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Jack Nicholson

Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 30 films, with $2,361,805,739 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #82)
Best-known acting roles: Frank Costello (The Departed), Dr. Buddy Rydell (Anger Management), Harry Sanborn (Something's Gotta Give), The Joker (Batman), Edward Cole (The Bucket List)
Best-known technical roles: The Two Jakes (Director)
Most productive collaborators: Rob Reiner, Nancy Meyers, James L. Brooks, Adam Sandler, Martin Scorsese
Born: April 22nd, 1937 (80 years old)

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorLeading30$1,421,807,264$939,998,475$2,361,805,739
Supporting7$549,609,755$176,241,905$725,851,660
Inverviewee1$3,050$0$3,050
(Unclassified)1$0$0$0
In Technical RolesDirector2$10,005,969$0$10,005,969

Career Trend

This graph shows Jack Nicholson’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


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...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/16/2011 Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywo… Himself  $3,050 $0 $3,050
12/17/2010 How Do You Know? Charles Madison  $30,212,620 $19,415,557 $49,628,177
12/25/2007 The Bucket List Edward Cole  $93,466,502 $81,340,943 $174,807,445
10/6/2006 The Departed Frank Costello  $132,384,315 $157,276,304 $289,660,619
12/12/2003 Something's Gotta Give Harry Sanborn  $124,685,242 $142,000,000 $266,685,242
4/11/2003 Anger Management Dr. Buddy Rydell  $135,560,942 $60,100,000 $195,660,942
12/13/2002 About Schmidt Warren Schmidt  $65,005,217 $42,049,267 $107,054,484
1/19/2001 The Pledge Detective Jerry Black  $19,719,930 $9,686,202 $29,406,132
12/24/1997 As Good as it Gets Melvin Udall  $148,478,011 $165,633,912 $314,111,923
2/21/1997 Blood and Wine Alex Gates  $1,083,350 $0 $1,083,350
12/25/1996 The Evening Star Garrett Breedlove  $12,767,815 $0 $12,767,815
12/13/1996 Mars Attacks! President Dale/Art Land  $37,771,017 $63,600,000 $101,371,017
11/15/1995 The Crossing Guard Freddy Gale  $847,704 $0 $847,704
6/17/1994 Wolf Will Randall  $65,011,757 $66,000,000 $131,011,757
12/25/1992 Hoffa James R. 'Jimmy' Hoffa  $23,365,858 $5,025,615 $28,391,473
12/11/1992 A Few Good Men Colonel Nathan R. Jessep  $141,340,178 $95,159,822 $236,500,000
7/17/1992 Man Trouble Harry Bliss  $3,882,058 $0 $3,882,058
8/10/1990 The Two Jakes Jake Gittes  $10,005,969 $0 $10,005,969
6/23/1989 Batman The Joker  $251,188,924 $160,160,000 $411,348,924
12/18/1987 Ironweed Francis Phelan  $7,393,346 $0 $7,393,346
12/16/1987 Broadcast News Bill Rorich  $51,249,404 $16,081,905 $67,331,309
6/12/1987 The Witches of Eastwick Daryl Van Horne  $63,749,955 $0 $63,749,955
7/25/1986 Heartburn Mark Louis Forman  $25,314,289 $0 $25,314,289
6/14/1985 Prizzi's Honor Charley Partanna  $26,700,000 $0 $26,700,000
11/23/1983 Terms of Endearment Garrett Breedlove  $108,423,489 $0 $108,423,489
1/29/1982 The Border Charlie Smith  $6,118,683 $0 $6,118,683
12/4/1981 Reds Eugene O'Neill  $50,000,000 $0 $50,000,000
3/20/1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice Frank Chambers  $12,200,000 $32,000,000 $44,200,000
5/23/1980 The Shining Jack Torrance  $44,017,374 $710,853 $44,728,227
12/31/1978 Goin South   $0 $0 $0
1/1/1976 The Missouri Breaks Tom Logan  $14,000,000 $0 $14,000,000
11/19/1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Randle Patrick McMurphy  $108,981,275 $0 $108,981,275
4/9/1975 Professione: reporter David Locke  $619,744 $0 $619,744
3/14/1975 Tommy A. Quackson, Mental Health Specialist   $34,251,525 $0 $34,251,525
6/21/1974 Chinatown J.J. Gittes  $23,169,837 $0 $23,169,837
1/1/1973 The Last Detail Billy Buddusky  $10,000,000 $0 $10,000,000
1/1/1971 Carnal Knowledge Jonathan Fuerst  $28,623,000 $0 $28,623,000
9/12/1970 Five Easy Pieces Robert Dupea  $18,099,091 $0 $18,099,091
7/14/1969 Easy Rider George Hanson  $41,728,598 $0 $41,728,598
Movies: 39Totals:$1,971,420,069$1,116,240,380$3,087,660,449
  Averages:$50,549,233$28,621,548$79,170,781

