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Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg
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Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 44 films, with $12,155,012,477 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #5)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Jurassic World (Executive Producer), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Executive Producer), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Executive Producer), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Director), Transformers: Age of Extinction (Executive Producer)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Famous Director (Austin Powers in Goldmember), Popcorn-Eating Man (The Lost World: Jurassic Park), Himself (Paul), Man in electric wheelchair (Gremlins), Cook County Clerk (The Blues Brothers)
Most productive collaborators: Kathleen Kennedy, Tom Cruise, John Williams, Michael Kahn, Gerald R. Molen

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Acting Credits
  4. Technical Credits
Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an ActorCameo5$684,952,433$532,922,318$1,217,874,751
In Technical RolesExecutive Producer44$5,178,753,053$6,976,259,424$12,155,012,477
Story Creator4$190,520,824$95,400,000$285,920,824

Weekend Wrap-Up: New Releases were Hunted Down

October 26th, 2015

The Last Witch Hunter

Most of the new releases were not expected to do well at the box office. ... Almost no one saw this coming. We had some near-record bombs this weekend and even the best of the new releases were terrible. This left The Martian in first place; in fact, the top three spots and four of the top five were held by holdovers. The best new release, The Last Witch Hunter, barely cracked the $10 million mark. The overall box office fell 14% from last weekend to $105 million. This was also 9.5% lower than the same weekend last year. Midweek numbers were better this year than last year, so the year-over-year actually improved and 2015 now has a 5.2% lead over 2014 at $8.60 billion to $8.18 billion. More...

Weekend Estimates: Martian Avoids the Wreckage

October 25th, 2015

The Martian

Dismal is about the politest word that can be applied to the box office performance of new releases this weekend. None of the five films new in wide release managed to make the top three on the chart, and two of them didn’t even crack the top ten. That leaves The Martian and Goosebumps to battle it out for first place, and a fourth-week decline of just 25% for The Martian looks virtually certain to give it the win. Fox projects it will make $15.9 million for a total by the end of the weekend of $166 million or so. Its performance to date falls neatly between that of Interstellar and Gravity, which puts the sci-fi adventure on course for a final domestic box office of $230 million (see full comps here). More...

Weekend Estimates: Goosebumps Set to Win Tight Race

October 18th, 2015


A slightly-softer-than-expected (but still good) opening for Goosebumps will be enough to take the film to the top of the box office chart this weekend, according to studio projections released on Sunday morning. Sony expects the family horror adventure to come in with $23.5 million on opening weekend, which is a solid enough start, and sets the film up for a good run, helped by strong reviews and Halloween coming up in a couple of weeks. The Martian will land in second with a projected $21.5 million as of this morning, a slightly steeper-than-expected 42% decline from last weekend, and a total to date around $144 million. In general, we’re looking at quite a few steep drops from last weekend thanks to an unfavorable comparison with the Columbus Day long weekend and a batch of new releases. More...

2015 Preview: October

October 1st, 2015

The Martian

September ended on a record note with the debut of Hotel Transylvania 2. Additionally, there was great depth and 2015's lead over 2014 grew to nearly $500 million. How do things look going forward? The month starts out with The Martian, which should have no trouble becoming the biggest hit of the month and might even top $200 million. On the other hand, no other film is expected to get to $100 million. There's only one or two that will even come close. Fortunately, last October was very similar with one $100 million hit, Gone Girl, while two other films came close, Annabelle and Fury. It looks like it will be up to the depth films from both years to determine which year comes out on top. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

December 1st, 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey came out in August and was counter-programming, to be generous. It opened in barely more than 2,000 theaters and only managed fourth place during its opening weekend. On the other hand, its multiplier was 4.94, which is incredible compared to the average wide release, while it ended up a solid midlevel hit. Obviously the word-of-mouth was strong, but now that it is on the home market, will those who missed it in theaters want to check it out? And will those who saw it in theaters want to pick it up? More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 14th, 2014

