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M. Night Shyamalan

Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 12 films, with $3,069,547,967 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #34)
Best-known technical roles: Split (Director), Split (Screenwriter), Split (Producer), The Sixth Sense (Director), The Sixth Sense (Screenwriter)
Best-known acting roles: Jai, Hooters Lover (Split), Ray Reddy (Signs), Guard at Desk (The Village), Joey (The Happening), Stadium Drug Dealer (Unbreakable)
Most productive collaborators: James McAvoy, Sam Mercer, Will Smith, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley
Born: August 6th, 1970 (47 years old)

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  4. Technical Credits

Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorCameo4$567,209,829$774,115,624$1,341,325,453
Supporting3$408,396,049$351,108,399$759,504,448
In Technical RolesScreenwriter12$1,373,121,491$1,696,426,476$3,069,547,967
Director12$1,233,411,971$1,537,626,476$2,771,038,447
Producer10$841,507,443$1,000,059,241$1,841,566,684
Story Creator1$33,679,655$29,674,459$63,354,114

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Domestic Box Office 25 $567,209,829
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 967 $975,605,878
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the International Box Office 8 $774,115,624
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,089 $1,125,224,023
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Worldwide Box Office 9 $1,341,325,453
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,012 $2,100,829,901
Top Grossing Director at the Domestic Box Office 21 $1,233,411,971
Top Grossing Producer at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 114 $841,507,443
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Domestic Box Office 27 $1,373,121,491
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,170 $33,679,655
Top Grossing Director at the International Box Office 30 $1,537,626,476
Top Grossing Producer at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 130 $1,000,059,241
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the International Box Office 37 $1,696,426,476
Top Grossing Story Creator at the International Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,102 $29,674,459
Top Grossing Director at the Worldwide Box Office 25 $2,771,038,447
Top Grossing Producer at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 120 $1,841,566,684
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Worldwide Box Office 34 $3,069,547,967
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,145 $63,354,114

See the Acting Credits tab for all Acting Box Office Records and the Technical Credits tab for all Technical Box Office Records.


Weekend Wrap-Up: Split’s $40.01 million Helps Box Office Soar

January 24th, 2017

Split

Split dominated the weekend box office earning $40.01 million, which is nearly double predictions and nearly double its nearest competition, xXx: Return of Xander Cage. The overall box office still shrunk from last weekend, but it was down just 3.2%, which is excellent for a post-holiday weekend. Compared to this weekend last year, 2017 was 27% stronger. Year-to-date, 2017 is still behind 2016, but that gap has closed to 9.4% at $736 million to $812 million. More...

Weekend Estimates: Split Stuns with $40 Million Debut

January 22nd, 2017

Split

2017 has its first surprise hit. Split is set for a weekend just north of $40 million, according to Sunday morning’s projection from Universal. That’s not just the biggest weekend of the year so far, but it almost doubles the $22.8 million earned by Hidden Figures a couple of weeks ago, and moves the studio ahead of Fox as the leading distributor for the year so far. It also marks, of course, a return to form for M. Night Shyamalan. It basically ties the debut of The Last Airbender back in 2010, and his last movie to do significantly better on opening weekend was The Village, which started out with $50.7 million in the Summer of 2004. More...

Friday Estimates: In a Surprise Twist, Split’s a Hit with $14.6 million

January 21st, 2017

Split

Split easily won on Friday, doubling its nearest competition, and earning $14.6 million. This is the best opening day for M. Night Shyamalan since The Last Airbender opened in 2010. Its reviews are 76% positive, and it earned a B+ from CinemaScore, which is good for a horror film. This puts it on pace for an opening weekend of $34 million, which is more than it cost to make and advertise. If the film can match this during the rest of its run, then it will break even on its domestic numbers alone. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Xander’s Return Result in Box Office Dominance?

