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Release DateMovieProduction
Box Office
Box Office
Nov 16, 2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $125,000,000 $90,294,621 $317,575,550 $974,755,371  
Nov 15, 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $100,000,000 $88,357,488 $261,987,880 $878,979,634  
Jun 4, 2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $130,000,000 $93,687,367 $249,538,952 $796,688,549  
Nov 18, 2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $150,000,000 $102,685,961 $290,013,036 $896,911,078  
Jul 11, 2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $150,000,000 $77,108,414 $292,004,738 $942,943,935  
Jul 15, 2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $250,000,000 $77,835,727 $301,959,197 $935,083,686 Play
Nov 19, 2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I $125,000,000 $125,017,372 $295,983,305 $960,283,305 Play
Jul 15, 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II $125,000,000 $169,189,427 $381,011,219 $1,341,511,219 Play
Oct 14, 2016 The Harry Potter IMAX Marathon   $1,357,376 $1,729,226 $1,729,226  
Nov 18, 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them $180,000,000 $74,403,387 $234,037,575 $802,442,198 Play
Nov 16, 2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald     $0 $0  
Nov 20, 2020 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3     $0 $0  
 Totals$1,335,000,000 $2,625,840,678$8,531,328,201 
Release DateMovieDomestic
DVD Sales
Blu-ray Sales
Total Domestic
Video Sales
Mar 7, 2006 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $542,162,545 $5,987,162 $548,149,707
Dec 11, 2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $253,755,333 $4,274,040 $258,029,373
Dec 8, 2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $147,653,724 $41,530,951 $189,184,675
Apr 15, 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I $95,682,939 $58,901,699 $154,584,638
Nov 11, 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II $102,300,890 $59,656,735 $161,957,625
Mar 7, 2017 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them $19,789,127 $38,085,541 $57,874,668

Our DVD and Blu-ray sales estimates are based on weekly retail surveys, which we use to build a weekly market share estimate for each title we are tracking. The market share is converted into a weekly sales estimate based on industry reports on the overall size of the market, including reports published in Home Media Magazine.

For example, if our weekly retail survey estimates that a particular title sold 1% of all units that week, and the industry reports sales of 1,500,000 units in total, we will estimate 15,000 units were sold of that title. The consumer spending estimate is based on the average sales price for the title in the retailers we survey.

We refine our estimates from week to week as more data becomes available. In particular, we adjust weekly sales figures for the quarter once the total market estimates are published by the Digital Entertainment Group. Figures will therefore fluctuate each week, and totals for individual titles can go up or down as we update our estimates.

Because sales figures are estimated based on sampling, they will be more accurate for higher-selling titles.

Featured Blu-ray and DVD Review: Mary and the Witch’s Flower

April 22nd, 2018

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is the latest release from GKIDS. GKIDS is the only distributor that can routinely release animated films in limited release and have them do well at the box office. For example, this film earned over $2 million domestically. The film doesn’t come out on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack until May the 1st, but the screener arrived early and I was able to get to the review this weekend. Is it worth waiting for? More...

Analysis: Why Haven’t There Been Fifty Shades of Grey Copycats?

February 8th, 2018

Fifty Shades Freed

This weekend the Fifty Shades franchise is expected to surpass $1 billion in total worldwide box office with the release of the final installment, Fifty Shades Freed. All that income comes from films with an estimated combined budget for all three films of $150 million. The last time Hollywood saw this kind of success with an erotic drama/thriller, it created an entire subgenre that ate its way all through the 90s. Yet, after this year, it seems Valentine’s Day weekend will be left without a Fifty Shades replacement. So why the hesitancy from Hollywood to step up to the challenge this time?


Weekend Estimates: Coco Gives Disney Another Thanksgiving Win

November 26th, 2017

Coco Coco will easily top the box office chart this Thanksgiving weekend, with Disney projecting a $71 million 5-day opening, including $49 million from Friday to Sunday. That’s the fourth-best Thanksgiving opening of all time, behind Frozen ($94 million), Moana ($82 million), and Toy Story 2 ($80 million). In all, Disney lays claim to 10 of the top 11 opening weekend’s over this holiday period, although, to be fair, the Hunger Games and Harry Potter franchises both claim several spots in the higher reaches of the Thanksgiving weekend record chart, but were just playing in their second weekend, rather than opening.

Nit-picking aside, it’s a great weekend for Coco. More...

Home Market Releases for November 7, 2017

November 8th, 2017

Your Name.

It is not a particularly strong week on the home market. Cars 3 is the biggest new release, but it is far from the best. There were not a lot of contenders for Pick of the Week. The Philadelphia Story and Your Name were the two best with the latter coming out on top and its Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Tragic Fate for Those who Miss these Films

October 20th, 2017

Tragedy Girls

There isn’t a huge selection of limited releases this week, but there are several earning excellent reviews, such as 120 Beats Per Minute, Jane, Tragedy Girls, and others. Additionally, films like The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Wonderstruck are earning merely good reviews, but have enough buzz that they could still do well in theaters. More...

