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Spike Lee

Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 27 films, with $491,512,819 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #302)
Best-known technical roles: Inside Man (Director), Jungle Fever (Director), Jungle Fever (Screenwriter), Jungle Fever (Story Creator), Jungle Fever (Producer)
Best-known acting roles: Shorty (Malcolm X), Cyrus (Jungle Fever), Reporter John Jeffries (Summer of Sam), Mookie (Do the Right Thing), Giant (Mo' Better Blues)
Most productive collaborators: Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Russell Gewirtz, Clive Owen, Brian Grazer

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  4. Technical Credits

Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting3$99,197,085$0$99,197,085
Leading2$42,157,026$0$42,157,026
Lead Ensemble Member1$14,545,844$0$14,545,844
Inverviewee1$0$0$0
(Unclassified)6$38,498,003$0$38,498,003
In Technical RolesDirector27$376,954,117$114,558,702$491,512,819
Screenwriter9$110,721,879$21,153$110,743,032
Producer9$110,721,879$21,153$110,743,032
Executive Producer3$916,039$8,382$924,421
Story Creator1$31,739,045$0$31,739,045

Career Trend

This graph shows Spike Lee’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


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,484 $56,702,870
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 8,001-8,100) 8,051 $194,397,958
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,991 $56,702,870
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 17,001-17,100) 17,011 $194,397,958
Top Grossing Director at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 208 $376,954,117
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 4,001-4,100) 4,049 $916,039
Top Grossing Producer at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 801-900) 876 $110,721,879
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 801-900) 805 $110,721,879
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,186 $31,739,045
Top Grossing Director at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 524 $114,558,702
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the International Box Office (Rank 5,501-5,600) 5,556 $8,382
Top Grossing Producer at the International Box Office (Rank 5,001-5,100) 5,081 $21,153
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the International Box Office (Rank 3,901-4,000) 3,954 $21,153
Top Grossing Director at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 302 $491,512,819
Top Grossing Executive Producer at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 4,701-4,800) 4,777 $924,421
Top Grossing Producer at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,347 $110,743,032
Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,261 $110,743,032
Top Grossing Story Creator at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,371 $31,739,045

See the Acting Credits tab for all Acting Box Office Records and the Technical Credits tab for all Technical Box Office Records.


Home Market Releases for January 26th, 2016

January 26th, 2016

Goosebumps

It is a really slow week on the home market this week. Not only are there very few releases, none of them are top-tier. The biggest release of the week is Goosebumps, but it is only good and not great. There are plenty of films worth picking up (The Assassin, Chi-raq, The Wrong Man, etc.) but none truly rise to Pick of the Week level. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: It's All Greek to Me

December 4th, 2015

Chi-raq

It's a very busy weekend with way too many limited releases. Because of this, we had to be a little more selective with what films made the cut to appear in our column. Chi-raq is opening the widest and should earn the most over the weekend. However, there are more than half-a-dozen films on this week's list earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Some of these might pick up some major Awards Season nominations. More...

Chi-raq Trailer

November 5th, 2015

Chi-raq

Drama starring Teyonah Parris and Nick Cannon, directed by Spike Lee opens December 4... Full Movie Details. More...

Limited Releases: Out of the Shadows

February 13th, 2015

What We Do in the Shadows poster

After two weeks of doing highlights for limited release, I'm thinking of sticking with the format. If the film can't get at least five reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, it likely won't find an audience in theaters. I was thinking of only talking about films with overwhelmingly positive reviews, but some weeks that would be none. This week, there are only two. What We Do in the Shadows (Reviews) and Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Reviews). The latter has better reviews, but the former has more popular appeal. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for June 10th, 2014

June 11th, 2014

This week's list of new DVD and Blu-rays includes a couple of first run releases, but neither are really must haves. Of all of the theatrical releases coming out this week, Alan Partridge on DVD or Blu-ray is the one I'm most interested in seeing, but the screener is still late. I'm also waiting for the screener for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, but I saw every episode on TV and the DVD or Blu-ray is clearly a contender for Pick of the Week. So is True Detective: Season One on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a bit of a coin toss, but in the end I went with Cosmos. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 4th, 2014

