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Bob Balaban

Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 43 films, with $1,583,952,264 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1,559)
Best-known acting roles: Preston Savitz (The Monuments Men), Narrator (Moonrise Kingdom), King (Isle of Dogs), Bernie (The Mexican), Therapist (No Reservations)
Most productive collaborators: George Clooney, Bill Murray, Wes Anderson, Matt Damon, Grant Heslov

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting14$373,791,962$362,194,249$735,986,211
Lead Ensemble Member2$108,934,595$105,299,051$214,233,646
Narrator1$45,512,466$23,069,629$68,582,095
Leading1$17,583,468$921,071$18,504,539
(Unclassified)25$465,992,833$80,652,940$546,645,773
In Technical RolesExecutive Producer1$0$0$0

Career Trend

This graph shows Bob Balaban’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


2018 Preview: April

April 1st, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

Well, March has ended and it was a very disappointing month. Black Panther made more than any of the new releases did. The only potential big hit that didn’t miss expectations was Ready Player One. Because of this, 2018 lost its lead over 2017 and is now over $100 million behind last year’s pace. April is usually a terrible month, because it is a dumping ground, especially late in the month. No studio wants to compete with the first monster hit of the Summer. This year, the first monster hit of the summer, Avengers: Infinity War, opens in April. It will make more during its opening weekend than any other April release will make in total. It might make more opening day than any other April release will make in total. The only film that has a real chance to earn more than $100 million is Rampage, a video game adaptation. Last April, The Fate of the Furious earned more than $1.2 billion worldwide, but “only” earned $225.76 million of that domestically. Infinity War should earn more than that opening weekend. The second biggest hit of last April was Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style, both of which earned $45.02 million. If 2018 doesn’t retake the lead by the end of the month, then 2018 is in trouble at the box office. More...

