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Denzel Washington

Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 40 films, with $3,772,111,196 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #33)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Tobin Frost (Safe House), Robert McCall (The Equalizer), Frank Lucas (American Gangster), Captain William Whitaker (Flight), Eli (The Book of Eli)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Safe House (Executive Producer), The Equalizer (Producer), The Book of Eli (Producer), The Great Debaters (Director), Antwone Fisher (Director)
Most productive collaborators: Tony Scott, Antoine Fuqua, Daniel Espinosa, Todd Black, Marton Csokas

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Box Office
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As an ActorLeading40$2,179,347,848$1,592,763,348$3,772,111,196
In Technical RolesProducer2$196,365,797$154,550,303$350,916,100
Executive Producer1$126,181,630$82,360,532$208,542,162

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 30th, 2014

December 28th, 2014

Christmas day is the single biggest gift-giving day of the year... so it makes total sense that the week after Christmas is a terrible week to release any new DVDs or Blu-rays. The week is better than you would expect with a few notable releases, including The Equalizer, which earned just over $100 million during its theatrical run. It is also one of the best releases on this week's list and with solid extras, the Blu-ray is a contender for Pick of the Week. The other two contenders are Banshee: Season 2 on DVD or Blu-ray and Shameless: Season 4 on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. It was a bit of a coin toss, but in the end I went with Shameless. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: The Equalizer Has No Equal

September 30th, 2014

The Equalizer poster

The Equalizer easily won the race for the top of the box office chart this weekend earning almost as much as the next two films combined. Those next two films were The Maze Runner and The Boxtrolls, both of which exceeded expectations, albeit by tiny margins. The strength of these three films helped the overall box office reach $106 million, which is 4% higher than last weekend. On the other hand, this was 2% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2014 has pulled in $7.51 billion, which is a massive amount when you look at it without context. However, it is nearly $400 million or 4.9% lower than last year's pace, which is also a massive amount. It is technically possible for 2014 to catch up to 2013 before the end of the year, but only if October is a really strong month at the box office. It won't be. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will The Equalizer Equal Success?

September 25th, 2014

The Equalizer poster

The Equalizer and The Boxtrolls opens wide this week. They are an action film and a family flick and the last weekend of September has been kind to both genres. The Equalizer could become the fastest opening film of the month, which might be enough to get it all the way to $100 million during its entire run. The Boxtrolls, on the other hand, is a Stop-motion animated film, which rarely rises above the midlevel hit. This weekend last year, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opened with $34.02 million, which is right in the middle of the expected range for The Equalizer, plus the depth is better this year, so 2014 should win the year-over-year competition. More...

2014 Preview: September

September 1st, 2014

The Equalizer poster

August was a great month, it is as simple as that. Not only did Guardians of the Galaxy break records, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a surprise hit as well. These early gains led to an extended winning streak in the year-over-year comparison. Granted, 2014 is still more than $300 million behind 2013, but this is substantially less than the gap was before the month. Can September maintain this run? I'm not sure. Last September was strong compared to most Septembers with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 earning more than $100 million while Insidious Chapter 2 came relatively close. This year, there likely won't be any $100 million hits, but I think The Equalizer should at least come close. Meanwhile, there are some who think The Maze Runner will be the biggest hit of the month, but I'm not among them. There have been too many similar releases that have struggled to think this one will be a hit. I think September will get off to a terrible start, but overall I think it will be close to last year. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Summer Still Strong

August 13th, 2013

There were four films that opened wide last week and while none of them were monster hits, three of the four of them were solid openings. Elysium opened in first place, but landed on the lower end of expectations. We're the Millers was a bit of a surprise hit, earning more over five days than it cost to make. Disney's Planes had the best opening for an animated film in August. There's not a lot of competition for that record. Finally there was Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which will cost the studio a fortune. With four new releases taking the top four spots, it should be no surprise that the overall box office was strong. In fact, it rose 16% from last weekend to $159 million. No film was able to match last year's winner, The Bourne Legacy, but we had a lot better depth this time around. This helped 2013 win the year-over-year comparison by 12%. Meanwhile, 2013 has completed the comeback and now has a 3.6% lead over 2012 at $6.85 billion to $6.61 billion. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Summer go to the Dogs?

August 9th, 2013

The Dog Days of summer have begun; in fact, they began last weekend. There are four films trying to find an audience that is distracted with other concerns like back-to-school, or the last family outing before back-to-school, etc. Will any of the films find an audience? Elysium has the best chance. It is earning the best reviews of the week. We're the Millers opened on Wednesday and did quite well, earning first place, but it's far from a monster hit. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters cost $90 million to make, but barely topped The Smurfs 2's Wednesday opening from last week. That's not a good sign. Finally there's Disney's Planes, a film that started production as a direct-to-DVD film and the reviews reflect that. The Bourne Legacy opened this week last year with $38.14 million, which is something Elysium might match. More...

