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James Spader

Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 27 films, with $2,404,285,828 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #831)
Best-known acting roles: Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron), W.N. Bilbo (Lincoln), Dr. Daniel Jackson (Stargate), Stewart Swinton (Wolf), Campbell (The Watcher)
Most productive collaborators: Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg, Sally Field, Tony Kushner, Robert Downey, Jr.

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorLeading5$604,952,623$1,140,212,854$1,745,165,477
Supporting4$230,034,345$92,151,172$322,185,517
(Unclassified)18$291,679,615$45,255,219$336,934,834

Career Trend

This graph shows James Spader’s score on our annual analysis of leading stars at the box office. The Star Score represents points assigned to each of the leading stars of the top 100 movies (based on box office) in the current year and two preceding years. For appearing in the number one movie in a year a star gets 100 points, the number two movie 99 points and so on..

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


Featured Blu-ray and DVD Review: Captain America: Civil War

September 25th, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War is the 13th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s 13 films in just 8 years. The film pulled in more than $1 billion worldwide, so the market isn’t tired of these movies. However, has the brisk pace resulted in a substandard film? Or is it yet another critical smash? More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

December 28th, 2015

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

It's been a few weeks since I did a review. I stopped taking screeners knowing how busy Star Wars: The Force Awakens would keep me, but I figured I should get back in the game. However, there was a question of what late review would be worth checking out? Well, there have been five $1 billion movies to come out this year and I've previously reviewed all of the ones that hit the home market. All of them, but one: The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Of the five $1 billion movies, this one is arguably the one that had the most disappointing run at the box office. Yes, a film that made $1.40 billion worldwide was seen as a box office disappointment by some. This is mostly because its predecessor, The Avengers, broke box office records. The film also earned much weaker reviews than the first movie, but still earned 75% positive reviews, which is very good for a wide release. Is it a real disappointment? Or does it hold up compared to the competition? More...

2015 Preview: May

May 1st, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road

April is over and there was good news and bad news. Good news: Furious 7 crushed the competition, and broke records along the way. Bad news: Furious 7 crushed the competition and no other April release will earn as much in total as Furious 7 earned during its opening day. Fortunately, Furious 7 was so strong that it carried April of 2015 to a draw when compared to April of 2014. May has a lot of similarities to April. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to break records during its opening weekend and even the low end has it earning more than $1 billion worldwide. Unfortunately, no other film is going to come close to that figure. There are five other films with a potential to reach $100 million at the box office. The keyword there is "potential". There's a chance less than half of those five films will get to that milestone. And like last April, last May had much better depth with five films that reached $100 million, including four that surpassed $200 million. Age of Ultron will earn more than the combined totals of Maleficent, last month's winner, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which placed second for the month. I am a little concerned about the lack of depth this month and this could cause May to lose in the month-over-month comparison in the end. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 12th, 2014

August 11th, 2014

It's a slow and shallow week on the home market. Not only are there no prime releases, we quickly run into filler as we look down the list of best selling new releases on Amazon.com. The biggest release of the week is Muppets Most Wanted, which is one of nine reviews on this week's list. It is also the best release of the week and the best choice for Pick of the Week. Next week should be more interesting, as TV on DVD season begins. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
5/1/2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Ultron  $459,005,868 $949,212,854 $1,408,218,722
11/14/2014 The Homesman Aloysius Duffy  $2,429,989 $1,012,864 $3,442,853
11/9/2012 Lincoln W.N. Bilbo  $182,207,973 $91,138,308 $273,346,281
8/21/2009 Shorts Mr. Black  $20,919,166 $8,951,635 $29,870,801
9/20/2002 Secretary E. Edward Grey  $4,046,737 $5,367,219 $9,413,956
9/8/2000 The Watcher Campbell  $28,946,615 $18,321,214 $47,267,829
1/14/2000 Supernova Nick Vanzant  $14,218,868 $597,626 $14,816,494
12/31/1997 Curtain Call   $0 $0 $0
10/31/1997 Critical Care   $220,175 $0 $220,175
4/11/1997 Keys to Tulsa   $57,252 $17,525 $74,777
10/4/1996 Crash James Ballard  $3,357,324 $0 $3,357,324
9/27/1996 2 Days In The Valley Lee Woods  $11,101,856 $0 $11,101,856
10/28/1994 Stargate Dr. Daniel Jackson  $71,565,669 $125,000,000 $196,565,669
6/17/1994 Wolf Stewart Swinton  $65,011,757 $66,000,000 $131,011,757
9/4/1992 Bob Roberts News Anchor, Chuck Marlin  $4,300,703 $0 $4,300,703
3/15/1991 True Colors Tim Gerrity  $418,807 $0 $418,807
10/19/1990 White Palace Max Baron  $17,487,531 $0 $17,487,531
3/9/1990 Bad Influence Michael Boll  $12,626,043 $0 $12,626,043
8/4/1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape Graham Dalton  $24,741,667 $12,000,000 $36,741,667
12/11/1987 Wall Street Roger Barnes  $43,848,100 $0 $43,848,100
11/6/1987 Less than Zero Rip  $12,396,383 $0 $12,396,383
10/7/1987 Baby Boom Ken Arrenberg  $26,700,000 $0 $26,700,000
2/13/1987 Mannequin Mr. Richards  $38,018,000 $0 $38,018,000
2/28/1986 Pretty in Pink Jeff McKee  $40,471,663 $0 $40,471,663
1/18/1985 The New Kids Eddie Dutra  $199,108 $0 $199,108
1/11/1985 Tuff Turf Hiller  $9,369,329 $0 $9,369,329
7/17/1981 Endless Love Keith  $33,000,000 $0 $33,000,000
Movies: 27Totals:$1,126,666,583$1,277,619,245$2,404,285,828
  Averages:$41,728,392$47,319,231$89,047,623

