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Lupita Nyong'o

Best known as a Supporting Actress based on credits in that role in 4 films, with $3,785,313,248 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #162)
Best-known acting roles: Maz Kanata (Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens), Maz Kanata (Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi), Raksha (The Jungle Book), Nakia (Black Panther), Gwen (Non-Stop)
Most productive collaborators: Jon Favreau, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Justin Marks, Idris Elba

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting4$1,703,306,155$2,082,007,093$3,785,313,248
Lead Ensemble Member2$599,001,123$768,900,000$1,367,901,123
Leading1$8,874,389$381,438$9,255,827
(Unclassified)1$0$0$0

Career Trend

This graph shows Lupita Nyong'o’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


2018 Preview: February

February 1st, 2018

Black Panther

2018 got off to a good start and January more or less held its ground when compared to 2017. There were some misses, but surprise holdovers made up the difference. Looking forward, February will be dominated by Black Panther. In fact, it will very likely make more during its opening weekend than the second place film, Fifty Shades Freed, will likely make in total. Black Panther likely won’t break records, but it could come close, while Fifty Shade Freed and Peter Rabbit both have a 50/50 shot at $100 million. Last February, The Lego Batman Movie both earned $175 million, while Fifty Shades Darker earned over $100 million. Black Panther will easily beat any film from last February; in fact, it could earn more than the top two films earned combined. As long as the rest of the box office isn’t a complete disaster, February should help 2018 earn a significant edge over 2017 in the year-over-year comparisons. 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...

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...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Jungle Book

August 28th, 2016

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is the latest live-action remake of a classic Disney cartoon. The film is the third biggest domestic release of the year so far. (It just topped Deadpool this weekend.) It also earned 95% positive reviews. Is it truly one of the best films of 2016? Or am I going to be in the minority when it comes to this movie? More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: 12 Years a Slave

March 15th, 2014

12 Years a Slave recently won the Best Picture Oscar. This creates huge expectations. I am a little worried the expectations are so great the film will be weak by comparison. Is that the case? Or is the film really as good as its reviews and accolades would indicate? More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscar Ceremony Live Blog - And the Oscar goes to... 12 Years a Slave

March 2nd, 2014

The Oscars are being handed out this evening and as usual, we will be live-blogging the event. Here's the last look at the nominations with those chosen by our contest entrants as the likely winners in Bold. If I disagree with the consensus, they are in italics, and sharp-eyed readers will note there are no categories where that's true. Finally, if I am rooting for an underdog, they are underlined. There are only two categories where that is true. I want Chiwetel Ejiofor to win Best Lead Actor for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. I also want Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa to win for Best Hair and Make-up, because Dallas Buyers Club had a hair and make-up budget of $250. Yes it was effective, but the special effects make-up used in Bad Grandpa was just more difficult to pull off, even if the movie wasn't Oscar-bait. Regardless, I don't expect there to be many surprises at this year's awards. More...

2014 - Awards Season: Slave Top Winners at Spirit Awards

March 2nd, 2014

12 Years a Slave poster

Independent Spirit Award handed out the hardware last night and the big winner was 12 Years a Slave, which picked up five of the seven awards it was nominated for. More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscar Highlight: Best Supporting Actress

February 18th, 2014

12 Years a Slave poster

With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, starting with Best Supporting Actress, which is again not a very competitive category this year. I'm not saying it is impossible for upset to happen here, but it is very, very unlikely. (On a side note, except for changing the links and using another poster, this is an exact cut and paste from last year. This category is slightly more competitive that last year, but not by enough to matter.) More...

2014 Awards Season: SAG is a Buyer's Market

January 19th, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club poster

SAG handed out their awards last night, and while there were not many surprises, there was one major upset, at least in my mind. Dallas Buyers Club led the way with two wins, making it the new Oscar favorite. More...

2014 Awards Season: Oscars Understand the Gravity of the Situation

January 16th, 2014

Gravity poster

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there are some surprises mixed in with the predictable results. Gravity and American Hustle led the way with ten nominations each while 12 Years a Slave was right behind with nine. The fact that 12 Years a Slave wasn't the leader is the first of the surprises. More...

2014 Awards Season: Slave Hustles to the Top

December 14th, 2013

12 Years a Slave poster

Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their Golden Globe nominations this week, and a clear picture is forming. 12 Years a Slave was again the recipient of the most nominations, but this time it was a tie, as it and American Hustle both grabbed seven nominations. If you look down the list of other multi-nominated films, you will find a number of familiar faces. More...

2014 Awards Season: SAG a Slave to Slave

December 14th, 2013

12 Years a Slave poster

SAG handed out nominations over the week, and like with the Independent Spirit Awards, 12 Years a Slave led the way and earned four nominations. It wasn't the only film that was singled out. More...

