|As an Actor||Leading||33||$3,429,285,538||$4,893,577,786||$8,322,863,324|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$59,662,696||$1,345,615||$61,008,311|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||1||$47,119,388||$29,000,000||$76,119,388|
Robert Downey, Jr.
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 33 films, with $8,322,863,324 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #2)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Tony Stark/Iron Man (The Avengers), Tony Stark/Iron Man (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Captain America: Civil War), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Iron Man 3), Tony Stark (Iron Man 2)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Judge (Executive Producer), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Co-Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Joss Whedon, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Stan Lee, Chris Hemsworth|
May 1st, 2016
April started on a soft note and ended weak, but thanks to The Jungle Book, overall the month was actually really good. That's what happens when you get a surprise $300 million hit. This bodes well for May, which is both a slow month and a fantastic month. There are only four weekends and only eight movies coming out, but of those eight films, five have a shot at $100 million. The potential blockbusters are led by Captain America: Civil War, which is not only going to be the biggest hit of the month, but according to a Fandango survey, it is the most anticipated film of the summer. (On a side note, Finding Dory is the most anticipated family film of the summer and Ghostbusters is the most anticipated comedy of the summer. I was surprised by the last result.) Both Alice Through the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse have real shots at $200 million. One of them could get to $300 million, if they weren't opening against each other. Overall, the month looks excellent. Even better, last May there was only one monster hit, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and most analysts think Captain America: Civil War will beat it at the box office. (There's also the issue of the misalignment in the weekends, which hurt April, but will really help May.)
March 1st, 2016
It's March 1st, which is not only the beginning of the month, but also Super Tuesday. If you are not American and don't pay attention to American politics, Super Tuesday is sort of like the Oscar night of the primary season. I was going to write about my predictions, but it looks like the race is about to be over. On the Republicans side, if Trump gets more than 50% of the delegates, then he has won. It will be too late to stop him. If he gets less than 40%, then it becomes a real race again. If the polling is correct, then he will get closer to 50% than 40%. On the Democratic side, Sanders needs at least 45% of the delegates, or it is over for him. Anything less than that and Hillary Clinton will have too big a lead to overcome. If the South Carolina result is an indicator, Hillary Clinton could get two-thirds of the delegates awarded tonight.
As for the box office, February was amazing, thanks to Deadpool's record-breaking opening and better than expected legs. The month ended with 2016 being nearly 4% higher than 2015's pace. Additionally, there are some big releases coming out this month with both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looking to get more than $200 million, while Allegiant should hit $100 million. Last March, there were also three films that earned more than $100 million, but only one $200 million hit, Cinderella. It should be a really close race between 2016 and 2015.
December 28th, 2015
It's been a few weeks since I did a review. I stopped taking screeners knowing how busy Star Wars: The Force Awakens would keep me, but I figured I should get back in the game. However, there was a question of what late review would be worth checking out? Well, there have been five $1 billion movies to come out this year and I've previously reviewed all of the ones that hit the home market. All of them, but one: The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Of the five $1 billion movies, this one is arguably the one that had the most disappointing run at the box office. Yes, a film that made $1.40 billion worldwide was seen as a box office disappointment by some. This is mostly because its predecessor, The Avengers, broke box office records. The film also earned much weaker reviews than the first movie, but still earned 75% positive reviews, which is very good for a wide release. Is it a real disappointment? Or does it hold up compared to the competition?
May 1st, 2015
April is over and there was good news and bad news. Good news: Furious 7 crushed the competition, and broke records along the way. Bad news: Furious 7 crushed the competition and no other April release will earn as much in total as Furious 7 earned during its opening day. Fortunately, Furious 7 was so strong that it carried April of 2015 to a draw when compared to April of 2014. May has a lot of similarities to April. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to break records during its opening weekend and even the low end has it earning more than $1 billion worldwide. Unfortunately, no other film is going to come close to that figure. There are five other films with a potential to reach $100 million at the box office. The keyword there is "potential". There's a chance less than half of those five films will get to that milestone. And like last April, last May had much better depth with five films that reached $100 million, including four that surpassed $200 million. Age of Ultron will earn more than the combined totals of Maleficent, last month's winner, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which placed second for the month. I am a little concerned about the lack of depth this month and this could cause May to lose in the month-over-month comparison in the end.
