|As an Actor||Leading||33||$3,336,894,899||$2,732,402,595||$6,069,297,494|
|Lead Ensemble Member||3||$296,764,960||$475,138,834||$771,903,794|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||1||$35,168,966||$30,547,160||$65,716,126|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 33 films, with $6,069,297,494 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #10)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Han Solo (Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens), Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Branch Rickey (42), Norman Spencer (What Lies Beneath), President James Marshall (Air Force One)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: K-19: The Widowmaker (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, George Lucas, Wolfgang Petersen, Phillip Noyce|
December 1st, 2015
November ended on a positive note with a strong Thanksgiving weekend. Even so, the overall numbers were mixed with a lot of misses mixed in with a few hits. It was better than October and we will call that a victory. Meanwhile, December is potentially record-breaking. Actually, given the evidence, it is almost assuredly going to be record-breaking. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already set a record for the most money taken from ticket pre-sales and the biggest December weekend will fall. The pre-orders alone will guarantee that. On the downside, it is very likely that no film will make as much in total as The Force Awakens will make during its opening weekend. There's a chance no film makes in total as much as The Force Awakens makes during its opening day. There are a few films that have a shot at $100 million. For example, Joy should get there, if it becomes a major player during Awards Season. If not, it will at least come close. Daddy's Home, and to a lesser extent Sisters, could be surprise $100 million hits. However, like the rest of 2015, December is shaping up to be a month of a record-breaking hit and a lot of films that struggle just to get noticed. On the other hand, last December, was a lot more balanced at the top with four films earning more than $100 million, led by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. There's a chance The Force Awakens earns more than all four $100 million hits from last year earned combined.
September 7th, 2015
The Age of Adaline was a late April release, which is one of three dumping grounds throughout the calender. The big summer releases are just around the corner and are sucking up all of the available hype. Because of this, it is hard for a late April release to thrive and studios tend to dump misfires or counter-programming films during these weeks. So is The Age of Adaline a misfire? Or does it fit nicely into the counter-programming role?
April 1st, 2015
March ended on a good note and helped 2015 maintain its lead over 2014 thanks to a trio of $100 million movies: Cinderella, Insurgent, and Home. April isn't as strong as far as depth goes, as only Furious 7 is expected to come close to $100 million at the box office. On the positive side, it could earn $100 million during its opening weekend, becoming the fastest starting film of the year, so far. On the negative side, it is expected to earn more than double the rest of the films' combined box office totals. Even worse, last April, there were two $100 million hits, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as two others that came close. There's no way April 2015 is going to live up to April 2014. I just hope the collapse isn't so bad that 2015 loses its lead over 2014 completely.
March 30th, 2014
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy came out in theaters nearly a decade ago. It earned good reviews and did well at the box office managing nearly $90 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. However, it became a classic on the home market and many think it is among Will Ferrell's best movies. Rumors of a sequel persisted for quite a while before Anchorman: The Legend Continues finally came out. It earned better reviews and nearly doubled the first film's numbers at the worldwide box office. Is this because the quality is also better? Or did it unduly benefit from nearly ten years of demand?
December 2nd, 2013
The Jack Ryan franchise is a strange one. There have been four films so far, with a fifth on the way, and during that time, four different actors will have played the titular role. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hits theaters in mid-January, so it is a perfect time to release the four earlier movies on a Blu-ray box set. (Or to be more accurate, re-release the 2008 Blu-rays in one box set.) How many of these earlier films are worth checking out? And is the box set good value?
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
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.
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.
April 1st, 2013
March is over and while it is a little too soon to tell where a few films will end their box office runs, it is clear Oz The Great and Powerful won the month. Some films beat expectations to become midlevel hits, like The Call, but it wasn't a great month at the box office, especially compared to last year. This month, there are only seven wide releases spread over four weeks. Only one of those films, Oblivion, has a shot at being anything more than a midlevel hit. None of the other six releases look like they will come close to $100 million, but none of them look like obvious bombs either. (Although I do have my worries when it comes to Scary Movie 5.) Last April was even weaker with no film earning $100 million, although Think Like a Man did come relatively close. We might actually see growth on the year-over-year comparison. We'd better, because 2013 is behind 2012's pace by a huge margin at the moment and things will get worse when May arrives.
