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Richard Wenk

Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 8 films, with $970,556,720 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #183)
Best-known technical roles: The Magnificent Seven (Screenwriter), The Equalizer (Screenwriter), The Expendables 2 (Screenwriter), The Expendables 2 (Story Creator), Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Screenwriter)
Best-known acting roles: ADA's Detective (16 Blocks)
Most productive collaborators: Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Todd Black, Chris Pratt, Roger Birnbaum

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Career Summary

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting1$36,895,141$28,700,000$65,595,141
In Technical RolesScreenwriter8$404,705,300$565,851,420$970,556,720
Story Creator1$85,028,192$226,951,064$311,979,256

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists

2018 Preview: July

July 1st, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp

June was amazing, with two absolute monster hits and a solid $100 million hit. By the end of the month, 2018’s lead over 2017 will be well over $500 million, or close to 10%. Even if 2018 only managed to maintain this lead in terms of raw numbers for the rest of the year, it will be a massive jump at the box office. As for July, there are a couple of potential monster hits, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Mission: Impossible—Fallout, plus four potential $100 million hits. Last July, there was only one monster hit, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and three $100 million hits. I don’t think 2018 will match 2017 at the top, but 2018 appears to have more depth and that should put it a little ahead over the full month. More...

2016 Preview: October

October 1st, 2016

The Girl on the Train

September is over and we should all be glad about that. Unless the final weekend brings a surprise $100 million hit or two, 2016’s lead over 2015 will shrink over the month. There were some bright spots, most notably Sully, which will be the biggest hit of the month. On the other hand, we had more outright bombs than even midlevel hits. Sadly, October isn’t much better. There are a couple of films that could be $100 million hits, but most of the films will struggle to become midlevel hits. Both Inferno and The Girl on the Train are aiming for $100 million. One of them might get there too. If both get there, then October will be seen as a success. By comparison, last October was led by The Martian; however, because of a misalignment in the calendar, The Martian’s opening weekend actually lines up with the final weekend in September. It had great legs, so that will help 2015 early in the month, but the rest of the month was terrible last year and I think 2016 will come out ahead as a result. More...

2015 Preview: July

July 1st, 2015


June was a much better month than expected due to two films, Jurassic World and Inside Out. Had those two films merely matched expectations, then 2015 would have likely fallen behind 2014. As for this coming month, there are five weekends in July and each week there is at least one film with the potential to reach $100 million. Most weeks there are two films that at least have a shot at getting to the century mark. The biggest hit of the month will likely be Minions, which has already opened in several international markets and it's ahead of Despicable Me 2 at the same point. That film made more than $300 million and nearly $1 billion worldwide, so any growth would be fantastic. There are also a number of potential $200 million films, led by Ant-man. Ant-man is the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that has averaged $300 million domestically over eleven films and all of the past six films have reached at least $200 million. I'm not saying this one is guaranteed to do the same, but you can't dismiss that possibility. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Pixels have smaller chances to get to $200 million, but you have to at least entertain the possibility. Additionally, last July was a lot weaker than this July looks to be, so 2015 should win in the year-over-year comparison most weeks. Or I might have let the box office success of June cloud my judgment. We will soon find out. More...

2014 Preview: September

September 1st, 2014

The Equalizer poster

August was a great month, it is as simple as that. Not only did Guardians of the Galaxy break records, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a surprise hit as well. These early gains led to an extended winning streak in the year-over-year comparison. Granted, 2014 is still more than $300 million behind 2013, but this is substantially less than the gap was before the month. Can September maintain this run? I'm not sure. Last September was strong compared to most Septembers with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 earning more than $100 million while Insidious Chapter 2 came relatively close. This year, there likely won't be any $100 million hits, but I think The Equalizer should at least come close. Meanwhile, there are some who think The Maze Runner will be the biggest hit of the month, but I'm not among them. There have been too many similar releases that have struggled to think this one will be a hit. I think September will get off to a terrible start, but overall I think it will be close to last year. More...

All Technical Credits

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
7/20/2018 The Equalizer 2 Screenwriter $0 $0 $0
9/1/2017 Renegades Screenwriter $0 $1,166,661 $1,166,661
10/20/2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Screenwriter $58,697,076 $101,341,331 $160,038,407
9/12/2016 The Magnificent Seven Screenwriter $93,432,655 $69,093,583 $162,526,238
9/26/2014 The Equalizer Screenwriter $101,530,738 $91,372,886 $192,903,624
8/15/2012 The Expendables 2 Screenwriter,
Story Creator 
$85,028,192 $226,951,064 $311,979,256
1/28/2011 The Mechanic Screenwriter $29,121,498 $47,225,895 $76,347,393
3/3/2006 16 Blocks Screenwriter $36,895,141 $28,700,000 $65,595,141
Movies: 8Totals:$404,705,300$565,851,420$970,556,720

Writer Credits

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
7/20/2018 The Equalizer 2 $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
9/1/2017 Renegades $0 0 $0 $1,166,661 0.0%
10/20/2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back $22,872,490 3,780 $58,697,076 $160,038,407 36.7%
9/12/2016 The Magnificent Seven $34,703,397 3,696 $93,432,655 $162,526,238 57.5%
9/26/2014 The Equalizer $34,137,828 3,236 $101,530,738 $192,903,624 52.6%
8/15/2012 The Expendables 2 $28,591,370 3,355 $85,028,192 $311,979,256 27.3%
1/28/2011 The Mechanic $11,422,006 2,704 $29,121,498 $76,347,393 38.1%
3/3/2006 16 Blocks $11,855,260 2,706 $36,895,141 $65,595,141 56.2%
Movies: 9Totals:  $489,733,492$1,282,535,976