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Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson
By pinguino k (originally posted to Flickr as samuel l jackson) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 49 films, with $11,463,571,006 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Nick Fury (The Avengers), Nick Fury (The 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: Colin Firth, Matthew Vaughn, Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Joss Whedon

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Acting Credits
  4. Technical Credits
Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting49$4,925,277,190$6,538,293,816$11,463,571,006
Lead Ensemble Member3$226,111,385$480,168,448$706,279,833
In Technical RolesExecutive Producer2$689,602$205,425$895,027

Home Market Releases for August 25th, 2015

August 25th, 2015

Big Game

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 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. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Barely Lethal

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? More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Big Game and Other Small Releases

June 26th, 2015

Big Game

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. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

June 13th, 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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? More...

2015 Preview: February

February 1st, 2015

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water poster

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. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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? More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: RoboCop

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? More...

Analysis: March Bankability and the Top Dramatic Actors

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... More...

2014 Preview: April

April 1st, 2014

Captian America: The Winter Soldier poster

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. More...

2014 Preview: February

January 31st, 2014

Lego poster

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. 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...

2013 Preview: July

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. More...

2013 Preview: April

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. More...

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
12/31/2018 Hitman's Bodyguard   $0 $0 $0
8/4/2017 Blazing Samurai   $0 $0 $0
3/10/2017 Kong: Skull Island   $0 $0 $0
12/25/2016 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Ch…   $0 $0 $0
7/1/2016 Tarzan   $0 $0 $0
12/25/2015 The Hateful Eight   $0 $0 $0
12/4/2015 Chi-raq   $0 $0 $0
6/26/2015 Big Game The President of the United States  $24,752 $1,613,195 $1,637,947
5/29/2015 Barely Lethal Hardman  $4,912 $40,776 $45,688
5/1/2015 The Avengers: Age of Ultron Nick Fury  $459,005,868 $945,700,000 $1,404,705,868
2/13/2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service Valentine  $128,261,724 $276,300,000 $404,561,724
12/31/2014 Cell Tom McCourt  $0 $0 $0
10/10/2014 Kite Karl Aker  $0 $0 $0
4/4/2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nick Fury  $259,746,958 $454,100,000 $713,846,958
2/12/2014 RoboCop Pat Novak  $58,607,007 $184,374,792 $242,981,799
1/17/2014 Reasonable Doubt Clinton Davis  $0 $0 $0
11/27/2013 Oldboy Chaney  $2,193,658 $1,149,909 $3,343,567
7/17/2013 Turbo Whiplash  $83,028,130 $203,868,448 $286,896,578
12/31/2012 Zambezia Tendai  $0 $23,346,219 $23,346,219
12/25/2012 Django Unchained Stephen  $162,805,434 $262,568,254 $425,373,688
5/18/2012 The Samaritan Foley  $2,521 $0 $2,521
5/4/2012 Meeting Evil Richie  $525 $0 $525
5/4/2012 The Avengers Nick Fury  $623,279,547 $896,200,000 $1,519,479,547
10/11/2011 Arena Foley  $0 $0 $0
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
4/22/2011 African Cats Himself  $15,428,747 $2,455,000 $17,883,747
8/6/2010 The Other Guys P.K. Highsmith  $119,219,978 $51,716,492 $170,936,470
6/15/2010 Unthinkable   $0 $5,483,534 $5,483,534
5/7/2010 Iron Man 2 Nick Fury  $312,128,345 $311,128,000 $623,256,345
5/7/2010 Mother and Child Paul  $1,110,509 $3,900,000 $5,010,509
10/23/2009 Astro Boy Zog  $19,551,067 $22,085,176 $41,636,243
8/20/2009 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
5/27/2008 Cleaner Tom Cutler  $0 $3,768,452 $3,768,452
