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Leigh Whannell

Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $561,651,064 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #392)
Best-known technical roles: Insidious: The Last Key (Screenwriter), Insidious: The Last Key (Character Creator), Insidious Chapter 2 (Screenwriter), Insidious: The Last Key (Producer), Insidious Chapter 2 (Story Creator)
Best-known acting roles: Specs (Insidious: The Last Key), Specs (Insidious Chapter 3), Adam (Saw), Larry (The Bye Bye Man), (Keep Watching)
Most productive collaborators: Dermot Mulroney, Jason Blum, James Wan, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting6$151,608,213$178,814,459$330,422,672
Lead Ensemble Member2$60,058$520,953$581,011
(Unclassified)3$109,977,877$93,773,036$203,750,913
In Technical RolesScreenwriter7$268,610,508$293,040,556$561,651,064
Executive Producer6$122,904,760$195,536,764$318,441,524
Character Creator3$203,152,900$246,303,770$449,456,670
Story Creator2$83,646,505$78,856,021$162,502,526
Director2$63,606,958$68,813,983$132,420,941
Producer1$67,347,895$99,508,816$166,856,711

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 4,701-4,800) 4,755 $60,058
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,701-5,800) 5,799 $261,646,148
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 3,501-3,600) 3,600 $520,953
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 7,201-7,300) 7,265 $273,108,448
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 4,401-4,500) 4,453 $581,011
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 6,501-6,600) 6,536 $534,754,596
Top Grossing Director at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 701-800) 750 $63,606,958
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 932 $122,904,760
Top Grossing Producer at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,194 $67,347,895
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 342 $268,610,508
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 601-700) 671 $83,646,505
Top Grossing Director at the International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 711 $68,813,983
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 741 $195,536,764
Top Grossing Producer at the International Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,053 $99,508,816
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the International Box Office (Rank 401-500) 428 $293,040,556
Top Grossing Story Creator at the International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 743 $78,856,021
Top Grossing Director at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 701-800) 736 $132,420,941
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 801-900) 828 $318,441,524
Top Grossing Producer at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,114 $166,856,711
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 392 $561,651,064
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 701-800) 720 $162,502,526

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


2018 Preview: June

June 1st, 2018

Incredibles 2

This May was an odd month, as Avengers: Infinity War opened on the last weekend of April, rather than the first weekend of May. This meant May started out slowly, but Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story did well enough to give 2018 a healthy lead over 2017. Looking forward, there are two potential monster hits this month, Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and another $100 million hit, Ocean’s 8. Last June, there were four $100 million hits, led by Wonder Woman, which pulled in over $400 million. I think 2018 and 2017 will be an even match at the top, so 2018 will have to rely on depth to improve upon its lead over 2017. More...

2018 Preview: January

January 1st, 2018

Paddington 2

2017 wasn’t a good year. It started out well and ended on a high note, but the summer was a disaster and that proved to be too much for the rest of the year to overcome. Fortunately, The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle are still doing very well and will help January get off to a fast start. Unfortunately, the biggest new release of January is Paddington 2 and it isn’t expected to match its predecessor at the box office; it certainly won’t top $100 million domestically. It is unlikely any of the Oscar contenders will hit the century mark in January either. This is really bad news, as last January, we had a new release, Split and an Oscar contender, Hidden Figures, which both topped that milestone with ease. 2018 should get off to a faster start in the first two weeks, but overall, this month will end with a loss. More...

2015 Preview: June

June 1st, 2015

Inside Out

May turned out to be softer than anticipated with The Avengers: Age of Ultron missing expectations by about $100 million. Additionally, only Pitch Perfect 2 really topped expectations. May 2015 kept pace with May of 2014, more or less. June doesn't have any films as strong as Age of Ultron, but there are two films that should have no trouble getting to $200 million. Those two films are Jurassic World and Inside Out and I'm not sure which one will turn out to be the biggest hit of the month. Last June, the biggest hit was Transformers: Age of Extinction, but both Jurassic World and Inside Out should top that film, albeit by small margins. On the other hand, last June had four other films that reached $100 million, while this time around only Spy! and Ted 2 have a real shot at that milestone. 2015 is stronger at the top, but has weaker depth. It will be interesting to see if 2015 will keep pace with 2014 over the course of the full month. 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...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
1/5/2018 Insidious: The Last Key Specs  $67,347,895 $99,508,816 $166,856,711
10/31/2017 Keep Watching   $94,178 $0 $94,178
1/13/2017 The Bye Bye Man Larry  $22,395,806 $3,472,184 $25,867,990
9/18/2015 Cooties Doug  $60,058 $520,953 $581,011
6/5/2015 Insidious Chapter 3 Specs  $52,218,558 $68,459,886 $120,678,444
11/21/2014 The Mule Gavin  $0 $0 $0
4/9/2013 Crush   $0 $0 $0
3/22/2013 The Pardon Clement Moss  $17,518 $0 $17,518
4/1/2011 Insidious   $54,009,150 $45,861,736 $99,870,886
8/31/2007 Death Sentence Stink  $9,534,258 $7,373,573 $16,907,831
10/29/2004 Saw Adam  $55,968,727 $47,911,300 $103,880,027
Movies: 11Totals:$261,646,148$273,108,448$534,754,596
  Averages:$23,786,013$24,828,041$48,614,054

