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John Lithgow

John Lithgow
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Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 44 films, with $3,858,233,404 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #351)
Best-known acting roles: Donald (Interstellar), Charles Rodman (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Lord Farquaad (Shrek), Mr. Whitaker (Daddy’s Home 2), Fergus (Pitch Perfect 3)
Most productive collaborators: James Franco, Rupert Wyatt, Matthew McConaughey, Christopher Nolan, Freida Pinto
Born: October 19th, 1945 (72 years old)

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting18$1,479,581,362$1,590,537,356$3,070,118,718
Leading3$113,407,852$72,397,209$185,805,061
(Unclassified)23$572,633,672$29,675,953$602,309,625

Career Trend

This graph shows John Lithgow’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 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part III - Limited Releases, Classics, Foreign Imports

December 16th, 2017

The Big Sick

Both the first installment First-run Releases and the second installment, TV on DVD releases, were shorter than I would have liked, as this hasn’t been a great year for either wide releases or TV on DVD releases. That said, the third installment of our Holiday Gift Guide deals with limited releases, classics, and foreign imports and this list can get out of hand rather quickly. There will more releases on this list than the previous two, starting with... More...

2017 Preview: November

November 1st, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

October wasn’t a good month; then again, outside of a few bright spots, the overall box office has been a disaster since early summer. I would love to say November will turn things around, but, while it should be better, in this case “better” is a relative term. There are two films on this list with a chance at $300 million, Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, while Coco is nearly a guarantee for $200 million. By comparison, last November had a similar result with three films earning between $200 million and $300 million, but none topping that figure. This means, if Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League both get to that milestone, then 2017 could cut into 2016’s lead during the month. It will still take a minor miracle for 2017 to catch up in the end, but just cutting the lead in half by the end of December would be a reason to celebrate at this point. More...

Featured DVD Review: Beatriz at Dinner

September 11th, 2017

Beatriz at Dinner

Beatriz at Dinner came out in limited release this past summer earning reviews that are good, but not great. Its box office results were very good for a limited release earning just over $7 million, but it never quite cracked the top ten. Does the film’s quality match this result? Is it good, but not great? Or did it deserve breakout success? More...

Daddy’s Home 2 Trailer

September 6th, 2017

Comedy starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, and John Lithgow opens November 10 ... Full Movie Details. More...

Limited and VOD Releases: Dinner and a Movie

June 9th, 2017

My Cousin Rachel

It is not a particularly busy week as far as limited releases are concerned. However, there are a few that have a shot at earning some mainstream success: Beatriz at Dinner, I, Daniel Blake, and My Cousin Rachel. There’s a chance none of them will do well this weekend, but hopefully they can all find an audience. More...

Beatriz at Dinner Trailer

April 17th, 2017

Drama starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow opens June 9 ... Full Movie Details. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Interstellar

March 30th, 2015

Interstellar is the latest film from Christopher Nolan, a director who has performed amazingly well at the box office. He's also never directed a film that earned bad reviews. Is this film as good as his past record? Or are there flaws starting to show in his directing style? More...

2014 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part IV

December 20th, 2014

The final installment of our annual Holiday Gift Guide involves books, music, and whatever DVD and Blu-rays I forgot the first time around. Also, like every year, I use this as an opportunity do go over some screeners that arrived late and that I didn't have time to go through in-depth. Like I've said the first three times, I didn't feel like there was a huge amount of DVDs and Blu-ray that came out this year, so I really hope I didn't miss out much. We can start out with... More...

2014 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Nominations

December 6th, 2014

Birdman poster

The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced last week and I'm getting to them a little late, because I needed to organize the whole Awards Season stories. Firstly, I've decided to use the year the movies were released not the year the awards are handed out, unlike what we did last year. This means both will have 2014 as the year. Not ideal, but it is better to fix the mistake now than carry on making it. Secondly, the headlines are just going to be the name of the Awards and either nominations or winners. This will make it easier for readers to find later on. As for the Independent Spirit Awards nominations, Birdman led the way with 6 nods, while Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma were right behind with 5 each.