March 3rd, 2014

This week there are a couple massive releases on the home market. 12 Years a Slave just earned the Best Picture Oscar, so it's the perfect time to release it on DVD or Blu-ray. The biggest release of the week is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but it doesn't come out on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack till Friday, so I will get the review online in a couple of days. On the flip side, those two releases seem to have scared away most of the competition, because there's almost nothing else worth talking about. (There's an exercise video in the top five new releases on Amazon.com. That almost never happens.) As for the Pick of the Week, it's 12 Years a Slave on Blu-ray. It's not the only release coming out on Tuesday that's worth buying. I recommend picking up Girl Rising on DVD as well, while Venture Bros.: Season Five on DVD or Blu-ray is also worth the money. 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...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 18th, 2012

December 16th, 2012

It's the last week before Christmas, which means it is the last chance for last minute gifts. There are a number of first-run releases coming out this week, some of which are not coming out till Friday, or even next Monday. There are also quite a few limited releases and TV on DVD releases hitting the home market this week. However, none of these were big hits and very few earned strong praise from critics. That doesn't mean there are none that are worth picking up. In fact, we have a trio of contenders for Pick of the Week. Shameless: The Complete Second Season on DVD or Blu-ray; Pitch Perfect on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack; and Arbitrage on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close call, but in the end I went with Arbitrage. Also coming out this week is Rush: 2012 - CD and Blu-ray in a Deluxe Edition or Super Deluxe Edition, which is a clear winner of Puck of the Week. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
3/13/2015 Champs Himself  $0 $0 $0
8/22/2001 Lisa Picard is Famous Himself  $113,433 $0 $113,433
7/2/1999 Summer of Sam Reporter John Jeffries  $19,288,130 $0 $19,288,130
3/22/1996 Girl 6 Jimmy  $4,880,941 $0 $4,880,941
9/13/1995 Clockers Chucky  $12,993,765 $0 $12,993,765
10/28/1994 Drop Squad Himself  $348,192 $0 $348,192
5/13/1994 Crooklyn Snuffy  $13,024,170 $0 $13,024,170
11/18/1992 Malcolm X Shorty  $48,169,910 $0 $48,169,910
6/7/1991 Jungle Fever Cyrus  $31,739,045 $0 $31,739,045
8/3/1990 Mo' Better Blues Giant  $16,153,000 $0 $16,153,000
6/30/1989 Do the Right Thing Mookie  $26,004,026 $0 $26,004,026
2/12/1988 School Daze Half-Pint  $14,545,844 $0 $14,545,844
8/8/1986 She's Gotta Have It Mars Blackmon  $7,137,502 $0 $7,137,502
Movies: 13Totals:$194,397,958$0$194,397,958
  Averages:$14,953,689$0$14,953,689

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
8/3/1990 Mo' Better Blues $4,387,360 572 $16,153,000 $16,153,000 100.0%
6/30/1989 Do the Right Thing $3,563,535 498 $26,004,026 $26,004,026 100.0%
2/12/1988 School Daze $1,802,656 220 $14,545,844 $14,545,844 100.0%
Movies: 3Totals:  $56,702,870$56,702,870 
 Averages:$3,251,184430$18,900,957$18,900,957100.0%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
7/2/1999 Summer of Sam $7,991,450 1,536 $19,288,130 $19,288,130 100.0%
11/18/1992 Malcolm X $9,871,125 1,249 $48,169,910 $48,169,910 100.0%
6/7/1991 Jungle Fever $5,332,860 844 $31,739,045 $31,739,045 100.0%
Movies: 3Totals:  $99,197,085$99,197,085 
 Averages:$7,731,8121,210$33,065,695$33,065,695100.0%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,484 $56,702,870
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 14,601-14,700) 14,700 $99,197,085
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 7,201-7,300) 7,254 $194,397,958
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 3,501-3,600) 3,572 $42,157,026
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 35,501-35,600) 35,567 $19,288,130
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 8,001-8,100) 8,051 $194,397,958
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,901-2,000) 1,991 $56,702,870
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 25,001-25,100) 25,052 $99,197,085
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 15,701-15,800) 15,701 $194,397,958
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 4,501-4,600) 4,546 $42,157,026
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 38,901-39,000) 38,912 $19,288,130
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 17,001-17,100) 17,011 $194,397,958
Highest Grossing Stars of 1988 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 121 36
Highest Grossing Stars of 1989 at the Domestic Box Office 62 92
Highest Grossing Stars of 1990 at the Domestic Box Office 44 124
Highest Grossing Stars of 1991 at the Domestic Box Office 86 88
Highest Grossing Stars of 1992 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 151 32
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 931 $56,702,870
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,311 $56,702,870
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,228 $56,702,870
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,701-1,800) 1,711 $56,702,870
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 701-800) 784 $56,702,870
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,077 $56,702,870
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 601-700) 653 $26,004,026
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 501-600) 515 $30,698,844
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 701-800) 768 $26,004,026
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 601-700) 679 $30,698,844
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 501-600) 591 $56,702,870
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 801-900) 839 $56,702,870
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 301-400) 368 $42,157,026
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 501-600) 512 $14,545,844
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 401-500) 433 $42,157,026
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 501-600) 548 $14,545,844

