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Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis
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Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 19 films, with $4,315,204,840 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #7)
Best-known technical roles: Forrest Gump (Director), Cast Away (Director), The Polar Express (Director), The Polar Express (Screenwriter), Cast Away (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Tom Hanks, Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke, Alan Silvestri, Jim Carrey

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
In Technical RolesDirector19$2,090,823,381$2,224,381,459$4,315,204,840
Producer15$1,220,928,031$1,218,744,186$2,439,672,217
Screenwriter8$594,560,716$586,995,378$1,181,556,094
Story Creator3$240,680,285$430,283,369$670,963,654
Executive Producer3$195,997,517$268,315,494$464,313,011
Co-Producer1$0$0$0

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


2016 Preview: November

November 1st, 2016

Doctor Strange

October turned out to be a mixed month. On the one hand, not one movie earned $100 million, or even came close. However, it was also a more steady month than last October and the last two weeks really helped 2016 in the year-over-year comparisons. In November, we have five films with at least a shot at $100 million, three of which should have no trouble getting to at least $200 million. A little while ago, I thought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be the biggest hit of the month, but the buzz took a hit recently. More on that below. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange’s reviews are currently 90% positive and that should help it out at the box office. The third very likely $200 million hit is Moana. There is certainly precedent for an animated movie to be a monster hit at this time of year, but there is also a lot of competition. Last November was similar in strength, with five films that earned more than $100 million and two films that earned more than $200 million. None earned more than $300 million, so that’s the goal for this November. If we can get one $300 million and / or three $200 million movies over the month, then it will be seen as a victory. More...

Allied Trailer

October 18th, 2016

War-time thriller starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, directed by Robert Zemeckis opens November 23 ... Full Movie Details. More...

2015 Preview: October

October 1st, 2015

The Martian

September ended on a record note with the debut of Hotel Transylvania 2. Additionally, there was great depth and 2015's lead over 2014 grew to nearly $500 million. How do things look going forward? The month starts out with The Martian, which should have no trouble becoming the biggest hit of the month and might even top $200 million. On the other hand, no other film is expected to get to $100 million. There's only one or two that will even come close. Fortunately, last October was very similar with one $100 million hit, Gone Girl, while two other films came close, Annabelle and Fury. It looks like it will be up to the depth films from both years to determine which year comes out on top. More...

Weekend Wrap-up: Wreck-It Helps Fix the Box Office

November 5th, 2012

Wreck-It-Ralph's opening was on the very high end of expectations, which was a pleasant surprise over the weekend. Also, Flight beat all but the most bullish predictions. Even The Man with the Iron Fists did a little better than expected. Overall, the box office soared 49% from last weekend to $138 million. It was also higher compared to this weekend last year by a very impressive 21%. November certainly got off to a great start. Year-to-date, 2012 is ahead of 2011's pace by just under 4.0% at $8.89 billion to $8.55 billion. After a couple weak months, the box office has shown great strength and it would take a disastrous collapse for 2012 to not come out ahead. More...

Weekend Estimates: Wreck-It Ralph Beats Up the Competition

November 4th, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph is breathing new life into the box office this weekend, after a few slow weeks, and with some help from an impressive opening for Flight this weekend will be a healthy 20% or so ahead of last year. Disney is projecting that Ralph will open with $49.1 million, which is a very creditable performance, if well behind the openings of The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc., both of which were released on the equivalent weekend in years gone by. The Pixar brand still counts for a lot, evidently. Flight's $25.01 million projection is well ahead of expectations (take a bow Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis), and has strong enough reviews to have good chances of legs into the Holiday Season. More...

Weekend Predictions: Ralph Set to Wreck the Box Office Competition

November 2nd, 2012

There's only one truly wide release this week, Wreck-It-Ralph, but it is opening in more than 3,700 theaters and with reviews that match its pre-release buzz. There are also two films opening in a little under 2,000 theaters, Flight and The Man with the Iron Fists, but both are earning good reviews and could have some impact at the box office by earning places in the top five. Last year the box office was led by Puss in Boots with $33.05 million during its sophomore stint. I think Wreck-It-Ralph will easily top that. The new releases were Tower Heist and A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, which combined pulled in $36.98 million. I really doubt Flight and Iron Fists will do the same. So unless Wreck-It-Ralph has close to a $50 million opening, November will start off on a losing note in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2012 Preview: November

