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James Wan

Best known as a Producer based on credits in that role in 9 films, with $1,310,028,415 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #190)
Best-known technical roles: Furious 7 (Director), The Conjuring (Director), Annabelle: Creation (Producer), The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (Director), The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (Producer)
Best-known acting roles: Theater Director (Insidious Chapter 3)
Most productive collaborators: Vin Diesel, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Peter Safran, Chad Hayes

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting1$52,218,558$68,459,886$120,678,444
In Technical RolesProducer9$475,671,310$834,357,105$1,310,028,415
Director8$786,441,493$1,727,223,878$2,513,665,371
Story Creator4$186,056,455$287,135,068$473,191,523
Executive Producer4$111,456,302$199,329,823$310,786,125
Screenwriter1$102,470,008$208,800,000$311,270,008
Editor1$54,009,150$45,861,736$99,870,886

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 27,301-27,400) 27,312 $52,218,558
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 21,901-22,000) 21,945 $68,459,886
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 24,301-24,400) 24,316 $120,678,444
Top Grossing Director at the Domestic Box Office 64 $786,441,493
Top Grossing Editor at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 501-600) 587 $54,009,150
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,010 $111,456,302
Top Grossing Producer at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 237 $475,671,310
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 801-900) 849 $102,470,008
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 245 $186,056,455
Top Grossing Director at the International Box Office 26 $1,727,223,878
Top Grossing Editor at the International Box Office (Rank 601-700) 606 $45,861,736
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 728 $199,329,823
Top Grossing Producer at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 166 $834,357,105
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 587 $208,800,000
Top Grossing Story Creator at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 218 $287,135,068
Top Grossing Director at the Worldwide Box Office 34 $2,513,665,371
Top Grossing Editor at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 601-700) 609 $99,870,886
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 801-900) 838 $310,786,125
Top Grossing Producer at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 190 $1,310,028,415
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 601-700) 667 $311,270,008
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 227 $473,191,523

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


2016 Preview: June

June 1st, 2016

Finding Dory

May was great, as long as you don't compare it to last May. Captain America: Civil War was a monster hit and is closing in on $400 million, while both X-Men: Apocalypse and The Angry Birds Movie will earn over $100 million. Looking ahead, every week in June, there is one movie that should top $100 million; however, only Finding Dory is expected to make more than $200 million. In fact, that film is expected to make close to $400 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide. Last June, there were two monster hits, Inside Out and Jurassic World, plus one $100 million hit, Spy. I don't see how 2016 will top that. Even if every film with a shot at $100 million gets to that milestone, 2016 still might not top last year's pace. Fortunately, 2016 does have a large lead and that could be enough to keep 2016 ahead of 2015's pace in the year-over-year competition. It could be really close at the end of the month, on the other hand. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Furious 7

September 13th, 2015

Furious 7

Furious 7 is the latest in the Fast and the Furious franchise. The films started out okay, but critical reception fell quickly. It wasn't until Fast Five when the filmmakers realized they were making, in essence, live-action cartoons that they truly found their voices. This focus helped the box office, so much so that Furious 7 became just the third film to earn more than $1 billion internationally and just the fourth film to earn $1.5 billion worldwide. Is the quality up to the same level as its box office? The odds of that are nearly zero. However, is it at least as entertaining as its box office numbers would indicate? More...

2015 Preview: April

April 1st, 2015

Furious 7 poster

March ended on a good note and helped 2015 maintain its lead over 2014 thanks to a trio of $100 million movies: Cinderella, Insurgent, and Home. April isn't as strong as far as depth goes, as only Furious 7 is expected to come close to $100 million at the box office. On the positive side, it could earn $100 million during its opening weekend, becoming the fastest starting film of the year, so far. On the negative side, it is expected to earn more than double the rest of the films' combined box office totals. Even worse, last April, there were two $100 million hits, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as two others that came close. There's no way April 2015 is going to live up to April 2014. I just hope the collapse isn't so bad that 2015 loses its lead over 2014 completely. 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...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Wolverine Loses Power, But Still Dominates

July 29th, 2013

The Wolverine did not live up to expectations, but it still dominated the weekend box office chart, earning more than double the second place film, The Conjuring. Overall, the box office fell nearly 12% when compared to last weekend hitting $172 million. This is still 28% higher than the same weekend last year, which is a great result. In total, 2013 has pulled in $6.40 billion, which is just under $20 million or 0.3% below last year's pace. This is fantastic; however, had The Wolverine performed as well as some were expecting, 2013 would have pulled into the lead over the weekend. More...

2013 Preview: July

July 1st, 2013

For the most part, June was a really strong month at the box office with nearly every film either matching expectations, or at least coming close enough to call it a victory. Looking forward, there are a dozen films opening wide in July, more or less. One of them, The Smurfs 2, is opening on a Wednesday, so I'm going to hold off talking about that movie till the August preview. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain is opening in less than 1000 theaters, but it has a shot at reaching the top ten during its opening weekend. If we include both of them, there are twelve films, but I think it is better to stick with the ten truly wide, truly July openings. Of these, Despicable Me 2 is clearly going to be the biggest hit at the box office. It could become the second biggest hit of the year so far. It is not the only film that could be a $100 million hit. In fact, there are six films opening in July that I think have a better than 50% chance of reaching that level. There is currently only one film that I think won't at least become a midlevel hit. By comparison in 2012, there were three $100 million movies, led by The Dark Knight Rises, but the rest of the new releases struggled. There's no chance any movie opening this month will top $400 million, in fact, it is quite possible no film will get to $300 million. That said, 2013 has a lot better depth, so it might come out on top in the end. More...

