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Werner Herzog

Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 18 films, with $38,437,730 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,246)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Director), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Screenwriter), Rescue Dawn (Director), Rescue Dawn (Screenwriter), Red Army (Executive Producer)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Documentary Filmmaker (Penguins of Madagascar), The Zec (Jack Reacher), Castorp (U.S. Version) (Kaze Tachinu), Himself (Cave of Forgotten Dreams), Himself (Life Itself)
Most productive collaborators: Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, Tom McGrath, Lee Child, Rosamund Pike

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Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting6$168,739,405$534,322,821$703,062,226
In Technical RolesDirector18$18,141,006$20,296,724$38,437,730
Executive Producer4$1,629,642$263,033$1,892,675

Limited and VOD Releases: Don’t Get Lost on the Way to the Theater

April 14th, 2017

The Lost City of Z

We have a bumper crop of limited releases this week, with several that are earning outstanding reviews. Unfortunately, this means there’s way too much competition for all of them to thrive. The Lost City of Z has the loudest buzz and I think that will give it the edge at the box office. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Sign Your Name. Here

April 7th, 2017

Your Name.

It is a busy week for limited releases with more than a dozen titles on this week’s list. This includes a quartet of releases with good reviews and loud buzz. Gifted’s reviews are good, but likely not good enough for limited release. That said, it has a shot at becoming a sleeper hit. Their Finest is a stellar British World War II dramedy, but the cast is more famous in the U.K. than here. Your Name is arguably the best film on this week’s list and it is a monster hit worldwide. However, it is playing in over 300 theaters and that might turn out to be too many. This leaves Colossal as the film with the best shot at mainstream success. Its reviews are not the best, but the combination of reviews, cast, buzz, and commercial viability is. More...

Home Market Releases for November 22nd, 2016

November 21st, 2016


This is the Tuesday before Black Friday / Cyber Monday. It is the last chance for a home market release to come out before one of the most important shopping weekends of the year. However, it also means the new releases coming out have to compete with massive sales and they will tend to get lost in the crowd. Overall, this is a negative for the new releases, which explains why there are not many big titles. The biggest release of the week is Kubo and the Two Strings, which is also one of the best. If you don’t have any of the Laika films, then the Box Set is easily worth picking up. However, I’m giving the Pick of the Week title to Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXVII, because I’m a huge fanboy.


Limited and VOD Releases: No Monster Releases

August 19th, 2016

Closet Monster

There are a number of interesting limited releases on this week’s list, including Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World, Morris from America, Imperium, and Closet Monster. Unfortunately, while all of them are earning good reviews, none of them are likely to be hits in theaters. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 17th, 2015

March 17th, 2015

It's a busy / short week on the home market. There are four first-run releases coming out this week, which is more than most weeks. However, it is also a very shallow week and we run into filler on the first page of Amazon's list of best-selling new releases. The best of the first-run releases is Top Five, but the DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack isn't quite Pick of the Week material. For that honor, we have to look to a smaller release, Song of the Sea on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 20th, 2014

May 19th, 2014

It's that time of year, the weakest time of year on the home market. This week there are four first-run releases, but only one of them earned overall positive reviews and only one of them did well at the box office. Fortunately, it was the same film, About Last Night. If you are a fan of romantic comedies, then the DVD or Blu-ray is worth picking up, but it is not Pick of the Week material. For Pick of the Week, I went with Nosferatu the Vampyre on Blu-ray. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Jack Reacher

May 5th, 2013

During the holiday season of 2011, Tom Cruise starred in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. I thought it was arguably the best action movie of the year and it became the stars biggest hit globally and his best domestic hit in a decade (not counting a cameo in Goldmember). A year later, Jack Reacher opened with barely a fraction of the buzz. I was one of the most Bullish analysts and I was only predicting $75 million. The film did pull in $80 million domestically, which is better than expected, but nothing compared to MI:IV. Is it really that much weaker? Or did it struggle in comparison, because it wasn't part of a popular franchise. More...

Limited Releases: Spoiler Alert

January 25th, 2013

It's a relatively slow week for limited releases, especially if you go by the number of theater counts we've received so far. We only have a theater count for one film, Knife Fight, which likely won't have a significant opening. The film I'm most looking forward to seeing is the spoilerific John Dies at the End, but there are multiple reasons why it won't thrive in theaters. If there is only one release on this week's like that will thrive in theaters, it's Yossi, but even then it has just a 50/50 chance. More...