November 1st, 2012

October was pretty good with a few films really crushing expectations, which made up for the few duds that opened at the end. 2012 gained about $100 million over 2011 during the month of October. We really needed this success and hopefully November will continue this push forward. However, November is a bit of a weird month. There are five weekends, but only eight true wide releases, half of which open on the Thanksgiving long weekend, leaving the other four weeks with just one true wide release each. There are a couple others opening in the semi-wide level and another opening in limited release with a planned wide release, but even so, it is not a busy month. That said, it is a case of quality over quantity. There are four films that are pretty much guaranteed to reach $100 million, one of which should reach $300 million. By comparison, last November only produced one $100 million film. Granted, that film was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which made nearly $300 million, which is a huge number no matter how you look at it. But this year, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 should top that number and with the other $100 million movies pulling in more than $400 million combined, it should be a very profitable month at the box office. More...

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
3/1/2019 Chaos Walking Co-Producer $0 $0 $0
11/21/2018 The Women of Marwen Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter 
$0 $0 $0
4/10/2018 Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer Producer $0 $0 $0
11/23/2016 Allied Director,
Producer 
$40,098,064 $79,421,959 $119,520,023
9/30/2015 The Walk Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$10,161,183 $51,035,862 $61,197,045
11/2/2012 Flight Director,
Producer 
$93,772,375 $66,786,063 $160,558,438
10/7/2011 Real Steel Executive Producer $85,463,309 $178,417,032 $263,880,341
3/11/2011 Mars Needs Moms Producer $21,392,758 $18,157,000 $39,549,758
11/6/2009 Disney’s A Christmas Carol Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$137,855,863 $177,853,834 $315,709,697
11/16/2007 Beowulf Producer,
Director 
$82,280,579 $112,800,000 $195,080,579
7/21/2006 Monster House Executive Producer $73,661,010 $67,606,360 $141,267,370
11/10/2004 The Polar Express Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$186,493,587 $124,140,582 $310,634,169
11/21/2003 Gothika Producer $59,588,068 $81,896,744 $141,484,812
9/12/2003 Matchstick Men Executive Producer $36,873,198 $22,292,102 $59,165,300
12/22/2000 Cast Away Director,
Producer 
$233,632,142 $193,598,374 $427,230,516
7/21/2000 What Lies Beneath Director,
Producer 
$155,464,351 $133,229,638 $288,693,989
10/29/1999 House on Haunted Hill Producer $40,846,082 $24,244,459 $65,090,541
7/11/1997 Contact Producer,
Director 
$100,920,329 $64,979,671 $165,900,000
7/6/1994 Forrest Gump Director $330,151,138 $349,699,499 $679,850,637
7/31/1992 Death Becomes Her Producer,
Director 
$58,422,650 $90,600,000 $149,022,650
5/24/1990 Back to the Future Part III Director,
Story Creator 
$88,055,283 $156,033,371 $244,088,654
11/22/1989 Back to the Future Part II Director,
Story Creator 
$118,450,002 $213,549,998 $332,000,000
6/22/1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Director $154,112,492 $197,387,508 $351,500,000
7/3/1985 Back to the Future Director,
Screenwriter 
$212,259,762 $173,265,100 $385,524,862
3/30/1984 Romancing the Stone Director $75,078,260 $40,000,000 $115,078,260
7/18/1980 Used Cars Screenwriter,
Director 
$11,715,321 $0 $11,715,321
12/14/1979 1941 Story Creator,
Screenwriter 
$34,175,000 $60,700,000 $94,875,000
1/1/1978 I Wanna Hold Your Hand Screenwriter,
Director 
$1,900,000 $0 $1,900,000
Movies: 28Totals:$2,442,822,806$2,677,695,156$5,120,517,962
  Averages:$87,243,672$95,631,970$182,875,642

