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Stephen King

Stephen King
By "Pinguino" ("Pinguino's" flickr account) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 43 films, with $2,175,304,758 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #18)
Best-known technical roles: It (Story Creator), The Green Mile (Story Creator), The Dark Tower (Story Creator), 1408 (Story Creator), Carrie (Story Creator)
Best-known acting roles: Minister (Pet Sematary), Cemetery Caretaker (Sleepwalkers), Dr. Bangor (Thinner), Jordy Verrill (Creepshow), Truck Driver (Creepshow 2)
Most productive collaborators: Andres Muschietti, Jaeden Lieberher, Dan Lin, Bill Skarsgård, Roy Lee
Born: September 21st, 1947 (70 years old)
Also credited as: Richard Bachman

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Acting Credits
  4. Technical Credits

Career Summary

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an ActorCameo8$145,666,894$4,481,146$150,148,040
In Technical RolesStory Creator43$1,356,727,156$818,577,602$2,175,304,758

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists

Home Market Releases for January 9th, 2018

January 9th, 2018


Usually this is a terrible time of year on the home market, because it is too late for the summer blockbusters, but too early for the holiday hits. However, the home market is terrible this week, because It comes out and it destroyed records at the box office and is scaring away nearly all of the competition. Fortunately, its reviews were very good, so it is a contender for Pick of the Week. Its main competition are two classics, Inherit the Wind and Young Mr. Lincoln. All three are worth picking up, but I’m giving the title to It, because of its wider appeal. More...

Home Market Releases for November 28th, 2017

November 27th, 2017

The Wrong Guy

This is the week after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which explains why there are so few new releases on this week’s home market release report. That said, there are some worth checking out. Haikyu!! is one of the best sports Anime titles ever made, but only the Premium Box Set is coming out this week and its just too expensive. Logan Lucky is one of the best wide releases of the year, but the DVD / Blu-ray doesn’t have enough extras to be the Pick of the Week. I was tempted to give Pick of the Week to Long Time Running, but while it is amazing the DVD / Blu-ray doesn’t come out till Friday. Likewise, I finally finished the review for MST3K: Season 11 to celebrate the renewal, but it came out way too long ago to be Pick of the Week. That leaves The Wrong Guy as my Pick of the Week. It has no reviews and the DVD / Blu-ray only has a commentary track, but it’s an underrated film in my opinion, and a Canadian film, so it gets Pick and Puck of the Week. More...

Home Market Releases for October 31st, 2017

October 31st, 2017

Dawson City: Frozen Time

It’s Halloween, so most people are concerned with how much Halloween candy they can eat before there’s not enough for trick or treaters, so they are not paying attention to new home market releases. At least I assume that’s why there are so few top-notch releases on this week’s list. The Dark Tower is the biggest release of the week, but it is not worth renting, and it is certainly not a Pick of the Week contender. So what is the Pick of the Week? There’s not a lot of competition, but I think any film history bull will love Dawson City: Frozen Time on DVD or Blu-ray. More...

Home Market Releases for October 3rd, 2017

October 3rd, 2017

Goon: Last of the Enforcers

It is not a great week for home market releases. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the biggest release of the week, but it is far from the best. As for the Pick of the Week contenders, they are all horror themed. Cult of Chucky is surprisingly good, especially for a franchise that’s lasted seven installments. Don't Torture A Duckling is a giallo film, and an important one in its director’s career. Up next is iZombie: Season Three, which is amazing, but it is always on the edge of being canceled. Finally, there's Vampyr: Criterion Collection Blu-ray. In the end, I went with the Don't Torture A Duckling: Special Edition as the Pick of the Week. Meanwhile, Goon: Last of the Enforcers Blu-ray Combo Pack earned Puck of the Week, for the best Canadian release. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will the New Releases Assassinate It? No.