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/17/2010 How Do You Know? $7,484,696 2,483 $30,212,620 $49,628,177 60.9%
12/25/2007 The Bucket List $335,837 2,915 $93,466,502 $174,807,445 53.5%
10/6/2006 The Departed $26,887,467 3,017 $132,384,315 $289,660,619 45.7%
12/12/2003 Something's Gotta Give $16,064,723 2,876 $124,685,242 $266,685,242 46.8%
4/11/2003 Anger Management $42,220,847 3,656 $135,560,942 $195,660,942 69.3%
12/13/2002 About Schmidt $282,367 1,240 $65,005,217 $107,054,484 60.7%
1/19/2001 The Pledge $5,765,347 1,410 $19,719,930 $29,406,132 67.1%
12/24/1997 As Good as it Gets $12,606,928 1,837 $148,478,011 $314,111,923 47.3%
2/21/1997 Blood and Wine $420,993 166 $1,083,350 $1,083,350 100.0%
12/13/1996 Mars Attacks! $9,384,272 1,955 $37,771,017 $101,371,017 37.3%
11/15/1995 The Crossing Guard $71,804 111 $847,704 $847,704 100.0%
6/17/1994 Wolf $17,911,366 2,117 $65,011,757 $131,011,757 49.6%
12/25/1992 Hoffa $6,406,012 1,103 $23,365,858 $28,391,473 82.3%
12/11/1992 A Few Good Men $15,517,468 2,201 $141,340,178 $236,500,000 59.8%
7/17/1992 Man Trouble $0 0 $3,882,058 $3,882,058 100.0%
8/10/1990 The Two Jakes $3,729,149 1,206 $10,005,969 $10,005,969 100.0%
12/18/1987 Ironweed $0 599 $7,393,346 $7,393,346 100.0%
6/12/1987 The Witches of Eastwick $9,454,238 1,337 $63,749,955 $63,749,955 100.0%
7/25/1986 Heartburn $5,783,079 850 $25,314,289 $25,314,289 100.0%
6/14/1985 Prizzi's Honor $4,234,537 722 $26,700,000 $26,700,000 100.0%
1/29/1982 The Border $520,837 888 $6,118,683 $6,118,683 100.0%
3/20/1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice $0 0 $12,200,000 $44,200,000 27.6%
5/23/1980 The Shining $622,337 10 $44,017,374 $44,728,227 98.4%
1/1/1976 The Missouri Breaks $0 0 $14,000,000 $14,000,000 100.0%
11/19/1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest $99,761 4 $108,981,275 $108,981,275 100.0%
4/9/1975 Professione: reporter $0 24 $619,744 $619,744 100.0%
6/21/1974 Chinatown $0 0 $23,169,837 $23,169,837 100.0%
1/1/1973 The Last Detail $0 0 $10,000,000 $10,000,000 100.0%
1/1/1971 Carnal Knowledge $0 0 $28,623,000 $28,623,000 100.0%
9/12/1970 Five Easy Pieces $0 0 $18,099,091 $18,099,091 100.0%
Movies: 30Totals:  $1,421,807,264$2,361,805,739 
 Averages:$6,193,4691,091$47,393,575$78,726,85880.2%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/25/1996 The Evening Star $3,306,445 1,268 $12,767,815 $12,767,815 100.0%
6/23/1989 Batman $40,489,746 2,201 $251,188,924 $411,348,924 61.1%
12/16/1987 Broadcast News $0 848 $51,249,404 $67,331,309 76.1%
11/23/1983 Terms of Endearment $3,498,813 1,259 $108,423,489 $108,423,489 100.0%
12/4/1981 Reds $2,411,083 665 $50,000,000 $50,000,000 100.0%
3/14/1975 Tommy $0 0 $34,251,525 $34,251,525 100.0%
7/14/1969 Easy Rider $0 0 $41,728,598 $41,728,598 100.0%
Movies: 7Totals:  $549,609,755$725,851,660 
 Averages:$7,100,870892$78,515,679$103,693,09491.0%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office 90 $1,421,807,264
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,402 $549,609,755
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 176 $1,971,420,069
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 270 $1,087,641,320
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 261 $1,971,420,069
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 207 $939,998,475
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 9,801-9,900) 9,812 $176,241,905
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 801-900) 841 $1,116,240,380
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 590 $802,122,051
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,094 $1,116,240,380
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 138 $2,361,805,739
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 3,801-3,900) 3,812 $725,851,660
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 383 $3,087,660,449
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 420 $1,889,763,371
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 501-600) 527 $3,087,660,449
Highest Grossing Stars of 1980 at the Domestic Box Office 65 87
Highest Grossing Stars of 1981 at the Domestic Box Office 21 127
Highest Grossing Stars of 1982 at the Domestic Box Office 15 127
Highest Grossing Stars of 1983 at the Domestic Box Office 69 40
Highest Grossing Stars of 1985 at the Domestic Box Office 84 70
Highest Grossing Stars of 1986 at the Domestic Box Office 32 134
Highest Grossing Stars of 1987 at the Domestic Box Office 21 224
Highest Grossing Stars of 1988 at the Domestic Box Office 32 154
Highest Grossing Stars of 1989 at the Domestic Box Office 73 90
Highest Grossing Stars of 1990 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 152 3
Highest Grossing Stars of 1991 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 156 3