Director Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
11/21/2018 The Women of Marwen $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
11/23/2016 Allied $12,701,743 3,160 $40,098,064 $119,520,023 33.5%
9/30/2015 The Walk $1,560,299 2,509 $10,161,183 $61,197,045 16.6%
11/2/2012 Flight $24,900,566 2,638 $93,772,375 $160,558,438 58.4%
11/6/2009 Disney’s A Christmas Carol $30,051,075 3,683 $137,855,863 $315,709,697 43.7%
11/16/2007 Beowulf $27,515,871 3,249 $82,280,579 $195,080,579 42.2%
11/10/2004 The Polar Express $23,325,035 3,650 $186,493,587 $310,634,169 60.0%
12/22/2000 Cast Away $28,883,406 3,061 $233,632,142 $427,230,516 54.7%
7/21/2000 What Lies Beneath $29,702,959 2,925 $155,464,351 $288,693,989 53.9%
7/11/1997 Contact $20,584,908 2,314 $100,920,329 $165,900,000 60.8%
7/6/1994 Forrest Gump $24,450,602 2,365 $330,151,138 $679,850,637 48.6%
7/31/1992 Death Becomes Her $12,110,355 1,866 $58,422,650 $149,022,650 39.2%
5/24/1990 Back to the Future Part III $23,703,060 2,070 $88,055,283 $244,088,654 36.1%
11/22/1989 Back to the Future Part II $27,835,125 2,107 $118,450,002 $332,000,000 35.7%
6/22/1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? $11,226,239 1,598 $154,112,492 $351,500,000 43.8%
7/3/1985 Back to the Future $11,332,134 1,815 $212,259,762 $385,524,862 55.1%
3/30/1984 Romancing the Stone $5,105,741 1,101 $75,078,260 $115,078,260 65.2%
7/18/1980 Used Cars $0 0 $11,715,321 $11,715,321 100.0%
1/1/1978 I Wanna Hold Your Hand $0 0 $1,900,000 $1,900,000 100.0%
Movies: 19Totals:  $2,090,823,381$4,315,204,840 
 Averages:$16,578,3752,111$110,043,336$227,116,04452.6%

Producer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
11/21/2018 The Women of Marwen $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
4/10/2018 Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
11/23/2016 Allied $12,701,743 3,160 $40,098,064 $119,520,023 33.5%
9/30/2015 The Walk $1,560,299 2,509 $10,161,183 $61,197,045 16.6%
11/2/2012 Flight $24,900,566 2,638 $93,772,375 $160,558,438 58.4%
3/11/2011 Mars Needs Moms $6,914,488 3,117 $21,392,758 $39,549,758 54.1%
11/6/2009 Disney’s A Christmas Carol $30,051,075 3,683 $137,855,863 $315,709,697 43.7%
11/16/2007 Beowulf $27,515,871 3,249 $82,280,579 $195,080,579 42.2%
11/10/2004 The Polar Express $23,325,035 3,650 $186,493,587 $310,634,169 60.0%
11/21/2003 Gothika $19,288,438 2,382 $59,588,068 $141,484,812 42.1%
12/22/2000 Cast Away $28,883,406 3,061 $233,632,142 $427,230,516 54.7%
7/21/2000 What Lies Beneath $29,702,959 2,925 $155,464,351 $288,693,989 53.9%
10/29/1999 House on Haunted Hill $15,946,032 2,710 $40,846,082 $65,090,541 62.8%
7/11/1997 Contact $20,584,908 2,314 $100,920,329 $165,900,000 60.8%
7/31/1992 Death Becomes Her $12,110,355 1,866 $58,422,650 $149,022,650 39.2%
Movies: 15Totals:  $1,220,928,031$2,439,672,217 
 Averages:$16,899,0122,484$81,395,202$162,644,81447.8%

Writer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
11/21/2018 The Women of Marwen $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
9/30/2015 The Walk $1,560,299 2,509 $10,161,183 $61,197,045 16.6%
11/6/2009 Disney’s A Christmas Carol $30,051,075 3,683 $137,855,863 $315,709,697 43.7%
11/10/2004 The Polar Express $23,325,035 3,650 $186,493,587 $310,634,169 60.0%
5/24/1990 Back to the Future Part III $23,703,060 2,070 $88,055,283 $244,088,654 36.1%
11/22/1989 Back to the Future Part II $27,835,125 2,107 $118,450,002 $332,000,000 35.7%
7/3/1985 Back to the Future $11,332,134 1,815 $212,259,762 $385,524,862 55.1%
7/18/1980 Used Cars $0 0 $11,715,321 $11,715,321 100.0%
12/14/1979 1941 $2,701,898 325 $34,175,000 $94,875,000 36.0%
1/1/1978 I Wanna Hold Your Hand $0 0 $1,900,000 $1,900,000 100.0%
Movies: 11Totals:  $835,241,001$1,852,519,748 
 Averages:$11,200,9571,499$75,931,000$168,410,88651.9%


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