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Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley
By nicolas genin from Paris, France (66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra)) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Best known as an Actress based on credits in that role in 21 films, with $224,379,488 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #14,944)
Best-known acting roles: Ana (Dawn of the Dead), Elsa Cast (Splice), Ronna Martin (Go!), Molly Monaghan (One Magic Christmas), Sally Salt (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen)
Best-known technical roles: Stories We Tell (Director), Stories We Tell (Screenwriter), Take This Waltz (Director), Away From Her (Director)
Most productive collaborators: Adrien Brody, Vincenzo Natali, Guillermo del Toro, Delphine Chaneac, Brandon McGibbon

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorLeading2$17,030,848$15,902,726$32,933,574
Lead Ensemble Member1$591,165$0$591,165
Supporting1$3,622$18,632$22,254
(Unclassified)17$114,436,576$76,395,919$190,832,495
In Technical RolesDirector3$7,390,183$11,309,477$18,699,660
Screenwriter2$1,602,160$1,441,557$3,043,717

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


2014 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Feature-Length Documentary

February 15th, 2014

The Act of Killing 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. Today we look at Best Feature-Length Documentary, which is probably the hardest category to predict, because some of the previous winners of major awards were not even nominated for an Oscar. When the nominations were this unpredictable, the winner could be any of the five films. More...

2014 Awards Season: WGA: A.I. and Pirates Told the Right Stories

February 1st, 2014

Stories We Tell poster

WGAs handed out their awards on Saturday and depending on who you talk to, there were a couple of major upsets. There was certainly at least one upset, but the other awards are less surprising. More...

2014 Awards Season: DGA: Gravity adds Weight to its Oscar Chances

January 26th, 2014

Gravity poster

The Directors Guild of America handed out the awards over the weekend, including two for theatrical releases. There were no true upsets, but it didn't go exactly as I anticipated it would go. 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: DGA: Telling Stories about Documentaries

January 14th, 2014

Stories We Tell poster

The Directors Guild of America finished its theatrical nominations yesterday with the Documentary category. I'm of two minds with the list of nominees. On the one hand, I feel like I should be surprised, because a number of documentaries thought to be Oscar favorites were left off the list. On the other hand, they've been left off the list a number of times. I think it is time to rethink who is and is not an Oscar favorite. More...

2014 Awards Season: WGA: Nominees Have Stories to Tell

January 5th, 2014

Stories We Tell poster

WGAs announced their nominations this weekend and there were a couple of surprises to talk about. The top of that list is 12 Years a Slave, which was deemed ineligible because it wasn't written under WGA jurisdiction. This makes using the WGAs as an Oscar guide less reliable. On the other hand, several Oscar favorites showed up as well, including American Hustle, Nebraska, and others that have picked up major nominations this year. More...

2013 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part III

December 19th, 2013

Part III of the Holiday Gift Guide is a little late due to reasons you probably don't want to hear the details about. (I believe I've developed a food allergy to something in Eggnog.) The third installment of our holiday gift guide includes independent films, classics, foreign films, etc. The fastest way to find gifts is to go to the Independent Spirit Awards nominations and find any film that is on that list that is already out on DVD / Blu-ray (Frances Ha, Mud, etc.). Unfortunately, most of the films competing for Awards Season glory are still in theaters and not available as gifts. But there are still many films worth picking up, starting with... More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for September 3rd, 2013

September 3rd, 2013

It's a really slow week on the home market. There's only one first-run release of note, Now You See Me, while the best-selling TV on DVD release is from the CW, The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season. That doesn't mean there are no new releases worth picking up. In fact, there are a couple of contenders for Pick of the Week. Blancanieves is one such contender, but while the DVD or Blu-ray is worth picking up, I think the target audience is a little too limited for Pick of the Week. Instead, that honor goes to From Up on Poppy Hill on Blu-ray Combo Pack. More...

Limited Releases have Stories to Tell

May 10th, 2013

Most summers there is at least one limited release that manages to find enough success to expand truly wide. There are quite a few new limited releases this week, but most of them are earning weak reviews and will likely fail to find an audience in limited release. There are three films that are earning 80% positive reviews or better: Sightseers, Stories We Tell, and Venus and Serena. Unfortunately, the last two are documentaries and the first one is a Black Comedy, so it is unlikely we will have a true break-out hit this week. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
11/1/2013 Mr. Nobody Elise  $3,622 $18,632 $22,254
6/4/2010 Splice Elsa Cast  $17,010,170 $9,847,289 $26,857,459
12/15/2006 The Secret Life of Words Hanna  $20,678 $6,055,437 $6,076,115
6/16/2006 Beowulf & Grendel Selma  $68,820 $0 $68,820
3/17/2006 Don't Come Knocking Sky  $440,793 $4,192,564 $4,633,357
3/19/2004 Dawn of the Dead Ana  $58,990,765 $44,462,110 $103,452,875
10/3/2003 The Event Dana  $54,288 $0 $54,288
9/26/2003 My Life Without Me Ann  $432,360 $11,834,915 $12,267,275
11/1/2002 The Weight of Water Maren Hontvedt  $102,622 $0 $102,622
3/29/2002 No Such Thing Beatrice  $60,006 $0 $60,006
12/29/2000 The Claim Hope Dillon  $622,023 $753,612 $1,375,635
9/24/1999 Guinevere Harper Sloane  $668,099 $0 $668,099
4/23/1999 eXistenZ Merle  $2,840,417 $0 $2,840,417
4/9/1999 Go! Ronna Martin  $16,875,273 $11,508,168 $28,383,441
10/23/1998 Last Night Jennifer Wheeler  $591,165 $0 $591,165
11/7/1997 The Hanging Garden Teen Rosemary  $925,756 $0 $925,756
10/10/1997 The Sweet Hereafter Nicole Burnell  $4,306,697 $3,644,550 $7,951,247
9/23/1994 Exotica Tracey  $5,046,118 $0 $5,046,118
3/10/1989 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Sally Salt  $8,040,008 $0 $8,040,008
9/25/1987 The Big Town Christy Donaldson  $1,733,017 $0 $1,733,017
11/22/1985 One Magic Christmas Molly Monaghan  $13,229,514 $0 $13,229,514
Movies: 21Totals:$132,062,211$92,317,277$224,379,488
  Averages:$6,288,677$4,396,061$10,684,738

