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Sean Penn

Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 49 films, with $1,842,250,689 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,207)
Best-known acting roles: Terence (The Angry Birds Movie), Sean O'Connell (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Jimmy Markum (Mystic River), Tobin Keller (The Interpreter), Mickey Cohen (Gangster Squad)
Best-known technical roles: Into the Wild (Director), Into the Wild (Screenwriter), Into the Wild (Producer), The Gunman (Screenwriter), The Gunman (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Ruben Fleischer

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorLeading8$231,584,781$256,802,770$488,387,551
Supporting5$205,827,694$379,752,143$585,579,837
Lead Ensemble Member3$93,066,143$122,388,086$215,454,229
Narrator1$0$0$0
(Unclassified)32$368,791,084$184,037,988$552,829,072
In Technical RolesDirector6$39,113,115$48,465,302$87,578,417
Producer4$48,739,035$51,134,349$99,873,384
Screenwriter2$29,019,105$41,448,147$70,467,252

Career Trend

This graph shows Sean Penn’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


2015 Preview: March

March 1st, 2015

Cinderella poster

February was strong thanks to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Fifty Shades of Grey, both of which beat expectations. This March could actually be even better, as there are three or four films that have a decent shot at earning $100 million or more. The top film will likely be Cinderella, which has a real shot at $200 million. Insurgent will almost assuredly get beyond the $100 million mark, while Get Hard, Home, and perhaps Chappie will also get to the century mark. Last March, there were four $100 million hits, led by Divergent, which pulled in $150 million. While this March should be better than February, I'm not sure it will be better than last March. I don't think March 2015 will be much worse than last year, but I think its percentage lead will be chipped away at by the end of the month. More...

Analysis: March Bankability and the Top Dramatic Actors

April 1st, 2014

In the March update to our Bankability Index, our list of industry influencers increases to 14 people and we examine the top actors and actresses in dramatic roles in movies.

Overall, March's chart reflects the relatively modest start to the year at the box office. Samuel L. Jackson moves back into second place in the overall chart thanks to his appearance in RoboCop, Hans Zimmer was helped by his composing for Winter's Tale and Son of God (and will be further helped in April's chart through his involvement in Divergent–does the man ever sleep?). Leonardo DiCaprio continues to benefit from his producing roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, Out of the Furnace and Runner Runner. Finally, Frozen helps John Lasseter solidify his 11th place in the chart.

This month's new entry is Morgan Freeman, who got a very handy boost from his voice role in The LEGO Movie, and was also helped by some work we did on our archive of credits. That combination takes him to 14th on the Worldwide Chart, up 3 places from February.

All this activity has kept us pretty busy, but it's our new Bankability feature that really kept us burning the midnight oil this month: The Bankability Index Casting and Hiring Guides... More...

2013 Preview: January

January 1st, 2013

December ended on a positive note with 2012 topping 2011 with a week to spare. Hopefully this will translate into strong box office numbers going forward. There are several January releases that actually look very interesting, but you always have to ask, if the films are as good as they look, why are they opening in January? The biggest hit on this list will likely not be a January release, but a limited release from December that is expanding wide in January. Zero Dark Thirty opened in limited release the Wednesday before Christmas and right away it got off to an incredible start. If it can turn some of its Awards Season nominations into wins, which seems very likely at this point, it should be the biggest hit of January. If it can earn some major Oscars, then it might crack $100 million. Unfortunately, no other film on this release list is likely to come close to the $100 million mark. Last January was unseasonably strong with three films opening with $20 million or more and four films finishing with $50 million or more. It is possible that none of the new releases will reach those relatively weak standards. More...