5/2/2008 Iron Man Nick Fury  $318,604,126 $263,839,000 $582,443,126
2/14/2008 Jumper Roland  $81,168,265 $142,468,684 $223,636,949
8/24/2007 Resurrecting the Champ Champ  $3,172,382 $88,173 $3,260,555
6/22/2007 1408 Olin  $71,975,611 $59,277,742 $131,253,353
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
12/15/2006 Home of the Brave Will Marsh  $43,753 $0 $43,753
8/18/2006 Snakes on a Plane Neville Flynn  $34,020,814 $28,000,000 $62,020,814
2/17/2006 Freedomland Lorenzo Council  $12,512,886 $2,138,330 $14,651,216
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  $26,082,914 $44,200,000 $70,282,914
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
2/27/2004 Twisted John Mills  $25,195,050 $14,924,798 $40,119,848
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
3/28/2003 Basic West  $26,599,248 $15,999,250 $42,598,498
10/18/2002 Formula 51 Elmo McElroy  $5,204,007 $0 $5,204,007
8/9/2002 xXx NSA Agent Gibbons  $141,715,000 $125,270,000 $266,985,000
5/16/2002 Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones Mace Windu  $302,181,125 $346,018,875 $648,200,000
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
11/22/2000 Unbreakable Elijah Price  $94,999,143 $153,100,000 $248,099,143
6/16/2000 Shaft John Shaft  $70,327,868 $36,862,240 $107,190,108
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  $44,484,065 $4,400,000 $48,884,065
6/26/1998 Out of Sight Hejira (uncredited)  $37,474,810 $40,000,000 $77,474,810
2/13/1998 Sphere Harry   $36,976,367 $13,100,000 $50,076,367
12/25/1997 Jackie Brown Ordell Robbie  $39,647,595 $35,054,330 $74,701,925
11/7/1997 Eve's Bayou Louis Batiste  $14,821,531 $0 $14,821,531
7/30/1997 One Eight Seven Trevor Garfield  $5,716,080 $0 $5,716,080
2/28/1997 Hard Eight Jimmy  $142,356 $0 $142,356
10/11/1996 Trees Lounge Wendell  $749,741 $0 $749,741
10/11/1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight Mitch Henessey  $33,430,951 $0 $33,430,951
7/24/1996 A Time to Kill Carl Lee Hailey  $108,706,165 $43,500,000 $152,206,165
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  $7,751,497 $0 $7,751,497
6/2/1995 Fluke Rumbo (voice)  $3,709,626 $0 $3,709,626
5/19/1995 Die Hard: With a Vengeance Zeus   $99,983,259 $266,089,167 $366,072,426
4/21/1995 Kiss of Death Calvin  $14,924,355 $0 $14,924,355
3/17/1995 Losing Isaiah Kadar Lewis  $7,551,247 $0 $7,551,247
12/31/1994 Against the Wall Jamaal  $0 $0 $0
12/31/1994 Hail, Caesar   $0 $0 $0
12/31/1994 Assault at West Point: The Court-Mart… Richard  $0 $0 $0
10/14/1994 Pulp Fiction Jules Winnfield  $107,886,108 $105,000,000 $212,886,108
8/19/1994 Fresh Sam  $8,094,616 $0 $8,094,616
1/1/1994 The New Age Dale Deveaux  $245,217 $0 $245,217
9/10/1993 True Romance Big Don  $12,281,000 $0 $12,281,000
8/6/1993 The Meteor Man Dre  $8,015,592 $0 $8,015,592
6/11/1993 Jurassic Park Arnold  $395,708,305 $643,104,279 $1,038,812,584
3/5/1993 Amos & Andrew Andrew Sterling  $9,461,630 $0 $9,461,630
2/5/1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Wes Lugar  $25,726,318 $0 $25,726,318
12/31/1992 Fathers and Sons Marshall  $0 $0 $0
6/5/1992 Patriot Games Robby   $83,287,363 $94,812,637 $178,100,000
4/24/1992 White Sands Greg Meeker  $9,011,574 $0 $9,011,574
1/17/1992 Juice Trip  $20,146,800 $0 $20,146,800
11/8/1991 Strictly Business Monroe  $7,683,267 $0 $7,683,267
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
1/1/1991 Johnny Suede B-Bop  $55,000 $0 $55,000
9/19/1990 Goodfellas Stacks Edwards  $46,261,759 $0 $46,261,759
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 The Return of Superfly Nate Cabot  $610,402 $0 $610,402
1/1/1990 Def by Temptation Minister Garth  $2,218,579 $0 $2,218,579
9/15/1989 Sea of Love Black Guy  $53,350,495 $0 $53,350,495
6/30/1989 Do the Right Thing Mister Senor Love Daddy  $24,289,231 $0 $24,289,231
6/29/1988 Coming to America Hold-up Man  $120,794,325 $160,647,699 $281,442,024
2/12/1988 School Daze Leeds  $14,545,844 $0 $14,545,844
12/18/1987 Eddie Murphy Raw Eddie's Uncle (sketch)  $50,504,655 $0 $50,504,655
11/20/1981 Ragtime Gang member  $17,468,158 $0 $17,468,158
12/31/1972 Together for Days Stan  $0 $0 $0
Movies: 119Totals:$7,209,860,461$8,671,740,120$15,881,600,581
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Box Office
Box Office
5/18/2012 The Samaritan Executive Producer $2,521 $0 $2,521
3/2/2001 The Caveman's Valentine Executive Producer $687,081 $205,425 $892,506
11/7/1997 Eve's Bayou Producer $14,821,531 $0 $14,821,531
Movies: 3Totals:$15,511,133$205,425$15,716,558