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Sean Penn

Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 48 films, with $1,488,313,466 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,403)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Sean O'Connell (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Jimmy Markum (Mystic River), Tobin Keller (The Interpreter), Mickey Cohen (Gangster Squad), Harvey Milk (Milk)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Into the Wild (Director), Into the Wild (Screenwriter), Into the Wild (Producer), The Gunman (Screenwriter), The Gunman (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Ruben Fleischer, Ben Stiller, Esther Scott, Will Beall, Clint Eastwood

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Box Office
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As an Actor(Unclassified)31$367,753,082$184,037,988$551,791,070
Lead Ensemble Member3$93,051,415$122,388,086$215,439,501
In Technical RolesDirector6$39,113,115$48,154,806$87,267,921

2015 Preview: March

March 1st, 2015

Cinderella poster

February was strong thanks to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Fifty Shades of Grey, both of which beat expectations. This March could actually be even better, as there are three or four films that have a decent shot at earning $100 million or more. The top film will likely be Cinderella, which has a real shot at $200 million. Insurgent will almost assuredly get beyond the $100 million mark, while Get Hard, Home, and perhaps Chappie will also get to the century mark. Last March, there were four $100 million hits, led by Divergent, which pulled in $150 million. While this March should be better than February, I'm not sure it will be better than last March. I don't think March 2015 will be much worse than last year, but I think its percentage lead will be chipped away at by the end of the month. More...

Analysis: March Bankability and the Top Dramatic Actors

April 1st, 2014

In the March update to our Bankability Index, our list of industry influencers increases to 14 people and we examine the top actors and actresses in dramatic roles in movies.

Overall, March's chart reflects the relatively modest start to the year at the box office. Samuel L. Jackson moves back into second place in the overall chart thanks to his appearance in RoboCop, Hans Zimmer was helped by his composing for Winter's Tale and Son of God (and will be further helped in April's chart through his involvement in Divergent–does the man ever sleep?). Leonardo DiCaprio continues to benefit from his producing roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, Out of the Furnace and Runner Runner. Finally, Frozen helps John Lasseter solidify his 11th place in the chart.

This month's new entry is Morgan Freeman, who got a very handy boost from his voice role in The LEGO Movie, and was also helped by some work we did on our archive of credits. That combination takes him to 14th on the Worldwide Chart, up 3 places from February.

All this activity has kept us pretty busy, but it's our new Bankability feature that really kept us burning the midnight oil this month: The Bankability Index Casting and Hiring Guides... More...

2013 Preview: January

January 1st, 2013

December ended on a positive note with 2012 topping 2011 with a week to spare. Hopefully this will translate into strong box office numbers going forward. There are several January releases that actually look very interesting, but you always have to ask, if the films are as good as they look, why are they opening in January? The biggest hit on this list will likely not be a January release, but a limited release from December that is expanding wide in January. Zero Dark Thirty opened in limited release the Wednesday before Christmas and right away it got off to an incredible start. If it can turn some of its Awards Season nominations into wins, which seems very likely at this point, it should be the biggest hit of January. If it can earn some major Oscars, then it might crack $100 million. Unfortunately, no other film on this release list is likely to come close to the $100 million mark. Last January was unseasonably strong with three films opening with $20 million or more and four films finishing with $50 million or more. It is possible that none of the new releases will reach those relatively weak standards. More...

The Place for Limited Releases

November 2nd, 2012

There are not a lot of new releases on this week's list, and even fewer that have a good shot at earning some measure of mainstream success. This Must Be the Place is probably the best bet in that regard, but fans of B-movies should try and see Miami Connection. More...