January 19th, 2017

Split

It is a deceptively busy week with five films opening or expanding wide. At least that’s what the dsitributors are saying. In reality, there are only two truly wide releases, xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Split. There is also one semi-wide release, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, as well as two semi-wide expansions, The Founder and 20th Century Women. Return of Xander Cage and Split are the only two of the films that have a shot at the top ten and they could be in a close race for first place. This weekend last year, there were three wide releases, but none of them made significantly more than $10 million at the box office. The biggest film of the weekend, The Revenant, earned just $16.01 million. 2017 could finally win in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2017 Preview: January

January 1st, 2017

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

December box office numbers helped 2016 end on ... a note. The good news and the bad news almost exactly balance out. On the one hand, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will finish the year with more than $400 million after just 16 days of release. That’s a stunning amount of money that helped 2016 earn a record box office at the domestic market. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $650 million during December of 2015, so the month lost a lot of its lead over 2015, so much so that ticket sales fell behind last year’s total. The weakness at the end of the year will spill over into 2017, which is terrible news. A slow start could result in the dominant box office story being 2017 struggles compared to 2016. Bad news like this can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Sadly, 2017 is also going to get off to a slow start when it comes to wide releases / expansions. There are 16 films scheduled to open or expand wide this month and none of them are expected to get to $100 million. It is likely none of them will even get very close. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is expected to be the best of a weak bunch, but I could see it getting beat by one of the five Oscar contenders opening wide this month, if it gets off to a slow start and one of the Oscar contenders starts picking up steam. Hidden Figures got off to a great start on Christmas Day and should it continue to earn Awards Season recognition, including some Oscar nominations, it could be in wide release well into February. Last January wasn’t as busy with 13 films opening or expanding wide over five weeks. Of these, two of them, The Revenant and Kung Fu Panda 3, topped $100 million domestically, while another, Ride Along 2, came close. 2017 is going to get destroyed in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Home Market Releases for January 5th, 2016

January 4th, 2016

Sicario

We are getting back to normal for the home market releases. There are no major first run releases, but one of the biggest limited releases of 2015 hits the home market. Sicario earned nearly $50 million after starting in limited release and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is the Pick of the Week. It wasn't the only contender for that honor, as Deathgasm (DVD or Blu-ray) and Infinitely Polar Bear (DVD or Blu-ray) were also in contention. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Perfect Opening for Visit and Guy

September 15th, 2015

The Visit

Both of the two true wide releases had amazing openings this past week. Or to be more specific, amazing openings for a September release. The Perfect Guy did earn first place, but by less than half a million dollars over The Visit. Both films opened substantially above expectations. Thanks to this, the overall box office rose significantly, both compared to last week and compared to last year. The total box office was $102 million, which is 13% higher than last week. It is also 13% higher than the same weekend last year. September is already looking really good. Year-to-date, 2015 has pulled in $7.65 million putting it 5.3% ahead of last year's pace of $7.26 million. 2015 is nearly $400 million head of 2014's pace and there's not a lot of time for 2015 to blow that lead. It wouldn't be impossible, but it is getting more and more unlikely. More...

Weekend Estimates: Perfect Guy and The Visit Give Fall Season a Good Start

September 13th, 2015

The Visit

The movie business will make its best ever start to the Fall Season in dollar terms this weekend, thanks to a couple of openers that are handily out-performing expectations. The second weekend in September is traditionally the weakest of the year for the industry, with the combined box office for all movies in release only reaching $100 million on two previous occasions (2008 and 2013). This year will be the third time it’s happened, and final numbers will take 2015 comfortably past 2013’s record of $103.2 million (see complete rankings here). In terms of ticket sales, we’ll still fall short of 1999’s high mark of 15.1 million, but we should see a weekend in the top 5 by that measure too. More...

Friday Estimates: Perfect Guy and Visit Headed for Strong Debuts

September 12th, 2015

The Perfect Guy

What is traditionally the weakest weekend of the year isn’t looking too bad this morning, with The Perfect Guy and The Visit both posting solid opening day numbers on Friday. The Perfect Guy came out marginally ahead on the day, picking up an estimated $9.95 million compared to $9.22 million or so for The Visit. Both films will land over $20 million for the weekend, which is a victory at this time of year, but The Perfect Guy is expected to stretch its lead over the next couple of days. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will the New Releases have Perfect Openings?

September 10th, 2015

The Perfect Guy

There are two and a half wide releases coming out this week, led by The Perfect Guy. I think it will earn first place at the box office, but it isn't a sure thing. Up next is The Visit, which is the latest from M. Night Shyamalan. It has been a while since he had real drawing power at the box office. Finally there's 90 Minutes in Heaven, which is not expected to open truly wide, but wide enough to get into the top ten. This weekend last year was led by No Good Deed, which opened with $24.25 million. I don't think any new release will match that this year. There's a chance none of them will match Dolphin Tale 2. I'm cautiously optimistic that 2015 won't lose by a substantial amount, but if either of the two truly wide releases bomb, then the box office will be in real trouble. More...