September 15th, 2017

American Assassin

There are two wide releases debuting this week: American Assassin and mother! Neither is expected to match It at the box office. In fact, both combined won’t match It’s sophomore stint. Neither will earn as much in total as It does over just this weekend. This weekend last year, Sully led the way with $21.65 million, while the three new releases earned about $26 million combined. It should earn more than those four films earned combined, giving 2017 its second massive win in a row. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: It Jump Starts Box Office with $123 million

September 11th, 2017


Historically, the weekend after the Labor Day long weekend is one of the worst weekends of the year. That is not the case this year. In fact, this year, this weekend was historic in a much more positive sense of the word. It broke tons of records, some of which were more esoteric. It demolished the records for biggest September weekend box office, biggest horror weekend, Biggest R-rated day, biggest opening weekend for a Stephen King, etc. All of this led to the weekend box office more than doubling last weekend’s total earning $163 million. This is also 62% higher than the same weekend last year. A change this severe usually only happens when there is a misalignment in holidays. I’ve been saying that a lot over the past few weeks; however, this has been due to a massive decline, so it is nice to be unabashedly positive for once. Year-to-date, 2017 is still well behind 2016 at $7.63 billion to $8.08 billion. 2017 did close the gap and it is now 5.6% or $450 million behind last year’s pace. If the movie industry can close the gap by this much each week, then it will take till Halloween before it has caught up in terms of dollars and would take until nearly Christmas to catch up in terms of ticket sales. More...

2017 Preview: September

September 1st, 2017


As bad as July was, August actually managed to be worse. 2017 was over $300 million behind 2016’s pace during August alone. That’s worse than the rest of the summer combined. The only film that was an unqualified hit was Annabelle: Creation, although there were a couple of other films that are doing well enough to be considered financial hits. There’s some good news and some bad news for this September. The month gets off to a slow start with no wide releases the first weekend, but there are three films opening during the rest of the month that are expected to top $100 million and all three should be better than the best August had to offer. It is expected to be the biggest hit of the month and is tracking to break the record for the biggest September weekend. Both Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Lego Ninjago Movie are expected to cross $100 million, although they are opening the same weekend, so that could hurt both of their chances. Meanwhile last September, Sully was the biggest release of the month earning $125.07 million. It should top that, while Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Lego Ninjago Movie won’t be too far behind. 2017 should cut the gap with 2016, but sadly only by a little bit. More...

Weekend Predictions: Has Summer Ended?

August 3rd, 2017

The Dark Tower

August has begun, but I’m starting to think Summer has already ended. The Dark Tower was expected to be the big hit of the weekend, but its reviews are a lot weaker than anticipated. Kidnap is also opening wide and its early reviews were good, but that has changed as the day has gone on. Furthermore, it’s buzz is really quiet, so its box office chances are not good. Finally Detroit is expanding wide this weekend. Its reviews are among the best we’ve seen all summer, but it is tough to go from a limited release to a wide release, so I’m not overly optimistic. This weekend last year, Suicide Squad opened with $133.68 million. It is very likely the entire box office will be less than $133.68 million this weekend. 2017 is going to get destroyed in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2017 Preview: August

August 1st, 2017

Annabelle Creation

July is over and we should all be happy about that. Granted, there were some positive results we can talk about. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a huge hit and Despicable Me 3 will pull in a sizable profit before it reaches the home market. There were also a couple of other $100 million hits and a midlevel hit or two; however, overall, 2017 wasn’t able to compete with 2016 and the box office finally lost its lead over last year. 2017 started the summer about $200 million ahead of 2016, but will finish July about $100 million behind last year’s pace. August doesn’t look any better. There are a couple of films that have a reasonable shot at $100 million, The Dark Tower and Annabelle: Creation, as well as a few that should be solid midlevel hits. However, last year we had Sausage Party and Don’t Breathe, both of which nearly hit $100 million, then we had midlevel hits like Pete’s Dragon, Kubo and the Two Strings, and War Dogs. I don’t know if 2017 will be able to compete with that. ... Now some of you are thinking I forgot about Suicide Squad. Trust me, I will never forget that movie. I ignored it to make a point. Even without Suicide Squad, I don’t think 2017 will make up the deficit it has with 2016. With Suicide Squad, it is going to be a disaster. I want to be optimistic, but there’s no evidence to suggest I should be. More...

The Dark Tower Trailer

June 27th, 2017

Sci-fi Western starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Taylor, based on the books by Stephen King opens August 4 ... Full Movie Details. More...