Theater Counts: Circle Plays in 3,163 Locations; Guardians Coming to 4,200 Theaters Next Week

April 27th, 2017

The Circle

April comes to end with two wide releases that have modest ambitions at the box office. The Circle opens in 3,163 theaters for STX Entertainment, who will be happy if it beats The Bye Bye Man’s $13.5 million opening weekend and becomes their second-best opening to date (Bad Moms holds the record for the studio, with $23.8 million—a number they would be thrilled with). Speaking of records, The Circle holds a very unusual one… More...

Home Market Releases for March 28th, 2017

March 29th, 2017


It’s a good week for Pick of the Week contenders, as there are seven such releases on this week’s list. Unfortunately, none of them really scream out as The Pick of the Week. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is by far the biggest, but it is only out on Video on Demand right now, while Hidden Figures is the best, but again, it is only on VOD this week. There are also a couple of busted Oscar-bait films, Archer: Season Seven is only getting a DVD release, while the previous seasons came out on Blu-ray. In the end, I went with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII, partially to celebrate the return of the show. More...

Weekend Estimates: Beauty and the Beast Sets New March Record

March 19th, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast set out this weekend to show that it’s not just super heroes who can deliver big openings at the box office, and it’s doing so in some style. Disney is projecting a $170 million opening weekend for the live action fairytale, and the film is setting records around the world. At home, it’ll have the biggest March weekend of all time, and the fourth-best Saturday of all time. The studio is projecting it will have the sixth-best Sunday in history, although my money would be on it slightly outperforming today, for the fifth-best Sunday, and that it will challenge Iron Man 3’s $174 million for the sixth-best opening of all time. Only Star Wars, super heroes, and dinosaur-themed movies have done better on opening weekend. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Moana Sails to Victory with $28.27 million

December 6th, 2016


As expected, Moana dominated the weekend box office chart with a $10 million lead over its nearest competitor earning $28.27 million. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also did well with $18.12 million. Unfortunately, those were the only two films to earn more than $10 million over the weekend and this left the overall box office down a massive 48% from last weekend to just $95 million. Worse still, this is 2.8% lower than the same weekend last year. I’m actually surprised it’s that close, because there were four films that earned more than $10 million last year, including the biggest new release, Krampus. 2016 was able to crack $10 billion before the weekend and has a very substantial lead at $10.12 billion to $9.66 billion for 2015. More...

Weekend Wrap-up: Moana Takes on Beast Over Thanksgiving Weekend

November 29th, 2016


As expected, Moana earned first place over the Thanksgiving weekend and became the biggest true opener in the holiday’s history. (Technically Frozen opened in limited release the week before and as we learned from Futurama, technically correct is the best kind of correct.) The film was a little more front-loaded than expected and nearly matched our predictions. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them held on better than predicted and that one-two punch helped the overall box office grow 17% from last weekend to $184 million, over the three-day portion of the weekend. This is nearly identical to the same weekend last year; in fact, it was up by less than 1%. Year-to-date, 2016 has pulled in $9.99 billion. 2016 will soon become the eighth year in a row to reach the $10 billion milestone. This is 5.0% / $470 million above last year’s pace. I’ve been saying for a while that we needed to enter December with a $300 million advantage over 2015 in order to come out ahead at the end of the year, so this is great news. More...

International Box Office: Fantastic has a Beast of an Opening with $143.3 million

November 24th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opened in first place on the international chart with $143.3 million in 63 markets. The film had the biggest opening of the Harry Potter franchise in 16 of those 63 markets, but ironically not in the U.K., where it had its biggest opening. The film debuted in first place there with $18.90 million in 666 theaters. This is the third best in the franchise behind the two Deathly Hallows films. Some of the markets where Fantastic Beasts set the franchise record include South Korea, where it made $10.64 million on 1,431 screens over the weekend for a total opening of $14.15 million. It did the same in Russia with $10.29 million on 1,173 screens and in Brazil with $6.4 million. More...

Weekend Predictions: Moana Takes on Beast Over Thanksgiving Weekend

November 23rd, 2016


Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most lucrative weekends of the year and this time around we could have a relatively close battle between a new release, Moana, and last week’s number one film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. At least that’s what analysts thought, before we saw the preview numbers. None of the rest of the new wide releases are expected to do much. Allied could become a midlevel hit, but I would be surprised if its budget was only midlevel. Bad Santa 2 is on its way to becoming another comedy sequel that bombs. If Rules Don’t Apply’s previews are any indication, it will become one of the worst box office performers of the year. This weekend last year, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 beat The Good Dinosaur rather easily. However, Fantastic Beasts started slower than Moana, so I think we will have a new winner this week. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Fantastic Beast Can’t Lift Box Office

November 22nd, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

As expected, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dominated the box office earning nearly as much as the rest of the films combined. However, it was unexpectedly weak earning just $74.40 million. In fact, every film we talked about on Thursday’s predictions underperformed and the overall box office was down to $158 million. Granted, “down” in this case is only off by 0.1%, but considering we were expecting significant growth, even a little drop is distressing. Worse still, the box office is off by 8.9% from this weekend last year. Again, we were expecting growth in the year-over-year comparison, so a drop this big really hurts. Year-to-date, 2016 has pulled in $9.49 billion, which is 5.9% or $540 million better than last year’s pace. That said, I wouldn’t panic, as Moana should help the box office bounce back this weekend. More...

