|As an Actor||Supporting||52||$5,123,768,060||$7,087,297,947||$12,211,066,007|
|Lead Ensemble Member||5||$367,493,529||$780,894,392||$1,148,387,921|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||2||$689,602||$218,124||$907,726|
Samuel L. Jackson
|Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 52 films, with $12,211,066,007 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #2)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Nick Fury (The Avengers), Nick Fury (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Nick Fury (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Nick Fury (Iron Man 2), Mace Windu (Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Eve's Bayou (Producer), The Caveman's Valentine (Executive Producer), The Samaritan (Executive Producer)|
|Most productive collaborators: Quentin Tarantino, Colin Firth, Matthew Vaughn, Chris Evans, Alexander Skarsgård|
|Born: December 21st, 1948 (68 years old)|
August 20th, 2017
We’re at that point in the year when we’ll take what we can get at the box office, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard will deliver according to that lowered metric this weekend with about $21.6 million, according to Lionsgate’s Sunday morning projection. That’s in line with to a little ahead of expectations, but a B+ CinemaScore and mediocre reviews suggest it won’t have substantial legs. For Ryan Reynolds, the opening is ahead of this year’s Life, which debuted with $12.5 million, and well clear of 2015’s Self/Less ($5.4 million). Samuel L. Jackson, meanwhile, appears in such a mess of movies it’s hard to say how this compares to any one of them.
August 1st, 2017
July is over and we should all be happy about that. Granted, there were some positive results we can talk about. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a huge hit and Despicable Me 3 will pull in a sizable profit before it reaches the home market. There were also a couple of other $100 million hits and a midlevel hit or two; however, overall, 2017 wasn’t able to compete with 2016 and the box office finally lost its lead over last year. 2017 started the summer about $200 million ahead of 2016, but will finish July about $100 million behind last year’s pace. August doesn’t look any better. There are a couple of films that have a reasonable shot at $100 million, The Dark Tower and Annabelle: Creation, as well as a few that should be solid midlevel hits. However, last year we had Sausage Party and Don’t Breathe, both of which nearly hit $100 million, then we had midlevel hits like Pete’s Dragon, Kubo and the Two Strings, and War Dogs. I don’t know if 2017 will be able to compete with that. ... Now some of you are thinking I forgot about Suicide Squad. Trust me, I will never forget that movie. I ignored it to make a point. Even without Suicide Squad, I don’t think 2017 will make up the deficit it has with 2016. With Suicide Squad, it is going to be a disaster. I want to be optimistic, but there’s no evidence to suggest I should be.
May 2nd, 2017
We are officially in the worst time of year on the home market. The last of the major Awards Season players have already come out, but it is still too early for the Spring hits to be released. The competition from May Sweeps and the start of the Summer Blockbuster Season means there’s not a lot here that’s going to do well in DVD / Blu-ray sales. Ironically, the lack of a major release means there are a lot of smaller releases that are competing for Pick of the Week, many of which would be lost in the crowd during a busier time of year. This includes I Am Not Your Negro, The Salesman, Real Genius, and Seven Days in May. In the end, I went with The Red Turtle on DVD or Blu-ray as the Pick of the Week. In the meanwhile, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone on Blu-ray gets the Puck of the Week honor, as the “best” Canadian release of the week. I just wish it were coming out in 3D.
March 6th, 2017
March 1st, 2017
February was an okay month. The films that missed expectations were mostly balanced by the films that were pleasant surprises. Unfortunately, last February was amazing as Deadpool dominated the chart, so 2017 has fallen further behind 2016 and 2016’s lead is now about $100 million. It is not so bad that a good March won’t help 2017 back into the lead. Will that happen? We have some good news and some bad news. Good news: Every week there is one movie that has at least a shot at $100 million. Two of them, Logan and Beauty and the Beast, could reach $200 million or a lot more. Bad News: last March, both Zootopia and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned more than $300 million. That’s a really powerful one-two punch and I don’t think we can replicate that this time around. On the other hand, last March, the third best film of the month was 10 Cloverfield Lane, while there were four films that were expected to open wide that earned less than $10 million at the box office. 2017 likely won’t be as good at the top, but I also don’t think it will have as many bombs either. If Beauty and the Beast reaches the very high end of expectations, then 2017 could even close the gap with 2016 entirely. I’ll be happy getting halfway there.