Home Market Releases for October 11th, 2016

October 11th, 2016


Ghostbusters is the biggest release of the week and the best first run release. Combined with its fully-loaded Blu-ray (extended edition), it is a Pick of the Week contender. There’s not much competition. The main competition is a new Collector's Edition Blu-ray for The Thing, but this is at least a double-dip, which hurts its value. There are a couple of smaller releases as well. In the end it was a literal coin toss to decide the Pick of the Week and Ghostbusters won. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Few Fantastic Limited Releases

July 8th, 2016

Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic is the only film on this week’s list that I think will do well in theaters. There are some films that are earning better reviews, like Our Little Sister, but no film on this week’s list has the same buzz as this film does. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 27th, 2015

January 27th, 2015

It is a really bad week for the home market with a lot of filler on the first page of the new releases on Fury is the biggest release, but there are not enough extras on the DVD or Blu-ray to be a contender for Pick of the Week. The Book of Life, on the other hand, has a loaded DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and is a contender. The only other real contender is The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness on DVD. In the end, I went with The Book of Life. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 30th, 2014

December 28th, 2014

Christmas day is the single biggest gift-giving day of the year... so it makes total sense that the week after Christmas is a terrible week to release any new DVDs or Blu-rays. The week is better than you would expect with a few notable releases, including The Equalizer, which earned just over $100 million during its theatrical run. It is also one of the best releases on this week's list and with solid extras, the Blu-ray is a contender for Pick of the Week. The other two contenders are Banshee: Season 2 on DVD or Blu-ray and Shameless: Season 4 on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. It was a bit of a coin toss, but in the end I went with Shameless. More...

These Limited Releases are Good and That's No Lie

October 3rd, 2014

The Good Lie poster

The list this week is less detailed than usual for reasons I'm not going to go into detail about. I'm just going to say two words, "Food poisoning", and leave it at that. There are not a lot of limited releases on this week's list that are earning good reviews and strong buzz. The Good Lie is the best limited release of the week in that regard, but I already talked about it on the weekend predictions, because I think it will reach the top ten. I don't think any of the films below will earn breakout success. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 26th, 2014

August 26th, 2014

This is not a good week for new releases on the home market. For one thing, the biggest first-run release is Blended (DVD or Blu-ray ComboPack) which is also one of the worst movies of the summer. There are many TV on DVD releases that helped pick up the slack somewhat, but it still feels like a shallow week. As for Pick of the Week contenders, there are not many. The Normal Heart (DVD or Blu-ray) and Belle (Blu-ray) are the two most likely candidates, but I kind of want to give it to Gravity Falls: Even Stranger (DVD). In the end, I went with The Normal Heart. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Carrie

January 26th, 2014

Carrie is a remake of of the 1976 film of the same name. The original Carrie is considered a classic horror film and the movie that brought Stephen King immense fame. Horror remakes have done poorly recently and this film was no different. However, was it a bad remake? Or has the public perception of horror remakes unfairly hurt this film at the box office? Does it do enough new to make it worth watching? Or is it yet another unnecessary remake? More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 5th, 2013

November 7th, 2013

It's a big week with several first run releases, some big TV on DVD, releases, and more to deal with. The only one that truly rises to the level of Pick of the Week is Mad Men: Season Six, but the screener arrived late and I hate awarding Pick of the Week to a title when that happens. The only other release I really want to see is White House Down, but that's more guilty pleasure than Pick of the Week. I guess it goes to Mad Men: Season Six on DVD or Blu-ray. More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: Under the Dome

November 5th, 2013

Under the Dome is a book written by Stephen King in 2009. Reviews for the book were really good and it wasn't long before talk of an adaptation was in work. Since the book was so massive, it was clearly going to have to be a mini-series, but that's where things get a little complicated. More...

2013 Preview: October

October 1st, 2013

October is an awkward month. It sits between the dumping ground that is September and November, the unofficial start of Awards Season / holiday blockbuster season. For the most part, September was stronger than average for the month and there's reason to be optimistic going forward. After all, box office success tends to feed on itself, as does box office struggles. That said, there are not a lot of sure hits over the coming four weeks. Of the nine or ten films opening wide this month, only Gravity has a better than 50/50 chance at $100 million. Captain Phillips could have a shot at the century mark, but only if it becomes a serious Awards Season player. Its early reviews suggest that could be a possibility. Last October, there were two films to reach the $100 million mark, Taken 2 and Argo. On the other hand, pretty much everything else that opened that month crashed and burned. While this October doesn't have as strong a top end, it will hopefully have much better depth. More...