Weekend Estimates: Fantastic Beasts Makes Fantastic-ish $75 Million

November 20th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is doing everything Warner Bros. could have wished for this weekend, posting a lively $75 million opening in the US, hitting $143.3 million internationally for a global opening over $200 million, and getting a A CinemaScore that should give it positive word of mouth going into Thanksgiving. For a franchise reboot, that’s a lot of reasons to be happy, although its opening is well below the openings enjoyed by the original Harry Potter franchise. The worst of those, Chamber of Secrets, opened with $88 million over three days (Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince both technically had slower weekends than Chamber of Secrets, but both of them opened on Wednesday, and they still did over $75 million Friday–Sunday). More...

Friday Estimates: Fantastic Dominates Charts, but with just $29.7 million

November 19th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

As expected, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them easily earned first place on Friday. However, it only managed $29.7 million, which was well below expectations. This is the worst opening day in the Harry Potter franchise since The Chamber of Secrets. (The two films are so close that the final figure for Fantastic Beasts could be the worst in the franchise.) The reviews are weaker than the franchise as a whole, but its CinemaScore is an A and that’s roughly average for the previous 8 Harry Potter films. The film should still earn between $70 million and $75 million over the weekend, depending on if the high CinemaScore can overcome the Fanboy Effect. I would choose to be optimistic, but that hasn’t worked out this weekend. More...

Thursday Night Previews: Fantastic Doesn’t Quite Live Up to Its Name with $8.75 million - Updated

November 18th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them pulled in $8.75 million during its midnight shows last night. That’s good, but a little lower than expected and not even the best of the fall so far. It was beaten by Doctor Strange, which earned $9.4 million just two weeks ago. Worse still, Fantastic Beasts' reviews have fallen to 74% positive. That’s still good for a blockbuster release, but it is the lowest in the Harry Potter franchise and will likely hurt the film’s box office performance over the weekend. It should still make over $80 million this weekend, but it will be close. We might have to revise that prediction lower tomorrow when we have Friday’s estimates. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Fantastic Be Fantastic? Or will it merely be a Beast at the Box Office?

November 17th, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

At the beginning of the month, we thought there would be four wide releases / expansions this week. However, it turns out there will be just one, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The lack of wide releases should help it at the box office and there is a small chance it could top $100 million over the next three days. While there are no other wide releases, there are a few films opening or expanding semi-wide. Of these, The Edge of Seventeen is the only one with a realistic shot at the top five. It is earning the best reviews of the week and did earn a lot of film festival buzz, so that should help. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk had an amazing opening in limited release last weekend, but it will likely struggle as it expands into just over 1,000 theaters this weekend. Finally there’s Bleed for This, which is expected to barely make the top ten. This weekend last year, the final installment of the Hunger Games franchise opened with just over $100 million. There’s a slim chance Fantastic Beasts will do the same. Even if it doesn’t, the depth this year is much better than last year and that should help 2016 win in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2016 Preview: November

November 1st, 2016

Doctor Strange

October turned out to be a mixed month. On the one hand, not one movie earned $100 million, or even came close. However, it was also a more steady month than last October and the last two weeks really helped 2016 in the year-over-year comparisons. In November, we have five films with at least a shot at $100 million, three of which should have no trouble getting to at least $200 million. A little while ago, I thought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be the biggest hit of the month, but the buzz took a hit recently. More on that below. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange’s reviews are currently 90% positive and that should help it out at the box office. The third very likely $200 million hit is Moana. There is certainly precedent for an animated movie to be a monster hit at this time of year, but there is also a lot of competition. Last November was similar in strength, with five films that earned more than $100 million and two films that earned more than $200 million. None earned more than $300 million, so that’s the goal for this November. If we can get one $300 million and / or three $200 million movies over the month, then it will be seen as a victory. More...

Dory Finds its way to $1 Billion

October 13th, 2016

Finding Dory

Last weekend, Finding Dory became the 27th film to earn $1 billion worldwide. In doing so, it created a lot of interesting tidbits worth talking about. But first, the history of $1 billion movies. More...

Weekend Estimates: Batman v Superman hits March record $170 milion

March 27th, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman and Superman not only had to fight each other this weekend, but also mediocre reviews. They have come through in some style, however, posting a record for March of $170.1 million, according to Warner Bros.’ Sunday morning estimate. Our model has the film coming a little below that mark, at $165 million or so, which might mean it won’t quite top Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II’s $169 million, which is currently the studio’s best ever weekend. But the fact that we’re comparing the movie to the Harry Potter franchise is nothing but good news for them. More...

