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Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh
Melinda Seckington [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 30 films, with $2,670,792,986 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #718)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Commander Bolton (Dunkirk), Gilderoy Lockhart (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Hercule Poirot (Murder on the Orient Express), Major-Gen. Henning von Tresckow (Valkyrie), Dr. Arliss Loveless (Wild Wild West)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Cinderella (Director), Thor (Director), Murder on the Orient Express (Director), Murder on the Orient Express (Producer), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Director)
Most productive collaborators: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Chris Weitz, Simon Kinberg, Richard Madden
Born: December 10th, 1960 (57 years old)

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Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting7$508,923,934$689,759,676$1,198,683,610
Lead Ensemble Member2$99,519,329$182,317,279$281,836,608
In Technical RolesDirector15$624,622,752$956,688,251$1,581,311,003

Weekend Estimates: Daddies Sneak into Second Place; Thor Solid in Second Week

November 12th, 2017

Daddy’s Home 2

Thor: Ragnarok maintains a firm hold on top spot at the domestic and international box office this weekend, with a respectable decline of 54% at home taking it to $56.6 million for the weekend and $211.6 million to date. With another $75.9 million internationally, for a total of $438.5 million overseas, Ragnarok will pass $650 million worldwide today. That makes it the most successful Thor film already, and it seems like it should retain decent traction into the holidays, even with Justice League coming out next weekend. More...

2017 Preview: November

November 1st, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

October wasn’t a good month; then again, outside of a few bright spots, the overall box office has been a disaster since early summer. I would love to say November will turn things around, but, while it should be better, in this case “better” is a relative term. There are two films on this list with a chance at $300 million, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, while Coco is nearly a guarantee for $200 million. By comparison, last November had a similar result with three films earning between $200 million and $300 million, but none topping that figure. This means, if Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League both get to that milestone, then 2017 could cut into 2016’s lead during the month. It will still take a minor miracle for 2017 to catch up in the end, but just cutting the lead in half by the end of December would be a reason to celebrate at this point. More...

Murder on the Orient Express Trailer

June 2nd, 2017

Murder mystery with an ensemble cast led by Kenneth Branagh opens November 10 ... Full Movie Details. More...

Dunkirk Trailer

December 23rd, 2016

Christopher Nolan’s wartime drama, starring Kenneth Branagh opens July 21, 2017 ... Full Movie Details. More...

Home Market Releases for June 21st, 2016

June 20th, 2016

Fantastic Planet

There are two wide releases coming out this week, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and The Divergent Series: Allegiant, although the latter is only coming out on Video on Demand. Neither of these are big releases and it only gets much worse from there. There wasn't a lot of competition for Pick of the Week, but I went with Fantastic Planet: Criterion Collection. It's a classic, but it is also a French Surrealist animated film, so that will limit its target audience. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Cinderella

September 15th, 2015


Cinderella is the latest in a long line of Disney animated movies to be turned into a live-action film. I've previously reviewed a few of these movies, including Maleficent. I enjoyed that movie a lot more than most critics did. I loved the fact that the movie took the original characters, but told a different story than the original did. Does this film also do something new with the old story? If not, is it at least a good re-telling of the old story? More...

2015 Preview: March

March 1st, 2015

Cinderella poster

February was strong thanks to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Fifty Shades of Grey, both of which beat expectations. This March could actually be even better, as there are three or four films that have a decent shot at earning $100 million or more. The top film will likely be Cinderella, which has a real shot at $200 million. Insurgent will almost assuredly get beyond the $100 million mark, while Get Hard, Home, and perhaps Chappie will also get to the century mark. Last March, there were four $100 million hits, led by Divergent, which pulled in $150 million. While this March should be better than February, I'm not sure it will be better than last March. I don't think March 2015 will be much worse than last year, but I think its percentage lead will be chipped away at by the end of the month. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

June 8th, 2014

I previously reviewed the Jack Ryan box set when it came out on Blu-ray last year. When I got a chance to review the latest installment, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, it seemed like the natural thing to do. But can this reboot live up to the past installments in the franchise? Or was there a reason it was dumped during the early part of the year? More...

2014 Preview: January

January 1st, 2014

Jack Ryan poster

It's the first month of the new year, but the biggest hit might be a film released in December. Last month ended on a slow note with all five Christmas day releases failing to become hits, some more than others. (It's a little too soon to tell if The Wolf of Wall Street or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will do well enough to break even any time soon, but neither is a serious hit.) There are still some December releases that will likely remain on the charts through the opening weekends of January, while there are some films that opened in limited release last month with a scheduled wide release this month. Of the purely January releases, I would guess Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the biggest hit. Even then, it won't live up to the previous films in the franchise, even if you don't take inflation into account. Most of the rest of the new releases will be happy if they can become midlevel hits. Last January was led by Mama, which earned more than $70 million. I think Shadow Recruit will top that figure at the box office, while there are a similar number of likely box office bombs opening this year as there were last year. 2014 could start out ahead of 2013's pace, but it likely won't be a huge difference either way. More...

