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Luc Besson

Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 18 films, with $1,997,003,214 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #41)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Lucy (Director), Lucy (Screenwriter), Taken (Screenwriter), Taken (Producer), Taken 2 (Producer)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Blond driver (Le grand bleu), The Subway Driver (Subway)
Most productive collaborators: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Virginie Besson-Silla, Choi Min-sik, Hugues Tissander

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Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an Actor(Unclassified)2$3,390,659$1,272,637$4,663,296
In Technical RolesScreenwriter18$744,529,173$1,252,474,041$1,997,003,214
Story Creator5$159,000,075$252,709,740$411,709,815
Character Creator1$16,029,670$43,181,450$59,211,120
Executive Producer1$2,037,459$20,976,568$23,014,027

2015 Preview: September

September 1st, 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2

As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Lucy

January 20th, 2015

Lucy opened at the end of July and it was expected to do well at the box office, but it was a surprise hit earning more than $40 million opening weekend and $120 million domestically, not to mention over $450 million worldwide. This is an even better result when you compare it to how bad the overall summer box office was. Did this film deserve this success? Or did this film benefit from the lack of strong competition? More...

2015 Preview: January

January 1st, 2015

Taken 3 poster

2014 is over and for the most part, December was a soft ending to a weak year. This is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, it means the overall box office is still soft and it is unlikely that January will start strong. Secondly, last January was a great month, thanks in part to Frozen and other holdovers. The slump can't last forever and Taken 3 should help 2015 get off to a reasonably fast start and it even has a shot at $100 million. American Sniper got off to a really fast start in limited release, so it too could be a hit when it expands wide. By comparison, last January was led by Ride Along, but there were only two other films that didn't completely bomb. I want to say 2015 will start out on a winning note, but given the box office losing streak, it will likely pay to be pessimistic. More...

Weekend Estimates: Hercules No Match for Lucy

July 27th, 2014

Lucy poster

This weekend’s boys versus girls box office match-up has proven to be a triumph for the girls, with Lucy enjoying a decisive win over Hercules. The Scarlett Johansson/Luc Besson sci-fi thriller will post an opening around $44 million, according to Universal’s Sunday estimate, which is almost exactly 50% more than the $29 million debut projected for Hercules. The difference in budgets between the two films is even starker with Hercules clocking in at around $100 million, and Lucy reportedly closer to $40 million. More...

2014 Preview: July

July 1st, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes poster

Overall, June was not good. Most films matched expectations, or came close enough that there weren't major disappointments. However, it looks like How to Train Your Dragon 2 will miss expectations by more than $100 million. This was such a massive amount that 2014 lost its lead over 2013 and not even Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million opening was able to turn things around. Looking forward to July, there's not a lot of good news. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be the only film coming out during July that will reach the $100 million milestone, but on the high end, it might reach the $200 million mark. There are a few others that have a shot, but are not favored to reach the century mark. On the other hand, there are more films that may or may not open / expand wide and even if they do, they will likely have no real impact at the box office. By comparison, last July, Despicable Me 2 was the top draw and finished with more than $350 million. There were also four other films that surpassed $100 million at the box office. It seems practically impossible for 2014 to match those numbers and will likely finish the month behind last year's pace. Overall, 2014 isn't doing poorly, but the summer has been much weaker than the spring was, so we've gone from potential record breaking year to merely average.


2014 Preview: April

April 1st, 2014

Captian America: The Winter Soldier poster

March was stronger than expected when compared to 2013 with four films earning $100 million or more, led by Divergent. (Not all of them have gotten there yet, but they are certain to reach that milestone before they are done their box office runs.) It wasn't a blow-out victory, on the other hand, as a few weekends the ticket sales were lower in 2014 than they were during the same weekend in 2013. April looks really strong with Captain America: The Winter Soldier leading the way. This film should top $200 million over the weekend, while it isn't the only film that should crack the century mark, as Rio 2 is also on track for $100 million. This is great news, as no film last April reached $100 million. Granted, 42 came close and Oblivion wasn't far behind, but The Winter Soldier should earn more than those two films earned combined giving 2014 a comfortable lead over 2013 over the full month. More...

2014 Preview: February

January 31st, 2014

Lego poster

After a weak start, January rebounded and a couple of films on last month's preview cracked $100 million at the box office. Granted, Lone Survivor is technically a December release, but Ride Along will become one of the rare January releases to reach the century mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be too many February releases that have a real shot at $100 million. It is very likely that The Lego Movie will reach that milestone, but most of the rest of the movies will be lucky if they reach $50 million. Last February was very similar. We had one surprise $100 million hit, Identity Thief, plus a couple of solid midlevel hits, Warm Bodies, for instance. However, for the most part, the month was one miss after another. This means 2014 could continue its winning ways, or at the very least, shouldn't fall behind 2013's pace. More...

