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Sanaa Lathan

Best known as an Actress based on credits in that role in 20 films, with $1,267,220,154 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #2,155)
Best-known acting roles: Deputy Director Natalie Austin (Now You See Me 2), Robyn (The Best Man Holiday), Leah (The Perfect Guy), Alexa Woods (AVP: Alien Vs. Predator), Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (American Assassin)
Best-known technical roles: The Perfect Guy (Executive Producer)
Most productive collaborators: David M. Rosenthal, Michael Ealy, Nicole Rocklin, Morris Chestnut, Wendy Rhoads

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorLeading5$226,965,496$109,934,973$336,900,469
Supporting5$212,075,357$386,594,658$598,670,015
Lead Ensemble Member2$106,774,869$34,371,015$141,145,884
(Unclassified)8$179,353,723$11,150,063$190,503,786
In Technical RolesExecutive Producer1$57,027,435$3,250,731$60,278,166

Career Trend

This graph shows Sanaa Lathan’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


2017 Preview: September

September 1st, 2017

It

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...

American Assassin Trailer

April 19th, 2017

Thriller starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Sanaa Lathan, directed by Michael Cuesta, opens September 15 ... Full Movie Details. 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...

2013 Preview: November

November 1st, 2013

October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/31/2018 Native Son   $0 $0 $0
9/14/2017 American Assassin Deputy Director Irene Kennedy  $36,249,674 $32,060,500 $68,310,174
6/3/2016 Approaching the Unknown Captain Emily Maddox  $10,232 $0 $10,232
5/27/2016 Now You See Me 2 Deputy Director Natalie Austin  $65,075,540 $263,600,000 $328,675,540
9/9/2015 The Perfect Guy Leah  $57,027,435 $3,250,731 $60,278,166
2/28/2014 Repentance Maggie Carter  $1,189,612 $5,349 $1,194,961
11/15/2013 The Best Man Holiday Robyn  $70,525,195 $2,310,515 $72,835,710
9/9/2011 Contagion Aubrey Cheever  $75,658,097 $61,893,497 $137,551,594
1/8/2010 Wonderful World   $9,309 $0 $9,309
9/12/2008 The Family That Preys Andrea  $37,105,289 $0 $37,105,289
2/3/2006 Something New Kenya  $11,468,568 $15,101 $11,483,669
8/13/2004 AVP: Alien Vs. Predator Alexa Woods  $80,281,096 $92,262,423 $172,543,519
10/3/2003 Out of Time Ann Harrison  $41,083,108 $14,406,718 $55,489,826
10/11/2002 Brown Sugar Sidney  $27,362,712 $952,560 $28,315,272
6/9/2000 Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Nina  $1,315,573 $0 $1,315,573
4/21/2000 Love and Basketball Monica Wright  $27,441,122 $268,503 $27,709,625
10/22/1999 The Best Man Robin  $34,102,780 $470,000 $34,572,780
7/16/1999 The Wood Alicia  $25,059,640 $0 $25,059,640
4/16/1999 Life Daisy  $64,062,587 $9,459,000 $73,521,587
8/21/1998 Blade Vanessa  $70,141,876 $61,095,812 $131,237,688
Movies: 20Totals:$725,169,445$542,050,709$1,267,220,154
  Averages:$36,258,472$27,102,535$63,361,008

