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David Oyelowo

Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 11 films, with $2,090,224,083 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #639)
Best-known acting roles: Principal (Interstellar), Steven Jacobs (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Corporal Ira Clark (Lincoln), Louis Gaines (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Preacher Green (The Help)
Best-known technical roles: A United Kingdom (Producer), Captive (Producer), Five Nights in Maine (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: John Lithgow, Tom Cruise, James Franco, Rupert Wyatt, Freida Pinto
Born: April 1st, 1976 (41 years old)

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting11$937,427,488$1,152,796,595$2,090,224,083
Leading7$67,689,176$22,367,471$90,056,647
Lead Ensemble Member2$49,876,377$489,121$50,365,498
(Unclassified)3$0$0$0
In Technical RolesProducer3$6,501,073$7,286,033$13,787,106
Executive Producer1$0$0$0

Career Trend

This graph shows David Oyelowo’s score on our annual analysis of leading stars at the box office. The Star Score represents points assigned to each of the leading stars of the top 100 movies (based on box office) in the current year and two preceding years. For appearing in the number one movie in a year a star gets 100 points, the number two movie 99 points and so on..

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


Gringo Trailer

January 29th, 2018

Black comedy starring David Oyelowo and Charlize Theron opens March 9 ... Full Movie Details.

Mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka finds himself in Mexico, and at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords, and a morally-conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth—or two steps ahead? More...

Featured Blu-ray and DVD Review: Queen of Katwe

January 30th, 2017

Queen of Katwe

I think it is fair to say Queen of Katwe is an Oscar-bait movie. It is an inspirational movie about someone rising up from challenging circumstances. However, it struggled in theaters and went nowhere during Awards Season. Is there a problem with the film? Or was it released too soon for Awards Season and without Oscar buzz wasn’t able to find an audience in theaters? More...

A United Kingdom Trailer

January 30th, 2017

Historical drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike opens February 10 ... Full Movie Details. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Dirty 30 is Apt Description

September 23rd, 2016

Queen of Katwe

Like last week, approximately 30 films open in limited release this week. That is far too many and all but ensures most will not find an audience. Furthermore, it means I have to be a little more liberal when it comes to pruning releases that don’t have enough buzz to talk about. There are lots of films that still made the cut, including a few highlights: The Age of Shadows, Audrie & Daisy, The Dressmaker, The Lovers And The Despot, My Blind Brother, and Queen of Katwe. Some of these are playing on VOD, so they will go nowhere in theaters. Several are aiming for Oscars, including Queen of Katwe, which will expand semi-wide next week. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Little Men leads Big List of Limited Releases

August 5th, 2016

The Little Prince

There are quite a few limited releases on this week’s list that are earning good reviews. Little Men is the biggest new release, but there are many that should be seen. This includes The Little Prince, which is on Netflix starting today. More...

2015 Preview: September

September 1st, 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2

As September begins, the box office is in a slump. August was terrible and only Straight Outta Compton escaped with its dignity intact. Fortunately, we expected August to be terrible, so the box office isn't any lower than anticipated. As for September, there are two wide releases expected to earn more than $100 million, which is better than most years. Those two films are Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Hotel Transylvania 2, both sequels. There are four other films that could become midlevel hits, so we have good depth as well. By comparison, last September there were also two $100 million hits, The Maze Runner and The Equalizer. However, there were only two midlevel hits, so it appears this year has better depth. Frankly, 2015 has such a large lead over 2014 that all it needs to do is maintain pace for the rest of the year to be considered a success. If September can help 2015 grow its lead, then the overall industry should be very happy. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Selma

May 4th, 2015

Selma Selma is the latest film about African-American history that I've reviewed in the past few years. Twelve Years a Slave and The Book of Negroes where both about slavery, while Selma is about the civil rights movement. The change of setting will be nice and I'm hoping the film will be just as good without being as difficult to watch. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: A Most Violent Year