2015 Preview: September

September 1st, 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2

As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy. More...

2013 Preview: May

May 1st, 2013

As April ends and summer begins, we see the 2013 box office on a losing streak. There is some good news, as May should be much, much, much better than April was. Much better. During the five weekends in May, there are nine films opening wide. Of those film, there are seven that at least have a shot at $100 million. And of those seven films, four at least have a shot at $200 million, two have a shot at $300 million, and we might even have a $400 million hit this month. Iron Man 3 should turn out to be the biggest hit of the month, while there are some who think Star Trek: Into Darkness could be a close competitor for that honor. There's also some bad news. The Avengers opened last May and earned more than $600 million. No film opening this month will come close to that figure. There's a chance the top two films opening this month won't match that combined. On the other hand, last year there was a huge drop-off from the biggest hit of the month to the second biggest hit of the month. There were so many high-profile failures last year, that 2013 might actually start winning some weekends in the year-over-year comparison. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
1/20/2017 Split Jai, Hooters Lover  $138,141,585 $140,308,399 $278,449,984
6/13/2008 The Happening Joey  $64,506,874 $98,271,510 $162,778,384
7/21/2006 Lady in the Water Vick Ran  $42,285,169 $30,500,000 $72,785,169
7/30/2004 The Village Guard at Desk  $114,197,520 $143,444,114 $257,641,634
8/2/2002 Signs Ray Reddy  $227,969,295 $180,300,000 $408,269,295
11/22/2000 Unbreakable Stadium Drug Dealer  $94,999,143 $153,100,000 $248,099,143
8/6/1999 The Sixth Sense Dr. Hill  $293,506,292 $379,300,000 $672,806,292
Movies: 7Totals:$975,605,878$1,125,224,023$2,100,829,901
  Averages:$139,372,268$160,746,289$300,118,557


Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
1/20/2017 Split $40,010,975 3,373 $138,141,585 $278,449,984 49.6%
7/21/2006 Lady in the Water $18,044,396 3,235 $42,285,169 $72,785,169 58.1%
8/2/2002 Signs $60,116,619 3,453 $227,969,295 $408,269,295 55.8%
Movies: 3Totals:  $408,396,049$759,504,448 
 Averages:$39,390,6633,354$136,132,016$253,168,14954.5%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 2,301-2,400) 2,385 $408,396,049
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 2,801-2,900) 2,858 $408,396,049
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,568 $227,969,295
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 350 $747,636,583
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Domestic Box Office 25 $567,209,829
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 967 $975,605,878
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 4,801-4,900) 4,818 $351,108,399
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 4,601-4,700) 4,632 $351,108,399
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,101-2,200) 2,135 $180,300,000
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 600 $944,924,023
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the International Box Office 8 $774,115,624
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,089 $1,125,224,023
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 3,601-3,700) 3,661 $759,504,448
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 3,801-3,900) 3,816 $759,504,448
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,865 $408,269,295
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 405 $1,692,560,606
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Worldwide Box Office 9 $1,341,325,453
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,012 $2,100,829,901

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
1/18/2019 Glass Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$0 $0 $0
1/20/2017 Split Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$138,141,585 $140,308,399 $278,449,984
9/11/2015 The Visit Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$65,206,105 $33,483,191 $98,689,296
5/31/2013 After Earth Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter 
$60,522,097 $190,977,568 $251,499,665
9/17/2010 Devil Producer,
Story Creator 
$33,679,655 $29,674,459 $63,354,114
7/1/2010 The Last Airbender Screenwriter,
Director 
$131,772,187 $187,941,694 $319,713,881
6/13/2008 The Happening Screenwriter,
Producer,
Director 
$64,506,874 $98,271,510 $162,778,384
7/21/2006 Lady in the Water Screenwriter,
Producer,
Director 
$42,285,169 $30,500,000 $72,785,169
7/30/2004 The Village Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$114,197,520 $143,444,114 $257,641,634
8/2/2002 Signs Producer,
Screenwriter,
Director 
$227,969,295 $180,300,000 $408,269,295
11/22/2000 Unbreakable Screenwriter,
Producer,
Director 
$94,999,143 $153,100,000 $248,099,143
12/17/1999 Stuart Little Screenwriter $140,015,224 $158,800,000 $298,815,224
8/6/1999 The Sixth Sense Screenwriter,
Director 
$293,506,292 $379,300,000 $672,806,292
3/20/1998 Wide Awake Director $305,704 $0 $305,704
Movies: 14Totals:$1,407,106,850$1,726,100,935$3,133,207,785
  Averages:$100,507,632$123,292,924$223,800,556