The Place for Limited Releases

November 2nd, 2012

There are not a lot of new releases on this week's list, and even fewer that have a good shot at earning some measure of mainstream success. This Must Be the Place is probably the best bet in that regard, but fans of B-movies should try and see Miami Connection. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/31/2017 Flag Day   $0 $0 $0
5/20/2016 The Angry Birds Movie Terence  $107,509,366 $245,320,162 $352,829,528
4/17/2015 The Human Experiment Narrator  $0 $0 $0
3/20/2015 The Gunman James Terrier  $10,664,749 $2,979,543 $13,644,292
12/25/2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Sean O'Connell  $58,236,838 $130,150,339 $188,387,177
1/11/2013 Gangster Squad Mickey Cohen  $46,000,903 $58,100,000 $104,100,903
11/2/2012 This Must Be the Place Cheyenne  $142,242 $11,649,818 $11,792,060
5/27/2011 The Tree of Life Jack  $13,305,665 $48,416,161 $61,721,826
11/5/2010 Fair*Game Joseph Wilson  $9,540,691 $12,252,214 $21,792,905
2/27/2009 Crossing Over Chris Farrell  $4,462,332 $152,012 $4,614,344
11/26/2008 Milk Harvey Milk  $31,841,299 $25,452,072 $57,293,371
10/17/2008 What Just Happened Himself  $1,090,947 $1,321,176 $2,412,123
3/14/2008 War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundi… Narrator  $0 $0 $0
9/22/2006 All the King's Men Willie Stark  $7,221,458 $2,300,000 $9,521,458
4/22/2005 The Interpreter Tobin Keller  $72,708,161 $90,045,676 $162,753,837
12/29/2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Samuel Byck  $708,776 $431,275 $1,140,051
10/29/2004 It's All About Love Marciello  $5,494 $0 $5,494
4/21/2004 This So-Called Disaster Himself  $45,195 $0 $45,195
11/21/2003 21 Grams Paul  $16,248,701 $43,418,924 $59,667,625
10/8/2003 Mystic River Jimmy Markum  $90,135,191 $66,686,829 $156,822,020
11/1/2002 The Weight of Water Thomas Janes  $102,622 $0 $102,622
4/26/2002 Dogtown and Z-Boys Narrator  $1,293,295 $307,271 $1,600,566
12/28/2001 I Am Sam Sam Dawson  $40,270,895 $52,271,523 $92,542,418
12/22/2000 Before Night Falls Cuco Sanchez  $4,221,817 $4,281,642 $8,503,459
5/5/2000 Up at the Villa Rowley Flint  $2,933,161 $806,952 $3,740,113
12/3/1999 Sweet and Lowdown Emmett Ray  $4,196,621 $0 $4,196,621
10/29/1999 Being John Malkovich Himself  $22,858,926 $9,523,455 $32,382,381
7/2/1999 Summerspell Buddy  $603 $0 $603
12/25/1998 Hurlyburly Eddie  $1,798,862 $0 $1,798,862
12/23/1998 The Thin Red Line Welsh, Edward, EM, 1st Sgt  $36,400,491 $61,308,543 $97,709,034
12/12/1997 Hugo Pool Leprechaun  $3,620 $0 $3,620
10/3/1997 U-Turn Bobby Cooper  $6,690,074 $0 $6,690,074
9/12/1997 The Game Conrad  $48,265,581 $32,104,389 $80,369,970
8/29/1997 She's So Lovely Eddie  $7,281,450 $0 $7,281,450
12/29/1995 Dead Man Walking Matthew Poncelet  $39,387,284 $43,701,011 $83,088,295
11/10/1993 Carlito's Way David Kleinfeld  $36,516,012 $0 $36,516,012
9/14/1990 State of Grace Terry Noonan  $1,911,542 $0 $1,911,542
12/15/1989 We're No Angels Jim  $10,555,348 $0 $10,555,348
8/18/1989 Casualties of War Meserve  $18,468,714 $0 $18,468,714
4/15/1988 Colors Officer Danny McGavin  $46,616,067 $0 $46,616,067
1/1/1988 Judgment in Berlin Guenther X  $229,000 $0 $229,000
8/29/1986 Shanghai Surprise Glendon Wasey  $2,315,000 $0 $2,315,000
4/18/1986 At Close Range Brad Whitewood Jr.  $2,347,000 $0 $2,347,000
1/25/1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Daulton lee  $17,130,087 $0 $17,130,087
3/23/1984 Racing with the Moon Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou  $5,400,000 $0 $5,400,000
2/17/1984 Crackers Dillard  $58,689 $0 $58,689
3/25/1983 Bad Boys Mick O'Brien  $9,200,000 $0 $9,200,000
8/13/1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Jeff Spicoli  $27,092,880 $0 $27,092,880
12/9/1981 Taps Alex Dwyer  $35,856,053 $0 $35,856,053
Movies: 49Totals:$899,269,702$942,980,987$1,842,250,689
  Averages:$18,352,443$19,244,510$37,596,953