November 18th, 2016
September 1st, 2016
August continued to pad 2016’s lead over 2015 in the year-over-year comparison. It managed this feat almost entirely due to Suicide Squad, which is on pace to hit $300 million. The next best film was Sausage Party, which might make $100 million, if it gets a push over the top. September won’t be as strong as that. This is no surprise, as the month is one of the biggest dumping grounds on the calendar. That said, studios have been working to make the end of the month a lot more productive and there are a few potential hits. The biggest of these is The Magnificent Seven, which is expected to crack $100 million, maybe even $150 million. Meanwhile, Sully and Storks both have a limited chance at $100 million. Last September, the biggest release of the month was Hotel Transylvania 2 with pulled in $169.70 million. I don’t think The Magnificent Seven will match that, so we might need a surprise $100 million hit for 2016 to come out on top.
July 8th, 2016
Captain Fantastic is the only film on this week’s list that I think will do well in theaters. There are some films that are earning better reviews, like Our Little Sister, but no film on this week’s list has the same buzz as this film does.
January 15th, 2016
The Oscar nominations were announced at 5:30 am Pacific time. Nothing is good that early in the morning. Worse still, this was a terrible year for snubs, especially when it comes to diversity of the nominees. The voters for the Oscars are 94% white and 77% male... but that's still more diverse than the list of nominees. The Revenant led the way with 12 nominations and it is expected to win a few of those, while it is a serious contender in most of the categories it was nominated in.
January 1st, 2016
2016 will begin the same way 2015 ended, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on top. In fact, three of the five films that have the best shot at box office success in January are The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, and The Revenant, all of which opened in December. There are two true January releases that could also do really well, for this time of year: Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3. The rest of the releases are just hoping to become midlevel hits. Last January, American Sniper dominated earning more than $300 million. Its success could prevent 2016 from being ahead in the year-over-year comparison by the end of the month, but this year does have better depth.
2015 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part III - Limited Releases, Foreign Films, Classics, and Canadian Films
December 13th, 2015
The third installment of the Holiday Gift Guide focuses on smaller releases, movies that opened in limited release, foreign films, classics getting new releases, and a few Canadian films. This year the list looks different to the previous guides for a simple reason. While there were only eight releases on the TV on DVD installment of the holiday gift guide, the first pass had more than 30 films on this list. I tried trimming the list, but that resulted in me remembering more films I wanted to add to it. Even after getting rid of the ones that won't be released until after Christmas, like Bone Tomahawk, there are still way too many releases to deal with. So let's not delay anymore and get to the list, starting with the biggest release...
August 25th, 2015
TV on DVD releases dominate the home market this week even more than they did last week, including five of the six best-selling new releases on Amazon.com. Despite this, none of them are contenders for Pick of the Week, at least not in my opinion. The two best are Two Days, One Night and CitizenFour. I really should select one of those for Pick of the Week... but I'm going with Big Game on Blu-ray, because I'm a big goofball.
August 3rd, 2015
A24 has only been around for little more than two years, but in that time, I've reviewed more than a dozen of their releases. I haven't enjoyed all of them, but their hit to miss ratio has been better than most. Likewise, their hit to miss ratio at the box office has been better than most. If this keeps up, they might start releasing wide releases in a few years. However, while their track record is amazing compared to most limited releases, Barely Lethal is not a success story. It earned terrible reviews and missed the Mendoza Line during its opening weekend, earning less than $2,000 per theater. Granted it was also a VOD premiere, so that's a mitigating circumstance, it was one of the weakest box office performers for A24. Was this result fair? Or did it deserve better?
June 26th, 2015
The vast majority of the films on this week's list are either debuting on Video on Demand simultaneously with their theatrical release, or have been playing on VOD for a while. There are a few exceptions, but none of them look like they will become box office hits. The film I'm most interested in seeing is Big Game. It might not be the typical limited release and its reviews are not award-worthy, but it certainly looks entertaining. At the very least, it is worth a rental on Video on Demand.
June 13th, 2015
Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on a comic book co-created by Mark Millar, who previously created the Kick-Ass comic book series. (On a side note, apparently there is a Hit Girl prequel comic book in the works and if that does well, there might be a Kick-Ass 3 movie that focuses more on Hit Girl. She was definitely the best part of the second movie.) It was a February release, so expectations were good, but not great. However, the film managed more than $125 million domestically and $400 million worldwide. That's fantastic. Is it as good as its box office numbers? Or did it thrive thanks to terrible competition?