October 14th, 2014

In some ways, it is a great week on the home market, as there are several excellent releases worth picking up. In other ways, it is an even better week, because there are so few releases and almost no filler. The only downside is trying to select a release for Pick of the Week, as there are a number of competitors. One of the biggest releases of the week is X-Men: Days of Future Past on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and it is also one of the best. Other contenders include Mr. Peabody & Sherman on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Combo Pack, Fargo: Season One on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Witching and Bitching on DVD. Strangely, I'm still waiting for the screeners for all four films. In the end, I literally rolled a dice to determine the winner and it was X-Men: Days of Future Past. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 6th, 2014

May 6th, 2014

It's a short list this week, because there's almost nothing worth talking about. The best-selling new release according to Amazon is Veronica Mars, while the first page of new releases is dominated by Godzilla titles, and not even good Godzilla titles. There are not a lot of new releases that are contenders for Pick of the Week, but Still Mine on DVD is the best of what is out there. Meanwhile, another Canadian release, Republic of Doyle: Season 1 earns an honorable mention and is the Puck of the Week. More...

Featured Blu-ray review - The Terminal

May 5th, 2014

The Terminal came out in 2004, just after Tom Hanks' record-breaking run of seven $100 million hits in a row came to an end. The streak ended with The Ladykillers, but many thought The Terminal would start a new streak. It didn't. Now that it has been ten years since it came out, does it feel like it underperformed at the box office. Or was this never going to be a big hit with moviegoers? More...

Analysis: DiCaprio and Lasseter Big Gainers in February's Bankability Index

February 20th, 2014

Box office powerhouse Frozen has propelled head of Disney Animation (and Pixar) John Lasseter into 11th place in The Numbers Bankability Index for February. The Index measures the value people generate in the industry, and Lasseter certainly deserves his place towards the top of the chart, having built Pixar into an animation powerhouse, and rebuilt Disney's in-house animation studio so effectively that it's close to knocking Pixar off its perch as the industry leader. More...

Analysis: That Music You Hear? It's Probably By Hans Zimmer

September 22nd, 2013

Top-grossing people in technical roles

Last week I unveiled our new People Records section and talked about some of top performers across different types of acting, from the blockbusting superstars to the unsung heroes, to the cameo kings and queens. We've added some more charts to the record section this week, this time covering technical roles, and once more there's a lot of data to be mined. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Lincoln

April 8th, 2013

Lincoln was an Oscar contender right from the very beginning. Steven Spielberg directing a movie about Abraham Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Of course it was an Oscar contender. Lincoln earned twelve Oscar nominations and earned two wins. Did the film deserve these awards? Or did it coast on reputation alone? More...

2013 Preview: April

April 1st, 2013

March is over and while it is a little too soon to tell where a few films will end their box office runs, it is clear Oz The Great and Powerful won the month. Some films beat expectations to become midlevel hits, like The Call, but it wasn't a great month at the box office, especially compared to last year. This month, there are only seven wide releases spread over four weeks. Only one of those films, Oblivion, has a shot at being anything more than a midlevel hit. None of the other six releases look like they will come close to $100 million, but none of them look like obvious bombs either. (Although I do have my worries when it comes to Scary Movie 5.) Last April was even weaker with no film earning $100 million, although Think Like a Man did come relatively close. We might actually see growth on the year-over-year comparison. We'd better, because 2013 is behind 2012's pace by a huge margin at the moment and things will get worse when May arrives. More...

2013 Awards Season: Argo Unites a Divided Night at the Oscars

February 25th, 2013

Argo was the big winner at the Oscars last night, although arguably, there were no big winners, but a lot of films that shared in the glory. There were also some pretty interesting twists and a few events that stand out. Due to ongoing computer difficulties, I was unable to live-blog the Oscars this year. I will still be giving my reactions on a category by category basis, but not in the order they were handed out. More...