Highest Grossing Stars of 1992 at the Domestic Box Office 39 150
Highest Grossing Stars of 1993 at the Domestic Box Office 48 147
Highest Grossing Stars of 1994 at the Domestic Box Office 21 229
Highest Grossing Stars of 1995 at the Domestic Box Office 78 82
Highest Grossing Stars of 1996 at the Domestic Box Office 51 144
Highest Grossing Stars of 1997 at the Domestic Box Office 42 157
Highest Grossing Stars of 1998 at the Domestic Box Office 35 157
Highest Grossing Stars of 1999 at the Domestic Box Office 80 95
Highest Grossing Stars of 2002 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 167 58
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the Domestic Box Office 10 232
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the Domestic Box Office 14 232
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Domestic Box Office 31 174
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 101 86
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the Domestic Box Office 34 156
Highest Grossing Stars of 2008 at the Domestic Box Office 34 156
Highest Grossing Stars of 2009 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 187 70
Highest Grossing Stars of 2010 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 410 6
Highest Grossing Stars of 2011 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 461 6
Highest Grossing Stars of 2012 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 501-600) 552 6
Highest Grossing Stars of 2002 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 162 57
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the International Box Office 20 210
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the International Box Office 22 210
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the International Box Office 38 153
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the International Box Office 97 87
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the International Box Office 30 150
Highest Grossing Stars of 2008 at the International Box Office 30 150
Highest Grossing Stars of 2009 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 199 63
Highest Grossing Stars of 2001 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 252 6
Highest Grossing Stars of 2002 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 155 64
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the Worldwide Box Office 12 235
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the Worldwide Box Office 19 229
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Worldwide Box Office 33 171
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the Worldwide Box Office 99 87
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the Worldwide Box Office 29 159
Highest Grossing Stars of 2008 at the Worldwide Box Office 29 159
Highest Grossing Stars of 2009 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 179 72
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies 90 $675,976,483
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies 72 $383,087,355
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Remake Movies 64 $132,384,315
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 101-200) 174 $23,365,858
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Play Movies 6 $141,340,178
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Toy Movies 45 $37,771,017
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 101-200) 161 $534,490,412
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 301-400) 372 $84,446,322
Top International Leading Stars for Remake Movies 59 $157,276,304
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 201-300) 264 $5,025,615
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Play Movies 13 $95,159,822
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Toy Movies 38 $63,600,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 101-200) 115 $1,210,466,895
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 101-200) 152 $467,533,677
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Remake Movies 60 $289,660,619
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies (Rank 201-300) 228 $28,391,473
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Play Movies 8 $236,500,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Toy Movies 45 $101,371,017
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies 53 $1,393,925,206
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 101-200) 126 $939,998,475
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies 88 $2,333,923,681
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies 32 $1,142,609,930
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 274 $37,771,017
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Fantasy Movies (Rank 101-200) 136 $172,779,086