2015 Preview: November

November 1st, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

October has come to an end and everyone should be happy about that. Except for The Martian, there were no serious hits that opened last month. There were more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Fortunately, October of last year wasn't spectacular either, so 2015 maintains a healthy lead over 2014. Even more fortunately, November looks fantastic. There are four films that have the potential to earn $200 million or more. The biggest of these is the final Hunger Games movie, which should reach $400 million. Spectre has a real shot at $300 million and could be the biggest hit in the franchise. Meanwhile, nearly every November there's an animated kids movie that becomes a monster hit. This year, The Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur are both aiming for that box office milestone. The last time we didn't have a family film that earned at least $100 million in November was 2011 and that's because there were four family films that opened in the final two weeks of the month and that much competition meant they cannibalized each other. Both of these has a shot at $200 million and if neither of them reached $200 million, I would be shocked. Meanwhile, last November was a good month at the top with three monster hits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Big Hero 6, and Interstellar. However, after those three films, there were not much positive to talk about. It really looks like 2015 will match 2014 at the top, plus it could have better depth. I might be a little too optimistic, but I think November is going to be a great month at the box office. More...

International Box Office: Jurassic’s Worldwide Success

June 18th, 2015

Jurassic World

Jurassic World completed the trifecta over the weekend. Not only did the film have the largest domestic debut, it broke the same record internationally and worldwide. The film pulled in $315.61 million on 19,612 screens in 66 markets for a worldwide opening weekend of $524.42 million. It broke the previous international and worldwide records that were held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II. It is also the first film to open with more than $500 million worldwide and it is just a matter of when, not if, it will top $1 billion globally. The only downside is the number of markets it has yet to open in, which is one. It debuts in Japan in August and it might be the biggest global hit of the year before it even gets there. More...

2014 Preview: November

October 31st, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

October was a better than expected month with the overall box office keeping pace with October of 2013, for the most part. (The last weekend will be terrible, but that's because of Halloween.) We were able to close the gap somewhat in the year-over-year comparison, at least by a little bit. So how will November do compared to October. Let's put it this way. There are only seven films opening wide this month. Of those, Beyond the Lights will likely not make an impact at the box office. Every other film has at least a reasonable shot at $100 million. More than half the of the films opening this month could hit $200 million. Leading the way will be The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, which could hit $400 million. The only problem is when book franchises split the final installment into two parts, the first part tends to be weaker at the box office. Interstellar is a big question mark. On the low end, it could make just over $100 million, while on the high end, just over $300 million is within reach. That's a wide range of expectations. On the downside, last November, there were two movies to reach $400 million: Catching Fire and Frozen. On the other hand, there was only one other movie to make more than $100 million, Thor: The Dark World, so perhaps the depth this year will help 2014 come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Neighbors

September 22nd, 2014

This summer was terrible at the box office with no $250 million hits throughout the summer until Guardians of the Galaxy opened in August. That said, there were a number of smaller movies that did quite well at the box office. Neighbors, for instance, cost less than $20 million to make, but pulled in $150 million at the box office. Was it a hit because of its quality? Or did it benefit from the weakness in the tentpole releases? More...

Analysis: Sandra Bullock is Hollywood’s Top Actress

June 30th, 2014

With the recent weak performance of films such as Transcendence and Edge of Tomorrow at the box office, there’s been a lot of talk recently about how much actors and actresses are really worth to a film. The poor performance of these films hasn’t come as a huge surprise to followers of the Bankability Index, which produces valuations considerably below the $20 million that Johnny Depp reportedly earned from his lead role in Transcendence, and we thought this is a good opportunity to look at what the Index says about the most valuable actors and actresses in the business.

With Angelina Jolie making headlines for all the right reasons for her starring role in Maleficent, it seemed only fitting to start with an analysis of the most valuable actresses in Hollywood. For this chart, we’ve taken each star’s worldwide Bankability Index and divided it by the number of films they make each year to get an estimate of the average value they bring to a film, as of June, 2014. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Captain America Reaches Milestone, Transcendence Sinks

April 22nd, 2014

Captian America: The Winter Soldier poster

Captain America: The Winter Soldier won the weekend box office race with a better than expected result and this helped it reach $200 million. Likewise, Heaven is for Real was surprisingly strong earning second place over the weekend, despite opening on Wednesday. Unfortunately, none of the other new releases lived up to expectations and the overall box office fell 5% to $133 million. This was still 20% higher than the same weekend last year, boosting 2014's lead over 2013 to 8% at $2.92 billion to $2.70 billion. More...

