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Luc Besson

Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 20 films, with $2,261,951,771 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #44)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Lucy (Director), Lucy (Screenwriter), Taken (Screenwriter), Taken (Producer), Taken 2 (Producer)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Blond driver (Le grand bleu), The Subway Driver (Subway)
Most productive collaborators: Scarlett Johansson, Virginie Besson-Silla, Morgan Freeman, Hugues Tissander, Liam Neeson
Born: March 18th, 1959 (58 years old)

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Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an Actor(Unclassified)2$3,390,659$1,272,637$4,663,296
In Technical RolesScreenwriter20$785,039,385$1,476,912,386$2,261,951,771
Story Creator5$159,030,917$281,230,379$440,261,296
Character Creator1$16,029,670$53,668,825$69,698,495
Executive Producer1$2,037,459$20,976,568$23,014,027

Weekend Estimates: Dunkirk, Girls Trip Post Impressive Debuts

July 23rd, 2017


Dunkirk will easily top the chart at the box office this weekend, with a $50.5 million opening weekend from 3,720 theaters that’s broadly in line with expectations, and also remarkably similar to the first weekend for Interstellar, which opened with $47.5 million from 3,561 theaters back in 2014. It seems that the film has reached the Christopher Nolan fan base, but not extended much beyond that. Remarkably, Pearl Harbor remains the record holder for biggest opening weekend for a World War II movie, with the $59 million it earned back in 2001 (equivalent to roughly $93 million with today’s ticket prices). More...

Weekend Predictions: Take a Trip with Valerian and Laureline to Dunkirk

July 20th, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

So far this summer, box office is running about $200 million behind last year’s pace. The numbers have fallen so far that, year to date, 2017 is now behind 2016’s box office pace. This is even more depressing as last weekend, five of the top six films earned Tomatometer Scores that were over 90% positive. This week, we are continuing the amazing run with critics as two of the three wide releases are earning 90% positive reviews or better, but it doesn’t look like we will be able to improve our box office woes. This weekend last year, Star Trek Beyond opened with nearly $60 million and four other films earned more than $20 million. This weekend, Dunkirk will open in first place and it might top Star Trek Beyond, but that seems unlikely. Even getting to $50 million could be asking too much. Girls Trip should have a box office run somewhere between Rough Night and Bad Moms. ... Yes, I know that’s a lot of wiggle room, but there’s a lot of uncertainty here. Finally there’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which cost $180 million to make but is earning almost no buzz here. (It should do a lot better internationally.) We would have to have all three new releases beat expectations and have solid holdovers for 2017 to come out ahead in the year-over-year comparison. More...

Home Market Releases for July 11th, 2017

July 11th, 2017

Underground: Season Two

This week, the home market is led by The Fate of the Furious, which is the number one film both in terms of worldwide box office and alphabetically. It earned well over $1 billion worldwide, but it is losing the charm the franchise thrived on during the past few installments. As for the Pick of the Week, I’m going with Underground, Season Two, or the Two-Season box set. More...

2017 Preview: July

July 1st, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

I hate it when the first of the month lands on a Saturday. By the time this story goes live, we will still have almost no box office data for Despicable Me 3, so we won’t know if June ended on a positive note. Fortunately, Wonder Woman beat expectations and might end up as the biggest hit of the summer, at least for a little while. July begins with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which should make at least $300 million and is the last film being released this summer that has a shot at being a $400 million hit domestically. It is very likely that nothing else this month will come within $100 million of that movie, so that could help its legs. There are a few potential $100 million hits, including War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and a couple of other long shots. Last July had a similar feel with The Secret Life of Pets topping the list with well over $300 million, while there were five other $100 million hits. This July would have to beat expectations substantially to match this performance. I’m not confident 2017 will be able to maintain its pace at the box office. I’m worried at least one big film will struggled and 2017 will end the month behind 2016’s pace. More...