Argo Predicted as Best Picture, Awards to Be Spread Far and Wide

February 24th, 2013

Voting is closed in our annual Predict the Academy Awards contest, and Argo is the clear favorite to pick up the Best Picture award, based on the opinion of nearly 500 entrants. Ben Affleck's thriller took an impressive 80% of the vote, more than six times the score of Lincoln, which took second place in the poll. Coincidentally, the contest has predicted the winner of the Best Picture Oscar 80% of the time in the 15 years we've been running it. Quite a few other categories have strong favorites, but there are also some really close calls, and it looks as though the awards will be shared by several films tonight.

- Votes in Each Category
- Predicted Winners in Each Category More...

2013 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Director

February 22nd, 2013

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we will look at the Best Director, which is one of the stranger races this year. Before Awards Season began, I thought Kathryn Bigelow would be the favorite. She wasn't even nominated. The evidence suggests Ben Affleck will win. But again, he wasn't even nominated. So with the top two choices not even on the list of nominees, we are looking at the best of the rest. More...

2013 Awards Season: Argo Adds to Awards Season Haul

February 3rd, 2013

Directors Guild of America Awards were this weekend and the big winner shouldn't surprise too many people, assuming they've been paying attention. Argo won yet again and given this, Ben Affleck should be the favorite to win an Oscar at the end of the month... except he wasn't even nominated. More...

2013 Awards Season: DGA Diverge From Oscars

January 14th, 2013

The Directors Guild of America handed out their nominations for Feature Films last week and Documentaries today. No, I have no idea why they split up their announcements. Usually, there's a lot of overlap between the DGAs and the Oscars, but that's not the case this year, so we again have some surprises. More...

2013 Awards Season: Lincoln Oversees a Divided Group of Nominees

January 10th, 2013

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there's certainly a lot to talk about. There are some nominations that should surprise no one. For instance, Lincoln led the way with twelve nominations, and it has been seen as the major contender for a long time. However, there were also a few surprise nominations and some major snubs. Here are the list of nominations, and some reactions. More...

Awards Season: Lincoln Shows a United Front at the Golden Globes

December 13th, 2012

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Catch Me If You Can

December 3rd, 2012

Catch Me If You Can opened on Christmas day 2002, and while it was never able to reach top spot on the box office chart (a little film called Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was blocking it) it did become a huge hit. Ten year later, it is coming out on Blu-ray. Has the film aged well? Is the Blu-ray worth the upgrade? More...

2012 Preview: November

November 1st, 2012

October was pretty good with a few films really crushing expectations, which made up for the few duds that opened at the end. 2012 gained about $100 million over 2011 during the month of October. We really needed this success and hopefully November will continue this push forward. However, November is a bit of a weird month. There are five weekends, but only eight true wide releases, half of which open on the Thanksgiving long weekend, leaving the other four weeks with just one true wide release each. There are a couple others opening in the semi-wide level and another opening in limited release with a planned wide release, but even so, it is not a busy month. That said, it is a case of quality over quantity. There are four films that are pretty much guaranteed to reach $100 million, one of which should reach $300 million. By comparison, last November only produced one $100 million film. Granted, that film was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which made nearly $300 million, which is a huge number no matter how you look at it. But this year, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 should top that number and with the other $100 million movies pulling in more than $400 million combined, it should be a very profitable month at the box office. More...