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/31/2017 Black Klansman Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter 
$0 $0 $0
12/31/2016 Michael Jackson's Journey from … Director $0 $3,025 $3,025
2/12/2016 Touched With Fire Executive Producer $146,487 $8,382 $154,869
12/31/2015 Spinning Gold Director $0 $0 $0
12/4/2015 Chi-raq Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$2,653,031 $21,153 $2,674,184
4/3/2015 The Girl is in Trouble Executive Producer $0 $0 $0
1/13/2015 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$0 $0 $0
2/11/2014 Mike Tyson: Undesputed Truth Director $0 $0 $0
11/27/2013 Oldboy Director $2,193,658 $1,149,909 $3,343,567
8/10/2012 Red Hook Summer Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$338,803 $0 $338,803
12/28/2011 Pariah Executive Producer $769,552 $0 $769,552
9/26/2008 Miracle at St. Anna Director $7,916,887 $1,759,610 $9,676,497
3/24/2006 Inside Man Director $88,634,237 $97,164,028 $185,798,265
7/30/2004 She Hate Me Director $365,134 $1,100,000 $1,465,134
12/19/2002 25th Hour Director $13,084,595 $12,259,895 $25,344,490
10/6/2000 Bamboozled Director $2,185,266 $188,671 $2,373,937
8/18/2000 The Original Kings of Comedy Director $38,168,022 $68,316 $38,236,338
7/2/1999 Summer of Sam Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$19,288,130 $0 $19,288,130
5/1/1998 He Got Game Director $21,567,853 $844,095 $22,411,948
7/9/1997 4 Little Girls Director $218,444 $0 $218,444
10/16/1996 Get on the Bus Director $5,691,854 $0 $5,691,854
3/22/1996 Girl 6 Director $4,880,941 $0 $4,880,941
9/13/1995 Clockers Director $12,993,765 $0 $12,993,765
5/13/1994 Crooklyn Director $13,024,170 $0 $13,024,170
11/18/1992 Malcolm X Director $48,169,910 $0 $48,169,910
6/7/1991 Jungle Fever Screenwriter,
Producer,
Story Creator,
Director 
$31,739,045 $0 $31,739,045
8/3/1990 Mo' Better Blues Screenwriter,
Producer,
Director 
$16,153,000 $0 $16,153,000
6/30/1989 Do the Right Thing Screenwriter,
Producer,
Director 
$26,004,026 $0 $26,004,026
2/12/1988 School Daze Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer 
$14,545,844 $0 $14,545,844
8/8/1986 She's Gotta Have It Director $7,137,502 $0 $7,137,502
Movies: 30Totals:$377,870,156$114,567,084$492,437,240
  Averages:$12,595,672$3,818,903$16,414,575

