|As an Actor||Leading||17||$705,979,355||$954,053,049||$1,660,032,404|
|Lead Ensemble Member||7||$774,045,280||$1,344,749,958||$2,118,795,238|
|In Technical Roles||Director||2||$11,273||$0||$11,273|
|Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 64 films, with $6,286,236,557 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #119)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Odin (Thor: Ragnarok), Odin (Thor: The Dark World), Odin (Thor), Sir Edmund Burton (Transformers: The Last Knight), Narrator (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Slipstream (Director), August (Director)|
|Most productive collaborators: Chris Hemsworth, Kevin Feige, Natalie Portman, Ray Winstone, Ridley Scott|
November 1st, 2017
October wasn’t a good month; then again, outside of a few bright spots, the overall box office has been a disaster since early summer. I would love to say November will turn things around, but, while it should be better, in this case “better” is a relative term. There are two films on this list with a chance at $300 million, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, while Coco is nearly a guarantee for $200 million. By comparison, last November had a similar result with three films earning between $200 million and $300 million, but none topping that figure. This means, if Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League both get to that milestone, then 2017 could cut into 2016’s lead during the month. It will still take a minor miracle for 2017 to catch up in the end, but just cutting the lead in half by the end of December would be a reason to celebrate at this point.
January 19th, 2017
December 16th, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story scared away most wide releases and limited releases. That’s not to say there is nothing on this week’s list worth checking out. In fact, Fences was bumped up a week before its wide expansion on Christmas day. That is the only film on this list likely to have any presence at the box office.
July 27th, 2014
Noah was a risky movie to make. It is a Bible Epic, which is to say, it uses a Bible story to tell an epic movie, as opposed to a faith-based film aimed at churchgoers. It was bound to offend that target audience, while being based on the Bible was bound to turn off those who get annoyed at those who get offended by films like Noah. Should either of these audiences give the film a second chance? Will it appeal to churchgoers? Is it an entertaining film, even for those who don't believe?
May 5th, 2014
I don't think it is unfair to call Amistad Oscar-bait. It is a film based on a powerful real life story that came out in theaters in December, right in the heart of Oscar season. However, it didn't live up to expectations, either with critics or at the box office. It did pick up four Oscar nominations, but it failed to convert any of those into wins. Then again, "Not quite good enough for Oscars." is hardly a damning statement. Was the movie hurt by unrealistic expectations? Has it aged well in the years since it came out? And is the Blu-ray worth picking up?
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.
February 17th, 2014
Thor came out in 2011 and cost $150 million to make. However, it barely made a profit. In fact, had it been a stand-alone movie, it would have very likely lost money. Had it not been for The Avengers boosting the home market numbers, it might have lost money. On the other hand, Thor: The Dark World cost $170 million to make and pulled in 40% more at the worldwide box office. Is it also 40% better? Or did it benefit from the big picture The Avengers movie universe has pulled together?
November 23rd, 2013
Red opened in the fall of 2010 and became a surprise hit. When you think of action films, you generally don't think of retirees. The combined age of the four actors who played the retired secrets agents was 250 years old when the movie came out. But because the film was something different, it won over critics and moviegoers. Needless to say, they started working on a sequel soon after. However, when Red 2 came out, it wasn't as successful at the box office or with critics. Is it really weaker? Is it so weak that it isn't worth checking out if you liked the first one?
March 11th, 2013
Hitchcock opened in limited release earning an per theater average of nearly $17,000 in 17 theaters. It went on to make more than $6 million in total, including more than $1 million during its biggest weekend. This is an impressive run compared to most limited releases. However, Hitchcock was expected to be a player during Awards Season and many thought it would be able to expand wide, or at least semi-wide. Granted, there were a lot of Oscar hopefuls that opened during the same time period. Did this one just get lost in the crowd? Or was there a reason it missed admittedly high expectations?