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
8/16/2013 Drew: The Man Behind the Poster Himself  $3,078 $0 $3,078
3/18/2011 Paul Himself  $37,412,945 $63,749,161 $101,162,106
7/25/2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Famous Director  $213,117,789 $79,620,837 $292,738,626
5/22/1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Popcorn-Eating Man  $229,074,524 $389,552,320 $618,626,844
6/8/1984 Gremlins Man in electric wheelchair  $148,117,285 $0 $148,117,285
6/20/1980 The Blues Brothers Cook County Clerk  $57,229,890 $0 $57,229,890
Movies: 6Totals:$684,955,511$532,922,318$1,217,877,829
Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
6/22/2018 Jurassic World Sequel Executive Producer $0 $0 $0
12/15/2017 Ready Player One Producer,
$0 $0 $0
7/1/2016 The BFG Producer,
$0 $0 $0
10/16/2015 Bridge of Spies Producer,
$65,698,276 $20,400,000 $86,098,276
6/12/2015 Jurassic World Executive Producer $652,198,010 $1,016,945,906 $1,669,143,916
5/22/2015 Poltergeist Story Creator $47,425,125 $48,400,000 $95,825,125
5/5/2015 Duel Director $0 $0 $0
8/8/2014 The Hundred-Foot Journey Producer $54,235,441 $40,035,047 $94,270,488
6/27/2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Executive Producer $245,439,076 $858,600,000 $1,104,039,076
11/9/2012 Lincoln Producer,
$182,207,973 $91,138,308 $273,346,281
5/25/2012 Men in Black 3 Executive Producer $179,020,854 $475,192,631 $654,213,485
12/25/2011 War Horse Producer,
$79,883,359 $76,932,170 $156,815,529
12/21/2011 The Adventures of Tintin Producer,
$77,591,831 $296,402,120 $373,993,951
10/7/2011 Real Steel Executive Producer $85,463,309 $178,417,032 $263,880,341
7/29/2011 Cowboys and Aliens Executive Producer $100,240,551 $75,669,764 $175,910,315
6/29/2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Executive Producer $352,390,543 $771,400,000 $1,123,790,543
6/9/2011 Super 8 Producer $127,004,179 $130,968,566 $257,972,745
12/22/2010 True Grit Executive Producer $171,050,328 $81,033,923 $252,084,251
10/15/2010 Hereafter Executive Producer $32,746,941 $72,500,000 $105,246,941
12/11/2009 The Lovely Bones Executive Producer $44,028,238 $50,780,216 $94,808,454
6/24/2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fa… Executive Producer $402,111,870 $434,407,829 $836,519,699
9/26/2008 Eagle Eye Executive Producer $101,440,743 $76,625,826 $178,066,569
5/22/2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom o… Director $317,023,851 $469,534,294 $786,558,145
7/2/2007 Transformers Executive Producer $319,071,806 $389,026,399 $708,098,205
12/20/2006 Letters from Iwo Jima Producer $13,756,082 $54,111,916 $67,867,998
10/20/2006 Flags of Our Fathers Producer $33,602,376 $30,055,565 $63,657,941
7/21/2006 Monster House Executive Producer $73,661,010 $67,606,360 $141,267,370
12/23/2005 Munich Producer,
$47,379,090 $84,113,682 $131,492,772
12/9/2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Producer $57,010,853 $104,500,000 $161,510,853
10/28/2005 The Legend of Zorro Executive Producer $45,356,386 $95,900,000 $141,256,386
6/29/2005 War of the Worlds Director $234,280,354 $372,556,181 $606,836,535
6/18/2004 The Terminal Director,
$77,073,959 $141,600,000 $218,673,959
12/25/2002 Catch Me if You Can Producer,
$164,606,800 $191,005,491 $355,612,291
7/3/2002 Men in Black 2 Executive Producer $190,418,803 $251,349,000 $441,767,803
6/21/2002 Minority Report Director $132,024,714 $226,800,000 $358,824,714
7/18/2001 Jurassic Park III Executive Producer $181,166,115 $184,733,885 $365,900,000
6/29/2001 Artificial Intelligence: AI Screenwriter,
$78,616,689 $157,283,311 $235,900,000
2/5/1999 The Last Days Executive Producer $419,762 $0 $419,762
7/24/1998 Saving Private Ryan Director,
$216,119,491 $268,700,000 $484,819,491
