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Leigh Whannell

Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 7 films, with $545,114,661 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #400)
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, Stefanie Scott, James Wan, Jason Blum, Oren Peli

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting6$151,307,793$174,316,388$325,624,181
Lead Ensemble Member2$60,058$520,953$581,011
(Unclassified)3$109,977,877$93,773,036$203,750,913
In Technical RolesScreenwriter7$256,921,688$288,192,973$545,114,661
Executive Producer5$111,516,360$195,182,667$306,699,027
Character Creator3$202,852,480$241,810,284$444,662,764
Story Creator2$83,646,505$78,856,021$162,502,526
Director2$52,218,558$68,459,886$120,678,444
Producer1$67,047,475$95,015,330$162,062,805

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 4,601-4,700) 4,663 $60,058
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,701-5,800) 5,741 $261,345,728
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 3,501-3,600) 3,512 $520,953
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 7,201-7,300) 7,243 $268,610,377
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 4,301-4,400) 4,358 $581,011
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 6,501-6,600) 6,519 $529,956,105
Top Grossing Director at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 801-900) 807 $52,218,558
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 991 $111,516,360
Top Grossing Producer at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,171 $67,047,475
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 354 $256,921,688
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 601-700) 656 $83,646,505
Top Grossing Director at the International Box Office (Rank 601-700) 693 $68,459,886
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 722 $195,182,667
Top Grossing Producer at the International Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,063 $95,015,330
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the International Box Office (Rank 401-500) 422 $288,192,973
Top Grossing Story Creator at the International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 734 $78,856,021
Top Grossing Director at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 701-800) 761 $120,678,444
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 801-900) 833 $306,699,027
Top Grossing Producer at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,106 $162,062,805
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 400 $545,114,661
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 701-800) 710 $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: 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  $67,047,475 $95,015,330 $162,062,805
10/31/2017 Keep Watching   $94,178 $0 $94,178
1/13/2017 The Bye Bye Man Larry  $22,395,806 $3,467,599 $25,863,405
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:$261,345,728$268,610,377$529,956,105
  Averages:$23,758,703$24,419,125$48,177,828

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 $67,047,475 $162,062,805 41.4%
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 $25,863,405 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:  $151,307,793$325,624,181 
 Averages:$11,670,4781,837$25,217,966$54,270,69771.3%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 4,601-4,700) 4,663 $60,058
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 9,501-9,600) 9,555 $151,307,793
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,101-5,200) 5,111 $261,345,728
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 2,401-2,500) 2,407 $119,437,787
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 34,501-34,600) 34,589 $22,395,806
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,701-5,800) 5,741 $261,345,728
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 3,501-3,600) 3,512 $520,953
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 9,901-10,000) 9,992 $174,316,388
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 6,301-6,400) 6,307 $268,610,377
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,239 $163,996,169
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 35,901-36,000) 35,997 $3,467,599
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 7,201-7,300) 7,243 $268,610,377
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 4,301-4,400) 4,358 $581,011
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 9,501-9,600) 9,587 $325,624,181
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 5,701-5,800) 5,716 $529,956,105
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,298 $283,433,956
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 37,101-37,200) 37,118 $25,863,405
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 6,501-6,600) 6,519 $529,956,105
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 3,301-3,400) 3,311 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 2,401-2,500) 2,475 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 3,001-3,100) 3,075 $581,011
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 4,201-4,300) 4,273 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 3,101-3,200) 3,184 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 4,001-4,100) 4,002 $581,011
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 501-600) 565 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 461 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 501-600) 539 $581,011
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Black Comedy Movies (Rank 101-200) 200 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for Black Comedy Movies (Rank 101-200) 167 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Black Comedy Movies (Rank 101-200) 193 $581,011
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,243 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,660 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 2,001-2,100) 2,045 $581,011
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Lionsgate Movies (Rank 401-500) 461 $60,058
Top International Leading Stars for Lionsgate Movies (Rank 301-400) 389 $520,953
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Lionsgate Movies (Rank 401-500) 465 $581,011

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
6/1/2018 Upgrade Director,
Screenwriter 
$0 $0 $0
1/5/2018 Insidious: The Last Key Screenwriter,
Character Creator,
Producer 
$67,047,475 $95,015,330 $162,062,805
10/27/2017 Jigsaw Executive Producer $38,052,832 $64,577,498 $102,630,330
9/18/2015 Cooties Story by,
Executive Producer,
Screenwriter 
$60,058 $520,953 $581,011
6/5/2015 Insidious Chapter 3 Screenwriter,
Character Creator,
Director 
$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:$368,377,990$482,854,687$851,232,677
  Averages:$36,837,799$48,285,469$85,123,268

Director Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
6/1/2018 Upgrade $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
6/5/2015 Insidious Chapter 3 $22,692,741 3,014 $52,218,558 $120,678,444 43.3%
Movies: 2Totals:  $52,218,558$120,678,444 
 Averages:$11,346,3711,507$26,109,279$60,339,22243.3%

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 $67,047,475 $162,062,805 41.4%
Movies: 1Totals:  $67,047,475$162,062,805 
 Averages:$29,581,3553,150$67,047,475$162,062,80541.4%

Writer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
6/1/2018 Upgrade $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
1/5/2018 Insidious: The Last Key $29,581,355 3,150 $67,047,475 $162,062,805 41.4%
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:  $340,568,193$707,617,187 
 Averages:$16,239,5361,661$37,840,910$78,624,13237.5%


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