April 19th, 2015

A Most Violent Year came out last Awards Season and earned some serious pre-release buzz. After all, it stars Jessica Chastain. She's only been acting four roughly five years since she made Jolene, but since then, five of her previous films have earned some measure of Awards Season Buzz. Unfortunately, nothing really came from that buzz and the film wasn't able to expand truly wide. Did it deserve better? Or is the term "Busted Oscar-bait" applicable? More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscars - Nominations

January 17th, 2015

Birdman poster

The Oscar nominations were announced early in the morning, when all sensible people were asleep. There were some surprises, as well as some results that would have been surprises had it not been for the previous Awards Season nominations. Seventeen films earned two or more nods, led by Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, both of which picked up nine nominations, while The Imitation Game was right behind with eight. More...

2015 Preview: January

January 1st, 2015

Taken 3 poster

2014 is over and for the most part, December was a soft ending to a weak year. This is bad news for two reasons. Firstly, it means the overall box office is still soft and it is unlikely that January will start strong. Secondly, last January was a great month, thanks in part to Frozen and other holdovers. The slump can't last forever and Taken 3 should help 2015 get off to a reasonably fast start and it even has a shot at $100 million. American Sniper got off to a really fast start in limited release, so it too could be a hit when it expands wide. By comparison, last January was led by Ride Along, but there were only two other films that didn't completely bomb. I want to say 2015 will start out on a winning note, but given the box office losing streak, it will likely pay to be pessimistic. More...

2014 - Awards Season: Golden Globes - Nominations

December 11th, 2014

Birdman poster

The Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning, at three in the morning, because the people at Golden Globes are under the delusion that news announced at 3:00 a.m. is somehow more important if it is announced before anyone is awake. As for the actual nominations, like with the Independent Spirit Awards and the SAG nominations, Birdman led the way. It earned seven nominations, while Boyhood and The Imitation Game tied for second with five apiece. Starting to notice a pattern here? This could be a really dull Awards Season with very few surprises. On the other hand, predictable means less work for me. Plus, predictable probably means the Awards Season voters are making the right choices, as surprises usually mean someone made the wrong choice. More...

2014 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Nominations

December 6th, 2014

Birdman poster

The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced last week and I'm getting to them a little late, because I needed to organize the whole Awards Season stories. Firstly, I've decided to use the year the movies were released not the year the awards are handed out, unlike what we did last year. This means both will have 2014 as the year. Not ideal, but it is better to fix the mistake now than carry on making it. Secondly, the headlines are just going to be the name of the Awards and either nominations or winners. This will make it easier for readers to find later on. As for the Independent Spirit Awards nominations, Birdman led the way with 6 nods, while Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma were right behind with 5 each.

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Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Jack Reacher

May 5th, 2013

During the holiday season of 2011, Tom Cruise starred in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. I thought it was arguably the best action movie of the year and it became the stars biggest hit globally and his best domestic hit in a decade (not counting a cameo in Goldmember). A year later, Jack Reacher opened with barely a fraction of the buzz. I was one of the most Bullish analysts and I was only predicting $75 million. The film did pull in $80 million domestically, which is better than expected, but nothing compared to MI:IV. Is it really that much weaker? Or did it struggle in comparison, because it wasn't part of a popular franchise. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Lincoln

April 8th, 2013

Lincoln was an Oscar contender right from the very beginning. Steven Spielberg directing a movie about Abraham Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Of course it was an Oscar contender. Lincoln earned twelve Oscar nominations and earned two wins. Did the film deserve these awards? Or did it coast on reputation alone? More...