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
3/20/2015 The Gunman $5,028,702 2,816 $10,664,749 $13,644,292 78.2%
1/11/2013 Gangster Squad $17,070,347 3,103 $46,000,903 $104,100,903 44.2%
11/2/2012 This Must Be the Place $7,754 15 $142,242 $11,792,060 1.2%
5/27/2011 The Tree of Life $372,920 237 $13,305,665 $61,721,826 21.6%
11/5/2010 Fair*Game $651,082 436 $9,540,691 $21,792,905 43.8%
11/26/2008 Milk $1,453,844 882 $31,841,299 $57,293,371 55.6%
9/22/2006 All the King's Men $3,672,366 1,520 $7,221,458 $9,521,458 75.8%
4/22/2005 The Interpreter $22,822,455 2,815 $72,708,161 $162,753,837 44.7%
10/8/2003 Mystic River $640,815 1,581 $90,135,191 $156,822,020 57.5%
12/23/1998 The Thin Red Line $223,548 1,657 $36,400,491 $97,709,034 37.3%
10/3/1997 U-Turn $2,730,440 1,311 $6,690,074 $6,690,074 100.0%
Movies: 11Totals:  $324,650,924$703,841,780 
 Averages:$4,970,3881,488$29,513,720$63,985,61650.9%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
5/20/2016 The Angry Birds Movie $38,155,177 3,932 $107,509,366 $352,829,528 30.5%
12/25/2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty $12,765,508 2,922 $58,236,838 $188,387,177 30.9%
12/22/2000 Before Night Falls $85,230 127 $4,221,817 $8,503,459 49.6%
12/12/1997 Hugo Pool $3,620 2 $3,620 $3,620 100.0%
12/9/1981 Taps $93,005 792 $35,856,053 $35,856,053 100.0%
Movies: 5Totals:  $205,827,694$585,579,837 
 Averages:$10,220,5081,555$41,165,539$117,115,96762.2%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 491 $324,650,924
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 6,401-6,500) 6,411 $205,827,694
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,122 $791,760,336
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 701-800) 786 $476,489,216
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 28,801-28,900) 28,853 $35,856,053
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,073 $899,269,702
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 541 $379,190,856
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 4,301-4,400) 4,352 $379,752,143
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,812 $697,660,825
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 601-700) 654 $752,361,357
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,452 $942,980,987
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 501-600) 518 $703,841,780
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 5,001-5,100) 5,001 $585,579,837
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,399 $1,489,421,161
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 701-800) 707 $1,228,850,573
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 34,501-34,600) 34,554 $35,856,053
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,207 $1,842,250,689
Highest Grossing Stars of 1998 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 162 42
Highest Grossing Stars of 1999 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 170 42
Highest Grossing Stars of 2000 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 181 42
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 165 68
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 169 68
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Domestic Box Office 53 136
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 155 68
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 160 68
Highest Grossing Stars of 2008 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 329 12
Highest Grossing Stars of 2009 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 360 12
Highest Grossing Stars of 2010 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 402 12
Highest Grossing Stars of 2013 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 419 30
Highest Grossing Stars of 2014 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 402 30
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 394 30
Highest Grossing Stars of 2000 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 102 74
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 153 67
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 163 67
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the International Box Office 45 144
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 122 77
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 115 77
Highest Grossing Stars of 2011 at the International Box Office (Rank 301-400) 400 19
Highest Grossing Stars of 2012 at the International Box Office (Rank 401-500) 446 19
Highest Grossing Stars of 2013 at the International Box Office (Rank 301-400) 351 45
Highest Grossing Stars of 2014 at the International Box Office (Rank 401-500) 419 26
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the International Box Office (Rank 301-400) 387 26
Highest Grossing Stars of 2000 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 126 66
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 163 67
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 175 67
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Worldwide Box Office 48 141
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 125 74
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 132 74
Highest Grossing Stars of 2008 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 297 13
Highest Grossing Stars of 2009 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 336 13
Highest Grossing Stars of 2010 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 374 13
Highest Grossing Stars of 2011 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 466 2
Highest Grossing Stars of 2012 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 501-600) 542 2
Highest Grossing Stars of 2013 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 390 36
Highest Grossing Stars of 2014 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 392 34
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 360 34
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 701-800) 715 $86,156,068
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 201-300) 204 $151,111,963
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 101-200) 134 $41,381,990
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies (Rank 101-200) 101 $46,000,903
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 501-600) 553 $150,111,655
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 201-300) 293 $133,274,915
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 101-200) 127 $37,704,286
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies 79 $58,100,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 601-700) 611 $236,267,723
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 201-300) 232 $284,386,878
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 101-200) 120 $79,086,276
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies 91 $104,100,903
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 301-400) 366 $324,650,924
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 301-400) 375 $379,190,856
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 301-400) 374 $703,841,780
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 301-400) 320 $180,340,417
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 409 $20,527,123
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies 73 $123,783,384
Top International Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 301-400) 332 $171,361,866
Top International Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 298 $50,716,161
Top International Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies 54 $157,112,829
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 301-400) 320 $351,702,283
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 301-400) 326 $71,243,284
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies 60 $280,896,213
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies 72 $241,135,772
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 101-200) 135 $83,372,910
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Black Comedy Movies (Rank 101-200) 161 $142,242
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies 62 $274,515,819
Top International Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 101-200) 125 $93,025,219
Top International Leading Stars for Black Comedy Movies 84 $11,649,818
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies 67 $515,651,591
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 101-200) 130 $176,398,129
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Black Comedy Movies (Rank 101-200) 108 $11,792,060
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 501-600) 509 $116,081,640
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 101-200) 162 $221,874,949
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 401-500) 417 $201,430,212
Top International Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 101-200) 177 $226,176,805
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 401-500) 453 $317,511,852
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 101-200) 168 $448,051,754
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 201-300) 215 $136,136,094
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 201-300) 248 $72,708,161
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 501-600) 513 $13,911,532
Top Domestic Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 401-500) 409 $36,400,491
Top International Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 201-300) 238 $124,786,829
Top International Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 201-300) 211 $90,045,676
Top International Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 401-500) 472 $2,300,000
Top International Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 201-300) 288 $61,308,543
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 201-300) 225 $260,922,923
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 201-300) 245 $162,753,837
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 501-600) 529 $16,211,532
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 301-400) 335 $97,709,034