All Acting Credits

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
7/5/2013 Stuck in Love Stephen King  $78,950 $39,319 $118,269
2/15/2008 Diary of the Dead Newsreader  $952,620 $4,441,827 $5,394,447
10/25/1996 Thinner Dr. Bangor  $15,171,475 $0 $15,171,475
4/10/1992 Sleepwalkers Cemetery Caretaker  $30,524,763 $0 $30,524,763
4/21/1989 Pet Sematary Minister  $57,469,179 $0 $57,469,179
5/1/1987 Creepshow 2 Truck Driver  $14,000,000 $0 $14,000,000
7/25/1986 Maximum Overdrive Man At Cashpoint  $7,433,663 $0 $7,433,663
11/10/1982 Creepshow Jordy Verrill  $20,036,244 $0 $20,036,244
Movies: 8Totals:$145,666,894$4,481,146$150,148,040

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists

All Technical Credits

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
8/31/2017 It Story based on “It… $327,481,748 $369,977,480 $697,459,228
8/2/2017 The Dark Tower Based on the novel by $50,701,325 $62,317,989 $113,019,314
12/31/2016 In The Tall Grass Based on the novella by $0 $0 $0
6/10/2016 Cell Based on the book by,
$0 $735,841 $735,841
12/31/2015 Gerald’s Game Story Creator $0 $0 $0
1/27/2015 Big Driver Based on the Story By $0 $0 $0
12/31/2014 Mercy Story Creator $0 $0 $0
10/3/2014 A Good Marriage Screenwriter,
Story Creator 
$0 $0 $0
10/18/2013 Carrie Story Creator $35,266,619 $47,142,901 $82,409,520
11/21/2007 The Mist Based on 'The Mist' By $25,593,755 $31,595,653 $57,189,408
6/22/2007 1408 Story Creator $71,985,628 $59,277,742 $131,263,370
10/15/2004 Riding the Bullet Story Creator $101,107 $0 $101,107
3/12/2004 Secret Window Based on the Novella… $47,958,031 $44,153,520 $92,111,551
3/21/2003 Dreamcatcher Story Creator $33,685,268 $42,000,000 $75,685,268
9/28/2001 Hearts in Atlantis Story Creator $24,185,781 $6,700,000 $30,885,781
12/10/1999 The Green Mile based on the novel by $136,801,374 $153,900,000 $290,701,374
3/12/1999 The Rage: Carrie 2 Characters $17,760,244 $0 $17,760,244
10/23/1998 Apt Pupil Story Creator $8,863,193 $0 $8,863,193
10/25/1996 Thinner Story Creator $15,171,475 $0 $15,171,475
3/24/1995 Dolores Claiborne Story Creator $24,262,193 $0 $24,262,193
3/3/1995 The Mangler Story Creator $1,781,000 $0 $1,781,000
9/23/1994 The Shawshank Redemption Based on the Short N… $28,241,469 $65,623 $28,307,092
8/27/1993 Needful Things Story Creator $15,185,672 $0 $15,185,672
4/23/1993 The Dark Half Story Creator $9,579,068 $0 $9,579,068
1/29/1993 Children of the Corn II: The Fi… Story Creator $6,953,340 $0 $6,953,340
4/10/1992 Sleepwalkers Story Creator $30,524,763 $0 $30,524,763
11/30/1990 Misery Story Creator $61,158,960 $0 $61,158,960
10/26/1990 Graveyard Shift Story Creator $11,578,883 $0 $11,578,883
5/4/1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Screenwriter $16,324,573 $0 $16,324,573
4/21/1989 Pet Sematary Story Creator $57,469,179 $0 $57,469,179
11/13/1987 The Running Man* Story Creator $38,122,000 $0 $38,122,000
5/1/1987 Creepshow 2 Story Creator $14,000,000 $0 $14,000,000
8/8/1986 Stand by Me Story Creator $52,287,414 $0 $52,287,414
7/25/1986 Maximum Overdrive Story Creator $7,433,663 $0 $7,433,663
10/11/1985 Silver Bullet Story Creator $10,803,211 $0 $10,803,211
4/12/1985 Cat's Eye Story Creator $9,000,000 $0 $9,000,000
5/11/1984 Firestarter Story Creator $15,136,870 $0 $15,136,870
3/9/1984 Children of the Corn Story Creator $14,600,000 $0 $14,600,000
12/9/1983 Christine Story Creator $21,200,000 $0 $21,200,000
10/21/1983 The Dead Zone Story Creator $20,766,000 $0 $20,766,000
8/12/1983 Cujo Story Creator $21,156,152 $0 $21,156,152
11/10/1982 Creepshow Story Creator $20,036,244 $0 $20,036,244
5/23/1980 The Shining Story Creator $44,017,374 $710,853 $44,728,227
11/16/1976 Carrie Story Creator $25,878,153 $0 $25,878,153
Movies: 44Totals:$1,373,051,729$818,577,602$2,191,629,331