Weekend Predictions: Two By Two

August 2nd, 2013

August begins with two films, 2 Guns and The Smurfs 2, one action film and one kids movie. Neither film is likely going to break records, but I think 2 Guns should at least do well enough to be a financial success, eventually. The Smurfs 2 probably won't be a hit here, but its international numbers are looking a lot better. Like this year, this weekend last year there were two wide releases, Total Recall and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, one action film and one kids movie. This year's new releases should easily trump last year's new releases; however, last year the box office was led by The Dark Knight Rises, which will keep the year-over-year comparison a little closer. More...

2013 Preview: August

August 1st, 2013

July was hit and miss at the box office, mostly miss. In fact, only two films really topped expectations, Despicable Me 2 and The Conjuring. That said, 2013 has nearly closed the gap with 2012 and it won't take much to pull ahead. Looking forward to August, we find that it is a very busy month with 16 or so films opening wide over five weeks. Of course, the closer you get to September, the more likely these films will struggle to find an audience, and more often than not, there are simply too many films opening wide to suspect they will all find an audience. On the high end, 2 Guns could be the biggest hit of the month with just over $100 million. The Smurfs 2 and Elysium could pull in $100 million. All three of those films are opening in the first two weeks of the month. After that, most of the new releases will be lucky if they reach $50 million during their theatrical runs. By comparison, last August was not as busy with 14 wide releases. Of those, only one film, The Bourne Legacy, topped $100 million, although a couple came reasonably close. Hopefully we will have more $100 million hits this time around and 2013 will be able to complete the comeback. More...

2013 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Lead Actor

February 21st, 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. This week we will look at the four acting categories, continuing with Best Lead Actor. This category is not truly competitive, but I'm supporting an underdog. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 5th, 2013

February 4th, 2013

It's not a bad week as far as first run releases go with three of them appearing high on the chart. This includes Flight, which has earned some major nominations during Awards Season. However, it is a shallow week, as there are also Direct-to-DVD kids releases and even a workout DVD in the top ten, according to Leading the way is Peter Pan on Blu-ray Combo Pack or Blu-ray Combo Pack with Storybook App. This is not only the best-selling Blu-ray of the week, but it is also the best and is the Pick of the Week. 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...

2013 Awards Season: SAG Focuses a Searchlight on Silver Linings

December 12th, 2012

SAG nominations were announced and there were only a few surprises to deal with. Leading the way for total nominations was The Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Les Miserables, all of which earned nominations in four of the six categories. More...

Weekend Estimates: Wreck-It Ralph Beats Up the Competition

November 4th, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph is breathing new life into the box office this weekend, after a few slow weeks, and with some help from an impressive opening for Flight this weekend will be a healthy 20% or so ahead of last year. Disney is projecting that Ralph will open with $49.1 million, which is a very creditable performance, if well behind the openings of The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc., both of which were released on the equivalent weekend in years gone by. The Pixar brand still counts for a lot, evidently. Flight's $25.01 million projection is well ahead of expectations (take a bow Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis), and has strong enough reviews to have good chances of legs into the Holiday Season. More...