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Limited Releases are Strange

August 22nd, 2014

Love is Strange poster

It's a short list this week with only a handful of films. Fortunately, there are two films opening in limited release that are earning strong buzz and great reviews: Love is Strange and The One I Love. Both should find audiences in theaters. Another film, To Be Takei, is also earning great reviews and could do better than most documentaries. More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: Dexter: Season Seven

May 13th, 2013

During the first five seasons of Dexter, there was only one season that I didn't think was amazing. Season four had the best John Lithgow guest star in the show's run. Season five shook things up, as the main guest star wasn't the big bad for the season. As a result, expectations for season six were incredibly high. The season didn't live up to them. In fact, I thought season six was the weakest season in the show's run so far. The only part that really worked was the cliffhanger finale. Because of this, expectations for season seven are mixed. Will the show live up to the cliffhanger ending? Or is the show on a downward slope in terms of quality? More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: This is 40

March 19th, 2013

This is 40 is a spin-off from Knocked-Up, which remains Judd Apatow's biggest hit and one of his most loved films. It had high expectations associated with it, but it failed to live up to them. Is it a case of the expectations being just too high? Or did it struggle because it is a flawed film? More...

2012 Preview: December

December 1st, 2012

November was a strong month and left 2012 with a very easy path to a new all time record. There was only one major miss the entire month, Rise of the Guardians, while The Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from wide release at the last minute, so it is a little hard to judge its box office performance. On the positive side, Skyfall might top original expectations by $100 million. All this December has to do is maintain pace with last December to ensure 2012 sets the new record. I would like to say that will be easy to do, but I really don't know. Last year, there was only one $200 million hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, plus a few others that reached $100 million, so the bar isn't set too high. This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to at least come close to $300 million. Some think it will earn more than $400 million. However, it could also be the last film to make $100 million till February. December is normally a very good month to release a film, but the release schedule is so messed up that it makes it very hard to predict what will happen. There appears to be just ten films opening truly wide this month (I'm getting mixed signals on a few of them). That's a really light schedule for a month and a light schedule tends to help maximize the box office potential for individual films. However, eight of these films open wide within a seven-day period. That's insane. There's no way all of those films will find an audience and there's a chance that due to the competition, none of them will. Let's hope the situation isn't as bad as that, but there are some serious reasons to be concerned for most new releases coming out this month. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/22/2017 Pitch Perfect 3 Fergus  $104,641,545 $79,194,684 $183,836,229