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
5/1/2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron $191,271,109 4,276 $459,005,868 $1,408,218,722 32.6%
12/31/1997 Curtain Call $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
10/28/1994 Stargate $16,651,018 2,033 $71,565,669 $196,565,669 36.4%
6/17/1994 Wolf $17,911,366 2,117 $65,011,757 $131,011,757 49.6%
1/11/1985 Tuff Turf $1,509,380 653 $9,369,329 $9,369,329 100.0%
Movies: 5Totals:  $604,952,623$1,745,165,477 
 Averages:$45,468,5751,816$120,990,525$349,033,09554.7%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
11/14/2014 The Homesman $45,433 222 $2,429,989 $3,442,853 70.6%
11/9/2012 Lincoln $944,308 2,293 $182,207,973 $273,346,281 66.7%
11/6/1987 Less than Zero $3,008,987 871 $12,396,383 $12,396,383 100.0%
7/17/1981 Endless Love $4,162,921 632 $33,000,000 $33,000,000 100.0%
Movies: 4Totals:  $230,034,345$322,185,517 
 Averages:$2,040,4121,005$57,508,586$80,546,37984.3%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 252 $604,952,623
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,601-5,700) 5,647 $230,034,345
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 501-600) 578 $1,126,609,331
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 491 $722,148,839
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 28,901-29,000) 28,957 $35,429,989
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 701-800) 755 $1,126,666,583
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 165 $1,140,212,854
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 16,701-16,800) 16,702 $92,151,172
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 601-700) 679 $1,277,601,720
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 301-400) 397 $1,165,351,162
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 38,301-38,400) 38,368 $1,012,864
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 801-900) 881 $1,277,619,245
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 190 $1,745,165,477
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 9,601-9,700) 9,620 $322,185,517
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 601-700) 624 $2,404,211,051
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 422 $1,887,500,001
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 34,101-34,200) 34,149 $36,442,853
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 801-900) 831 $2,404,285,828
Highest Grossing Stars of 1994 at the Domestic Box Office 37 166
Highest Grossing Stars of 1995 at the Domestic Box Office 38 166
Highest Grossing Stars of 1996 at the Domestic Box Office 39 166
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 114 98
Highest Grossing Stars of 2016 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 123 98
Highest Grossing Stars of 2017 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 139 98
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the International Box Office 90 97
Highest Grossing Stars of 2016 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 101 97
Highest Grossing Stars of 2017 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 114 97
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 107 97
Highest Grossing Stars of 2016 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 110 97
Highest Grossing Stars of 2017 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 130 97
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 401-500) 496 $145,946,755
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Comic/Graphic Novel Movies 37 $459,005,868
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 401-500) 480 $191,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Comic/Graphic Novel Movies 30 $949,212,854
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 401-500) 487 $336,946,755
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Comic/Graphic Novel Movies 35 $1,408,218,722
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 601-700) 684 $145,946,755
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Animation/Live Action Movies 56 $459,005,868
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 601-700) 617 $191,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for Animation/Live Action Movies 33 $949,212,854
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 601-700) 639 $336,946,755
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Animation/Live Action Movies 37 $1,408,218,722
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,498 $9,369,329
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 220 $71,565,669
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Fantasy Movies (Rank 201-300) 265 $65,011,757
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Super Hero Movies 37 $459,005,868
Top International Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 101-200) 171 $125,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for Fantasy Movies (Rank 301-400) 315 $66,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for Super Hero Movies 28 $949,212,854
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,893 $9,369,329
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 101-200) 190 $196,565,669
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Fantasy Movies (Rank 301-400) 317 $131,011,757
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Super Hero Movies 33 $1,408,218,722
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Action Movies 63 $539,940,866
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 101-200) 172 $65,011,757
Top International Leading Stars for Action Movies 44 $1,074,212,854
Top International Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 101-200) 163 $66,000,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Action Movies 47 $1,614,153,720
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 101-200) 156 $131,011,757
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 101-200) 148 $530,571,537
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 401-500) 487 $74,381,086
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies 92 $1,074,212,854
Top International Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 401-500) 499 $66,000,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 101-200) 103 $1,604,784,391
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 501-600) 509 $140,381,086
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies 69 $459,005,868
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 272 $65,011,757
Top Domestic Leading Stars for MGM Movies 30 $71,565,669
Top International Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies 33 $949,212,854
Top International Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 251 $66,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for MGM Movies 13 $125,000,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies 38 $1,408,218,722
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 269 $131,011,757
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for MGM Movies 17 $196,565,669


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