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
6/4/2010 Splice $7,385,277 2,450 $17,010,170 $26,857,459 63.3%
12/15/2006 The Secret Life of Words $5,309 3 $20,678 $6,076,115 0.3%
10/23/1998 Last Night $48,634 28 $591,165 $591,165 100.0%
Movies: 3Totals:  $17,622,013$33,524,739 
 Averages:$2,479,740827$5,874,004$11,174,91354.6%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
11/1/2013 Mr. Nobody $1,612 4 $3,622 $22,254 16.3%
Movies: 1Totals:  $3,622$22,254 
 Averages:$1,6124$3,622$22,25416.3%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,201 $17,622,013
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 56,201-56,300) 56,277 $3,622
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 11,101-11,200) 11,186 $132,062,211
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 4,401-4,500) 4,422 $17,604,957
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 12,201-12,300) 12,245 $132,062,211
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 2,101-2,200) 2,185 $15,902,726
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 47,001-47,100) 47,081 $18,632
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 16,401-16,500) 16,423 $92,317,277
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 5,201-5,300) 5,250 $9,865,921
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 17,801-17,900) 17,885 $92,317,277
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,301-2,400) 2,315 $33,524,739
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 56,301-56,400) 56,322 $22,254
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 13,601-13,700) 13,684 $224,379,488
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 5,001-5,100) 5,056 $27,470,878
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 14,901-15,000) 14,944 $224,379,488
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,467 $17,622,013
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,442 $15,902,726
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,532 $33,524,739
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 3,101-3,200) 3,171 $611,843
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Animation/Live Action Movies (Rank 201-300) 209 $17,010,170
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 2,301-2,400) 2,374 $6,055,437
Top International Leading Stars for Animation/Live Action Movies (Rank 201-300) 206 $9,847,289
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 2,901-3,000) 3,000 $6,667,280
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Animation/Live Action Movies (Rank 201-300) 207 $26,857,459
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 3,401-3,500) 3,432 $20,678
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 301-400) 361 $17,601,335
Top International Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,579 $6,055,437
Top International Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 301-400) 369 $9,847,289
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 2,001-2,100) 2,082 $6,076,115
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 301-400) 383 $27,448,624
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,371 $611,843
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Horror Movies (Rank 201-300) 237 $17,010,170
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 801-900) 853 $6,055,437
Top International Leading Stars for Horror Movies (Rank 201-300) 241 $9,847,289
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,147 $6,667,280
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Horror Movies (Rank 201-300) 252 $26,857,459
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,009 $17,601,335
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Not Rated Movies (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,356 $20,678
Top International Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,107 $9,847,289
Top International Leading Stars for Not Rated Movies (Rank 301-400) 398 $6,055,437
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,066 $27,448,624
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Not Rated Movies (Rank 401-500) 432 $6,076,115
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 601-700) 662 $17,010,170
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Lionsgate Movies (Rank 401-500) 414 $591,165
Top International Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 501-600) 533 $9,847,289
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 601-700) 625 $26,857,459
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Lionsgate Movies (Rank 401-500) 453 $591,165

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/31/2017 Little Women Screenwriter $0 $0 $0
10/12/2012 Stories We Tell Director,
Screenwriter 
$1,602,160 $1,441,557 $3,043,717
6/29/2012 Take This Waltz Director $1,239,692 $3,628,761 $4,868,453
5/4/2007 Away From Her Director $4,548,331 $6,239,159 $10,787,490
Movies: 4Totals:$7,390,183$11,309,477$18,699,660
  Averages:$1,847,546$2,827,369$4,674,915

Director Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
10/12/2012 Stories We Tell $0 70 $1,602,160 $3,043,717 52.6%
6/29/2012 Take This Waltz $137,019 69 $1,239,692 $4,868,453 25.5%
5/4/2007 Away From Her $53,267 275 $4,548,331 $10,787,490 42.2%
Movies: 3Totals:  $7,390,183$18,699,660 
 Averages:$63,429138$2,463,394$6,233,22040.1%


Writer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/31/2017 Little Women $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
10/12/2012 Stories We Tell $0 70 $1,602,160 $3,043,717 52.6%
Movies: 2Totals:  $1,602,160$3,043,717 
 Averages:$035$801,080$1,521,85952.6%


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