Box Office
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12/31/2017 Flag Day   $0 $0 $0
4/17/2015 The Human Experiment Narrator  $0 $0 $0
3/20/2015 The Gunman James Terrier  $10,664,749 $2,979,543 $13,644,292
12/25/2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Sean O'Connell  $58,236,838 $130,300,000 $188,536,838
1/11/2013 Gangster Squad Mickey Cohen  $46,000,903 $58,100,000 $104,100,903
11/2/2012 This Must Be the Place Cheyenne  $142,242 $11,649,818 $11,792,060
5/27/2011 The Tree of Life Jack  $13,305,665 $48,416,161 $61,721,826
11/5/2010 Fair*Game Joseph Wilson  $9,540,691 $12,252,214 $21,792,905
2/27/2009 Crossing Over Chris Farrell  $4,462,332 $152,012 $4,614,344
11/26/2008 Milk Harvey Milk  $31,841,299 $25,452,072 $57,293,371
10/17/2008 What Just Happened Himself  $1,090,947 $1,321,176 $2,412,123
3/14/2008 War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundi… Narrator  $0 $0 $0
9/22/2006 All the King's Men Willie Stark  $7,221,458 $2,300,000 $9,521,458
4/22/2005 The Interpreter Tobin Keller  $72,515,360 $90,045,676 $162,561,036
12/29/2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Samuel Byck  $708,776 $431,275 $1,140,051
10/29/2004 It's All About Love Marciello  $5,494 $0 $5,494
4/21/2004 This So-Called Disaster Himself  $45,195 $0 $45,195
11/21/2003 21 Grams Paul  $16,248,701 $43,418,924 $59,667,625
10/8/2003 Mystic River Jimmy Markum  $90,135,191 $66,686,829 $156,822,020
11/1/2002 The Weight of Water Thomas Janes  $102,622 $0 $102,622
4/26/2002 Dogtown and Z-Boys Narrator  $1,293,295 $307,271 $1,600,566
12/28/2001 I Am Sam Sam Dawson  $40,270,895 $52,271,523 $92,542,418
12/22/2000 Before Night Falls Cuco Sanchez  $4,221,817 $4,281,642 $8,503,459
5/5/2000 Up at the Villa Rowley Flint  $2,927,319 $806,952 $3,734,271
12/3/1999 Sweet and Lowdown Emmett Ray  $4,196,621 $0 $4,196,621
10/29/1999 Being John Malkovich Himself  $22,858,926 $9,523,455 $32,382,381
7/2/1999 Summerspell Buddy  $603 $0 $603
12/25/1998 Hurlyburly Eddie  $1,796,328 $0 $1,796,328
12/23/1998 The Thin Red Line Welsh, Edward, EM, 1st Sgt  $36,385,763 $61,308,543 $97,694,306
12/12/1997 Hugo Pool Leprechaun  $3,620 $0 $3,620
10/3/1997 U-Turn Bobby Cooper  $6,678,249 $0 $6,678,249
9/12/1997 The Game Conrad  $48,265,581 $32,104,389 $80,369,970
8/27/1997 She's So Lovely Eddie  $7,221,836 $0 $7,221,836
12/29/1995 Dead Man Walking Matthew Poncelet  $39,379,757 $43,701,011 $83,080,768
11/10/1993 Carlito's Way David Kleinfeld  $35,577,952 $0 $35,577,952
9/14/1990 State of Grace Terry Noonan  $1,911,542 $0 $1,911,542
12/15/1989 We're No Angels Jim  $10,555,348 $0 $10,555,348
8/18/1989 Casualties of War Meserve  $18,468,714 $0 $18,468,714
4/15/1988 Colors Officer Danny McGavin  $46,616,067 $0 $46,616,067
1/1/1988 Judgment in Berlin Guenther X  $229,000 $0 $229,000
8/29/1986 Shanghai Surprise Glendon Wasey  $2,315,000 $0 $2,315,000
4/18/1986 At Close Range Brad Whitewood Jr.  $2,347,000 $0 $2,347,000
1/25/1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Daulton lee  $17,130,087 $0 $17,130,087
3/23/1984 Racing with the Moon Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou  $5,384,756 $0 $5,384,756
2/17/1984 Crackers Dillard  $58,689 $0 $58,689
3/25/1983 Bad Boys Mick O'Brien  $9,190,819 $0 $9,190,819
8/13/1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Jeff Spicoli  $27,092,880 $0 $27,092,880
12/9/1981 Taps Alex Dwyer  $35,856,053 $0 $35,856,053
Movies: 48Totals:$790,502,980$697,810,486$1,488,313,466
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12/31/2017 Flag Day Director,
$0 $0 $0
12/31/2015 The Last Face Director $0 $0 $0
3/20/2015 The Gunman Producer,
$10,664,749 $2,979,543 $13,644,292
9/21/2007 Into the Wild Producer,
$18,354,356 $38,468,604 $56,822,960
1/19/2001 The Pledge Producer,
$19,719,930 $9,686,202 $29,406,132
11/15/1995 The Crossing Guard Director $847,704 $0 $847,704
1/1/1991 The Indian Runner Director $191,125 $0 $191,125
Movies: 7Totals:$49,777,864$51,134,349$100,912,213