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Christian Bale

Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 26 films, with $4,040,290,783 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #30)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Bruce Wayne/Batman (The Dark Knight Rises), Bruce Wayne (The Dark Knight), Irving Rosenfeld (American Hustle), Batman/Bruce Wayne (Batman Begins), John Connor (Terminator Salvation)
Most productive collaborators: Christopher Nolan, Michael Caine, Ridley Scott, David O. Russell, Charles Roven

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As an ActorLeading26$1,723,921,938$2,316,368,845$4,040,290,783
Lead Ensemble Member2$150,117,807$107,760,487$257,878,294

2014 Preview: December

December 1st, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster

November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Out of the Furnace

March 9th, 2014

Out of the Furnace came out the weekend after Thanksgiving, which is a dead zone at the box office. Despite being in the heart of the winter holidays (Thanksgiving through New Year's Day) the weekend after Thanksgiving is often times among the worst weekend of the year for wide releases. That was certainly the case in 2013 and Out of the Furnace was part of the problem. Is it as bad as its box office numbers would indicate? Or did it fail to find an audience in part because of the release date? More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Lead Actor

February 20th, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club poster

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, continuing with Best Lead Actor. Like last year, this category is not truly competitive with one nominee way out ahead according to experts. And also like last year, I'm supporting an underdog. (In fact, I'm cheering for two underdogs.) More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscars Understand the Gravity of the Situation

January 16th, 2014

Gravity poster

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there are some surprises mixed in with the predictable results. Gravity and American Hustle led the way with ten nominations each while 12 Years a Slave was right behind with nine. The fact that 12 Years a Slave wasn't the leader is the first of the surprises. More...

2014 Awards Season: Slave Hustles to the Top

December 14th, 2013

12 Years a Slave poster

Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their Golden Globe nominations this week, and a clear picture is forming. 12 Years a Slave was again the recipient of the most nominations, but this time it was a tie, as it and American Hustle both grabbed seven nominations. If you look down the list of other multi-nominated films, you will find a number of familiar faces. More...

2013 Preview: December

December 1st, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster

We had some good news and some bad news in November. The bad news is the overall weakness at the box office continued and 2013 lost its lead over 2012. Strong runs by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen did help it bounce back in the end, but 2013 is still going to have a tough time topping 2012. Looking forward to December, we find about a dozen wide releases, sort of. There are several films that are opening in limited release that are expected to expand wide by the end of the month, but I'm not sure that will be the case for all of them. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be the easy winner this month and if it is a little lucky, it might even top its predecessor at the box office. There is a huge amount of hype surrounding Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and it could double the first film's box office numbers. On the other hand, those two films might be the only two December wide releases to reach $100 million. There are a few that have the potential to get to the century mark, if they are big players during Awards Season. Obviously some of the films coming out this month will win awards, but there's already a lot of competition in theaters before the month begins. There were three $100 million movies last December, led by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so while it could be close, it looks like December will lose in the year-over-year comparison. This is really bad news, as 2013 can't afford to go out on a losing streak if it wants to top 2012. 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 Review: Hayao Miyazaki Double-Shot

June 19th, 2013

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the best animators working today, if not they best. He's created a number of masterpieces and even his weaker efforts are worth watching again and again. Recently two of his films were released on Blu-ray, Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro. The screeners arrived a little late, but I finally got to the reviews this week. Where do they fit in Hayao Miyazaki's filmography? And are they worth picking up? More...

2012 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part I

November 23rd, 2012

This weekend is Thanksgiving and as always that means Black Friday and Cyber Monday plus 48 hours of shopping in-between. Unlike most years, I'm only halfway done with my Christmas shopping. So what recent, and not so recent releases are prime candidates for the perfect gift this year? Over the next month, we will go over several dozen possibilities with our annual Holiday Gift Guide, which is divided into into four sections. This week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. However, before we get into the individual titles, we will start with an update on... More...