September 30th, 2014
September is over and while it got off to a bad start, a really, really, truly terrible start, it actually ended on a bit of a strong note. Granted, no film has yet to reach $100 million, but The Maze Runner and The Equalizer both could get there in the end. As for October, we might go another month without a $100 million hit. There are a couple of films that have the potential to reach the century mark, Gone Girl and Fury. Hopefully they will get there, but given the recent box office woes, it is probably best to keep expectations low. Last October, there were two films that earned more than $100 million. Bad Grandpa just made it passed that mark. On the other hand, Gravity was a monster hit earning nearly $275 million. It you compare its run to this year's batch of films, it only ranks behind Guardians of the Galaxy. ... There's no way any film opening this month is going to match that. ... There no way the top two films will match that. ... The top three films might not match that. ... 2014 is going to get crushed in the year-over-year comparison and by the end of the month, it will be safe to say its chances of ever catching up to 2013 will be over. It is going to be a depressing month.
September 30th, 2014
Jon Favreau's career behind the camera started out with smaller movies. He co-wrote Swingers and wrote and directed Made. However, recently he has directed a number of major movies. He was the one behind the camera for the first two Iron Man movies, for instance, and the average budget for his three most recent films he directed is close to $175 million. With his latest film, Chef, he went the opposite direction and created a much, much smaller film. Was he able to still maintain his usual high level of quality? Or does he need the spectacle to make a compelling movie?
November 24th, 2013
Thanksgiving is less than a week away and that means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a ton of shopping. It also means the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. Over the next month, we will talk about TV on DVD releases, independent releases, foreign language releases, classics, etc. but this week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. However, this year seems weaker than years past. Last year the biggest new release was The Avengers, which was also one of the best reviewed wide releases of the year. This year the biggest release is Iron Man 3, which earned good reviews, but not great reviews. Last year there were a ton of franchise box sets. This year has been pretty barren. In fact, I think the only franchise box set that's truly new and really worth picking up is...
November 13th, 2013
On Tuesday we launched The Numbers Bankability Index, a new service to help assess the value that different people bring to the industry, from actors and actresses to directors, screenwriters, producers, and anyone else involved in the creative process of making a movie. In this article, I'll look more deeply into how the Index is compiled, and how we use the tools behind it to analyze questions about people in movies.
If you haven't already, now's a good time to look at our announcement video, and the November Edition of the Worldwide Bankability Index.
September 23rd, 2013
Iron Man 3 was the first Marvel Comics movie since The Avengers broke records. Expectations for this film rose dramatically as a result of that film's box office success, not to mention its critical acclaim. Can Iron Man 3 live up to these expectations? Or has The Avengers set the bar too high?
September 14th, 2013
Over the past two or so years, we've been working on one of the biggest projects we've ever undertaken: building out our database of acting and technical credits to include complete information on every acting role and significant technical credit for movies for which we have box office information. While work on this vast task continues (and will, of course, continue as long as films are being made), we have enough coverage of the industry now to start doing some serious analysis. Over the next month or two, I'll be looking at some of the things we've found and we'll be rolling out new features at The Numbers that take advantage of the dataset. This week, I'll look into how we are categorizing acting roles, and discuss the first charts in our new People Records section.