February 1st, 2015
It was a record-breaking January thanks entirely to American Sniper, which set records, both during its limited release run and especially when it expanded wide. There were a couple of other films that did well, but for the most part, it was a typical January. The question is, will American Sniper boost the overall box office, which would help February, or will its effects fade as it does? There are ten wide releases in February; there are a few films that may or may not open in the top ten. Of these, there are only two that have a real shot at true box office success. The biggest film in terms of buzz is Fifty Shades of Grey, which looks so, so bad. Personally, I would rather watch The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water a hundred times than sit through just the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. If Fifty Shades of Grey becomes the biggest hit of the month, it will mrean the end of civilization. Because. I. Will. End. Civilization. Last February was mostly mediocre, except for The LEGO Movie which was a huge early year hit. There's no chance any film opening this month will match The LEGO Movie; the top two films likely won't match The LEGO Movie. Because of this, 2015 will need to rely on depth to come out ahead. I'm not sure how likely that will be.
September 6th, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the latest in an unending string of hits for Marvel Studios. It was for quite a while the biggest hit of the year, but was recently overtaken by Guardians of the Galaxy. Is this film worth checking out for those who have enjoyed the previous Avengers films? And if you've never seen any of the previous Avengers films, is this a good place to start?
June 19th, 2014
When the RoboCop remake was announced, a lot of people thought it would be a disaster. The original RoboCop is widely considered a classic that not only offers a lot of action, but is also a smart satire. Some where expecting the film to be a complete train wreck. That wasn't the case, at least not with critics. Granted, 49% positive isn't a good score, but it is better than expected. Will I like it more than I thought I would? Or will I recommend skipping this movie and sticking with the original?
April 1st, 2014
In the March update to our Bankability Index, our list of industry influencers increases to 14 people and we examine the top actors and actresses in dramatic roles in movies.
Overall, March's chart reflects the relatively modest start to the year at the box office. Samuel L. Jackson moves back into second place in the overall chart thanks to his appearance in RoboCop, Hans Zimmer was helped by his composing for Winter's Tale and Son of God (and will be further helped in April's chart through his involvement in Divergent–does the man ever sleep?). Leonardo DiCaprio continues to benefit from his producing roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, Out of the Furnace and Runner Runner. Finally, Frozen helps John Lasseter solidify his 11th place in the chart.
This month's new entry is Morgan Freeman, who got a very handy boost from his voice role in The LEGO Movie, and was also helped by some work we did on our archive of credits. That combination takes him to 14th on the Worldwide Chart, up 3 places from February.
All this activity has kept us pretty busy, but it's our new Bankability feature that really kept us burning the midnight oil this month: The Bankability Index Casting and Hiring Guides...
April 1st, 2014
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.
January 31st, 2014
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.
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.
July 1st, 2013
For the most part, June was a really strong month at the box office with nearly every film either matching expectations, or at least coming close enough to call it a victory. Looking forward, there are a dozen films opening wide in July, more or less. One of them, The Smurfs 2, is opening on a Wednesday, so I'm going to hold off talking about that movie till the August preview. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain is opening in less than 1000 theaters, but it has a shot at reaching the top ten during its opening weekend. If we include both of them, there are twelve films, but I think it is better to stick with the ten truly wide, truly July openings. Of these, Despicable Me 2 is clearly going to be the biggest hit at the box office. It could become the second biggest hit of the year so far. It is not the only film that could be a $100 million hit. In fact, there are six films opening in July that I think have a better than 50% chance of reaching that level. There is currently only one film that I think won't at least become a midlevel hit. By comparison in 2012, there were three $100 million movies, led by The Dark Knight Rises, but the rest of the new releases struggled. There's no chance any movie opening this month will top $400 million, in fact, it is quite possible no film will get to $300 million. That said, 2013 has a lot better depth, so it might come out on top in the end.