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/31/2017 Flag Day Director,
Producer 
$0 $0 $0
7/28/2017 The Last Face Director $0 $310,496 $310,496
3/20/2015 The Gunman Screenwriter,
Producer 
$10,664,749 $2,979,543 $13,644,292
9/21/2007 Into the Wild Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$18,354,356 $38,468,604 $56,822,960
1/19/2001 The Pledge Director,
Producer 
$19,719,930 $9,686,202 $29,406,132
11/15/1995 The Crossing Guard Director $847,704 $0 $847,704
9/20/1991 The Indian Runner Director $191,125 $0 $191,125
Movies: 7Totals:$49,777,864$51,444,845$101,222,709
  Averages:$7,111,123$7,349,264$14,460,387

Director Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/31/2017 Flag Day $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
7/28/2017 The Last Face $0 0 $0 $310,496 0.0%
9/21/2007 Into the Wild $212,440 660 $18,354,356 $56,822,960 32.3%
1/19/2001 The Pledge $5,765,347 1,410 $19,719,930 $29,406,132 67.1%
11/15/1995 The Crossing Guard $71,804 111 $847,704 $847,704 100.0%
9/20/1991 The Indian Runner $0 0 $191,125 $191,125 100.0%
Movies: 6Totals:  $39,113,115$87,578,417 
 Averages:$1,008,265364$6,518,853$14,596,40359.9%

Producer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/31/2017 Flag Day $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
3/20/2015 The Gunman $5,028,702 2,816 $10,664,749 $13,644,292 78.2%
9/21/2007 Into the Wild $212,440 660 $18,354,356 $56,822,960 32.3%
1/19/2001 The Pledge $5,765,347 1,410 $19,719,930 $29,406,132 67.1%
Movies: 4Totals:  $48,739,035$99,873,384 
 Averages:$2,751,6221,222$12,184,759$24,968,34659.2%

Writer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
3/20/2015 The Gunman $5,028,702 2,816 $10,664,749 $13,644,292 78.2%
9/21/2007 Into the Wild $212,440 660 $18,354,356 $56,822,960 32.3%
Movies: 2Totals:  $29,019,105$70,467,252 
 Averages:$2,620,5711,738$14,509,553$35,233,62655.2%


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