Weekend Predictions: Divergent Opinions on the New Releases

March 20th, 2014

Divergent poster

Another week, another pair of wide releases. That's becoming a common thing to say. It is also a good thing to say, because too many movies tend to hurt all films involved and it is much better to have one big release and the counter-programing film. This week the big release is Divergent, which the studio is hoping will be the start of a new franchise. The box office tracking for the film looks good, even if the reviews do not. The counter-programing this week is Muppets Most Wanted, which is also opening with a saturation level theater count and it looks to do as well as The Muppets did. Last year there was also a strong one-two punch with The Croods topping Olympus has Fallen $43.64 million to $30.37 million. I'm not sure that Muppets Most Wanted will hold up its end of the bargain, but Divergent is poised for an opening of at least $50 million. It looks likes 2014 will again win over 2013. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 25th, 2014

February 24th, 2014

It's a very impressive week at the top of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases. There's not one, but two $200 million hits coming out this week. Likewise, there are not one, but two major Awards Season hits coming out as well. One film, Gravity, is in both groups. All three films, Gravity, Thor: The Dark World, and Nebraska, are all contenders for Pick of the Week. Gravity is the only one I didn't get a chance to review, but the Blu-ray Combo Pack or the 3D Combo Pack are clearly the Pick of the Week. It's an amazing movie and the Blu-ray releases are loaded with extras. 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...

Contest: Game of Chance

October 25th, 2013

There are three wide releases, but only two of them have any chance of becoming more than a midlevel hit. Free Birds is a digitally animated family film that has a very timely release, but it is also a second-tier CG animated film. Ender's Game is a $110 million film based on a book aimed at young adults. It is yet another film trying to tap into the vacuum left behind by Harry Potter. I don't think either of them will be big hits, but one of them has to be the target film. I think Free Birds will have better legs, but that Ender's Game will have a better opening. As such, it is the target film for this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Ender's Game. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), regardless if they go over or not, will win a copy of The Conjuring on Blu-ray Combo Pack.

To celebrate, we have Five Things to know about The Conjuring, in GIF form, starting with...

1) The Conjuring is directed by the acclaimed James Wan, the Australian-born director of the fright-fests Insidious and the Saw series. His Twitter handle is @CreepyPuppet. Say no more.
Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! 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...

Weekend Estimates: Man of Steel Posts Biggest June Weekend

June 16th, 2013

2013 has been a nervous time for Warner Bros.. After six straight years as the number one or number two domestic distributor, the studio's main franchise breadwinners, Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Hangover are all coming to an end or already played out. They are running in third place for the year to date, and badly need a new money spinner if they are to avoid lean times in 2015 and beyond. This weekend they got their knight in shining armor, or, more accurately, Man of Steel. The reboot of the venerable Superman franchise will open this weekend with $113.08 million, a new record weekend in June and a huge shot in the arm for the studio. More...

Blu-ray Sales: The Average Spider-Man

January 8th, 2013

There were half-a-dozen new releases to chart on the November 11th edition of the Blu-ray sales chart. This includes The Amazing Spider-Man, which earned first place with 641,000 units / $14.37 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 54%, which is impressive, but one has to assume the studio was hoping for more. Then again, the film is more than profitable enough to ensure a sequel. 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...

Weekend Estimates: Breaking Dawn Posts 8th-Biggest Weekend

November 18th, 2012

The beginning of the end for the Twilight franchise is here, and, as expected, big money is being made by Lionsgate/Summit. While this installment doesn't look like it will break franchise records, Lionsgate is predicting a $141.3 million opening weekend, which will be the 8th-best of all time, assuming it holds up. New Moon will most likely remain the top opener for the franchise with $142.8 million, although it will be a close-run thing. Twilight will most likely end up the 5th-highest-grossing franchise at the domestic box office, behind only the "box office gods", Harry Potter, Star Wars, Batman and James Bond. More...

