst movies ever. Its limited release was more lucrative than expected and the film currently has the best per theater average for 2013. So which side of the argument do I fall under? And is the DVD or the Blu-ray worth picking up? More...

2013 Preview: June

June 2nd, 2013

May ended on a mixed note, but there was still enough to celebrate. Of the seven films I thought had a legitimate shot at $100 million, four have already gotten there, one more is a sure thing, and another has a good shot as well. Only one, After Earth, will definitely fail to get to that milestone. (Although Now You See Me might get there instead.) Looking forward to June, there are four weekends, each with two wide releases, for a total of eight films. Of those eight, six have a legitimate shot at $100 million. One, Monsters University, should have no trouble getting to $200 million, and another, Man of Steel, should top $300 million. It is hard to compare this June with last June, because last June there were five weekends. Taking that into account and ignoring the first week, which lines up with the final week of May, there were eight wide releases. Of those eight, five hit $100 million, including three $200 million movies. There were no $300 million movies, so if the two big hits this month do as well as expected, 2013 could come out ahead. More...

2013 Preview: March

March 1st, 2013

February is over, and for the most part, we should be very happy it is done and buried. The biggest hit of the month turned out to be Identity Thief, which will cross $100 million shortly. There were also a couple of impressive midlevel hits, like Warm Bodies and Escape from Planet Earth, but for the most part, it was miss after miss. This is bad news for March, which is not only dealing with a slumping 2013 box office, but will be compared with a strong March of 2012. Last March started with The Lorax, which earned more than $200 million. There's a good chance no March release this year will reach this milestone. Last March was also the month The Hunger Games opened, which earned more than $400 million. There's a chance the top three films opening this month won't earn that much combined. 2013 is going to take a beating in the year-over-year comparison and it is already $100 million behind last year's pace. More...