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/31/2018 Robotech Director $0 $0 $0
12/31/2018 The Entity Producer $0 $0 $0
12/31/2018 The Tommyknockers Producer $0 $0 $0
12/21/2018 Aquaman Director,
Story by 
$0 $0 $0
9/7/2018 The Nun Story by,
Producer 
$0 $0 $0
1/5/2018 Insidious: The Last Key Producer $67,347,895 $99,508,112 $166,856,007
10/27/2017 Jigsaw Executive Producer $38,052,832 $64,577,498 $102,630,330
10/10/2017 Demonic Executive Producer $0 $4,668,109 $4,668,109
8/11/2017 Annabelle: Creation Producer $102,092,201 $203,400,000 $305,492,201
7/22/2016 Lights Out Producer $67,268,835 $81,600,000 $148,868,835
6/10/2016 The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Po… Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Story by 
$102,470,008 $208,800,000 $311,270,008
6/5/2015 Insidious Chapter 3 Producer $52,218,558 $68,459,886 $120,678,444
4/3/2015 Furious 7 Director $353,007,020 $1,165,715,774 $1,518,722,794
10/3/2014 Annabelle Producer $84,273,813 $172,589,107 $256,862,920
9/13/2013 Insidious Chapter 2 Director,
Story Creator 
$83,586,447 $78,335,068 $161,921,515
7/19/2013 The Conjuring Director $137,400,141 $180,600,000 $318,000,141
4/1/2011 Insidious Editor,
Director 
$54,009,150 $45,861,736 $99,870,886
10/29/2010 Saw 3D Executive Producer $45,710,178 $88,025,106 $133,735,284
10/23/2009 Saw VI Executive Producer $27,693,292 $42,059,110 $69,752,402
10/29/2004 Saw Director $55,968,727 $47,911,300 $103,880,027
Movies: 20Totals:$1,271,099,097$2,552,110,806$3,823,209,903
  Averages:$63,554,955$127,605,540$191,160,495

Director Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/31/2018 Robotech $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
12/21/2018 Aquaman $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
6/10/2016 The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Pol… $40,406,314 3,356 $102,470,008 $311,270,008 32.9%
4/3/2015 Furious 7 $147,163,560 4,022 $353,007,020 $1,518,722,794 23.2%
9/13/2013 Insidious Chapter 2 $40,272,103 3,155 $83,586,447 $161,921,515 51.6%
7/19/2013 The Conjuring $41,855,326 3,115 $137,400,141 $318,000,141 43.2%
4/1/2011 Insidious $13,271,464 2,419 $54,009,150 $99,870,886 54.1%
10/29/2004 Saw $18,276,468 2,467 $55,968,727 $103,880,027 53.9%
Movies: 8Totals:  $786,441,493$2,513,665,371 
 Averages:$37,655,6542,317$98,305,187$314,208,17143.2%

Producer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/31/2018 The Tommyknockers $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
12/31/2018 The Entity $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
9/7/2018 The Nun $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
1/5/2018 Insidious: The Last Key $29,581,355 3,150 $67,347,895 $166,856,007 40.4%
8/11/2017 Annabelle: Creation $35,006,404 3,565 $102,092,201 $305,492,201 33.4%
7/22/2016 Lights Out $21,688,103 2,835 $67,268,835 $148,868,835 45.2%
6/10/2016 The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Pol… $40,406,314 3,356 $102,470,008 $311,270,008 32.9%
6/5/2015 Insidious Chapter 3 $22,692,741 3,014 $52,218,558 $120,678,444 43.3%
10/3/2014 Annabelle $37,134,255 3,215 $84,273,813 $256,862,920 32.8%
Movies: 9Totals:  $475,671,310$1,310,028,415 
 Averages:$20,723,2412,126$52,852,368$145,558,71338.0%

Writer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/21/2018 Aquaman $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
9/7/2018 The Nun $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
6/10/2016 The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Pol… $40,406,314 3,356 $102,470,008 $311,270,008 32.9%
9/13/2013 Insidious Chapter 2 $40,272,103 3,155 $83,586,447 $161,921,515 51.6%
Movies: 5Totals:  $288,526,463$784,461,531 
 Averages:$24,216,9461,973$57,705,293$156,892,30639.2%

Latest Ranking on All Technical Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top Grossing Director at the Domestic Box Office 64 $786,441,493
Top Grossing Editor at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 501-600) 587 $54,009,150
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,010 $111,456,302
Top Grossing Producer at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 237 $475,671,310
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 801-900) 849 $102,470,008
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 245 $186,056,455
Top Grossing Director at the International Box Office 26 $1,727,223,878
Top Grossing Editor at the International Box Office (Rank 601-700) 606 $45,861,736
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 728 $199,329,823
Top Grossing Producer at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 166 $834,357,105
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 587 $208,800,000
Top Grossing Story Creator at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 218 $287,135,068
Top Grossing Director at the Worldwide Box Office 34 $2,513,665,371
Top Grossing Editor at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 601-700) 609 $99,870,886
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 801-900) 838 $310,786,125
Top Grossing Producer at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 190 $1,310,028,415
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 601-700) 667 $311,270,008
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 227 $473,191,523


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