Awards Season: Silver Linings for Limited Releases

November 28th, 2012

The Independent Spirit Awards has a special place in the Awards Season. The nominations are the unoffficial start of Awards Season, but the actual awards aren't given out until Oscar weekend, so they are the beginning at the end of Awards Season. They also help out a lot of limited releases that would otherwise not get enough buzz, although they are not so good at predicting Oscar wins. This year, two films tied for most nominations, Moonrise Kingdom and The Silver Linings Playbook, both of which earned five nominations. They weren't the only films to earn multiple nominations though. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
3/1/2019 Chaos Walking Aaron  $0 $0 $0
3/9/2018 Gringo Harold Soyinka  $0 $0 $0
12/31/2017 Untitled Participant Media Hurricane …   $0 $0 $0
2/10/2017 A United Kingdom Seretse Khama  $3,902,185 $7,077,361 $10,979,546
9/23/2016 Queen of Katwe Robert Katende  $8,874,389 $381,438 $9,255,827
8/5/2016 Five Nights in Maine Sherwin  $15,587 $0 $15,587
4/22/2016 Nina Clifton Henderson  $0 $0 $0
9/18/2015 Captive Brian Nichols  $2,583,301 $208,672 $2,791,973
9/15/2015 Nightingale   $0 $0 $0
1/9/2015 Selma Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   $52,076,908 $14,700,000 $66,776,908
12/31/2014 A Most Violent Year A.D.A. Lawrence  $5,749,134 $322,299 $6,071,433
11/5/2014 Interstellar Principal  $188,017,894 $479,734,528 $667,752,422
10/17/2014 Default Atlas  $0 $0 $0
8/16/2013 Lee Daniels' The Butler Louis Gaines  $116,632,095 $60,393,403 $177,025,498
12/21/2012 Jack Reacher Emerson  $80,070,736 $137,300,000 $217,370,736
11/9/2012 Lincoln Corporal Ira Clark  $182,207,973 $91,138,308 $273,346,281
10/12/2012 Middle of Nowhere Brian  $236,806 $0 $236,806
10/5/2012 The Paperboy Yardley  $677,200 $2,844,953 $3,522,153
4/27/2012 96 Minutes Duane  $0 $0 $0
1/20/2012 Red Tails Joe "Lighting" Little  $49,876,377 $489,121 $50,365,498
8/10/2011 The Help Preacher Green  $169,705,587 $43,414,417 $213,120,004
8/5/2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Steven Jacobs  $176,760,185 $306,100,000 $482,860,185
9/27/2006 The Last King of Scotland Dr. Junju  $17,606,684 $31,548,687 $49,155,371
Movies: 23Totals:$1,054,993,041$1,175,653,187$2,230,646,228
  Averages:$45,869,263$51,115,356$96,984,619