Writer Credits

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
8/31/2017 It $123,403,419 4,148 $327,481,748 $697,459,228 47.0%
8/2/2017 The Dark Tower $19,153,698 3,451 $50,701,325 $113,019,314 44.9%
12/31/2016 In The Tall Grass $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
6/10/2016 Cell $0 0 $0 $735,841 0.0%
12/31/2015 Gerald’s Game $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
1/27/2015 Big Driver $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
12/31/2014 Mercy $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
10/3/2014 A Good Marriage $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
10/18/2013 Carrie $16,101,552 3,157 $35,266,619 $82,409,520 42.8%
11/21/2007 The Mist $8,931,973 2,423 $25,593,755 $57,189,408 44.8%
6/22/2007 1408 $20,617,667 2,733 $71,985,628 $131,263,370 54.8%
10/15/2004 Riding the Bullet $101,107 100 $101,107 $101,107 100.0%
3/12/2004 Secret Window $18,237,568 3,018 $47,958,031 $92,111,551 52.1%
3/21/2003 Dreamcatcher $15,027,423 2,945 $33,685,268 $75,685,268 44.5%
9/28/2001 Hearts in Atlantis $9,021,494 2,010 $24,185,781 $30,885,781 78.3%
12/10/1999 The Green Mile $18,017,152 2,878 $136,801,374 $290,701,374 47.1%
3/12/1999 The Rage: Carrie 2 $7,065,123 2,286 $17,760,244 $17,760,244 100.0%
10/23/1998 Apt Pupil $3,583,151 1,448 $8,863,193 $8,863,193 100.0%
10/25/1996 Thinner $5,679,046 2,009 $15,171,475 $15,171,475 100.0%
3/24/1995 Dolores Claiborne $5,721,920 1,256 $24,262,193 $24,262,193 100.0%
3/3/1995 The Mangler $933,809 800 $1,781,000 $1,781,000 100.0%
9/23/1994 The Shawshank Redemption $727,327 972 $28,241,469 $28,307,092 99.8%
8/27/1993 Needful Things $5,202,478 1,986 $15,185,672 $15,185,672 100.0%
4/23/1993 The Dark Half $3,250,883 1,563 $9,579,068 $9,579,068 100.0%
1/29/1993 Children of the Corn II: The Fin… $2,719,750 946 $6,953,340 $6,953,340 100.0%
4/10/1992 Sleepwalkers $10,017,354 1,914 $30,524,763 $30,524,763 100.0%
11/30/1990 Misery $10,076,834 1,370 $61,158,960 $61,158,960 100.0%
10/26/1990 Graveyard Shift $5,082,300 1,603 $11,578,883 $11,578,883 100.0%
5/4/1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie $5,028,096 1,535 $16,324,573 $16,324,573 100.0%
4/21/1989 Pet Sematary $12,046,179 1,585 $57,469,179 $57,469,179 100.0%
11/13/1987 The Running Man $8,117,465 1,694 $38,122,000 $38,122,000 100.0%
5/1/1987 Creepshow 2 $3,584,077 1,012 $14,000,000 $14,000,000 100.0%
8/8/1986 Stand by Me $251,628 848 $52,287,414 $52,287,414 100.0%
7/25/1986 Maximum Overdrive $3,205,644 1,198 $7,433,663 $7,433,663 100.0%
10/11/1985 Silver Bullet $4,013,563 1,285 $10,803,211 $10,803,211 100.0%
4/12/1985 Cat's Eye $3,451,191 1,492 $9,000,000 $9,000,000 100.0%
5/11/1984 Firestarter $4,726,660 1,374 $15,136,870 $15,136,870 100.0%
3/9/1984 Children of the Corn $2,042,821 653 $14,600,000 $14,600,000 100.0%
12/9/1983 Christine $3,408,904 1,101 $21,200,000 $21,200,000 100.0%
10/21/1983 The Dead Zone $4,556,083 1,293 $20,766,000 $20,766,000 100.0%
8/12/1983 Cujo $6,114,899 1,293 $21,156,152 $21,156,152 100.0%
11/10/1982 Creepshow $5,870,889 1,132 $20,036,244 $20,036,244 100.0%
5/23/1980 The Shining $622,337 10 $44,017,374 $44,728,227 98.4%
11/16/1976 Carrie $0 0 $25,878,153 $25,878,153 100.0%
Movies: 46Totals:  $1,373,051,729$2,192,365,172