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Trailer

March 29th, 2017

Sci-fi adventure starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, written and directed by Luc Besson opens July 21 ... Full Movie Details. 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...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Lucy

January 20th, 2015

Lucy opened at the end of July and it was expected to do well at the box office, but it was a surprise hit earning more than $40 million opening weekend and $120 million domestically, not to mention over $450 million worldwide. This is an even better result when you compare it to how bad the overall summer box office was. Did this film deserve this success? Or did this film benefit from the lack of strong competition? More...

2015 Preview: January

January 1st, 2015

Taken 3 poster

2014 is over and for the most part, December was a soft ending to a weak year. This is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, it means the overall box office is still soft and it is unlikely that January will start strong. Secondly, last January was a great month, thanks in part to Frozen and other holdovers. The slump can't last forever and Taken 3 should help 2015 get off to a reasonably fast start and it even has a shot at $100 million. American Sniper got off to a really fast start in limited release, so it too could be a hit when it expands wide. By comparison, last January was led by Ride Along, but there were only two other films that didn't completely bomb. I want to say 2015 will start out on a winning note, but given the box office losing streak, it will likely pay to be pessimistic. More...

Weekend Estimates: Hercules No Match for Lucy

July 27th, 2014

Lucy poster

This weekend’s boys versus girls box office match-up has proven to be a triumph for the girls, with Lucy enjoying a decisive win over Hercules. The Scarlett Johansson/Luc Besson sci-fi thriller will post an opening around $44 million, according to Universal’s Sunday estimate, which is almost exactly 50% more than the $29 million debut projected for Hercules. The difference in budgets between the two films is even starker with Hercules clocking in at around $100 million, and Lucy reportedly closer to $40 million. More...

2014 Preview: July

July 1st, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes poster

Overall, June was not good. Most films matched expectations, or came close enough that there weren't major disappointments. However, it looks like How to Train Your Dragon 2 will miss expectations by more than $100 million. This was such a massive amount that 2014 lost its lead over 2013 and not even Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million opening was able to turn things around. Looking forward to July, there's not a lot of good news. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might be the only film coming out during July that will reach the $100 million milestone, but on the high end, it might reach the $200 million mark. There are a few others that have a shot, but are not favored to reach the century mark. On the other hand, there are more films that may or may not open / expand wide and even if they do, they will likely have no real impact at the box office. By comparison, last July, Despicable Me 2 was the top draw and finished with more than $350 million. There were also four other films that surpassed $100 million at the box office. It seems practically impossible for 2014 to match those numbers and will likely finish the month behind last year's pace. Overall, 2014 isn't doing poorly, but the summer has been much weaker than the spring was, so we've gone from potential record breaking year to merely average.


2014 Preview: April

April 1st, 2014

Captian America: The Winter Soldier poster

March was stronger than expected when compared to 2013 with four films earning $100 million or more, led by Divergent. (Not all of them have gotten there yet, but they are certain to reach that milestone before they are done their box office runs.) It wasn't a blow-out victory, on the other hand, as a few weekends the ticket sales were lower in 2014 than they were during the same weekend in 2013. April looks really strong with Captain America: The Winter Soldier leading the way. This film should top $200 million over the weekend, while it isn't the only film that should crack the century mark, as Rio 2 is also on track for $100 million. This is great news, as no film last April reached $100 million. Granted, 42 came close and Oblivion wasn't far behind, but The Winter Soldier should earn more than those two films earned combined giving 2014 a comfortable lead over 2013 over the full month. 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...

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 October 1st, 2013

October 1st, 2013

This list is a little short and a little late, because WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE INTERNET? The past three days, the internet has been slow as hell. There are a number of interesting releases coming out this week, several of them have screeners that are on their way. Unfortunately, only one screener did arrive on time. Fortunately, it was The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray Combo Pack and it, or the 3D Combo Pack, are worthy of Pick of the Week. More...