7/17/1998 The Mask of Zorro Executive Producer $93,771,072 $139,871,255 $233,642,327
5/8/1998 Deep Impact Executive Producer $140,300,426 $209,000,000 $349,300,426
12/12/1997 Amistad Director,
$44,175,394 $14,037,559 $58,212,953
7/1/1997 Men in Black Executive Producer $250,147,615 $337,100,000 $587,247,615
5/22/1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Director $229,074,524 $389,552,320 $618,626,844
5/10/1996 Twister Executive Producer $241,688,385 $254,011,615 $495,700,000
12/22/1995 Balto Executive Producer $11,249,665 $0 $11,249,665
5/26/1995 Casper Executive Producer $100,237,375 $181,971,806 $282,209,181
12/15/1993 Schindler's List Producer,
$95,494,598 $225,298,388 $320,792,986
11/24/1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story Executive Producer $9,315,576 $0 $9,315,576
6/11/1993 Jurassic Park Director $395,708,305 $643,104,279 $1,038,812,584
12/11/1991 Hook Director $109,921,554 $181,200,000 $291,121,554
11/22/1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Producer $20,218,664 $0 $20,218,664
7/18/1990 Arachnophobia Executive Producer $53,208,180 $0 $53,208,180
6/15/1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch Executive Producer $41,476,097 $0 $41,476,097
5/24/1990 Back to the Future Part III Executive Producer $87,666,629 $156,033,371 $243,700,000
3/9/1990 Joe Versus the Volcano Executive Producer $38,169,803 $0 $38,169,803
12/22/1989 Always Director,
$41,843,630 $30,300,000 $72,143,630
11/22/1989 Back to the Future Part II Executive Producer $109,116,271 $213,549,998 $322,666,269
10/27/1989 Dad Executive Producer $19,345,975 $0 $19,345,975
5/24/1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Director $195,705,225 $277,000,000 $472,705,225
11/18/1988 The Land Before Time Executive Producer $48,092,846 $33,880,000 $81,972,846
6/22/1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Executive Producer $151,931,137 $197,387,508 $349,318,645
12/18/1987 *batteries not included Executive Producer $32,945,797 $0 $32,945,797
12/9/1987 Empire of the Sun Director,
$22,238,696 $0 $22,238,696
7/3/1987 Innerspace Executive Producer $19,816,619 $0 $19,816,619
11/21/1986 An American Tail Executive Producer $47,483,002 $0 $47,483,002
3/26/1986 The Money Pit Executive Producer $37,499,651 $0 $37,499,651
12/18/1985 The Color Purple Director,
$93,589,701 $0 $93,589,701
12/4/1985 Young Sherlock Holmes Executive Producer $18,106,539 $0 $18,106,539
7/3/1985 Back to the Future Executive Producer $212,259,762 $173,265,100 $385,524,862
6/7/1985 The Goonies Story Creator,
Executive Producer 
$61,389,680 $0 $61,389,680
6/8/1984 Gremlins Executive Producer $148,117,285 $0 $148,117,285
5/23/1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of… Director $175,083,524 $153,200,000 $328,283,524
6/24/1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie Producer,
$29,450,919 $0 $29,450,919
6/11/1982 ET: The Extra-Terrestrial Director,
$434,949,459 $357,854,772 $792,804,231
6/4/1982 Poltergeist Story Creator,
$74,706,019 $47,000,000 $121,706,019
9/18/1981 Continental Divide Executive Producer $15,578,000 $0 $15,578,000
6/12/1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Director $248,159,971 $141,766,000 $389,925,971
7/18/1980 Used Cars Executive Producer $11,715,321 $0 $11,715,321
12/14/1979 1941 Director $34,175,000 $60,700,000 $94,875,000
1/1/1978 I Wanna Hold Your Hand Executive Producer $1,900,000 $0 $1,900,000
11/16/1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Screenwriter,
$166,000,000 $171,700,000 $337,700,000
6/20/1975 Jaws Director $260,000,000 $210,700,000 $470,700,000
4/5/1974 The Sugarland Express Story Creator,
$7,000,000 $0 $7,000,000
Movies: 84Totals:$9,861,788,679$12,684,209,393$22,545,998,072