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
9/18/2015 Cooties $33,031 29 $60,058 $581,011 10.3%
11/21/2014 The Mule $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
Movies: 2Totals:  $60,058$581,011 
 Averages:$16,51615$30,029$290,50610.3%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
1/5/2018 Insidious: The Last Key $29,581,355 3,150 $67,347,895 $166,856,711 40.4%
10/31/2017 Keep Watching $0 805 $94,178 $94,178 100.0%
1/13/2017 The Bye Bye Man $13,501,349 2,220 $22,395,806 $25,867,990 86.6%
6/5/2015 Insidious Chapter 3 $22,692,741 3,014 $52,218,558 $120,678,444 43.3%
3/22/2013 The Pardon $16,100 8 $17,518 $17,518 100.0%
8/31/2007 Death Sentence $4,231,321 1,823 $9,534,258 $16,907,831 56.4%
Movies: 6Totals:  $151,608,213$330,422,672 
 Averages:$11,670,4781,837$25,268,036$55,070,44571.1%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 4,701-4,800) 4,755 $60,058
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 9,601-9,700) 9,633 $151,608,213
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,101-5,200) 5,160 $261,646,148
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 2,401-2,500) 2,439 $119,738,207
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 35,001-35,100) 35,092 $22,395,806
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,701-5,800) 5,799 $261,646,148
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 3,501-3,600) 3,600 $520,953
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 9,901-10,000) 9,971 $178,814,459
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 6,301-6,400) 6,326 $273,108,448
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,233 $168,489,655
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 36,601-36,700) 36,632 $3,472,184
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 7,201-7,300) 7,265 $273,108,448
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 4,401-4,500) 4,453 $581,011
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 9,501-9,600) 9,592 $330,422,672
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 5,701-5,800) 5,728 $534,754,596
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 2,301-2,400) 2,312 $288,227,862
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 37,601-37,700) 37,616 $25,867,990
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 6,501-6,600) 6,536 $534,754,596
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 3,301-3,400) 3,382 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 2,501-2,600) 2,534 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 3,101-3,200) 3,138 $581,011
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 4,301-4,400) 4,364 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 3,201-3,300) 3,262 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 4,001-4,100) 4,082 $581,011
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 501-600) 595 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 491 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 501-600) 568 $581,011
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Black Comedy Movies (Rank 201-300) 206 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for Black Comedy Movies (Rank 101-200) 173 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Black Comedy Movies (Rank 101-200) 198 $581,011
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,282 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,700 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 2,001-2,100) 2,094 $581,011
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Lionsgate Movies (Rank 401-500) 468 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for Lionsgate Movies (Rank 301-400) 399 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Lionsgate Movies (Rank 401-500) 472 $581,011

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
6/1/2018 Upgrade Director,
Screenwriter,
Executive Producer 
$11,388,400 $354,097 $11,742,497
1/5/2018 Insidious: The Last Key Screenwriter,
Character Creator,
Producer 
$67,347,895 $99,508,816 $166,856,711
10/27/2017 Jigsaw Executive Producer $38,052,832 $64,577,498 $102,630,330
9/18/2015 Cooties Screenwriter,
Story by,
Executive Producer 
$60,058 $520,953 $581,011
6/5/2015 Insidious Chapter 3 Director,
Screenwriter,
Character Creator 
$52,218,558 $68,459,886 $120,678,444
11/21/2014 The Mule Screenwriter,
Executive Producer 
$0 $0 $0
9/13/2013 Insidious Chapter 2 Screenwriter,
Story Creator,
Character Creator 
$83,586,447 $78,335,068 $161,921,515
4/1/2011 Insidious Screenwriter $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
Movies: 10Totals:$380,066,810$487,702,270$867,769,080
  Averages:$38,006,681$48,770,227$86,776,908

Director Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
6/1/2018 Upgrade $4,670,905 1,458 $11,388,400 $11,742,497 97.0%
6/5/2015 Insidious Chapter 3 $22,692,741 3,014 $52,218,558 $120,678,444 43.3%
Movies: 2Totals:  $63,606,958$132,420,941 
 Averages:$13,681,8232,236$31,803,479$66,210,47170.1%

Producer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
1/5/2018 Insidious: The Last Key $29,581,355 3,150 $67,347,895 $166,856,711 40.4%
Movies: 1Totals:  $67,347,895$166,856,711 
 Averages:$29,581,3553,150$67,347,895$166,856,71140.4%

Writer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
6/1/2018 Upgrade $4,670,905 1,458 $11,388,400 $11,742,497 97.0%
1/5/2018 Insidious: The Last Key $29,581,355 3,150 $67,347,895 $166,856,711 40.4%
9/18/2015 Cooties $33,031 29 $60,058 $581,011 10.3%
6/5/2015 Insidious Chapter 3 $22,692,741 3,014 $52,218,558 $120,678,444 43.3%
11/21/2014 The Mule $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
9/13/2013 Insidious Chapter 2 $40,272,103 3,155 $83,586,447 $161,921,515 51.6%
4/1/2011 Insidious $13,271,464 2,419 $54,009,150 $99,870,886 54.1%
Movies: 9Totals:  $352,257,013$724,153,590 
 Averages:$16,758,5261,823$39,139,668$80,461,51044.8%


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