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Ken Watanabe

Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $3,044,674,401 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #306)
Best-known acting roles: Saito (Inception), Drift (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Godzilla), Ra's Al Ghul (Batman Begins), Lord Katsumoto (The Last Samurai)
Most productive collaborators: Gareth Edwards, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Thomas Tull, Christopher Nolan, C.J. Adams

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting7$1,032,991,901$2,011,682,500$3,044,674,401
Leading4$124,933,526$415,987,374$540,920,900
(Unclassified)3$14,186,795$25,707,362$39,894,157

Career Trend

This graph shows Ken Watanabe’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


2014 Preview: May

May 1st, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 poster

It has been a great year so far and April was again a strong month. The box office was led by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as it became the second film of the year to reach $200 million, while Rio 2 is on pace to become the seventh $100 million hit of the year. Big picture, 2014 has already hit $3 billion, which isn't a record for this time of the year, but it is $250 million ahead of 2013. That streak ends in May. Don't get me wrong. There are six films opening this month that at least have a shot at $100 million and two of those should earn more than $200 million and there are two others that at least have a shot at that milestone. Leading the way is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is looking to top The Winter Soldier and become the second biggest hit of the year so far. Its main competition this month is X-men: Days of Future Past, while Godzilla also has a shot at $200 million. Unfortunately, this month last year, Iron Man 3 earned more than $400 million, while two other films took in $200 million and seven films in total reached the century mark. That is going to be really hard to replicate this year and 2014 will likely lose some of its lead over 2013. Fortunately, 2014 has such a big lead that unless the box office really slumps, it will end the month with at least a small lead over 2013. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
5/31/2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Dr. Ishiro Serizawa   $0 $0 $0
3/23/2018 Isle of Dogs Head Surgeon  $31,945,934 $26,557,665 $58,503,599
12/31/2017 Bel Canto   $0 $0 $0
4/29/2016 The Sea of Trees Takumi Nakamura  $20,444 $715,961 $736,405
6/25/2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Drift  $245,439,076 $858,600,000 $1,104,039,076
5/14/2014 Godzilla Dr. Ishiro Serizawa  $200,676,069 $328,400,000 $529,076,069
9/7/2012 Shanghai Tanaka  $46,425 $15,459,497 $15,505,922
7/16/2010 Inception Saito  $292,576,195 $539,825,887 $832,402,082
10/23/2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant   $14,046,595 $25,707,362 $39,753,957
5/18/2007 Memories of Tomorrow   $140,200 $0 $140,200
12/20/2006 Letters from Iwo Jima General Kuribayashi  $13,756,082 $54,111,916 $67,867,998
12/9/2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Chairman  $57,010,853 $104,500,000 $161,510,853
6/15/2005 Batman Begins Ra's Al Ghul  $205,343,774 $153,798,948 $359,142,722
12/5/2003 The Last Samurai Lord Katsumoto  $111,110,575 $345,700,000 $456,810,575
Movies: 14Totals:$1,172,112,222$2,453,377,236$3,625,489,458
  Averages:$83,722,302$175,241,231$258,963,533

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
4/29/2016 The Sea of Trees $1,877 101 $20,444 $736,405 2.8%
9/7/2012 Shanghai $26,604 103 $46,425 $15,505,922 0.3%
12/20/2006 Letters from Iwo Jima $89,097 781 $13,756,082 $67,867,998 20.3%
12/5/2003 The Last Samurai $24,271,354 2,938 $111,110,575 $456,810,575 24.3%
Movies: 4Totals:  $124,933,526$540,920,900 
 Averages:$6,097,233981$31,233,382$135,230,22511.9%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
5/31/2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
3/23/2018 Isle of Dogs $1,620,294 1,947 $31,945,934 $58,503,599 54.6%
6/25/2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction $100,038,390 4,233 $245,439,076 $1,104,039,076 22.2%
5/14/2014 Godzilla $93,188,384 3,952 $200,676,069 $529,076,069 37.9%
7/16/2010 Inception $62,785,337 3,792 $292,576,195 $832,402,082 35.1%
12/9/2005 Memoirs of a Geisha $682,504 1,654 $57,010,853 $161,510,853 35.3%
6/15/2005 Batman Begins $48,745,440 3,858 $205,343,774 $359,142,722 57.2%
Movies: 7Totals:  $1,032,991,901$3,044,674,401 
 Averages:$43,865,7642,777$147,570,272$434,953,48640.4%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,002 $124,933,526
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 459 $1,032,991,901
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 501-600) 586 $1,140,166,288
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 501-600) 580 $654,799,429
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 3,901-4,000) 4,000 $245,439,076
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 701-800) 735 $1,172,112,222
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 532 $415,987,374
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 289 $2,011,682,500
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 219 $2,426,819,571
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 401-500) 431 $1,136,169,874
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 770 $858,600,000
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 301-400) 314 $2,453,377,236
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 601-700) 656 $540,920,900
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 306 $3,044,674,401
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 304 $3,566,985,859
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 475 $1,790,969,303
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,195 $1,104,039,076
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 412 $3,625,489,458
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 137 81
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 138 81
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 140 81
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the International Box Office 76 97
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the International Box Office 76 97
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the International Box Office 77 97
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 182 48
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 173 48
Highest Grossing Stars of 2008 at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 208 48
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the Worldwide Box Office 90 95
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the Worldwide Box Office 85 95
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Worldwide Box Office 85 95
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 257 17
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 253 17
Highest Grossing Stars of 2008 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 282 17
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 601-700) 627 $111,177,444
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 201-300) 237 $13,756,082
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 201-300) 268 $361,875,458
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies 91 $54,111,916
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 301-400) 367 $473,052,902
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 101-200) 136 $67,867,998
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 701-800) 786 $124,933,526
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 301-400) 366 $415,987,374
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 401-500) 473 $540,920,900
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 3,501-3,600) 3,554 $20,444
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 101-200) 119 $124,913,082
Top International Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 2,101-2,200) 2,163 $715,961
Top International Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies 32 $415,271,413
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 2,701-2,800) 2,755 $736,405
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies 46 $540,184,495
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 201-300) 271 $111,110,575
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 701-800) 713 $13,822,951
Top International Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 101-200) 194 $345,700,000
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 201-300) 247 $70,287,374
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 201-300) 216 $456,810,575
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 301-400) 385 $84,110,325
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,908 $20,444
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 301-400) 316 $124,913,082
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,401 $715,961
Top International Leading Stars for R Movies 91 $415,271,413
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 1,701-1,800) 1,757 $736,405
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 101-200) 147 $540,184,495
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 201-300) 252 $124,866,657
Top International Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies 97 $399,811,916
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 101-200) 135 $524,678,573


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