11/10/2017 Daddy’s Home 2 Mr. Whitaker  $104,029,443 $72,124,694 $176,154,137
6/9/2017 Beatriz at Dinner Doug Strutt  $7,115,854 $133,583 $7,249,437
11/25/2016 Miss Sloane Senator Ronald Sperling  $3,500,605 $2,411,265 $5,911,870
10/14/2016 The Accountant Lamar Blackburn  $86,260,045 $66,800,000 $153,060,045
11/14/2014 The Homesman Reverend Alfred Dowd  $2,429,989 $1,012,864 $3,442,853
11/5/2014 Interstellar Donald  $188,017,894 $479,734,528 $667,752,422
8/22/2014 Love is Strange Ben  $2,262,555 $138,932 $2,401,487
12/21/2012 This is 40 Oliver  $67,544,505 $22,676,677 $90,221,182
8/10/2012 The Campaign Glenn Motch  $86,907,746 $18,000,000 $104,907,746
8/5/2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Charles Rodman  $176,760,185 $306,100,000 $482,860,185
1/8/2010 Leap Year Jack  $25,918,920 $6,700,000 $32,618,920
2/13/2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Edgar West  $44,277,350 $63,750,351 $108,027,701
12/15/2006 Dreamgirls Jerry Harris  $103,365,956 $52,342,739 $155,708,695
12/31/2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers   $0 $0 $0
11/12/2004 Kinsey Alfred Seguine Kinsey  $10,214,647 $7,228,882 $17,443,529
1/11/2002 Orange County Bud Brumder  $41,059,716 $2,248,991 $43,308,707
5/18/2001 Shrek Lord Farquaad  $267,655,011 $224,157,783 $491,812,794
11/17/2000 Rugrats in Paris Jean-Claude  $76,501,438 $26,783,375 $103,284,813
12/25/1998 A Civil Action Judge Skinner  $56,709,981 $0 $56,709,981
4/17/1998 Homegrown Malcolm/Robert Stockman  $215,553 $0 $215,553
10/28/1994 Silent Fall Dr. Harlinger  $3,180,000 $0 $3,180,000
9/16/1994 Princess Caraboo Professor Wilkinson  $2,984,777 $92,578 $3,077,355
9/9/1994 A Good Man in Africa Arthur Fanshawe  $2,308,390 $0 $2,308,390
12/17/1993 The Pelican Brief Smith Keen  $100,768,056 $87,227,803 $187,995,859
5/28/1993 Cliffhanger Eric Qualen  $84,049,211 $170,950,789 $255,000,000
8/7/1992 Raising Cain Carter/Cain/Doctor Nix/Josh/Margo  $21,171,695 $0 $21,171,695
12/6/1991 At Play in the Fields of the Lord Leslie Huben  $1,342,903 $0 $1,342,903
10/4/1991 Ricochet Earl Talbott Blake  $21,756,163 $0 $21,756,163
2/8/1991 L.A. Story Harry Zell (scenes deleted)  $28,854,480 $0 $28,854,480
10/12/1990 Memphis Belle Col. Bruce Derringer  $27,385,582 $0 $27,385,582
6/5/1987 Harry and the Hendersons George Henderson  $29,760,613 $2,800,000 $32,560,613
6/13/1986 The Manhattan Project Dr. John Mathewson  $3,900,000 $0 $3,900,000
11/29/1985 Santa Claus B.Z.  $23,717,291 $0 $23,717,291
12/7/1984 2010 Walter Curnow  $41,000,000 $0 $41,000,000
8/10/1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Acr… Doctor Emilio Lizardo  $6,300,000 $0 $6,300,000
2/17/1984 Footloose Reverend Shaw Moore  $80,000,000 $0 $80,000,000
11/23/1983 Terms of Endearment Sam Burns  $108,423,489 $0 $108,423,489
6/24/1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie John Valentine (Segment #4)  $29,500,000 $0 $29,500,000
7/23/1982 The World According to Garp Roberta Muldoon  $30,207,324 $0 $30,207,324
7/24/1981 Blow Out Burke  $13,747,234 $0 $13,747,234
12/20/1979 All That Jazz Lucas Sergeant  $37,823,676 $0 $37,823,676
8/17/1979 Rich Kids Paul Philips  $53,064 $0 $53,064
1/1/1978 The Big Fix Sam Sebastian/Oscar Procari Jr.  $12,000,000 $0 $12,000,000
Movies: 44Totals:$2,165,622,886$1,692,610,518$3,858,233,404
  Averages:$49,218,702$38,468,421$87,687,123

