|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $218,165,867 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #15,223)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Various voices (The Muppet Movie), Jen, a Gelfling (movement only)/High Priest (Ritual Master) (The Dark Crystal), Minor (Ernest Goes to Camp), Various roles (The Great Muppet Caper), Various voices (The Muppets Take Manhattan)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Muppet Movie (Producer), Labyrinth (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: James Frawley, Frank Oz, Jerry Juhl, Jerry Nelson, Jack Burns|
September 5th, 2017
There are a few first-run releases coming out this week, but none of them did well enough in theaters and / or with critics to bother with above the fold, so to speak. There is one exception, The Big Sick, but it is only coming out on VOD this week. I’m hoping a Blu-ray screener is on its way. As for the Pick of the Week contenders, they are, in alphabetical order, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas on DVD, Mr. Mom on Blu-ray, and Rebecca: Criterion Collection on Blu-ray. In the end, I went with the Alfred Hitchcock classic as the Pick of the Week.
March 1st, 2014
2014 continued its strong run in February with The Lego Movie beating even the high end expectations and will become the first film released in 2014 to reach $200 million. March doesn't look as strong, as no film is on track to hit $200 million, but there are five films that have a chance at $100 million. Granted, not all of them will get there; in fact, there's a chance only one of them will get there. Divergent is the film I think has the best shot at the century club, but it could be joined by Mr. Peabody and Sherman, for instance, which is earning surprisingly strong reviews. Noah is a big-budget Bible epic and the studio has to be hoping for at least $100 million, but the buzz is quite negative and there have been reports of troubles behind-the-scenes. Last March was led by Oz The Great and Powerful, which pulled in more than $200 million domestically. I don't think any film opening this March will match that figure. In addition, The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation also hit the $100 million milestone, while Olympus Has Fallen came very close. Granted, there were also some big bombs last March, like The Host, but even so, I think 2014 will lose ground in the year-over-year comparison.
October 8th, 2013
There are a couple first-run releases on this week's list: After Earth and The Hangover: Part III. However, neither film won over critics and both bombed in theaters, when compared to their production budgets. That said, The Hangover: Part III will likely be the best selling release of the week. As for the best new release, including a number where I'm still waiting for the screener. Ignoring those, the two best are Robot Chicken: Season Six on DVD or Blu-ray and Much Ado About Nothing on DVD or Blu-ray. Both are must haves, but I'm going with the latter over the former for Pick of the Week.
August 11th, 2013
The Muppet Movie came out 34 years ago, which makes it a little strange they are releasing a 35th Anniversary edition Blu-ray this week. Then again, I'm glad I don't have to wait another year to get this movie on Blu-ray, because I loved it as a kid. Does it still hold up decades later? And is the Blu-ray worth picking up if you are a fan of the movie?
November 7th, 2012
The Muppet Christmas Carol came out on theaters 20 years ago and while it was only a midlevel hit in theaters, it has developed a more loyal following on the home market and is a perennial Christmas favorite. This week, it made its Blu-ray debut, but is the film worth picking up in high definition?
|5/22/1987||Ernest Goes to Camp||Minor||$23,509,382||$0||$23,509,382|
|8/2/1985||Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird||Kermit the Frog/Ernie||$13,961,370||$0||$13,961,370|
|2/22/1985||Into the Night||Man on Phone||$6,720,160||$0||$6,720,160|
|7/13/1984||The Muppets Take Manhattan||Various voices||$25,534,703||$0||$25,534,703|
|12/17/1982||The Dark Crystal||Jen, a Gelfling (movement only)/High Priest (Ritual Master)||$40,577,001||$0||$40,577,001|
|6/26/1981||The Great Muppet Caper||Various roles||$31,206,251||$0||$31,206,251|
|6/22/1979||The Muppet Movie||Various voices||$76,657,000||$0||$76,657,000|