2012 Preview: December

December 1st, 2012

November was a strong month and left 2012 with a very easy path to a new all time record. There was only one major miss the entire month, Rise of the Guardians, while The Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from wide release at the last minute, so it is a little hard to judge its box office performance. On the positive side, Skyfall might top original expectations by $100 million. All this December has to do is maintain pace with last December to ensure 2012 sets the new record. I would like to say that will be easy to do, but I really don't know. Last year, there was only one $200 million hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, plus a few others that reached $100 million, so the bar isn't set too high. This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to at least come close to $300 million. Some think it will earn more than $400 million. However, it could also be the last film to make $100 million till February. December is normally a very good month to release a film, but the release schedule is so messed up that it makes it very hard to predict what will happen. There appears to be just ten films opening truly wide this month (I'm getting mixed signals on a few of them). That's a really light schedule for a month and a light schedule tends to help maximize the box office potential for individual films. However, eight of these films open wide within a seven-day period. That's insane. There's no way all of those films will find an audience and there's a chance that due to the competition, none of them will. Let's hope the situation isn't as bad as that, but there are some serious reasons to be concerned for most new releases coming out this month. More...

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
4/7/2017 Salt And Fire   $0 $0 $0
10/30/2015 Freaks of Nature Voice of the Perfect Being  $0 $0 $0
9/11/2015 Die andere Heimat Alexander von Humboldt  $0 $0 $0
11/26/2014 Penguins of Madagascar Documentary Filmmaker  $83,350,911 $284,300,000 $367,650,911
7/4/2014 Life Itself Himself  $810,454 $8,791 $819,245
2/21/2014 Kaze Tachinu Castorp (U.S. Version)  $5,201,879 $112,722,821 $117,924,700
12/21/2012 Jack Reacher The Zec  $80,070,736 $137,300,000 $217,370,736
12/9/2011 Happy People: A Year in the Taiga Narrator  $338,987 $0 $338,987
4/29/2011 Cave of Forgotten Dreams Himself  $5,304,920 $4,064,709 $9,369,629
5/2/2008 Mister Lonely   $165,831 $0 $165,831
3/21/2008 The Grand The German  $115,879 $0 $115,879
Movies: 11Totals:$175,359,597$538,396,321$713,755,918
Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
4/14/2017 Queen of the Desert Director,
$0 $1,480,089 $1,480,089
4/7/2017 Salt And Fire Director,
$0 $0 $0
12/31/2016 Into the Inferno Director $0 $3,668 $3,668
8/19/2016 Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The … Director,
$594,912 $49,933 $644,845
7/17/2015 The Look of Silence Executive Producer $109,089 $223,621 $332,710
1/23/2015 Red Army Executive Producer $694,647 $25,042 $719,689
7/19/2013 The Act of Killing Executive Producer $486,919 $14,370 $501,289
12/9/2011 Happy People: A Year in the Taiga Director,
Executive Producer 
$338,987 $0 $338,987
11/11/2011 Into the Abyss Director $223,880 $326,765 $550,645
4/29/2011 Cave of Forgotten Dreams Director,
$5,304,920 $4,064,709 $9,369,629
12/31/2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Director $0 $0 $0
11/20/2009 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call Ne… Director $1,702,112 $10,711,837 $12,413,949
6/11/2008 Encounters at the End of the World Director $944,933 $307,680 $1,252,613
5/2/2008 Mister Lonely Director $165,831 $0 $165,831
7/4/2007 Rescue Dawn Director,
$5,490,423 $1,547,463 $7,037,886
3/23/2007 Cobra Verde Director $7,402 $0 $7,402
10/20/2006 Aguirre: The Wrath of God Director $12,609 $0 $12,609
8/12/2005 Grizzly Man Director $3,178,403 $1,326,048 $4,504,451
9/20/2002 Invincible Director $80,636 $0 $80,636
11/5/1999 Mein Liebster Feind Director $95,958 $478,532 $574,490
10/5/1979 Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht Director $0 $0 $0
Movies: 21Totals:$19,431,661$20,559,757$39,991,418