Weekend Predictions: Ralph Set to Wreck the Box Office Competition

November 2nd, 2012

There's only one truly wide release this week, Wreck-It-Ralph, but it is opening in more than 3,700 theaters and with reviews that match its pre-release buzz. There are also two films opening in a little under 2,000 theaters, Flight and The Man with the Iron Fists, but both are earning good reviews and could have some impact at the box office by earning places in the top five. Last year the box office was led by Puss in Boots with $33.05 million during its sophomore stint. I think Wreck-It-Ralph will easily top that. The new releases were Tower Heist and A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, which combined pulled in $36.98 million. I really doubt Flight and Iron Fists will do the same. So unless Wreck-It-Ralph has close to a $50 million opening, November will start off on a losing note in the year-over-year comparison. 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
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9/29/2017 The Equalizer   $0 $0 $0
9/23/2016 Magnificent Seven   $0 $0 $0
3/13/2015 Champs Himself  $0 $0 $0
9/26/2014 The Equalizer Robert McCall  $101,530,738 $90,634,545 $192,165,283
8/2/2013 2 Guns Robert "Bobby" Trench  $75,612,460 $56,880,555 $132,493,015
11/2/2012 Flight Captain William Whitaker  $93,772,375 $65,811,783 $159,584,158
2/10/2012 Safe House Tobin Frost  $126,181,630 $82,360,532 $208,542,162
11/12/2010 Unstoppable Frank Barnes  $81,562,942 $87,948,667 $169,511,609
1/15/2010 The Book of Eli Eli  $94,835,059 $63,915,758 $158,750,817
6/12/2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Walter Garber  $65,452,312 $86,912,058 $152,364,370
12/25/2007 The Great Debaters Melvin B. Tolson  $30,226,144 $35,149 $30,261,293
11/2/2007 American Gangster Frank Lucas  $130,164,645 $137,820,811 $267,985,456
11/22/2006 Déjà Vu Doug Carlin  $64,038,616 $117,000,000 $181,038,616
3/24/2006 Inside Man Keith Frazier  $88,513,495 $97,164,028 $185,677,523
7/30/2004 The Manchurian Candidate Ben Marco  $65,948,711 $30,200,000 $96,148,711
4/23/2004 Man on Fire John W. Creasy  $77,906,816 $53,061,763 $130,968,579
10/3/2003 Out of Time Matt Lee Whitlock  $41,083,108 $14,406,718 $55,489,826
12/19/2002 Antwone Fisher Dr. Jerome Davenport  $21,078,145 $2,289,441 $23,367,586
2/15/2002 John Q John Q  $71,026,631 $31,200,000 $102,226,631
10/5/2001 Training Day Alonzo Harris  $76,261,036 $28,244,326 $104,505,362
9/29/2000 Remember the Titans Coach Boone  $115,654,751 $21,051,932 $136,706,683
12/29/1999 The Hurricane Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter  $50,699,241 $23,257,000 $73,956,241
11/5/1999 The Bone Collector Lincoln Rhyme  $66,488,090 $84,975,000 $151,463,090
11/6/1998 The Siege Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard  $40,932,372 $75,691,623 $116,623,995
5/1/1998 He Got Game Jake Shuttleworth  $21,554,585 $844,095 $22,398,680
1/16/1998 Fallen Det. John Hobbes  $25,188,006 $0 $25,188,006
12/13/1996 The Preacher's Wife Dudley  $48,093,211 $0 $48,093,211
7/12/1996 Courage Under Fire Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Serling  $58,918,501 $41,829,761 $100,748,262
9/29/1995 Devil in a Blue Dress Easy Rawlins  $16,004,418 $0 $16,004,418
8/4/1995 Virtuosity Parker Barnes  $23,980,766 $0 $23,980,766
5/12/1995 Crimson Tide Lt. Cmdr. Hunter  $91,381,194 $68,000,000 $159,381,194
12/22/1993 Philadelphia Joe Miller  $76,512,063 $124,000,000 $200,512,063
12/17/1993 The Pelican Brief Gray Grantham  $100,768,056 $87,227,803 $187,995,859
5/7/1993 Much Ado About Nothing Don Pedro of Aragon  $22,549,338 $0 $22,549,338
11/18/1992 Malcolm X Malcolm X  $44,707,772 $0 $44,707,772
2/5/1992 Mississippi Masala Demetrius  $7,308,786 $0 $7,308,786
10/4/1991 Ricochet Nick Styles  $20,596,333 $0 $20,596,333
8/3/1990 Mo' Better Blues Bleek Gilliam  $16,153,000 $0 $16,153,000
2/2/1990 Heart Condition Napoleon Stone  $4,134,992 $0 $4,134,992
12/14/1989 Glory Trip  $26,593,580 $0 $26,593,580
5/19/1989 For Queen and Country Reuben James  $191,051 $0 $191,051
2/16/1989 The Mighty Quinn Xavier Quinn  $3,992,420 $0 $3,992,420
11/6/1987 Cry Freedom Steve Biko  $5,899,797 $20,000,000 $25,899,797
1/31/1986 Power Arnold Billing, Billing Associates President  $3,800,000 $0 $3,800,000
9/14/1984 A Soldier's Story Private First Class Melvin Peterson  $21,821,347 $0 $21,821,347
9/25/1981 Carbon Copy Roger Porter  $8,400,000 $0 $8,400,000
Movies: 46Totals:$2,227,518,533$1,592,763,348$3,820,281,881
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9/26/2014 The Equalizer Producer $101,530,738 $90,634,545 $192,165,283
2/10/2012 Safe House Executive Producer $126,181,630 $82,360,532 $208,542,162
1/15/2010 The Book of Eli Producer $94,835,059 $63,915,758 $158,750,817
12/25/2007 The Great Debaters Director $30,226,144 $35,149 $30,261,293
12/19/2002 Antwone Fisher Director $21,078,145 $2,289,441 $23,367,586
Movies: 5Totals:$373,851,716$239,235,425$613,087,141