|As an Actor||Supporting||14||$1,513,608,695||$3,273,152,779||$4,786,761,474|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$21,569,509||$1,316,327||$22,885,836|
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 14 films, with $4,786,761,474 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #98)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Jakande (Furious 7), Korath (Guardians of the Galaxy), Drago Bludvist (How to Train Your Dragon 2), Chief Mbonga (The Legend of Tarzan), Juba (Gladiator)|
|Most productive collaborators: James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Alexander Skarsgård|
|Born: April 24th, 1964 (53 years old)|
October 1st, 2017
September destroyed the previous September monthly record for total box office take, with $800 million or so (we won’t know the exact figure until after the weekend), which tops 2016’s record of $616 million. Granted, this is almost entirely due to It’s record breaking run, and the rest of the month was merely average. Kingsman: The Golden Circle was the only other film to come close to $100 million. October doesn’t look any better, as far as depth is concerned. Blade Runner 2049 is widely expected to be the biggest hit of the month, but it is the only film expected to reach $100 million domestically. Boo 2 should be the second biggest hit of the month, while there are only a couple of other films that have a shot at $50 million. Part of the problem is the level of competition, as there are 16 films opening during the four October weekends. (Needless to say, some of the predictions below will be a little short, as there’s not much to say about a film that will barely open in the top ten and disappear two weeks later.) That’s way too many and most will be buried by the competition. Last October was a flop, as no film earned more than $100 million at the box office. There were a few films that came close, including the original Boo! movie. As long as Blade Runner 2049 matches expectations, 2017 should win the year-over-year comparison by a small margin. If we get one surprise hit, then 2017 has a real shot at closing the gap with 2016 by a significant margin. I choose to be cautiously optimistic.
September 21st, 2017
October 18th, 2015
The Vatican Tapes is a horror film that includes elements of found footage. (It was actually originally written to be entirely found footage, but that was changed early in the production.) This genre is well off its peak in terms of popularity and even the fact that it had some connection to found footage was enough to kill its buzz. It also opened in "select cities", which is a terrible release strategy in general, and especially bad for horror films. It opened below the Mendoza Line (earning less that $2,000 per theater) before disappearing from theaters. Is it really that bad? Or did it struggle because of genre overload?
September 13th, 2015
Furious 7 is the latest in the Fast and the Furious franchise. The films started out okay, but critical reception fell quickly. It wasn't until Fast Five when the filmmakers realized they were making, in essence, live-action cartoons that they truly found their voices. This focus helped the box office, so much so that Furious 7 became just the third film to earn more than $1 billion internationally and just the fourth film to earn $1.5 billion worldwide. Is the quality up to the same level as its box office? The odds of that are nearly zero. However, is it at least as entertaining as its box office numbers would indicate?
December 8th, 2014
At the moment, Guardians of the Galaxy is the highest grossing film released in 2014. (Mockingjay, Part 1 still has a chance of catching it, depending on how well it does over Christmas). It is also one the the best-reviewed wide releases of 2014. As a fan of Marvel Comics in general and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in particular, I had very high hopes for this film. Was the buzz warranted? Or was this a case of too much hype?
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?
|10/20/2017||Same Kind of Different as Me||Denver Moore||$6,354,910||$0||$6,354,910|
|5/23/2017||I am Heath Ledger||$0||$491,249||$491,249|
|5/12/2017||King Arthur: Legend of the Sword||Sir Bedivere||$39,175,066||$100,837,542||$140,012,608|
|7/1/2016||The Legend of Tarzan||Chief Mbonga||$126,643,061||$222,500,000||$349,143,061|
|7/24/2015||The Vatican Tapes||Vicar Imani||$1,784,763||$13,214,875||$14,999,638|
|8/1/2014||Guardians of the Galaxy||Korath||$333,172,112||$437,879,223||$771,051,335|
|6/13/2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Drago Bludvist||$177,002,924||$437,583,346||$614,586,270|
|3/14/2008||Never Back Down||Jean Roqua||$24,850,922||$14,468,879||$39,319,801|
|12/8/2006||Blood Diamond||Solomon Vandy||$57,377,916||$114,000,000||$171,377,916|
|7/25/2003||Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle o…||Masai Warrior||$65,653,758||$91,439,185||$157,092,943|
|9/20/2002||The Four Feathers||Abou Fatma||$18,306,166||$11,576,479||$29,882,645|
|6/26/1992||Unlawful Entry||Prisoner on Bench||$57,138,719||$0||$57,138,719|