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Sidney Poitier

Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $431,102,190 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #8,205)
Best-known acting roles: Preston (The Jackal), Donald Crease (Sneakers), Jungle Julia (Segment "Death Proof") (Grindhouse), Warren Stantin (Shoot to Kill), John Prentice (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)
Best-known technical roles: Fast Forward (Director), Hanky Panky (Director), Stir Crazy (Director)
Most productive collaborators: Michael Caton-Jones, Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, James Jacks, Sean Daniel
Born: February 20th, 1927 (91 years old)

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorLeading4$51,433,000$0$51,433,000
Supporting2$79,987,978$129,556,752$209,544,730
Inverviewee1$47,718$39,956$87,674
(Unclassified)8$170,019,184$17,602$170,036,786
In Technical RolesDirector3$113,774,800$0$113,774,800

Career Trend

This graph shows Sidney Poitier’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


DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 6th, 2014

May 6th, 2014

It's a short list this week, because there's almost nothing worth talking about. The best-selling new release according to Amazon is Veronica Mars, while the first page of new releases is dominated by Godzilla titles, and not even good Godzilla titles. There are not a lot of new releases that are contenders for Pick of the Week, but Still Mine on DVD is the best of what is out there. Meanwhile, another Canadian release, Republic of Doyle: Season 1 earns an honorable mention and is the Puck of the Week. More...

Featured DVD Review: Separate But Equal

May 4th, 2014

Sidney Poitier made a number of movies that dealt with race relations over the years, including Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night. He also starred in the TV mini-series Separate But Equal, which is about the landmark segregation decision. Is it as powerful as some of his previous films? And is the DVD worth picking up? More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
5/12/2015 They Call Me Mister Tibbs! Virgil Tibbs  $0 $0 $0
5/6/2014 Separate But Equal Thurgood Marshall  $0 $0 $0
1/13/2012 Sing Your Song Himself  $47,718 $39,956 $87,674
2/19/2008 Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Himself  $0 $0 $0
4/6/2007 Grindhouse Jungle Julia (Segment "Death Proof")  $25,031,037 $25,156,752 $50,187,789
11/14/1997 The Jackal Preston  $54,956,941 $104,400,000 $159,356,941
9/9/1992 Sneakers Donald Crease  $51,433,000 $0 $51,433,000
2/12/1988 Shoot to Kill Warren Stantin  $29,300,000 $0 $29,300,000
1/1/1988 Little Nikita Roy Parmenter  $1,733,070 $0 $1,733,070
7/30/1975 The Wilby Conspiracy   $0 $0 $0
12/12/1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner John Prentice  $56,700,000 $0 $56,700,000
8/2/1967 In the Heat of the Night Detective Virgil Tibbs  $24,379,978 $11,130 $24,391,108
6/14/1967 To Sir With Love Mark Thackeray  $42,432,803 $0 $42,432,803
2/15/1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told Simon of Cyrene  $15,473,333 $0 $15,473,333
8/3/1957 Band of Angels Rau-Ru  $0 $6,472 $6,472
Movies: 15Totals:$301,487,880$129,614,310$431,102,190
  Averages:$20,099,192$8,640,954$28,740,146

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
5/12/2015 They Call Me Mister Tibbs! $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
5/6/2014 Separate But Equal $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
9/9/1992 Sneakers $10,031,145 2,062 $51,433,000 $51,433,000 100.0%
7/30/1975 The Wilby Conspiracy $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
Movies: 4Totals:  $51,433,000$51,433,000 
 Averages:$2,507,786516$12,858,250$12,858,250100.0%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
4/6/2007 Grindhouse $11,596,613 2,629 $25,031,037 $50,187,789 49.9%
11/14/1997 The Jackal $15,164,595 2,309 $54,956,941 $159,356,941 34.5%
Movies: 2Totals:  $79,987,978$209,544,730 
 Averages:$13,380,6042,469$39,993,989$104,772,36542.2%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,617 $51,433,000
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 17,701-17,800) 17,720 $79,987,978
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 4,401-4,500) 4,422 $301,487,880
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 3,301-3,400) 3,346 $55,004,659
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 34,101-34,200) 34,158 $25,031,037
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 4,901-5,000) 4,983 $301,487,880
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 13,201-13,300) 13,242 $129,556,752
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 13,001-13,100) 13,009 $129,614,310
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,701-2,800) 2,800 $104,439,956
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 28,401-28,500) 28,411 $25,156,752
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 14,301-14,400) 14,320 $129,614,310
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,101-2,200) 2,116 $51,433,000
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 14,901-15,000) 14,906 $209,544,730
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 7,201-7,300) 7,255 $431,102,190
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 3,001-3,100) 3,013 $159,444,615
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 31,801-31,900) 31,862 $50,187,789
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 8,201-8,300) 8,205 $431,102,190
Highest Grossing Stars of 1992 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 104 71
Highest Grossing Stars of 1993 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 101 71
Highest Grossing Stars of 1994 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 106 71
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,030 $51,433,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,380 $51,433,000
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,353 $51,433,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,837 $51,433,000
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 801-900) 881 $51,433,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,155 $51,433,000
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 301-400) 377 $51,433,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 501-600) 529 $51,433,000
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 801-900) 835 $51,433,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,038 $51,433,000
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 301-400) 339 $51,433,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 401-500) 414 $51,433,000

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
2/15/1985 Fast Forward Director $2,650,866 $0 $2,650,866
6/4/1982 Hanky Panky Director $9,823,934 $0 $9,823,934
12/12/1980 Stir Crazy Director $101,300,000 $0 $101,300,000
Movies: 3Totals:$113,774,800$0$113,774,800
  Averages:$37,924,933$0$37,924,933

Director Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
2/15/1985 Fast Forward $1,571,394 1,162 $2,650,866 $2,650,866 100.0%
6/4/1982 Hanky Panky $3,597,244 1,238 $9,823,934 $9,823,934 100.0%
12/12/1980 Stir Crazy $8,691,886 813 $101,300,000 $101,300,000 100.0%
Movies: 3Totals:  $113,774,800$113,774,800 
 Averages:$4,620,1751,071$37,924,933$37,924,933100.0%


Latest Ranking on All Technical Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top Grossing Director at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 501-600) 550 $113,774,800
Top Grossing Director at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 801-900) 801 $113,774,800


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