November 23rd, 2012
It's a pretty light week for limited releases. Hitchcock is by far the biggest release, but its reviews are only mixed, so its box office chances are not strong. On the other hand, The Central Park Five is earning reviews that are strong enough that it should thrive, at least in limited release. It is very rare for a documentary to expand wide, even under the best of circumstances.
|6/21/2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||Sir Edmund Burton||$130,168,683||$473,800,000||$603,968,683|
|3/6/2015||Kidnapping Mr. Heineken||Freddy Heineken||$0||$2,633,527||$2,633,527|
|11/8/2013||Thor: The Dark World||Odin||$206,362,140||$438,240,376||$644,602,516|
|7/19/2013||RED 2||Edward Bradley||$53,262,560||$83,900,000||$137,162,560|
|1/28/2011||The Rite||Father Lucas Trevant||$33,047,633||$64,096,354||$97,143,987|
|9/22/2010||You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger||Alfie||$3,247,816||$31,000,000||$34,247,816|
|4/16/2010||The City of Your Final Destination||Adam||$493,296||$860,000||$1,353,296|
|2/12/2010||The Wolfman||Sir John Talbot||$62,189,884||$80,444,474||$142,634,358|
|7/13/2007||Shortcut to Happiness||Daniel Webster||$0||$0||$0|
|9/22/2006||All the King's Men||Judge Irwin||$7,221,458||$2,300,000||$9,521,458|
|12/7/2005||The World's Fastest Indian||Burt Munro||$5,128,124||$13,863,164||$18,991,288|
|10/31/2003||The Human Stain||Coleman Silk||$5,381,227||$13,998,160||$19,379,387|
|10/4/2002||Red Dragon||Hannibal Lecter||$92,955,420||$113,500,000||$206,455,420|
|6/7/2002||Bad Company||Gaylord Oakes||$30,157,016||$39,000,000||$69,157,016|
|9/28/2001||Hearts in Atlantis||Ted Brautigan||$24,185,781||$6,700,000||$30,885,781|
|2/9/2001||Hannibal||Dr. Hannibal Lecter||$165,092,266||$185,008,014||$350,100,280|
|11/17/2000||How the Grinch Stole Christmas||Narrator||$260,044,825||$85,096,578||$345,141,403|
|6/4/1999||Instinct||Dr. Ethan Powell||$34,105,207||$0||$34,105,207|
|11/13/1998||Meet Joe Black||William Parrish||$44,650,003||$0||$44,650,003|
|7/17/1998||The Mask of Zorro||Zorro/Don Diego de la Vega||$93,828,745||$139,871,255||$233,700,000|
|12/12/1997||Amistad||John Quincy Adams||$44,212,592||$14,037,559||$58,250,151|
|9/26/1997||The Edge||Charles Morse||$27,799,255||$6,300,000||$34,099,255|
|9/20/1996||Surviving Picasso||Pablo Picasso||$1,993,899||$0||$1,993,899|
|9/1/1995||The Innocent||Bob Glass||$553,454||$0||$553,454|
|12/23/1994||Legends of the Fall||Ludlow||$66,502,573||$94,000,000||$160,502,573|
|10/28/1994||The Road to Wellville||Dr. John Harvey Kellogg||$6,487,257||$0||$6,487,257|
|12/29/1993||Shadowlands||C.S. "Jack" Lewis||$25,842,377||$0||$25,842,377|
|11/5/1993||The Remains of the Day||James Stevens, Butler||$22,954,968||$41,000,000||$63,954,968|
|1/1/1993||The Trial||The Priest||$33,000||$0||$33,000|
|11/13/1992||Bram Stoker's Dracula||Prof. Abraham Von Helsing||$82,522,790||$133,339,902||$215,862,692|
|3/13/1992||Howards End||Henry J. Wilcox||$26,124,872||$193,071||$26,317,943|
|2/14/1991||The Silence of the Lambs||Hannibal Lecter||$130,726,716||$145,000,000||$275,726,716|
|10/5/1990||Desperate Hours||Tim Cornell||$2,624,629||$0||$2,624,629|
|8/18/1989||A Chorus of Disapproval||Dafydd Ap Llewellyn||$216,000||$0||$216,000|
|2/13/1987||84 Charing Cross Road||Frank P. Doel||$1,083,486||$0||$1,083,486|
|1/1/1987||The Good Father||Bill Hooper||$421,201||$0||$421,201|
|5/4/1984||The Bounty||Lieutenant William Bligh, Captain||$8,613,462||$0||$8,613,462|
|12/1/1980||A Change of Seasons||Adam Evans||$16,400,000||$0||$16,400,000|
|10/3/1980||The Elephant Man||Dr. Frederick Treves||$26,010,864||$0||$26,010,864|
|11/8/1978||Magic||Corky/Voice of Fats the Dummy||$23,800,000||$0||$23,800,000|
|6/15/1977||A Bridge Too Far||Lieutenant Colonel John Frost||$50,800,000||$0||$50,800,000|
|10/30/1968||The Lion in Winter||Richard the Lionhearted||$22,295,024||$0||$22,295,024|