2014 Preview: February

January 31st, 2014

Lego poster

After a weak start, January rebounded and a couple of films on last month's preview cracked $100 million at the box office. Granted, Lone Survivor is technically a December release, but Ride Along will become one of the rare January releases to reach the century mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be too many February releases that have a real shot at $100 million. It is very likely that The Lego Movie will reach that milestone, but most of the rest of the movies will be lucky if they reach $50 million. Last February was very similar. We had one surprise $100 million hit, Identity Thief, plus a couple of solid midlevel hits, Warm Bodies, for instance. However, for the most part, the month was one miss after another. This means 2014 could continue its winning ways, or at the very least, shouldn't fall behind 2013's pace. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
3/23/2018 Isle of Dogs King  $30,902,975 $24,627,923 $55,530,898
4/27/2016 Eva Hesse Wilhelm Hesse (Voice)  $157,481 $2,969 $160,450
4/18/2014 Fading Gigolo Sol  $3,747,833 $22,022,226 $25,770,059
2/7/2014 The Monuments Men Preston Savitz  $78,031,620 $80,671,128 $158,702,748
7/19/2013 Girl Most Likely Maxwell  $1,378,591 $1,193,150 $2,571,741
5/25/2012 Moonrise Kingdom Narrator  $45,512,466 $23,069,629 $68,582,095
2/17/2012 Thin Ice Leonard Dahl  $789,752 $0 $789,752
9/24/2010 Howl Judge Clayton Horn  $617,334 $0 $617,334
8/24/2007 Dedication Arthur Planck  $91,164 $0 $91,164
7/27/2007 No Reservations Therapist  $43,107,979 $48,835,977 $91,943,956
11/17/2006 For Your Consideration Philip Koontz  $5,549,923 $0 $5,549,923
8/18/2006 Trust the Man   $1,530,535 $1,017,843 $2,548,378
7/21/2006 Lady in the Water Harry Farber  $42,285,169 $30,500,000 $72,785,169
9/30/2005 Capote William Shawn  $28,750,530 $21,173,549 $49,924,079
4/16/2003 A Mighty Wind Jonathan Steinbloom  $17,583,468 $921,071 $18,504,539
9/27/2002 The Tuxedo Winton Chalmers  $50,586,000 $53,843,625 $104,429,625
12/26/2001 Gosford Park Morris Weissman, Esq.  $41,300,105 $0 $41,300,105
12/21/2001 The Majestic Elvin Clyde  $27,796,042 $9,510,292 $37,306,334
7/20/2001 Ghost World Enid's Dad  $6,217,849 $2,543,759 $8,761,608
3/2/2001 The Mexican Bernie   $66,808,615 $78,429,635 $145,238,250
9/27/2000 Best in Show Dr. Theodore W. Millbank III  $18,621,249 $2,074,164 $20,695,413
12/8/1999 Cradle Will Rock Harry Hopkins  $2,899,970 $0 $2,899,970
10/22/1999 Three to Tango Decker  $10,570,375 $0 $10,570,375
9/24/1999 Jakob the Liar Kowalsky  $4,956,401 $0 $4,956,401
12/12/1997 Deconstructing Harry Richard  $10,686,841 $0 $10,686,841
1/31/1997 Waiting for Guffman Lloyd Miller  $2,922,988 $0 $2,922,988
6/10/1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly… Dr. Jeffrey Sanborn  $43,440,947 $0 $43,440,947
3/4/1994 Greedy Ed  $13,137,484 $0 $13,137,484
10/1/1993 For Love or Money Ed Drinkwater  $10,709,430 $0 $10,709,430
3/5/1993 Amos & Andrew Dr. R.A. (Roy) Fink  $9,461,630 $0 $9,461,630
9/4/1992 Bob Roberts Michael Janes  $4,300,703 $0 $4,300,703
10/9/1991 Little Man Tate Quizmaster  $24,989,789 $0 $24,989,789
12/25/1990 Alice Sid Moscowitz  $7,331,647 $0 $7,331,647
3/24/1989 Dead Bang Elliott Webley  $6,935,216 $0 $6,935,216
1/1/1987 End of the Line Warren Gerber, President of Southland  $42,000 $0 $42,000
12/7/1984 2010 Dr. R. Chandra, HAL's Inventor  $41,000,000 $0 $41,000,000
12/2/1981 Whose Life is it Anyway? Carter Hill  $6,100,000 $0 $6,100,000
11/19/1981 Absence of Malice Elliott Rosen (leader, Justice Dept. Strike Force)  $33,312,129 $0 $33,312,129
8/19/1981 Prince of the City Santimassino  $9,000,000 $0 $9,000,000
12/25/1980 Altered States Arthur Rosenberg  $19,853,892 $0 $19,853,892
11/16/1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind David Laughlin  $169,100,479 $171,700,000 $340,800,479
6/24/1970 Catch-22 Capt. Orr  $24,911,670 $0 $24,911,670
5/25/1969 Midnight Cowboy The Young Student  $44,785,053 $0 $44,785,053
Movies: 43Totals:$1,011,815,324$572,136,940$1,583,952,264
  Averages:$23,530,589$13,305,510$36,836,099