2013 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part III

December 19th, 2013

Part III of the Holiday Gift Guide is a little late due to reasons you probably don't want to hear the details about. (I believe I've developed a food allergy to something in Eggnog.) The third installment of our holiday gift guide includes independent films, classics, foreign films, etc. The fastest way to find gifts is to go to the Independent Spirit Awards nominations and find any film that is on that list that is already out on DVD / Blu-ray (Frances Ha, Mud, etc.). Unfortunately, most of the films competing for Awards Season glory are still in theaters and not available as gifts. But there are still many films worth picking up, starting with... More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 1st, 2013

October 1st, 2013

This list is a little short and a little late, because WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE INTERNET? The past three days, the internet has been slow as hell. There are a number of interesting releases coming out this week, several of them have screeners that are on their way. Unfortunately, only one screener did arrive on time. Fortunately, it was The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray Combo Pack and it, or the 3D Combo Pack, are worthy of Pick of the Week. More...

2013 Preview: September

September 1st, 2013

August ended, and we should be very grateful for that. Lee Daniels' The Butler was a surprise hit, while We're the Millers did better than expected. However, most other films that were expected to be solid hits failed to live up to expectations. Fortunately, August of 2012 was even worse, so 2013 regained the lead on the year-to-year comparison during the month. Looking forward, there is exactly one film that will likely become more than a midlevel hit in September: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. That film has a chance to reach $100 million in total. Most of the rest of the new releases will be lucky if they get halfway there. Fortunately, September of 2012 was even worse. Hotel Transylvania was a surprise hit, earning nearly $150 million, and there were a few others that topped $50 million, but there were also several outright bombs. If we can avoid those types of bombs, then 2013 should continue its winning streak. More...

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
8/22/1988 Le grand bleu Blond driver  $3,000,000 $0 $3,000,000
11/6/1985 Subway The Subway Driver  $390,659 $1,272,637 $1,663,296
Movies: 2Totals:$3,390,659$1,272,637$4,663,296
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Box Office
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7/21/2017 Valerian and the City of a Thou… Producer,
$0 $0 $0
7/15/2016 The Lake Screenwriter $0 $0 $0
9/4/2015 The Transporter Refueled Character Creator,
$16,029,670 $43,181,450 $59,211,120
1/9/2015 Taken 3 Screenwriter,
$89,256,424 $238,400,000 $327,656,424
11/14/2014 The Homesman Producer $2,429,989 $426,745 $2,856,734
7/25/2014 Lucy Screenwriter,
$126,573,960 $324,000,000 $450,573,960
4/25/2014 Brick Mansions Screenwriter,
Story Creator 
$20,396,829 $29,840,000 $50,236,829
2/21/2014 3 Days to Kill Story Creator,
$30,697,999 $2,924,418 $33,622,417
9/13/2013 The Family Screenwriter,
$36,918,811 $14,159,730 $51,078,541
8/13/2013 Les aventures extraordinaires d… Screenwriter,
$0 $0 $0
10/5/2012 Taken 2 Screenwriter,
$139,854,287 $237,953,117 $377,807,404
4/13/2012 Lockout From the original id…,
$14,326,865 $19,616,184 $33,943,049
4/11/2012 The Lady Director $135,985 $1,533,246 $1,669,231
8/26/2011 Colombiana Producer,
$36,665,854 $35,629,408 $72,295,262
12/31/2010 Arthur and the War of Two Worlds Director $347,136 $29,382,139 $29,729,275
12/3/2010 I Love You, Phillip Morris Executive Producer $2,037,459 $20,976,568 $23,014,027
1/30/2009 Taken Screenwriter,
$145,000,989 $81,940,596 $226,941,585
5/25/2007 Angel-A Director $202,200 $0 $202,200
12/15/2006 Arthur et les Minimoys Director $15,132,763 $98,192,980 $113,325,743
5/13/2005 Danny the Dog Screenwriter,
$24,537,621 $24,500,000 $49,037,621
12/31/2003 Taxi 3 Screenwriter $0 $0 $0
10/6/2000 Taxi 2 Screenwriter $729,844 $0 $729,844
11/12/1999 The Messenger: The Story of Joa… Director $14,271,297 $0 $14,271,297
11/20/1998 Taxi Screenwriter $0 $0 $0
5/9/1997 The Fifth Element Based on a Story By,
$63,540,020 $200,329,138 $263,869,158
11/18/1994 Léon Director $19,284,974 $26,000,000 $45,284,974
3/19/1993 Point of No Return Story Creator $30,038,362 $0 $30,038,362
3/8/1991 Nikita Director $5,017,971 $0 $5,017,971
8/22/1988 Le grand bleu Director $3,000,000 $0 $3,000,000
11/6/1985 Subway Director $390,659 $1,272,637 $1,663,296
Movies: 30Totals:$836,817,968$1,430,258,356$2,267,076,324