|5/6/2016||Captain America: Civil War||Tony Stark/Iron Man||$372,610,948||$730,700,000||$1,103,310,948|
|5/1/2015||The Avengers: Age of Ultron||Tony Stark/Iron Man||$459,005,868||$945,700,000||$1,404,705,868|
|10/10/2014||The Judge||Hank Palmer||$47,119,388||$29,000,000||$76,119,388|
|5/9/2014||Chef||Inez's First Husband||$31,424,004||$15,405,305||$46,829,309|
|5/3/2013||Iron Man 3||Tony Stark/Iron Man||$408,992,272||$806,400,000||$1,215,392,272|
|5/4/2012||The Avengers||Tony Stark/Iron Man||$623,279,547||$896,200,000||$1,519,479,547|
|12/16/2011||Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||Sherlock Holmes||$186,848,418||$348,815,025||$535,663,443|
|11/5/2010||Due Date||Peter Highman||$100,539,043||$111,200,000||$211,739,043|
|5/7/2010||Iron Man 2||Tony Stark||$312,433,331||$311,128,000||$623,561,331|
|12/25/2009||Sherlock Holmes||Sherlock Holmes||$209,028,679||$289,409,533||$498,438,212|
|4/24/2009||The Soloist||Steve Lopez||$31,720,158||$6,668,866||$38,389,024|
|8/13/2008||Tropic Thunder||Kirk Lazarus||$110,461,307||$80,629,943||$191,091,250|
|6/13/2008||The Incredible Hulk||Tony Stark||$134,806,913||$128,611,000||$263,417,913|
|5/2/2008||Iron Man||Tony Stark/Iron Man||$318,604,126||$263,839,000||$582,443,126|
|2/22/2008||Charlie Bartlett||Principal Gardner||$3,950,294||$1,345,615||$5,295,909|
|5/4/2007||Lucky You||Telephone Jack||$5,755,286||$766,543||$6,521,829|
|11/10/2006||FUR: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane A…||Lionel Sweeney||$223,202||$2,057,887||$2,281,089|
|9/29/2006||A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints||Dito||$516,139||$1,611,255||$2,127,394|
|7/7/2006||A Scanner Darkly||Barris||$5,501,616||$1,903,468||$7,405,084|
|3/10/2006||The Shaggy Dog||Marcus Kozak||$61,123,569||$26,000,000||$87,123,569|
|3/10/2006||Game 6||Steven Schwimmer||$129,664||$0||$129,664|
|10/21/2005||Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang||Harry Lockhart||$4,235,837||$12,593,627||$16,829,464|
|10/7/2005||Good Night, and Good Luck||Joe Wershba||$31,501,218||$25,085,683||$56,586,901|
|10/24/2003||The Singing Detective||Dan Dark||$336,456||$188,291||$524,747|
|4/5/2000||Black and White||Terry||$5,241,315||$0||$5,241,315|
|2/23/2000||Wonder Boys||Terry Crabtree||$19,389,454||$14,033,031||$33,422,485|
|4/16/1999||Friends and Lovers||Hans||$100,111||$0||$100,111|
|1/15/1999||In Dreams||Vivian Thomas||$11,927,682||$0||$11,927,682|
|4/24/1998||Two Girls and a Guy||Blake Allen||$1,950,218||$257,833||$2,208,051|
|1/23/1998||The Gingerbread Man||Clyde Pell||$1,534,569||$0||$1,534,569|
|12/12/1997||Hugo Pool||Franz Mazur||$3,620||$0||$3,620|
|11/14/1997||One Night Stand||Charlie||$2,642,718||$0||$2,642,718|
|11/3/1995||Home for the Holidays||Tommy Larson||$17,424,349||$4,650,382||$22,074,731|
|8/26/1994||Natural Born Killers||Wayne Gale||$50,215,954||$0||$50,215,954|
|10/1/1993||Short Cuts||Bill Bush||$6,110,979||$0||$6,110,979|
|8/13/1993||Heart and Souls||Thomas Reilly||$16,479,685||$0||$16,479,685|
|3/10/1989||Chances Are||Alex Finch||$15,939,663||$0||$15,939,663|
|2/17/1989||True Believer||Roger Baron||$8,742,000||$0||$8,742,000|
|3/25/1988||Johnny Be Good||Leo Wiggins||$17,500,399||$0||$17,500,399|
|11/6/1987||Less than Zero||Julian Wells||$12,396,383||$0||$12,396,383|
|9/18/1987||The Pick-Up Artist||Jack Jericho||$13,290,368||$0||$13,290,368|
|6/13/1986||Back to School||Derek||$91,258,000||$0||$91,258,000|
|1/11/1985||Tuff Turf||Jimmy Parker||$9,369,329||$0||$9,369,329|
|3/4/1983||Baby It's You||Stewart||$1,312,473||$0||$1,312,473|
|10/10/2014||The Judge||Executive Producer||$47,119,388||$29,000,000||$76,119,388|
|9/29/2006||A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints||Co-Producer||$516,139||$1,611,255||$2,127,394|