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
11/10/2017 Daddy’s Home 2 $29,651,193 3,575 $104,029,443 $176,154,137 59.1%
6/9/2017 Beatriz at Dinner $141,959 683 $7,115,854 $7,249,437 98.2%
8/22/2014 Love is Strange $117,276 138 $2,262,555 $2,401,487 94.2%
Movies: 3Totals:  $113,407,852$185,805,061 
 Averages:$9,970,1431,465$37,802,617$61,935,02083.8%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/22/2017 Pitch Perfect 3 $19,928,525 3,468 $104,641,545 $183,836,229 56.9%
11/25/2016 Miss Sloane $59,797 1,648 $3,500,605 $5,911,870 59.2%
10/14/2016 The Accountant $24,710,273 3,402 $86,260,045 $153,060,045 56.4%
11/14/2014 The Homesman $45,433 222 $2,429,989 $3,442,853 70.6%
11/5/2014 Interstellar $47,510,360 3,561 $188,017,894 $667,752,422 28.2%
12/21/2012 This is 40 $11,579,175 2,931 $67,544,505 $90,221,182 74.9%
8/10/2012 The Campaign $26,588,460 3,302 $86,907,746 $104,907,746 82.8%
8/5/2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $54,806,191 3,691 $176,760,185 $482,860,185 36.6%
1/8/2010 Leap Year $9,202,815 2,512 $25,918,920 $32,618,920 79.5%
2/13/2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic $15,066,360 2,534 $44,277,350 $108,027,701 41.0%
12/15/2006 Dreamgirls $378,950 2,797 $103,365,956 $155,708,695 66.4%
11/12/2004 Kinsey $169,038 588 $10,214,647 $17,443,529 58.6%
1/11/2002 Orange County $15,053,226 2,317 $41,059,716 $43,308,707 94.8%
5/18/2001 Shrek $42,347,760 3,715 $267,655,011 $491,812,794 54.4%
12/25/1998 A Civil Action $70,079 2,069 $56,709,981 $56,709,981 100.0%
12/17/1993 The Pelican Brief $16,864,404 2,022 $100,768,056 $187,995,859 53.6%
5/28/1993 Cliffhanger $20,458,022 2,431 $84,049,211 $255,000,000 33.0%
6/24/1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie $6,614,366 1,288 $29,500,000 $29,500,000 100.0%
Movies: 18Totals:  $1,479,581,362$3,070,118,718 
 Averages:$17,302,9572,472$82,198,965$170,562,15163.7%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,040 $113,407,852
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 182 $1,479,581,362
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 187 $1,897,967,875
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 275 $1,084,565,699
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 2,801-2,900) 2,820 $295,089,428
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 216 $2,165,622,886
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,332 $72,397,209
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 401-500) 422 $1,590,537,356
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 565 $1,468,452,735
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 548 $872,998,961
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,686 $559,942,076
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 501-600) 592 $1,692,610,518
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,174 $185,805,061
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 282 $3,070,118,718
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 317 $3,366,420,610
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 401-500) 411 $1,957,564,660
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,001-2,100) 2,079 $855,031,504
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 351 $3,858,233,404
Highest Grossing Stars of 2017 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 253 71
Highest Grossing Stars of 2018 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 230 71
Highest Grossing Stars of 2017 at the International Box Office (Rank 301-400) 381 32
Highest Grossing Stars of 2018 at the International Box Office (Rank 301-400) 315 32
Highest Grossing Stars of 2017 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 338 50
Highest Grossing Stars of 2018 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 295 50
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 601-700) 607 $113,407,852
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 801-900) 829 $72,397,209
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 701-800) 707 $185,805,061
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 801-900) 823 $113,407,852
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,060 $72,397,209
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 929 $185,805,061
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 493 $113,407,852
Top International Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 601-700) 622 $72,397,209
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 501-600) 551 $185,805,061
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 201-300) 281 $104,029,443
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 701-800) 759 $9,378,409
Top International Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 201-300) 246 $72,124,694
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,436 $272,515
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 201-300) 266 $176,154,137
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,070 $9,650,924
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 501-600) 547 $104,029,443
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,172 $9,378,409
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 601-700) 662 $72,124,694
Top International Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 1,701-1,800) 1,713 $272,515
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 601-700) 611 $176,154,137
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,445 $9,650,924
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 101-200) 199 $104,029,443
Top International Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 218 $72,124,694
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Paramount Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 206 $176,154,137


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