Director Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/31/2017 Black Klansman $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
12/31/2016 Michael Jackson's Journey from M… $0 0 $0 $3,025 0.0%
12/31/2015 Spinning Gold $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
12/4/2015 Chi-raq $1,198,453 1,576 $2,653,031 $2,674,184 99.2%
1/13/2015 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
2/11/2014 Mike Tyson: Undesputed Truth $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
11/27/2013 Oldboy $885,382 583 $2,193,658 $3,343,567 65.6%
8/10/2012 Red Hook Summer $40,070 41 $338,803 $338,803 100.0%
9/26/2008 Miracle at St. Anna $3,477,996 1,185 $7,916,887 $9,676,497 81.8%
3/24/2006 Inside Man $28,954,945 2,867 $88,634,237 $185,798,265 47.7%
7/30/2004 She Hate Me $55,016 28 $365,134 $1,465,134 24.9%
12/19/2002 25th Hour $108,865 495 $13,084,595 $25,344,490 51.6%
10/6/2000 Bamboozled $190,720 244 $2,185,266 $2,373,937 92.1%
8/18/2000 The Original Kings of Comedy $11,053,832 1,082 $38,168,022 $38,236,338 99.8%
7/2/1999 Summer of Sam $7,991,450 1,536 $19,288,130 $19,288,130 100.0%
5/1/1998 He Got Game $7,610,663 1,414 $21,567,853 $22,411,948 96.2%
7/9/1997 4 Little Girls $13,528 4 $218,444 $218,444 100.0%
10/16/1996 Get on the Bus $2,156,409 1,207 $5,691,854 $5,691,854 100.0%
3/22/1996 Girl 6 $2,485,764 1,077 $4,880,941 $4,880,941 100.0%
9/13/1995 Clockers $4,463,560 1,234 $12,993,765 $12,993,765 100.0%
5/13/1994 Crooklyn $4,209,475 1,035 $13,024,170 $13,024,170 100.0%
11/18/1992 Malcolm X $9,871,125 1,249 $48,169,910 $48,169,910 100.0%
6/7/1991 Jungle Fever $5,332,860 844 $31,739,045 $31,739,045 100.0%
8/3/1990 Mo' Better Blues $4,387,360 572 $16,153,000 $16,153,000 100.0%
6/30/1989 Do the Right Thing $3,563,535 498 $26,004,026 $26,004,026 100.0%
2/12/1988 School Daze $1,802,656 220 $14,545,844 $14,545,844 100.0%
8/8/1986 She's Gotta Have It $28,473 25 $7,137,502 $7,137,502 100.0%
Movies: 27Totals:  $376,954,117$491,512,819 
 Averages:$3,699,338704$13,961,264$18,204,17885.2%

Producer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/31/2017 Black Klansman $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
12/4/2015 Chi-raq $1,198,453 1,576 $2,653,031 $2,674,184 99.2%
1/13/2015 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
8/10/2012 Red Hook Summer $40,070 41 $338,803 $338,803 100.0%
7/2/1999 Summer of Sam $7,991,450 1,536 $19,288,130 $19,288,130 100.0%
6/7/1991 Jungle Fever $5,332,860 844 $31,739,045 $31,739,045 100.0%
8/3/1990 Mo' Better Blues $4,387,360 572 $16,153,000 $16,153,000 100.0%
6/30/1989 Do the Right Thing $3,563,535 498 $26,004,026 $26,004,026 100.0%
2/12/1988 School Daze $1,802,656 220 $14,545,844 $14,545,844 100.0%
Movies: 9Totals:  $110,721,879$110,743,032 
 Averages:$2,701,820587$12,302,431$12,304,78199.9%

Writer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/31/2017 Black Klansman $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
12/4/2015 Chi-raq $1,198,453 1,576 $2,653,031 $2,674,184 99.2%
1/13/2015 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
8/10/2012 Red Hook Summer $40,070 41 $338,803 $338,803 100.0%
7/2/1999 Summer of Sam $7,991,450 1,536 $19,288,130 $19,288,130 100.0%
6/7/1991 Jungle Fever $5,332,860 844 $31,739,045 $31,739,045 100.0%
8/3/1990 Mo' Better Blues $4,387,360 572 $16,153,000 $16,153,000 100.0%
6/30/1989 Do the Right Thing $3,563,535 498 $26,004,026 $26,004,026 100.0%
2/12/1988 School Daze $1,802,656 220 $14,545,844 $14,545,844 100.0%
Movies: 10Totals:  $142,460,924$142,482,077 
 Averages:$2,964,924613$14,246,092$14,248,20899.9%


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