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
3/9/2018 Gringo $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
2/10/2017 A United Kingdom $66,510 317 $3,902,185 $10,979,546 35.5%
9/23/2016 Queen of Katwe $304,933 1,259 $8,874,389 $9,255,827 95.9%
8/5/2016 Five Nights in Maine $9,059 10 $15,587 $15,587 100.0%
9/18/2015 Captive $1,395,378 807 $2,583,301 $2,791,973 92.5%
1/9/2015 Selma $571,450 2,235 $52,076,908 $66,776,908 78.0%
10/12/2012 Middle of Nowhere $67,909 24 $236,806 $236,806 100.0%
4/27/2012 96 Minutes $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
1/20/2012 Red Tails $18,782,154 2,573 $49,876,377 $50,365,498 99.0%
Movies: 9Totals:  $117,565,553$140,422,145 
 Averages:$2,355,266803$13,062,839$15,602,46185.9%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
4/22/2016 Nina $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
12/31/2014 A Most Violent Year $172,788 818 $5,749,134 $6,071,433 94.7%
11/5/2014 Interstellar $47,510,360 3,561 $188,017,894 $667,752,422 28.2%
10/17/2014 Default $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
8/16/2013 Lee Daniels' The Butler $24,637,312 3,330 $116,632,095 $177,025,498 65.9%
12/21/2012 Jack Reacher $15,210,156 3,352 $80,070,736 $217,370,736 36.8%
11/9/2012 Lincoln $944,308 2,293 $182,207,973 $273,346,281 66.7%
10/5/2012 The Paperboy $102,706 76 $677,200 $3,522,153 19.2%
8/10/2011 The Help $26,044,590 3,014 $169,705,587 $213,120,004 79.6%
8/5/2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $54,806,191 3,691 $176,760,185 $482,860,185 36.6%
9/27/2006 The Last King of Scotland $142,899 540 $17,606,684 $49,155,371 35.8%
Movies: 11Totals:  $937,427,488$2,090,224,083 
 Averages:$15,415,5741,880$85,220,681$190,020,37151.5%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 997 $117,565,553
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 501-600) 527 $937,427,488
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 601-700) 681 $1,054,993,041
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 801-900) 845 $446,901,326
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 501-600) 590 $608,091,715
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 801-900) 865 $1,054,993,041
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,977 $22,856,592
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 717 $1,152,796,595
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 774 $1,175,653,187
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 972 $526,483,173
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,314 $649,170,014
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 1,000 $1,175,653,187
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,376 $140,422,145
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 601-700) 639 $2,090,224,083
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 701-800) 717 $2,230,646,228
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 916 $973,384,499
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 801-900) 850 $1,257,261,729
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 929 $2,230,646,228
Highest Grossing Stars of 2012 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 397 35
Highest Grossing Stars of 2013 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 399 35
Highest Grossing Stars of 2014 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 378 35
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 345 43
Highest Grossing Stars of 2016 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 368 43
Highest Grossing Stars of 2017 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 408 43
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 2,701-2,800) 2,733 $252,393
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies 48 $105,855,470
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies (Rank 101-200) 152 $11,457,690
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 101-200) 156 $22,266,482
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies (Rank 101-200) 199 $590,110
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 3,301-3,400) 3,333 $252,393
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies 80 $128,121,952
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies (Rank 101-200) 172 $12,047,800
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 701-800) 783 $117,565,553
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,700 $22,856,592
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,113 $140,422,145
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 2,401-2,500) 2,447 $252,393
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 257 $49,876,377
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 101-200) 111 $67,436,783
Top International Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 701-800) 756 $489,121
Top International Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 101-200) 199 $22,367,471
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 2,901-3,000) 2,991 $252,393
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 301-400) 392 $50,365,498
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 101-200) 164 $89,804,254
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 301-400) 370 $49,876,377
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 201-300) 274 $67,689,176
Top International Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 701-800) 720 $489,121
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 501-600) 507 $22,367,471
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 501-600) 518 $50,365,498
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 301-400) 355 $90,056,647
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 501-600) 531 $108,438,771
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,938 $236,806
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 921 $8,874,389
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Not Rated Movies (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,525 $15,587
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 934 $22,475,154
Top International Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 933 $381,438
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 701-800) 714 $130,913,925
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,212 $236,806
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 971 $9,255,827
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Not Rated Movies (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,981 $15,587
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies (Rank 501-600) 587 $8,874,389
Top Domestic Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 301-400) 356 $49,876,377
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 301-400) 307 $54,660,209
Top International Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies (Rank 501-600) 511 $381,438
Top International Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 401-500) 500 $489,121
Top International Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 301-400) 350 $14,908,672
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies (Rank 501-600) 590 $9,255,827
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 401-500) 418 $50,365,498
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 301-400) 335 $69,568,881

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
2/10/2017 A United Kingdom Producer $3,902,185 $7,077,361 $10,979,546
8/5/2016 Five Nights in Maine Producer $15,587 $0 $15,587
4/22/2016 Nina Executive Producer $0 $0 $0
9/18/2015 Captive Producer $2,583,301 $208,672 $2,791,973
Movies: 4Totals:$6,501,073$7,286,033$13,787,106
  Averages:$1,625,268$1,821,508$3,446,777


Producer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
2/10/2017 A United Kingdom $66,510 317 $3,902,185 $10,979,546 35.5%
8/5/2016 Five Nights in Maine $9,059 10 $15,587 $15,587 100.0%
9/18/2015 Captive $1,395,378 807 $2,583,301 $2,791,973 92.5%
Movies: 3Totals:  $6,501,073$13,787,106 
 Averages:$490,316378$2,167,024$4,595,70276.0%



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