2013 Preview: September

September 1st, 2013

August ended, and we should be very grateful for that. Lee Daniels' The Butler was a surprise hit, while We're the Millers did better than expected. However, most other films that were expected to be solid hits failed to live up to expectations. Fortunately, August of 2012 was even worse, so 2013 regained the lead on the year-to-year comparison during the month. Looking forward, there is exactly one film that will likely become more than a midlevel hit in September: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. That film has a chance to reach $100 million in total. Most of the rest of the new releases will be lucky if they get halfway there. Fortunately, September of 2012 was even worse. Hotel Transylvania was a surprise hit, earning nearly $150 million, and there were a few others that topped $50 million, but there were also several outright bombs. If we can avoid those types of bombs, then 2013 should continue its winning streak. More...

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
8/22/1988 Le grand bleu Blond driver  $3,000,000 $0 $3,000,000
11/6/1985 Subway The Subway Driver  $390,659 $1,272,637 $1,663,296
Movies: 2Totals:$3,390,659$1,272,637$4,663,296
Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
12/31/2017 Anna Director,
$0 $0 $0
9/1/2017 Renegades Producer,
$0 $625,793 $625,793
7/21/2017 Valerian and the City of a Thou… Screenwriter,
$40,479,370 $174,636,774 $215,116,144
5/5/2017 Warrior’s Gate Screenwriter,
$0 $3,233,948 $3,233,948
9/4/2015 The Transporter Refueled Character Creator,
$16,029,670 $53,668,825 $69,698,495
1/9/2015 Taken 3 Screenwriter,
$89,256,424 $238,400,000 $327,656,424
11/14/2014 The Homesman Producer $2,429,989 $1,012,864 $3,442,853
7/25/2014 Lucy Director,
$126,573,960 $330,933,816 $457,507,776
4/25/2014 Brick Mansions Screenwriter,
Story Creator 
$20,396,829 $53,024,395 $73,421,224
2/21/2014 3 Days to Kill Screenwriter,
Story Creator 
$30,697,999 $8,261,901 $38,959,900
9/13/2013 The Family Director,
$36,918,811 $14,159,730 $51,078,541
8/13/2013 Les aventures extraordinaires d… Director,
$0 $0 $0
10/5/2012 Taken 2 Producer,
$139,854,287 $237,953,117 $377,807,404
4/13/2012 Lockout Screenwriter,
From the original id… 
$14,326,865 $19,616,184 $33,943,049
4/11/2012 The Lady Director $135,985 $2,066,306 $2,202,291
8/26/2011 Colombiana Screenwriter,
$36,665,854 $35,629,408 $72,295,262
12/31/2010 Arthur and the War of Two Worlds Director $347,136 $29,382,139 $29,729,275
12/3/2010 I Love You, Phillip Morris Executive Producer $2,037,459 $20,976,568 $23,014,027
1/30/2009 Taken Screenwriter,
$145,000,989 $81,940,596 $226,941,585
5/25/2007 Angel-A Director $202,200 $0 $202,200
1/12/2007 Arthur et les Minimoys Director $15,132,763 $98,192,980 $113,325,743
5/13/2005 Danny the Dog Producer,
$24,537,621 $24,500,000 $49,037,621
12/31/2003 Taxi 3 Screenwriter $0 $0 $0
10/6/2000 Taxi 2 Screenwriter $729,844 $0 $729,844
11/12/1999 The Messenger: The Story of Joa… Director $14,271,297 $0 $14,271,297
11/20/1998 Taxi Screenwriter $0 $0 $0
5/9/1997 The Fifth Element Director,
Based on a Story By 
$63,570,862 $200,327,899 $263,898,761
11/18/1994 Léon Director $19,284,974 $26,000,000 $45,284,974
3/19/1993 Point of No Return Story Creator $30,038,362 $0 $30,038,362
3/8/1991 Nikita Director $5,017,971 $0 $5,017,971
8/22/1988 Le grand bleu Director $3,000,000 $0 $3,000,000
11/6/1985 Subway Director $390,659 $1,272,637 $1,663,296
Movies: 32Totals:$877,328,180$1,655,815,880$2,533,144,060