|12/31/2017||Blade Runner 2||Rick Deckard||$0||$0||$0|
|12/18/2015||Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens||Han Solo||$914,838,964||$1,102,400,000||$2,017,238,964|
|4/24/2015||The Age of Adaline||William Jones||$42,629,776||$17,703,764||$60,333,540|
|4/10/2015||Living in the Age of Airplanes||Narrator||$0||$224||$224|
|8/15/2014||The Expendables 3||Drummer||$39,322,544||$170,138,834||$209,461,378|
|11/1/2013||Ender's Game||Colonel Hyrum Graff||$61,737,191||$28,000,000||$89,737,191|
|8/16/2013||Drew: The Man Behind the Poster||Himself||$3,078||$0||$3,078|
|7/29/2011||Cowboys and Aliens||Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde||$100,240,551||$75,669,764||$175,910,315|
|11/10/2010||Morning Glory||Mike Pomeroy||$31,011,732||$28,783,338||$59,795,070|
|1/22/2010||Extraordinary Measures||Dr. Stonehill||$12,482,741||$3,344,243||$15,826,984|
|2/27/2009||Crossing Over||Max Brogan||$4,462,332||$152,012||$4,614,344|
|5/22/2008||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the …||Indiana Jones||$317,023,851||$469,534,294||$786,558,145|
|6/13/2003||Hollywood Homicide||Joe Gavilian||$30,207,785||$20,201,968||$50,409,753|
|7/19/2002||K-19: The Widowmaker||Captain Alexi Vostrikov||$35,168,966||$30,547,160||$65,716,126|
|8/3/2001||Apocalypse Now Redux||Col. G. Lucas||$4,615,959||$0||$4,615,959|
|7/21/2000||What Lies Beneath||Norman Spencer||$155,370,362||$133,229,638||$288,600,000|
|10/8/1999||Random Hearts||Dutch Van Den Broeck||$31,054,924||$32,145,076||$63,200,000|
|6/12/1998||Six Days, Seven Nights||Quinn Harris||$74,292,149||$90,460,706||$164,752,855|
|7/25/1997||Air Force One||President James Marshall||$172,620,724||$142,311,944||$314,932,668|
|3/26/1997||The Devil's Own||Tom O'Meara||$42,877,165||$98,014,407||$140,891,572|
|8/3/1994||Clear and Present Danger||Jack Ryan||$121,832,939||$85,487,344||$207,320,283|
|3/30/1994||Jimmy Hollywood||Himself (uncredited)||$3,670,865||$0||$3,670,865|
|8/6/1993||The Fugitive||Dr. Richard Kimble||$172,494,360||$169,839,557||$342,333,917|
|6/5/1992||Patriot Games||Jack Ryan||$83,287,363||$94,812,637||$178,100,000|
|7/27/1990||Presumed Innocent||Rusty Sabich||$82,115,403||$134,996,812||$217,112,215|
|5/24/1989||Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade||Indiana Jones||$195,705,225||$277,000,000||$472,705,225|
|12/20/1988||Working Girl||Jack Trainer||$61,669,658||$0||$61,669,658|
|12/1/1986||The Mosquito Coast||Allie Fox||$14,302,000||$0||$14,302,000|
|5/23/1984||Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom||Indiana Jones||$175,083,524||$153,200,000||$328,283,524|
|5/25/1983||Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi||Han Solo||$309,125,409||$263,500,000||$572,625,409|
|6/25/1982||Blade Runner||Rick Deckard||$32,656,328||$483,290||$33,139,618|
|6/12/1981||Raiders of the Lost Ark||Indiana Jones||$248,159,971||$141,766,000||$389,925,971|
|5/21/1980||Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back||Hans Solo||$290,158,751||$243,900,000||$534,058,751|
|8/15/1979||Apocalypse Now||Col. G. Lucas||$78,800,000||$2,450,488||$81,250,488|
|8/3/1979||More American Graffiti||Officer Bob Falfa||$8,100,000||$0||$8,100,000|
|7/13/1979||The Frisco Kid||Tommy Lillard||$12,000,000||$0||$12,000,000|
|1/1/1979||Hanover Street||David Halloran||$3,000,000||$0||$3,000,000|
|12/22/1978||Force 10 from Navarone||Barnsby||$7,100,000||$0||$7,100,000|
|5/25/1977||Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope||Han Solo||$460,935,665||$325,600,000||$786,535,665|
|4/7/1974||The Conversation||Martin Stett||$4,420,000||$0||$4,420,000|
|8/11/1973||American Graffiti||Bob Falfa||$115,000,000||$25,000,000||$140,000,000|
|7/19/2002||K-19: The Widowmaker||Executive Producer||$35,168,966||$30,547,160||$65,716,126|