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
9/14/2017 American Assassin $14,846,778 3,154 $36,249,674 $68,310,174 53.1%
9/9/2015 The Perfect Guy $25,888,154 2,230 $57,027,435 $60,278,166 94.6%
11/15/2013 The Best Man Holiday $30,107,555 2,041 $70,525,195 $72,835,710 96.8%
9/12/2008 The Family That Preys $17,381,218 2,070 $37,105,289 $37,105,289 100.0%
2/3/2006 Something New $4,879,736 1,266 $11,468,568 $11,483,669 99.9%
8/13/2004 AVP: Alien Vs. Predator $38,291,056 3,401 $80,281,096 $172,543,519 46.5%
10/3/2003 Out of Time $16,185,316 3,076 $41,083,108 $55,489,826 74.0%
Movies: 7Totals:  $333,740,365$478,046,353 
 Averages:$21,082,8302,463$47,677,195$68,292,33680.7%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
6/3/2016 Approaching the Unknown $0 11 $10,232 $10,232 100.0%
5/27/2016 Now You See Me 2 $22,383,146 3,232 $65,075,540 $328,675,540 19.8%
2/28/2014 Repentance $501,290 157 $1,189,612 $1,194,961 99.6%
9/9/2011 Contagion $22,403,596 3,222 $75,658,097 $137,551,594 55.0%
8/21/1998 Blade $17,073,856 2,389 $70,141,876 $131,237,688 53.4%
Movies: 5Totals:  $212,075,357$598,670,015 
 Averages:$12,472,3781,802$42,415,071$119,734,00365.6%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 498 $333,740,365
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 6,301-6,400) 6,326 $212,075,357
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,317 $725,169,445
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,701-1,800) 1,755 $206,085,256
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,001-5,100) 5,016 $210,875,513
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,573 $725,169,445
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,019 $144,305,988
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 4,401-4,500) 4,430 $386,594,658
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,701-2,800) 2,704 $542,050,709
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 3,501-3,600) 3,564 $52,033,813
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 3,401-3,500) 3,449 $386,589,309
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 3,201-3,300) 3,273 $542,050,709
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 701-800) 719 $478,046,353
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 5,001-5,100) 5,023 $598,670,015
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,701-1,800) 1,774 $1,267,220,154
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 2,401-2,500) 2,458 $258,119,069
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 3,801-3,900) 3,871 $597,464,822
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,101-2,200) 2,155 $1,267,220,154
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 260 29
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the Domestic Box Office 88 97
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Domestic Box Office 84 97
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 158 68
Highest Grossing Stars of 2008 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 294 23
Highest Grossing Stars of 2009 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 326 23
Highest Grossing Stars of 2010 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 362 23
Highest Grossing Stars of 2013 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 321 51
Highest Grossing Stars of 2014 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 309 51
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 104 101
Highest Grossing Stars of 2016 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 332 50
Highest Grossing Stars of 2017 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 209 80
Highest Grossing Stars of 2018 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 501-600) 501 30
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 261 3
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 143 74
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 146 74
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 134 71
Highest Grossing Stars of 2003 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 274 16
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 120 86
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 120 86
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 137 70
Highest Grossing Stars of 2013 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 501-600) 550 5
Highest Grossing Stars of 2014 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 501-600) 534 5
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 494 5
Highest Grossing Stars of 2017 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 498 12
Highest Grossing Stars of 2018 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 501-600) 508 12
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 301-400) 354 $217,209,595
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 501-600) 567 $36,249,674
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Spin-Off Movies 55 $80,281,096
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,391 $19,983,065
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 501-600) 565 $32,060,500
Top International Leading Stars for Spin-Off Movies 49 $92,262,423
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 601-700) 611 $237,192,660
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 501-600) 579 $68,310,174
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Spin-Off Movies 49 $172,543,519
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 301-400) 364 $333,740,365
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 701-800) 756 $144,305,988
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 501-600) 520 $478,046,353
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 232 $253,459,269
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 204 $80,281,096
Top International Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 701-800) 756 $52,043,565
Top International Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 209 $92,262,423
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 301-400) 367 $305,502,834
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Science Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 213 $172,543,519
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 201-300) 276 $107,630,484
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 701-800) 740 $11,468,568
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies 75 $134,360,217
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Horror Movies 56 $80,281,096
Top International Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 801-900) 882 $2,310,515
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,894 $15,101
Top International Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 201-300) 203 $49,717,949
Top International Leading Stars for Horror Movies 56 $92,262,423
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 301-400) 384 $109,940,999
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,025 $11,483,669
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 101-200) 126 $184,078,166
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Horror Movies 50 $172,543,519
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 301-400) 329 $226,965,496
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 301-400) 384 $106,774,869
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 501-600) 586 $109,934,973
Top International Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 701-800) 703 $34,371,015
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 401-500) 443 $336,900,469
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 501-600) 522 $141,145,884
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 201-300) 256 $70,525,195
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 291 $57,027,435
Top Domestic Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 201-300) 283 $80,281,096
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Lionsgate Movies 60 $73,354,963
Top Domestic Leading Stars for MGM Movies 61 $41,083,108
Top International Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 401-500) 443 $2,310,515
Top International Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 401-500) 473 $3,250,731
Top International Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 201-300) 267 $92,262,423
Top International Leading Stars for Lionsgate Movies (Rank 101-200) 178 $32,060,500
Top International Leading Stars for MGM Movies 65 $14,406,718
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 301-400) 367 $72,835,710
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 301-400) 371 $60,278,166
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for 20th Century Fox Movies (Rank 201-300) 281 $172,543,519
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Lionsgate Movies (Rank 101-200) 120 $105,415,463
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for MGM Movies 73 $55,489,826

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
9/9/2015 The Perfect Guy Executive Producer $57,027,435 $3,250,731 $60,278,166
Movies: 1Totals:$57,027,435$3,250,731$60,278,166
  Averages:$57,027,435$3,250,731$60,278,166


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