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.
|5/4/2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Nick Fury||$0||$0||$0|
|8/18/2017||The Hitman’s Bodyguard||Darius Kincaid||$71,747,979||$71,034,745||$142,782,724|
|3/10/2017||Kong: Skull Island||Preston Packard||$168,052,812||$393,084,915||$561,137,727|
|2/3/2017||I Am Not Your Negro||Narrator||$7,123,919||$393,127||$7,517,046|
|1/20/2017||xXx: Return of Xander Cage||Augustus Gibbons||$44,898,413||$300,216,520||$345,114,933|
|12/31/2016||The Last Full Measure||$0||$0||$0|
|9/30/2016||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar …||Barron||$87,242,834||$209,400,000||$296,642,834|
|7/1/2016||The Legend of Tarzan||George Washington Williams||$126,643,061||$222,500,000||$349,143,061|
|12/25/2015||The Hateful Eight||Major Warren||$54,117,416||$91,325,944||$145,443,360|
|6/26/2015||Big Game||The President of the United States||$24,752||$1,613,195||$1,637,947|
|5/1/2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Nick Fury||$459,005,868||$949,212,854||$1,408,218,722|
|2/13/2015||Kingsman: The Secret Service||Valentine||$128,261,724||$276,300,000||$404,561,724|
|4/4/2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Nick Fury||$259,746,958||$454,654,931||$714,401,889|
|1/17/2014||Reasonable Doubt||Clinton Davis||$0||$41,743||$41,743|
|5/4/2012||The Avengers||Nick Fury||$623,279,547||$896,200,000||$1,519,479,547|
|7/22/2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Nick Fury||$176,654,505||$193,915,271||$370,569,776|
|5/6/2011||Thor||Nick Fury (uncredited)||$181,030,624||$268,295,994||$449,326,618|
|8/6/2010||The Other Guys||P.K. Highsmith||$119,219,978||$51,716,492||$170,936,470|
|5/7/2010||Iron Man 2||Nick Fury||$312,433,331||$308,723,058||$621,156,389|
|5/7/2010||Mother and Child||Paul||$1,110,509||$5,426,670||$6,537,179|
|8/21/2009||Inglourious Basterds||Narrator (uncredited)||$120,774,594||$196,140,670||$316,915,264|
|2/10/2009||Gospel Hill||Paul Malcolm||$0||$0||$0|
|12/25/2008||The Spirit||The Octopus||$19,806,188||$19,200,000||$39,006,188|
|11/7/2008||Soul Men||Louis Hinds||$12,082,391||$263,492||$12,345,883|
|9/19/2008||Lakeview Terrace||Abel Turner||$39,263,506||$5,557,793||$44,821,299|
|8/15/2008||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Mace Windu||$35,161,554||$33,533,889||$68,695,443|
|5/2/2008||Iron Man||Nick Fury||$318,604,126||$266,567,421||$585,171,547|
|8/24/2007||Resurrecting the Champ||Champ||$3,172,382||$88,173||$3,260,555|
|5/11/2007||Home of the Brave||Will Marsh||$43,753||$0||$43,753|
|3/2/2007||Black Snake Moan||Lazarus||$9,396,870||$1,554,283||$10,951,153|
|1/30/2007||Farce of the Penguins||Narrator||$0||$0||$0|
|8/18/2006||Snakes on a Plane||Neville Flynn||$34,020,814||$28,000,000||$62,020,814|
|9/9/2005||The Man||Derrick Vann||$8,330,720||$2,062,976||$10,393,696|
|5/19/2005||Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith||Mace Windu||$380,270,577||$468,728,300||$848,998,877|
|4/29/2005||XXX: State of the Union||Agent Augustus Gibbons||$26,873,932||$44,200,000||$71,073,932|
|3/11/2005||In My Country||Langston Whitfield||$163,536||$0||$163,536|
|1/14/2005||Coach Carter||Coach Carter||$67,264,877||$9,400,630||$76,665,507|
|11/5/2004||The Incredibles||Lucius Best/Frozone||$261,441,092||$353,285,660||$614,726,752|
|4/16/2004||Kill Bill: Volume 2||Rufus||$66,207,920||$87,328,062||$153,535,982|
|9/12/2003||No Good Deed||Jack Friar||$129,042||$0||$129,042|
|8/8/2003||S.W.A.T.||Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson||$116,877,597||$90,277,151||$207,154,748|