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 420 $17,399,315
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 201-300) 233 $23,365,858
Top International Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies 57 $804,662,007
Top International Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 245 $63,600,000
Top International Leading Stars for Fantasy Movies (Rank 301-400) 314 $66,710,853
Top International Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 301-400) 317 $5,025,615
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies 38 $1,947,271,937
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 254 $101,371,017
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Fantasy Movies (Rank 201-300) 204 $239,489,939
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 501-600) 571 $17,399,315
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Dramatization Movies (Rank 201-300) 273 $28,391,473
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Comedy Movies 61 $355,862,705
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies 15 $614,568,178
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 101-200) 148 $76,101,076
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Horror Movies 100 $44,017,374
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Romantic Comedy Movies 12 $303,375,873
Top International Leading Stars for Comedy Movies 80 $205,040,943
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies 43 $341,197,210
Top International Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 101-200) 163 $66,000,000
Top International Leading Stars for Horror Movies (Rank 301-400) 345 $710,853
Top International Leading Stars for Romantic Comedy Movies 17 $327,049,469
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Comedy Movies 69 $560,903,648
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies 21 $955,765,388
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 101-200) 149 $142,101,076
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Horror Movies (Rank 101-200) 181 $44,728,227
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Romantic Comedy Movies 13 $630,425,342
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 101-200) 133 $574,676,136
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies 27 $723,824,593
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 201-300) 212 $532,090,412
Top International Leading Stars for R Movies 94 $395,323,620
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 101-200) 168 $1,106,766,548
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies 44 $1,119,148,213
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies 52 $391,109,093
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 501-600) 566 $6,118,683
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies 8 $663,387,841
Top Domestic Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 301-400) 346 $53,947,916
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 257 $70,690,095
Top Domestic Leading Stars for MGM Movies 19 $108,981,275
Top International Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 101-200) 112 $312,614,302
Top International Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies 34 $548,309,291
Top International Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 401-500) 462 $5,025,615
Top International Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 294 $32,000,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies 83 $703,723,395
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 501-600) 569 $6,118,683
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies 13 $1,211,697,132
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 401-500) 403 $58,973,531
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 268 $102,690,095
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for MGM Movies 29 $108,981,275

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
8/10/1990 The Two Jakes Director $10,005,969 $0 $10,005,969
12/31/1978 Goin South Director $0 $0 $0
Movies: 2Totals:$10,005,969$0$10,005,969
  Averages:$5,002,985$0$5,002,985

Director Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
8/10/1990 The Two Jakes $3,729,149 1,206 $10,005,969 $10,005,969 100.0%
12/31/1978 Goin South $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
Movies: 2Totals:  $10,005,969$10,005,969 
 Averages:$1,864,575603$5,002,985$5,002,985100.0%


Latest Ranking on All Technical Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top Grossing Director at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,364 $10,005,969
Top Grossing Director at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,877 $10,005,969


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