Note: This list contains actors who appeared in at least two movies in the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Box Office
Box Office
Daniel Radcliffe 8 Harry Potter $7,727,156,777 $8,400,926,324 92.0%
Rupert Grint 8 Ron Weasley $7,727,156,777 $7,775,570,097 99.4%
Emma Watson 8 Hermione Granger $7,727,156,777 $9,693,737,460 79.7%
Alan Rickman 8 Professor Severus Snape $7,727,156,777 $10,776,958,358 71.7%
Robbie Coltrane 8 Rubeus Hagrid $7,727,156,777 $10,067,666,398 76.8%
Tom Felton 8 Draco Malfoy $7,727,156,777 $8,494,676,861 91.0%
Bonnie Wright 8 Ginny Weasley $7,727,156,777 $7,727,156,777 100.0%
Warwick Davis 8 Professor Filius Flitwick $7,727,156,777 $15,104,367,750 51.2%
Matthew Lewis 8 Neville Longbottom $7,727,156,777 $7,933,202,078 97.4%
Devon Murray 8 Seamus Finnigan $7,727,156,777 $7,741,278,705 99.8%
Josh Herdman 8 Gregory Goyle $7,727,156,777 $7,727,156,777 100.0%
James Phelps 8 Fred Weasley $7,727,156,777 $7,727,156,777 100.0%
Oliver Phelps 8 George Weasley $7,727,156,777 $7,727,156,777 100.0%
Geraldine Somerville 8 Lily Potter $7,727,156,777 $7,768,688,651 99.5%
Maggie Smith 7 Professor Minerva McGonagall $6,766,873,472 $8,682,452,996 77.9%
David Bradley 7 Argus Filch $6,766,873,472 $6,985,047,434 96.9%
Julie Walters 7 Mrs. Molly Weasley $6,830,245,699 $9,081,077,945 75.2%
Alfie Enoch 7 Dean Thomas $6,766,873,472 $6,766,873,472 100.0%
Mark Williams 7 Arthur Weasley $6,752,401,406 $7,601,319,485 88.8%
Adrian Rawlins 7 James Potter $6,792,073,091 $6,865,090,277 98.9%
Michael Gambon 6 Professor Albus Dumbledore $5,873,421,772 $8,366,231,286 70.2%
Jamie Waylett 6 Vincent Crabbe $5,425,362,253 $5,425,362,253 100.0%
Jason Isaacs 5 Lucius Malfoy $5,020,629,171 $7,594,857,047 66.1%
Richard Griffiths 5 Uncle Vernon Dursley $4,553,650,794 $6,931,205,983 65.7%
Fiona Shaw 5 Aunt Petunia Dursley $4,553,650,794 $4,973,406,321 91.6%
Timothy Spall 5 Peter Pettigrew $4,930,477,837 $8,551,472,679 57.7%
Harry Melling 5 Dudley Dursley $4,553,650,794 $4,570,773,130 99.6%
Chris Rankin 5 Percy Weasley $4,553,650,794 $4,553,650,794 100.0%
Afshan Azad 5 Padma Patil $5,076,733,223 $5,076,733,223 100.0%
William Melling 5 Nigel $5,076,733,223 $5,095,857,074 99.6%
Katie Leung 5 Cho Chang $5,076,733,223 $5,259,590,893 96.5%
Ralph Fiennes 4 Lord Voldemort $4,141,649,537 $9,438,168,387 43.9%
Helena Bonham Carter 4 Bellatrix Lestrange $4,179,822,145 $9,804,446,607 42.6%
David Thewlis 4 Remus Lupin $3,634,999,475 $5,820,103,111 62.5%
Robert Hardy 4 Cornelius Fudge $3,515,523,196 $3,812,604,032 92.2%
Gary Oldman 4 Sirius Black $3,978,054,781 $11,004,484,579 36.1%
Evanna Lynch 4 Luna Lovegood $4,179,822,145 $4,179,837,138 100.0%
Natalia Tena 4 Nymphadora Tonks $4,179,822,145 $4,179,825,449 100.0%
Brendan Gleeson 3 Mad-Eye Moody $2,800,138,318 $7,451,694,209 37.6%
Helen McCrory 3 Narcissa Malfoy $3,236,878,210 $3,925,003,382 82.5%
John Hurt 3 Ollivander $3,276,549,895 $6,361,026,008 51.5%
Ralph Ineson 3 Amycus Carrow $3,236,878,210 $5,024,196,698 64.4%