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12/31/2017 Untitled Enzo Ferrari Biopic Enzo Ferrari  $0 $0 $0
12/31/2017 The Promise   $0 $0 $0
10/6/2017 Jungle Book Origins   $0 $0 $0
3/4/2016 Knight of Cups   $0 $311,347 $311,347
12/31/2015 Weightless   $0 $0 $0
12/11/2015 The Big Short   $0 $0 $0
12/12/2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings Moses  $65,014,513 $203,300,000 $268,314,513
12/13/2013 American Hustle Irving Rosenfeld  $150,117,807 $107,760,487 $257,878,294
12/4/2013 Out of the Furnace Russell Baze  $11,330,849 $4,103,526 $15,434,375
7/20/2012 The Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne/Batman  $448,139,099 $636,300,000 $1,084,439,099
12/31/2011 Killing Pablo Major Steve Jacoby  $0 $0 $0
12/21/2011 Jin líng shí san chai John Miller  $311,434 $93,410,000 $93,721,434
12/10/2010 The Fighter Dickie Eklund  $93,617,009 $35,645,379 $129,262,388
7/1/2009 Public Enemies Melvin Purvis  $97,104,620 $115,178,089 $212,282,709
5/21/2009 Terminator Salvation John Connor  $125,322,469 $240,169,323 $365,491,792
7/18/2008 The Dark Knight Bruce Wayne  $533,345,358 $469,546,000 $1,002,891,358
11/21/2007 I'm Not There Bob Dylan / John / Jack  $4,017,609 $8,380,004 $12,397,613
9/2/2007 3:10 to Yuma Dan Evans  $53,606,916 $17,564,909 $71,171,825
7/4/2007 Rescue Dawn Dieter Dengler  $5,484,375 $1,547,463 $7,031,838
11/10/2006 Harsh Times Jim Davis  $3,337,931 $2,887,373 $6,225,304
10/20/2006 The Prestige Alfred Borden  $53,089,891 $51,317,475 $104,407,366
12/25/2005 The New World John Rolfe  $12,712,093 $13,472,307 $26,184,400
6/15/2005 Batman Begins Batman/Bruce Wayne  $205,343,774 $153,798,948 $359,142,722
6/10/2005 Hauru no ugoku shiro Howl  $4,710,455 $233,103,872 $237,814,327
10/22/2004 The Machinist Trevor Reznik  $1,082,044 $7,573,353 $8,655,397
3/7/2003 Laurel Canyon Sam  $3,661,906 $0 $3,661,906
12/6/2002 Equilibrium Clerick John Preston  $1,190,018 $4,155,851 $5,345,869
2/19/2002 Reign of Fire Quinn Abercromby  $43,061,982 $39,088,201 $82,150,183
8/17/2001 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Mandras  $25,528,495 $36,569,000 $62,097,495
6/16/2000 Shaft Walter Wade Jr.  $70,327,868 $36,862,240 $107,190,108
4/14/2000 American Psycho Patrick Bateman  $15,047,419 $13,604,132 $28,651,551
9/3/1999 All the Little Animals Bobby  $23,349 $0 $23,349
5/14/1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius  $16,071,990 $8,939,655 $25,011,645
4/9/1999 Metroland Chris  $303,909 $0 $303,909
11/6/1998 Velvet Goldmine Arthur Stuart  $1,043,487 $3,259,856 $4,303,343
12/24/1996 The Portrait of a Lady Edward Rosier  $3,684,143 $0 $3,684,143
11/8/1996 The Secret Agent Stevie  $106,606 $0 $106,606
6/10/1995 Pocahontas Thomas (voice)  $141,567,679 $205,520,227 $347,087,906
12/21/1994 Little Women Laurie  $50,003,303 $0 $50,003,303
3/5/1993 Swing Kids Thomas Berger  $5,632,086 $0 $5,632,086
4/8/1992 Newsies Jack Kelly/Francis Sullivan  $2,706,352 $0 $2,706,352
11/8/1989 Henry V Boy  $10,161,099 $0 $10,161,099
12/9/1987 Empire of the Sun Jim  $22,238,696 $0 $22,238,696
Movies: 43Totals:$2,280,048,633$2,743,369,017$5,023,417,650