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Robert Downey, Jr.

Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 32 films, with $7,217,724,353 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #6)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Tony Stark/Iron Man (The Avengers), Tony Stark/Iron Man (The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Iron Man 3), Tony Stark (Iron Man 2), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Iron Man)
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

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Box Office
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Box Office
As an ActorLeading32$3,054,957,822$4,162,766,531$7,217,724,353
Lead Ensemble Member5$59,662,696$1,345,615$61,008,311
In Technical RolesExecutive Producer1$47,119,388$29,000,000$76,119,388

2015 Preview: May

May 1st, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road

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. More...

2014 Preview: October

September 30th, 2014

Fury poster

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. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Chef

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? More...

2013 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part I

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... More...

Analysis: The Numbers Bankability Index Under the Covers

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. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Iron Man 3

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? More...

Analysis: Superstars, Side Kicks and Cameo Kings

September 14th, 2013

Top-grossing actors and actresses in leading roles

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. More...

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
12/31/2017 Pinocchio Geppetto  $0 $0 $0
5/6/2016 Captain America: Civil War Tony Stark/Iron Man  $0 $0 $0
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
9/19/2012 Radio Unnameable Himself  $24,090 $0 $24,090
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  $312,128,345 $311,128,000 $623,256,345
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  $134,533,885 $128,611,000 $263,144,885
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
3/2/2007 Zodiac Paul Avery  $33,080,084 $50,000,000 $83,080,084
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 $1,500,000 $2,016,139
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
4/8/2005 Eros Nick Penrose  $188,248 $1,347,437 $1,535,685
11/21/2003 Gothika Pete Graham  $59,588,068 $18,692,828 $78,280,896
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
8/13/1999 Bowfinger Jerry Renfro  $66,365,290 $32,241,000 $98,606,290
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
3/6/1998 U.S. Marshals Royce  $57,823,170 $0 $57,823,170
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
12/29/1995 Richard III Rivers  $2,684,904 $1,519,953 $4,204,857
12/29/1995 Restoration Merivel  $3,901,738 $0 $3,901,738
11/3/1995 Home for the Holidays Tommy Larson  $17,424,349 $4,650,382 $22,074,731
12/31/1994 Hail, Caesar   $0 $0 $0
10/7/1994 Only You Peter   $19,315,506 $0 $19,315,506
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
12/25/1992 Chaplin Charlie Chaplin  $9,289,349 $0 $9,289,349
5/31/1991 Soapdish David Barnes  $36,489,888 $0 $36,489,888
8/10/1990 Air America Billy   $30,506,847 $2,407,668 $32,914,515
3/10/1989 Chances Are Alex Finch  $14,527,881 $0 $14,527,881
2/17/1989 True Believer Roger Baron  $8,742,000 $0 $8,742,000
11/18/1988 1969 Ralph  $5,979,011 $0 $5,979,011
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  $86,611,121 $0 $86,611,121
8/2/1985 Weird Science Ian  $16,316,258 $0 $16,316,258
1/11/1985 Tuff Turf Jimmy Parker  $9,369,329 $0 $9,369,329
10/26/1984 Firstborn Lee  $6,194,621 $0 $6,194,621
3/4/1983 Baby It's You Stewart  $1,312,473 $0 $1,312,473
Movies: 61Totals:$3,731,476,001$4,429,597,918$8,161,073,919
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Box Office
12/31/2017 Pinocchio Producer,
$0 $0 $0
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 $1,500,000 $2,016,139
Movies: 3Totals:$47,635,527$30,500,000$78,135,527