Director Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
1/18/2019 Glass $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
1/20/2017 Split $40,010,975 3,373 $138,141,585 $278,449,984 49.6%
9/11/2015 The Visit $25,427,560 3,148 $65,206,105 $98,689,296 66.1%
5/31/2013 After Earth $27,520,040 3,401 $60,522,097 $251,499,665 24.1%
7/1/2010 The Last Airbender $40,325,019 3,203 $131,772,187 $319,713,881 41.2%
6/13/2008 The Happening $30,517,109 2,986 $64,506,874 $162,778,384 39.6%
7/21/2006 Lady in the Water $18,044,396 3,235 $42,285,169 $72,785,169 58.1%
7/30/2004 The Village $50,746,142 3,733 $114,197,520 $257,641,634 44.3%
8/2/2002 Signs $60,116,619 3,453 $227,969,295 $408,269,295 55.8%
11/22/2000 Unbreakable $30,330,771 2,790 $94,999,143 $248,099,143 38.3%
8/6/1999 The Sixth Sense $26,681,262 2,821 $293,506,292 $672,806,292 43.6%
3/20/1998 Wide Awake $95,875 43 $305,704 $305,704 100.0%
Movies: 12Totals:  $1,233,411,971$2,771,038,447 
 Averages:$29,151,3142,682$102,784,331$230,919,87151.0%

Producer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
1/18/2019 Glass $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
1/20/2017 Split $40,010,975 3,373 $138,141,585 $278,449,984 49.6%
9/11/2015 The Visit $25,427,560 3,148 $65,206,105 $98,689,296 66.1%
5/31/2013 After Earth $27,520,040 3,401 $60,522,097 $251,499,665 24.1%
9/17/2010 Devil $12,289,375 2,811 $33,679,655 $63,354,114 53.2%
6/13/2008 The Happening $30,517,109 2,986 $64,506,874 $162,778,384 39.6%
7/21/2006 Lady in the Water $18,044,396 3,235 $42,285,169 $72,785,169 58.1%
7/30/2004 The Village $50,746,142 3,733 $114,197,520 $257,641,634 44.3%
8/2/2002 Signs $60,116,619 3,453 $227,969,295 $408,269,295 55.8%
11/22/2000 Unbreakable $30,330,771 2,790 $94,999,143 $248,099,143 38.3%
Movies: 10Totals:  $841,507,443$1,841,566,684 
 Averages:$29,500,2992,893$84,150,744$184,156,66847.7%

Writer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
1/18/2019 Glass $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
1/20/2017 Split $40,010,975 3,373 $138,141,585 $278,449,984 49.6%
9/11/2015 The Visit $25,427,560 3,148 $65,206,105 $98,689,296 66.1%
5/31/2013 After Earth $27,520,040 3,401 $60,522,097 $251,499,665 24.1%
9/17/2010 Devil $12,289,375 2,811 $33,679,655 $63,354,114 53.2%
7/1/2010 The Last Airbender $40,325,019 3,203 $131,772,187 $319,713,881 41.2%
6/13/2008 The Happening $30,517,109 2,986 $64,506,874 $162,778,384 39.6%
7/21/2006 Lady in the Water $18,044,396 3,235 $42,285,169 $72,785,169 58.1%
7/30/2004 The Village $50,746,142 3,733 $114,197,520 $257,641,634 44.3%
8/2/2002 Signs $60,116,619 3,453 $227,969,295 $408,269,295 55.8%
11/22/2000 Unbreakable $30,330,771 2,790 $94,999,143 $248,099,143 38.3%
12/17/1999 Stuart Little $15,018,223 3,151 $140,015,224 $298,815,224 46.9%
8/6/1999 The Sixth Sense $26,681,262 2,821 $293,506,292 $672,806,292 43.6%
Movies: 13Totals:  $1,406,801,146$3,132,902,081 
 Averages:$29,002,1152,931$108,215,473$240,992,46846.7%


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