2014 - Awards Season: Slave Earns Independence

November 28th, 2013

12 Years a Slave poster

Independent Spirit Award started the Awards Season this week, handing out its nominations. 12 Years a Slave led the way with seven nominations, but it wasn't the only film to pick up multiple nominations. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
2/16/2018 Black Panther Nakia  $235,000,000 $169,000,000 $404,000,000
12/31/2017 Little Monsters Miss Caroline  $0 $0 $0
12/15/2017 Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi Maz Kanata  $618,229,777 $705,012,848 $1,323,242,625
9/23/2016 Queen of Katwe Nakku Harriet  $8,874,389 $381,438 $9,255,827
4/15/2016 The Jungle Book Raksha  $364,001,123 $599,900,000 $963,901,123
12/18/2015 Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens Maz Kanata  $936,662,225 $1,122,000,000 $2,058,662,225
2/28/2014 Non-Stop Gwen  $91,742,160 $130,640,895 $222,383,055
10/18/2013 12 Years a Slave Patsey  $56,671,993 $124,353,350 $181,025,343
Movies: 8Totals:$2,311,181,667$2,851,288,531$5,162,470,198
  Averages:$288,897,708$356,411,066$645,308,775

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
2/16/2018 Black Panther $201,797,000 4,020 $235,000,000 $404,000,000 58.2%
9/23/2016 Queen of Katwe $304,933 1,259 $8,874,389 $9,255,827 95.9%
4/15/2016 The Jungle Book $103,261,464 4,144 $364,001,123 $963,901,123 37.8%
Movies: 3Totals:  $607,875,512$1,377,156,950 
 Averages:$101,787,7993,141$202,625,171$459,052,31763.9%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/15/2017 Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi $220,009,584 4,232 $618,229,777 $1,323,242,625 46.7%
12/18/2015 Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens $247,966,675 4,134 $936,662,225 $2,058,662,225 45.5%
2/28/2014 Non-Stop $28,875,635 3,183 $91,742,160 $222,383,055 41.3%
10/18/2013 12 Years a Slave $923,715 1,474 $56,671,993 $181,025,343 31.3%
Movies: 4Totals:  $1,703,306,155$3,785,313,248 
 Averages:$124,443,9023,256$425,826,539$946,328,31241.2%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 256 $607,875,512
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 119 $1,703,306,155
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 180 $1,947,180,544
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office 57 $2,219,439,507
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 13,701-13,800) 13,772 $91,742,160
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 184 $2,311,181,667
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 266 $769,281,438
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 231 $2,082,007,093
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 235 $2,251,388,531
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 103 $2,720,647,636
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 11,201-11,300) 11,244 $130,640,895
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 217 $2,851,288,531
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 257 $1,377,156,950
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 162 $3,785,313,248
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 187 $4,198,569,075
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office 73 $4,940,087,143
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 12,101-12,200) 12,138 $222,383,055
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 198 $5,162,470,198
Highest Grossing Stars of 2018 at the Domestic Box Office 92 100
Highest Grossing Stars of 2017 at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 265 64
Highest Grossing Stars of 2018 at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 226 64
Highest Grossing Stars of 2017 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 204 78
Highest Grossing Stars of 2018 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 192 78
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies 77 $364,001,123
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Comic/Graphic Novel Movies 87 $235,000,000
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies (Rank 101-200) 155 $8,874,389
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies 62 $599,900,000
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Comic/Graphic Novel Movies (Rank 101-200) 140 $169,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies (Rank 201-300) 205 $381,438
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies 67 $963,901,123
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Comic/Graphic Novel Movies (Rank 101-200) 124 $404,000,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies (Rank 101-200) 178 $9,255,827
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 401-500) 462 $243,874,389
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Animation/Live Action Movies 72 $364,001,123
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 601-700) 673 $169,381,438
Top International Leading Stars for Animation/Live Action Movies 70 $599,900,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 501-600) 553 $413,255,827
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Animation/Live Action Movies 76 $963,901,123
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Fantasy Movies 47 $364,001,123
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Super Hero Movies 86 $235,000,000
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 301-400) 321 $8,874,389
Top International Leading Stars for Fantasy Movies 59 $599,900,000
Top International Leading Stars for Super Hero Movies (Rank 101-200) 114 $169,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 401-500) 493 $381,438
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Fantasy Movies 49 $963,901,123
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Super Hero Movies (Rank 101-200) 112 $404,000,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 401-500) 411 $9,255,827
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Adventure Movies (Rank 101-200) 151 $364,001,123
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 101-200) 148 $235,000,000
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 701-800) 770 $8,874,389
Top International Leading Stars for Adventure Movies (Rank 101-200) 129 $599,900,000
Top International Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 201-300) 278 $169,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,391 $381,438
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Adventure Movies (Rank 101-200) 145 $963,901,123
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 201-300) 224 $404,000,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,081 $9,255,827
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 301-400) 302 $235,000,000
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 101-200) 109 $372,875,512
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 401-500) 458 $169,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for PG Movies 94 $600,281,438
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 301-400) 387 $404,000,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG Movies 100 $973,156,950
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies 46 $607,875,512
Top International Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies 51 $769,281,438
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies 42 $1,377,156,950


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