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
11/10/2017 Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot  $94,440,669 $181,195,939 $275,636,608
7/21/2017 Dunkirk Commander Bolton  $188,045,546 $316,715,987 $504,761,533
1/17/2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Viktor Cherevin  $50,577,412 $80,800,000 $131,377,412
11/23/2011 My Week with Marilyn Sir. Laurence Olivier  $14,597,405 $19,643,167 $34,240,572
11/13/2009 The Boat That Rocked Mister Dormandy  $8,017,467 $29,455,184 $37,472,651
12/25/2008 Valkyrie Major-Gen. Henning von Tresckow  $83,077,762 $120,824,345 $203,902,107
8/12/2005 Das Goebbels-Experiment Narrator  $47,211 $0 $47,211
11/29/2002 Rabbit-Proof Fence A.O. Neville  $6,199,600 $10,667,328 $16,866,928
11/15/2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Gilderoy Lockhart  $261,987,880 $616,991,754 $878,979,634
2/22/2002 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Peter McGowan  $48,564 $0 $48,564
6/9/2000 Love's Labour's Lost Berowe  $284,291 $0 $284,291
3/31/2000 The Road to El Dorado Miguel (voice)  $50,802,661 $14,897,339 $65,700,000
10/29/1999 Galapagos Narrator  $18,571,938 $8,518,807 $27,090,745
6/30/1999 Wild Wild West Dr. Arliss Loveless  $113,805,681 $107,423,654 $221,229,335
12/23/1998 The Theory of Flight Richard  $71,999 $0 $71,999
11/20/1998 Celebrity Lee Simon  $5,078,660 $1,121,340 $6,200,000
3/27/1998 The Proposition Father Michael McKinnon  $1,622,381 $755,147 $2,377,528
1/23/1998 The Gingerbread Man Rick Magruder  $1,626,593 $0 $1,626,593
12/25/1996 Hamlet Hamlet  $4,501,094 $2,628,576 $7,129,670
10/11/1996 Looking for Richard Himself  $1,266,417 $0 $1,266,417
2/22/1996 Anne Frank Remembered Narration (voice)  $606,713 $0 $606,713
12/14/1995 Othello Iago  $2,844,379 $0 $2,844,379
11/4/1994 Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein  $22,006,296 $90,000,000 $112,006,296
5/7/1993 Much Ado About Nothing Seigneur Benedick  $22,549,338 $0 $22,549,338
3/5/1993 Swing Kids Herr Knoff, Gestapo  $5,632,086 $0 $5,632,086
12/25/1992 Peter’s Friends Andrew Benson  $4,058,564 $0 $4,058,564
8/23/1991 Dead Again Mike Church/Roman Strauss  $38,016,380 $0 $38,016,380
11/8/1989 Henry V Henry V  $10,161,099 $15,602 $10,176,701
3/25/1988 High Season Rick  $1,125,000 $0 $1,125,000
9/25/1981 Chariots of Fire Artist  $57,159,946 $307,785 $57,467,731
Movies: 30Totals:$1,068,831,032$1,601,961,954$2,670,792,986
Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
11/10/2017 Murder on the Orient Express Director,
$94,440,669 $181,195,939 $275,636,608
12/31/2016 Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo & J… Director $0 $1,110,720 $1,110,720
12/31/2015 Branagh Theatre Live: The Winte… Director $0 $0 $0
3/13/2015 Cinderella Director $201,151,353 $333,400,000 $534,551,353
1/17/2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Director $50,577,412 $80,800,000 $131,377,412
5/6/2011 Thor Director $181,030,624 $268,295,994 $449,326,618
12/31/2007 As You Like It Director $0 $0 $0
10/12/2007 Sleuth Director $342,895 $1,869,996 $2,212,891
12/31/2006 The Magic Flute Director $0 $0 $0
2/9/1996 A Midwinter's Tale Director $288,122 $0 $288,122
11/4/1994 Frankenstein Director,
$22,006,296 $90,000,000 $112,006,296
5/7/1993 Much Ado About Nothing Director $22,549,338 $0 $22,549,338
12/25/1992 Peter’s Friends Director $4,058,564 $0 $4,058,564
8/23/1991 Dead Again Director $38,016,380 $0 $38,016,380
11/8/1989 Henry V Director $10,161,099 $15,602 $10,176,701
Movies: 15Totals:$624,622,752$956,688,251$1,581,311,003