|10/18/2002||Formula 51||Elmo McElroy||$5,204,007||$0||$5,204,007|
|8/9/2002||xXx||NSA Agent Gibbons||$141,930,000||$125,270,000||$267,200,000|
|5/16/2002||Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones||Mace Windu||$310,676,740||$346,018,875||$656,695,615|
|4/12/2002||Changing Lanes||Doyle Gibson||$66,790,248||$0||$66,790,248|
|3/2/2001||The Caveman's Valentine||Romulus Ledbetter||$687,081||$205,425||$892,506|
|4/7/2000||Rules of Engagement||Childers||$61,322,858||$10,397,073||$71,719,931|
|7/28/1999||Deep Blue Sea||Russell Franklin||$73,648,228||$91,400,000||$165,048,228|
|6/11/1999||Le Violon rouge||Charles Moritz||$10,019,109||$0||$10,019,109|
|5/19/1999||Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace||Mace Windu||$474,544,677||$552,500,000||$1,027,044,677|
|7/29/1998||The Negotiator||Danny Roman||$44,705,766||$4,400,000||$49,105,766|
|6/26/1998||Out of Sight||Hejira (uncredited)||$37,562,568||$40,000,000||$77,562,568|
|12/25/1997||Jackie Brown||Ordell Robbie||$39,673,162||$35,054,330||$74,727,492|
|11/7/1997||Eve's Bayou||Louis Batiste||$14,843,425||$0||$14,843,425|
|7/30/1997||One Eight Seven||Trevor Garfield||$5,747,802||$0||$5,747,802|
|10/11/1996||The Long Kiss Goodnight||Mitch Henessey||$33,447,612||$0||$33,447,612|
|7/24/1996||A Time to Kill||Carl Lee Hailey||$108,766,007||$43,500,000||$152,266,007|
|6/21/1996||The Search for One-eye Jimmy||Col. Ron||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|5/3/1996||The Great White Hype||Rev. Fred Sultan||$7,852,282||$0||$7,852,282|
|5/19/1995||Die Hard: With a Vengeance||Zeus||$100,012,499||$266,089,167||$366,101,666|
|4/21/1995||Kiss of Death||Calvin||$14,942,422||$0||$14,942,422|
|3/17/1995||Losing Isaiah||Kadar Lewis||$7,564,608||$0||$7,564,608|
|12/31/1994||Against the Wall||Jamaal||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/1994||Assault at West Point: The Court-Mart…||Richard||$0||$0||$0|
|10/14/1994||Pulp Fiction||Jules Winnfield||$107,928,762||$105,000,000||$212,928,762|
|1/1/1994||The New Age||Dale Deveaux||$245,217||$0||$245,217|
|9/10/1993||True Romance||Big Don||$12,281,000||$28,980||$12,309,980|
|8/6/1993||The Meteor Man||Dre||$8,015,592||$0||$8,015,592|
|3/5/1993||Amos & Andrew||Andrew Sterling||$9,461,630||$0||$9,461,630|
|2/5/1993||Loaded Weapon 1||Wes Lugar||$27,979,399||$0||$27,979,399|
|12/31/1992||Fathers and Sons||Marshall||$0||$0||$0|
|4/24/1992||White Sands||Greg Meeker||$9,011,574||$0||$9,011,574|
|6/7/1991||Jungle Fever||Gator Purify||$31,739,045||$0||$31,739,045|
|1/1/1991||Jumpin' at the Boneyard||Mr. Simpson||$9,000||$0||$9,000|
|8/17/1990||The Exorcist III||Dream Blind Man||$25,011,739||$0||$25,011,739|
|8/3/1990||Mo' Better Blues||Madlock||$16,153,000||$0||$16,153,000|
|6/22/1990||Betsy's Wedding||Taxi Dispatcher, Mickey||$19,740,070||$0||$19,740,070|
|3/23/1990||A Shock to the System||Ulysses||$3,417,056||$0||$3,417,056|
|1/1/1990||Def by Temptation||Minister Garth||$2,218,579||$0||$2,218,579|
|1/1/1990||The Return of Superfly||Nate Cabot||$610,402||$0||$610,402|
|9/15/1989||Sea of Love||Black Guy||$58,571,513||$0||$58,571,513|
|6/30/1989||Do the Right Thing||Mister Senor Love Daddy||$26,004,026||$0||$26,004,026|
|6/29/1988||Coming to America||Hold-up Man||$128,152,301||$160,647,699||$288,800,000|
|12/18/1987||Eddie Murphy Raw||Eddie's Uncle (sketch)||$50,504,655||$0||$50,504,655|
|12/31/1972||Together for Days||Stan||$0||$0||$0|
|5/18/2012||The Samaritan||Executive Producer||$2,521||$12,699||$15,220|
|3/2/2001||The Caveman's Valentine||Executive Producer||$687,081||$205,425||$892,506|