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1/26/2018 Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad Lemmy  $0 $0 $0
12/31/2017 The Long Home Dallas Hardin  $0 $0 $0
12/31/2017 The Trap   $0 $0 $0
12/1/2017 The Disaster Artist Tommy Wiseau  $9,878,763 $1,680,603 $11,559,366
11/7/2017 Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman …   $0 $0 $0
10/27/2017 The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards   $0 $0 $0
9/1/2017 The Vault   $5,728 $137,628 $143,356
5/19/2017 Alien: Covenant Branson  $74,262,031 $164,600,000 $238,862,031
4/14/2017 Queen of the Desert Henry Cadogan  $0 $1,480,089 $1,480,089
3/3/2017 The Institute Dr. Cairn  $0 $15,236 $15,236
2/17/2017 In Dubious Battle Mac  $0 $214,182 $214,182
1/27/2017 I Am Michael Michael Glatze  $0 $3,996 $3,996
12/23/2016 Why Him? Laird Mayhew  $60,323,786 $57,200,000 $117,523,786
12/9/2016 Burn Country Lindsay  $0 $0 $0
10/21/2016 King Cobra   $74,712 $0 $74,712
9/27/2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Play Director  $0 $0 $0
8/12/2016 Sausage Party Druggie  $97,670,358 $43,684,036 $141,354,394
4/15/2016 The Adderall Diaries Stephen Elliott  $13,191 $0 $13,191
4/8/2016 Memoria Mr. Wyckoff  $2,242 $0 $2,242
2/12/2016 The Little Prince   $1,311,213 $102,218,295 $103,529,508
1/1/2016 Yosemite Phil  $13,931 $0 $13,931
12/4/2015 Every Thing Will Be Fine Tomas Eldan  $0 $438,237 $438,237
11/20/2015 The Night Before Himself  $43,035,725 $9,391,621 $52,427,346
6/5/2015 Wild Horses Ben Briggs  $0 $0 $0
4/17/2015 True Story Christian Longo  $4,719,695 $1,174,515 $5,894,210
12/12/2014 The Color of Time C.K. Williams, age 40  $0 $0 $0
9/26/2014 Good People Tom Reed  $0 $988,434 $988,434
8/1/2014 Child of God Townsperson  $37,949 $0 $37,949
6/20/2014 Third Person Rick  $1,019,038 $730,163 $1,749,201
5/9/2014 Palo Alto Mr. B  $767,732 $388,577 $1,156,309
3/21/2014 Maladies James  $0 $0 $0
2/6/2014 The Interview Dave Skylark  $6,105,175 $6,237,457 $12,342,632
1/2/2014 Interior. Leather Bar. James  $40,862 $0 $40,862
11/27/2013 Homefront Gator Bodine  $20,158,492 $31,536,870 $51,695,362
11/1/2013 Sal Milton Katsolas  $6,883 $23,881 $30,764
10/11/2013 As I Lay Dying Darl  $15,009 $0 $15,009
8/9/2013 Lovelace   $352,755 $85,015 $437,770
6/12/2013 This is the End James Franco  $101,470,202 $25,068,915 $126,539,117
5/3/2013 The Iceman Marty  $1,930,282 $1,693,327 $3,623,609
3/15/2013 Spring Breakers Alien  $14,124,286 $17,024,965 $31,149,251
3/8/2013 Oz the Great and Powerful Oz  $234,770,996 $255,588,055 $490,359,051
9/21/2012 About Cherry Frances  $3,003 $0 $3,003
4/17/2012 The Broken Tower   $0 $0 $0
11/18/2011 Eames: The Architect and the Painter Narrator  $153,088 $33,908 $186,996
8/5/2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Will Rodman  $176,760,185 $306,100,000 $482,860,185
4/8/2011 Your Highness Fabious  $21,596,445 $4,525,193 $26,121,638
11/5/2010 127 Hours Aron Ralston  $18,335,230 $41,881,941 $60,217,171
9/24/2010 Howl Allen Ginsburg  $617,334 $0 $617,334
8/13/2010 Eat Pray Love David Piccolo  $80,574,010 $126,024,779 $206,598,789
4/9/2010 Date Night   $98,711,404 $53,557,629 $152,269,033
11/26/2008 Milk Scott Smith  $31,841,299 $25,452,072 $57,293,371
11/14/2008 Camille Silias  $3,849 $0 $3,849
8/6/2008 Pineapple Express Saul Silver  $87,341,380 $15,062,639 $102,404,019
10/5/2007 Finishing the Game Rob Force  $52,850 $351 $53,201
9/14/2007 In the Valley of Elah Sergeant Dan Carnelli  $6,777,741 $17,711,409 $24,489,150
5/4/2007 Spider-Man 3 New Goblin/Harry Osborn  $336,530,303 $558,329,927 $894,860,230
12/29/2006 The Dead Girl Derek  $19,875 $0 $19,875
9/22/2006 Flyboys Blaine Rawlings  $13,090,630 $1,725,749 $14,816,379
1/27/2006 Annapolis Jake Huard  $17,127,992 $97,000 $17,224,992
1/13/2006 Tristan & Isolde Tristan  $14,734,633 $2,720,980 $17,455,613
8/12/2005 The Great Raid Captain Prince  $10,166,502 $430,568 $10,597,070
6/30/2004 Spider-Man 2 Harry Osborne  $373,524,485 $421,586,185 $795,110,670
12/25/2003 The Company Josh  $2,281,585 $1,114,923 $3,396,508
12/27/2002 Sonny Sonny  $17,639 $0 $17,639
9/6/2002 City by the Sea Joey LaMarca  $22,433,915 $0 $22,433,915
5/3/2002 Spider-Man Harry Osborn  $403,706,375 $418,000,000 $821,706,375
5/3/2002 Deuces Wild Tino  $6,044,618 $200,000 $6,244,618
4/26/2002 Some Body Apartment Guy 3  $11,696 $0 $11,696
3/24/2000 Whatever it Takes Chris Campbell  $8,735,529 $0 $8,735,529
4/9/1999 Never Been Kissed Jason   $55,474,757 $0 $55,474,757
Movies: 70Totals:$2,458,779,388$2,716,159,350$5,174,938,738
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12/31/2017 The Long Home Director,
$0 $0 $0
12/1/2017 The Disaster Artist Director $9,878,763 $1,680,603 $11,559,366
3/3/2017 The Institute Producer,
$0 $15,236 $15,236
2/17/2017 In Dubious Battle Director $0 $214,182 $214,182
1/27/2017 I Am Michael Producer $0 $3,996 $3,996
10/21/2016 King Cobra Producer $74,712 $0 $74,712
9/27/2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Story by $0 $0 $0
4/15/2016 The Adderall Diaries Producer $13,191 $0 $13,191
4/8/2016 Memoria Based on “Palo Alt…,
Executive Producer 
$2,242 $0 $2,242
1/1/2016 Yosemite Executive Producer $13,931 $0 $13,931
12/12/2014 The Color of Time Producer $0 $0 $0
8/22/2014 kink Producer $0 $0 $0
8/1/2014 Child of God Director,
$37,949 $0 $37,949
5/9/2014 Palo Alto Story Creator $767,732 $388,577 $1,156,309
2/6/2014 The Interview Executive Producer $6,105,175 $6,237,457 $12,342,632
1/2/2014 Interior. Leather Bar. Director,
$40,862 $0 $40,862
11/1/2013 Sal Director,
Story Creator 
$6,883 $23,881 $30,764
10/11/2013 As I Lay Dying Director,
$15,009 $0 $15,009
4/17/2012 The Broken Tower Director,
$0 $0 $0
Movies: 19Totals:$16,956,449$8,563,932$25,520,381