Emma Thompson 3 Sybill Trelawney $3,081,143,703 $7,842,808,161 39.3%
Clémence Poésy 3 Fleur Delacour $3,198,705,602 $3,295,185,186 97.1%
Shefali Chowdhury 3 Parvati Patil $2,774,938,699 $2,774,938,699 100.0%
Isabella Laughland 3 Leanne $3,236,878,210 $3,236,879,328 100.0%
Gemma Jones 3 Madam Poppy Pomfrey $3,155,574,539 $4,171,908,705 75.6%
Freddie Stroma 3 Cormac McLaggen $3,236,878,210 $3,422,405,030 94.6%
Jessie Cave 3 Lavender Brown $3,236,878,210 $3,236,882,364 100.0%
Anna Shaffer 3 Romilda Vane $3,236,878,210 $3,236,878,210 100.0%
George Harris 3 Kingsley Shacklebolt $3,244,738,459 $3,792,735,786 85.6%
Georgina Leonidas 3 Katie Bell $3,236,878,210 $3,290,387,068 98.4%
Scarlett Byrne 3 Pansy Parkinson $3,236,878,210 $3,236,878,210 100.0%
Dave Legeno 3 Fenrir Greyback $3,236,878,210 $3,710,215,840 87.2%
Eddie Redmayne 2 Newt Scamander $802,442,198 $1,794,751,353 44.7%
Ezra Miller 2 Credence Barebone $802,442,198 $2,391,855,392 33.5%
John Cleese 2 Nearly Headless Nick $1,853,735,005 $7,540,590,628 24.6%
Dan Fogler 2 Jacob Kowalski $802,442,198 $2,058,027,529 39.0%
Katherine Waterston 2 Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein $802,442,198 $1,231,997,682 65.1%
Alison Sudol 2 Queenie Goldstein $802,442,198 $802,442,198 100.0%
Richard Harris 2 Albus Dumbledore $1,853,735,005 $2,937,274,053 63.1%
Carmen Ejogo 2 Seraphina Picquery $802,442,198 $1,475,930,764 54.4%
Shirley Henderson 2 Moaning Myrtle $1,775,890,712 $2,790,258,623 63.6%
Kevin Guthrie 2 Mr. Abernathy $802,442,198 $1,305,830,138 61.5%
Graham Duff 2 Death Eater $2,301,794,524 $2,301,794,524 100.0%
Jim Broadbent 2 Professor Horace Slughorn $2,276,594,905 $7,308,775,133 31.1%
Domhnall Gleeson 2 Bill Weasley $2,301,794,524 $7,240,417,653 31.8%
Robert Pattinson 2 Cedric Diggory $1,839,855,013 $5,374,501,044 34.2%
Suzanne Toase 2 Alecto Carrow $2,301,794,524 $2,301,794,524 100.0%
Miriam Margolyes 2 Professor Sprout $2,220,490,853 $3,292,623,034 67.4%
Zoë Kravitz 2 Leta Lestrange $802,442,198 $3,068,033,386 26.2%
Frances de la Tour 2 Madame Maxine $1,857,194,383 $3,861,932,165 48.1%
Guy Henry 2 Pius Thicknesse $2,301,794,524 $2,302,072,170 100.0%
Imelda Staunton 2 Dolores Umbridge $1,903,227,240 $5,341,355,249 35.6%
Leslie Phillips 2 The Sorting Hat $2,316,266,590 $2,806,797,740 82.5%
Penelope McGhie 2 Death Eater $2,301,794,524 $2,301,794,524 100.0%
Toby Jones 2 Dobby the House Elf $1,839,262,939 $7,568,288,130 24.3%
Emil Hostina 2 Death Eater $2,301,794,524 $2,366,147,131 97.3%
Miranda Richardson 2 Rita Skeeter $1,857,194,383 $3,017,329,654 61.6%
Peter G. Reed 2 Death Eater $2,301,794,524 $3,060,331,259 75.2%
Granville Saxton 2 Death Eater $2,301,794,524 $2,301,794,524 100.0%
Amber Evans 2 Twin Girl #1 $2,301,794,524 $2,301,794,524 100.0%
Bob Yves Van Hellenberg Hubar 2 Death Eater $2,301,794,524 $2,301,794,524 100.0%
Ashley McGuire 2 Death Eater $2,301,794,524 $2,505,350,091 91.9%
Ruby Evans 2 Twin Girl #2 $2,301,794,524 $2,301,794,524 100.0%
Nick Moran 2 Scabior $2,301,794,524 $2,357,804,753 97.6%

Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least two movies in the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Technical RoleFranchise
Box Office
Box Office
J.K. Rowling 11 Based on the novel by: (8)
Producer (5)
Screenwriter (2)
$8,529,598,975 $8,529,598,975 100.0%
David Heyman 11 Producer (11) $8,529,598,975 $10,865,002,559 78.5%
Steve Kloves 9 Screenwriter (7)
Producer (2)
$7,586,655,040 $8,377,967,792 90.6%
Stuart Craig 9 Production Designer (9) $8,529,598,975 $9,459,176,879 90.2%
David Yates 7 Director (7) $4,982,264,343 $5,485,300,661 90.8%
Jamie Christopher 7 Assistant Director (7) $6,830,245,699 $14,836,254,483 46.0%
Nick Dudman 7 Special Make-up Effects (6)
Make-up and Prosthetic Effects Designer (1)
$6,766,873,472 $8,368,269,068 80.9%
David Barron 6 Producer (4)
Executive Producer (2)
$5,955,712,857 $7,106,952,117 83.8%
Lionel Wigram 6 Executive Producer (4)
Producer (2)
$4,982,264,343 $6,512,666,217 76.5%
Mark Day 6 Editor (6) $4,982,264,343 $5,472,779,422 91.0%
Tim Lewis 6 Unit Production Manager (5)
Co-Producer (2)
Associate Producer (1)
Executive Producer (1)
$5,740,780,284 $7,746,970,164 74.1%
Andrew Ackland-Snow 6 Senior Art Director (4)
Art Director (2)
$5,425,362,253 $7,315,580,415 74.2%
Jany Temime 6 Costume Designer (6) $5,873,421,772 $9,551,806,673 61.5%
Neil Lamont 6 Supervising Art Director (6) $5,425,362,253 $10,105,605,403 53.7%
Stephenie McMillan 6 Set Decorator (5)
Art Director (1)
$5,425,362,253 $5,666,361,610 95.7%
Fiona Weir 6 Casting Director (6) $5,879,175,421 $7,222,772,768 81.4%
Tim Burke 5 Visual Effects Supervisor (5) $4,982,264,343 $5,141,957,849 96.9%
Stephen Woolfenden 5 Second Unit Director (5) $4,982,264,343 $5,331,407,404 93.5%
Greg Powell 5 Stunt Coordinator (5) $4,490,278,567 $8,519,048,879 52.7%
Tanya Seghatchian 4 Co-Producer (2)
Executive Producer (2)
$3,547,334,632 $3,550,947,172 99.9%
John Trehy 4 Co-Producer (3)
Associate Producer (1)
$4,133,789,288 $4,133,789,288 100.0%
Chris Carreras 4 Assistant Director (4)
Associate Producer (2)
$3,547,334,632 $6,945,291,224 51.1%
Gary Tomkins 4 Art Director (4) $3,571,627,248 $4,139,856,107 86.3%
Jed Loughran 4 Sound Effects Editor (4) $4,179,822,145 $8,336,796,057 50.1%
John Richardson 4 Special Effects Supervisor (4) $3,731,762,626 $5,030,839,857 74.2%
Mike Brewster 4 Second Unit Camera (4) $3,653,918,333 $3,789,965,650 96.4%
Andy Kennedy 4 Sound Effects Editor (3)
Sound Designer (1)
$3,515,523,196 $3,972,656,622 88.5%
Chris Columbus 3 Director (2)
Executive Producer (2)
Producer (1)
$2,650,423,554 $7,251,723,107 36.5%
Mark Radcliffe 3 Executive Producer (2)
Producer (1)
$2,650,423,554 $5,677,673,919 46.7%
Michael Barnathan 3 Executive Producer (3) $2,650,423,554 $5,742,481,765 46.2%
John Williams 3 Composer (3) $2,650,423,554 $27,849,905,744 9.5%
Peter MacDonald 3 Second Unit Director (3)
Co-Producer (1)
$2,572,579,261 $4,520,902,053 56.9%
David Carrigan 3 Production Manager (3) $2,572,579,261 $2,629,547,430 97.8%
Mark Bartholomew 3 Art Director (3) $2,718,834,647 $3,817,978,285 71.2%
Steven Lawrence 3 Art Director (3) $2,650,423,554 $4,904,173,797 54.0%
Paula Dupre Pesmen 3 Associate Producer (3) $2,650,423,554 $3,478,242,469 76.2%
Mike Prestwood Smith 3 Re-recording Mixer (3) $2,636,543,562 $7,407,605,634 35.6%
David Crossman 3 Costume Supervisor (3) $2,572,579,261 $4,010,277,876 64.1%
John Midgley 3 Sound Mixer (3) $2,650,423,554 $4,687,955,071 56.5%
Charlotte Finlay 3 Costume Supervisor-Wardrobe (3) $2,496,041,825 $3,602,260,661 69.3%
Eithne Fennell 3 Hairstylist Designer (3) $2,572,579,261 $2,796,732,490 92.0%
Will Dodds 3 Third Assistant Director (3) $2,572,579,261 $10,965,780,743 23.5%
Roger Pratt 2 Director of Photography (2) $1,775,890,712 $3,171,404,937 56.0%
Eduardo Serra 2 Cinematographer (2) $2,301,794,524 $2,616,599,806 88.0%
Nicholas Hooper 2 Composer (2) $1,878,027,621 $1,930,825,541 97.3%
James Newton Howard 2 Composer (2) $802,442,198 $17,408,571,006 4.6%
Philippe Rousselot 2 Director of Photography (2) $802,442,198 $3,758,366,848 21.4%
Alexandre Desplat 2 Composer (2) $2,301,794,524 $8,040,005,890 28.6%
Al Bullock 2 Art Director (2) $1,831,994,764 $1,831,994,764 100.0%
James Mather 2 Supervising Sound Editor (2) $1,878,027,621 $5,705,051,000 32.9%
John King 2 Supervising Art Director (1)
Art Director (1)
$1,853,735,005 $5,537,647,501 33.5%
Martin Schadler 2 Art Director (2) $1,878,027,621 $1,878,027,621 100.0%
Lucinda Thomson 2 Art Director (2) $1,853,735,005 $1,957,532,038 94.7%
Alex Walker 2 Art Director (2) $1,739,632,484 $1,739,632,484 100.0%
Peter Francis 2 Art Director (2) $1,853,735,005 $5,015,506,405 37.0%
Alan Gilmore 2 Art Director (2) $1,693,599,627 $2,337,945,251 72.4%
Stuart Wilson 2 Sound Mixer (2) $1,878,027,621 $7,888,217,725 23.8%
Martin Foley 2 Art Director (2) $1,737,525,884 $2,066,201,424 84.1%
Peter Dorme 2 Set Designer (1)
Art Director (1)
$1,777,197,569 $4,285,816,564 41.5%
Dennis Leonard 2 Supervising Sound Editor (2) $1,775,890,712 $8,939,690,193 19.9%
Randy Thom 2 Sound Designer (2)
Supervising Sound Editor (1)
$1,775,890,712 $19,513,881,776 9.1%
Bjorn Ole Schroeder 2 Sound Effects Editor (1)
Dialogue Editor (1)
$1,693,599,627 $2,294,528,555 73.8%
Roger Guyett 2 Visual Effects Supervisor (2) $1,771,443,920 $10,696,589,781 16.6%