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
3/23/2018 Isle of Dogs $1,620,294 1,947 $30,902,975 $55,530,898 55.7%
2/7/2014 The Monuments Men $22,003,433 3,083 $78,031,620 $158,702,748 49.2%
4/16/2003 A Mighty Wind $2,112,140 770 $17,583,468 $18,504,539 95.0%
Movies: 3Totals:  $126,518,063$232,738,185 
 Averages:$8,578,6221,933$42,172,688$77,579,39566.6%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
4/27/2016 Eva Hesse $12,780 7 $157,481 $160,450 98.1%
4/18/2014 Fading Gigolo $180,801 356 $3,747,833 $25,770,059 14.5%
7/19/2013 Girl Most Likely $694,447 351 $1,378,591 $2,571,741 53.6%
2/17/2012 Thin Ice $183,527 53 $789,752 $789,752 100.0%
9/24/2010 Howl $51,185 29 $617,334 $617,334 100.0%
8/24/2007 Dedication $23,832 8 $91,164 $91,164 100.0%
7/27/2007 No Reservations $11,704,357 2,425 $43,107,979 $91,943,956 46.9%
11/17/2006 For Your Consideration $372,012 625 $5,549,923 $5,549,923 100.0%
7/21/2006 Lady in the Water $18,044,396 3,235 $42,285,169 $72,785,169 58.1%
12/21/2001 The Majestic $4,904,339 2,361 $27,796,042 $37,306,334 74.5%
3/2/2001 The Mexican $20,108,829 3,162 $66,808,615 $145,238,250 46.0%
12/8/1999 Cradle Will Rock $93,998 498 $2,899,970 $2,899,970 100.0%
3/5/1993 Amos & Andrew $3,612,317 1,233 $9,461,630 $9,461,630 100.0%
11/16/1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind $0 901 $169,100,479 $340,800,479 49.6%
Movies: 14Totals:  $373,791,962$735,986,211 
 Averages:$4,284,7731,089$26,699,426$52,570,44474.4%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 983 $126,518,063
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 2,701-2,800) 2,747 $373,791,962
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 701-800) 769 $980,754,868
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,580 $226,696,615
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 2,801-2,900) 2,860 $295,283,987
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 926 $1,011,815,324
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,157 $106,220,122
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 4,601-4,700) 4,683 $362,194,249
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,601-2,700) 2,623 $547,506,048
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,223 $169,572,122
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 4,301-4,400) 4,396 $320,990,807
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 2,901-3,000) 2,965 $572,136,940
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,070 $232,738,185
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 3,801-3,900) 3,823 $735,986,211
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,335 $1,528,260,916
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 1,801-1,900) 1,900 $396,268,737
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 3,701-3,800) 3,706 $616,274,794
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,559 $1,583,952,264
Highest Grossing Stars of 2014 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 269 56
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 267 56
Highest Grossing Stars of 2016 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 300 56
Highest Grossing Stars of 2014 at the International Box Office (Rank 301-400) 371 36
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the International Box Office (Rank 301-400) 345 36
Highest Grossing Stars of 2016 at the International Box Office (Rank 301-400) 367 36
Highest Grossing Stars of 2014 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 299 52
Highest Grossing Stars of 2015 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 284 52
Highest Grossing Stars of 2016 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 301-400) 328 52
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,037 $48,486,443
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies 62 $78,031,620
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,259 $25,548,994
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies 55 $80,671,128
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,180 $74,035,437
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies 64 $158,702,748
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 932 $95,615,088
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Stop-Motion Animation Movies 36 $30,902,975
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,027 $81,592,199
Top International Leading Stars for Stop-Motion Animation Movies 44 $24,627,923
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 970 $177,207,287
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Stop-Motion Animation Movies 37 $55,530,898
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,321 $17,583,468
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Kids Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 464 $30,902,975
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 101-200) 192 $78,031,620
Top International Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 2,001-2,100) 2,064 $921,071
Top International Leading Stars for Kids Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 450 $24,627,923
Top International Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 223 $80,671,128
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 1,601-1,700) 1,641 $18,504,539
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Kids Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 480 $55,530,898
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 206 $158,702,748
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 501-600) 511 $48,486,443
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 201-300) 243 $78,031,620
Top International Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 501-600) 505 $25,548,994
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 201-300) 223 $80,671,128
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 501-600) 525 $74,035,437
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 201-300) 239 $158,702,748
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 401-500) 500 $126,518,063
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 501-600) 585 $106,220,122
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 501-600) 541 $232,738,185
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 601-700) 664 $17,583,468
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 232 $78,031,620
Top International Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 601-700) 610 $921,071
Top International Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 211 $80,671,128
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 601-700) 689 $18,504,539
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Sony Pictures Movies (Rank 201-300) 240 $158,702,748

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
10/19/2018 Can You Ever Forgive Me? Executive Producer $0 $0 $0
Movies: 1Totals:$0$0$0
  Averages:$0$0$0

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