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Walter Matthau

Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 34 films, with $1,034,484,064 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #2,860)
Best-known acting roles: Max Goldman (Grumpier Old Men), Max (Grumpy Old Men), Sen. Russell Long (JFK), Mr. Wilson (Dennis the Menace), Lou Mozell (Hanging Up)
Most productive collaborators: Jack Lemmon, Donald Petrie, Alan Silvestri, Ann-Margret, Kenneth Karman

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorLeading3$99,172,621$0$99,172,621
Supporting1$70,405,498$134,994,502$205,400,000
Lead Ensemble Member1$42,913,571$0$42,913,571
(Unclassified)29$605,168,058$81,829,814$686,997,872

Career Trend

This graph shows Walter Matthau’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


Featured TV on DVD Review: The Odd Couple: The Complete Collection

June 10th, 2015

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple is a TV show based on the award-winning movie of the same name that was based on the award-winning play of the same. The movie starred Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, who are inarguably one of the top ten comedy duos of all time. That sets a really high bar, one that is nearly impossible to match. Does it get there? And is The Complete Series worth picking up? More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Hello, Dolly!

April 18th, 2013

Hello, Dolly! was one of the biggest films that came out in 1969, both in terms of box office numbers and Oscar glory. Unfortunately, it was also one of the biggest films in terms of production budget, so it was not a financial success at the time. In fact, it helped kill the major movie musical and nearly killed the studio. Did it fail to live up to expectations because of when it was released? (Not only was the Broadway show still a major hit, movie musicals were waning in popularity.) Or would it have struggled no matter what? Does it work today? More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
2/18/2000 Hanging Up Lou Mozell  $36,037,909 $15,829,814 $51,867,723
4/10/1998 The Odd Couple II Oscar Madison  $18,912,328 $0 $18,912,328
7/2/1997 Out to Sea Charlie Gordon  $28,985,323 $0 $28,985,323
12/25/1996 I'm Not Rappaport Nat Moyer  $222,525 $0 $222,525
10/11/1996 The Grass Harp Judge Charlie Cool  $493,007 $0 $493,007
12/22/1995 Grumpier Old Men Max Goldman  $71,518,503 $0 $71,518,503
12/25/1994 I.Q. Albert Einstein  $26,265,119 $0 $26,265,119
12/25/1993 Grumpy Old Men Max  $70,172,621 $0 $70,172,621
6/25/1993 Dennis the Menace Mr. Wilson  $51,270,765 $66,000,000 $117,270,765
12/20/1991 JFK Sen. Russell Long  $70,405,498 $134,994,502 $205,400,000
1/15/1988 The Couch Trip Donald Becker  $11,005,304 $0 $11,005,304
5/3/1985 Movers and Shakers Joe Mulholland  $311,321 $0 $311,321
6/22/1983 The Survivors Sonny Paluso  $14,000,000 $0 $14,000,000
3/26/1982 I Ought to be in Pictures Herbert Tucker  $6,968,359 $0 $6,968,359
12/11/1981 Buddy Buddy Trabucco  $5,299,037 $0 $5,299,037
8/21/1981 First Monday in October Justice Dan Snow  $12,000,000 $0 $12,000,000
3/21/1980 Little Miss Marker Sorrowful Jones  $6,321,392 $0 $6,321,392
1/1/1980 Hopscotch Miles Kendig  $13,000,000 $0 $13,000,000
12/15/1978 California Suite Marvin Michaels  $42,913,571 $0 $42,913,571
1/1/1978 House Calls Dr. Charley Nichols  $29,000,000 $0 $29,000,000
1/1/1978 Casey's Shadow Lloyd Bourdelle  $8,000,000 $0 $8,000,000
4/7/1976 The Bad News Bears Coach Morris Buttermaker  $42,349,782 $0 $42,349,782
12/17/1974 The Front Page Walter Burns/Otto Fishbine  $15,000,000 $0 $15,000,000
1/1/1974 Earthquake Drunk  $79,700,000 $0 $79,700,000
12/15/1972 Pete 'n' Tillie Pete Seltzer  $14,999,969 $0 $14,999,969
12/16/1969 Hello, Dolly Horace Vandergelder  $33,208,099 $0 $33,208,099
12/16/1969 Cactus Flower Dr. Julian Winston  $25,889,208 $0 $25,889,208
12/31/1968 Candy General R.A. Smight  $16,408,286 $0 $16,408,286
5/2/1968 The Odd Couple Oscar Madison  $44,527,234 $0 $44,527,234
1/1/1966 The Fortune Cookie Willie Gingrich  $6,000,000 $0 $6,000,000
1/1/1965 Mirage Ted Caselle  $3,000,000 $0 $3,000,000
12/5/1963 Charade Hamilton Bartholomew  $13,474,588 $0 $13,474,588
3/2/1956 The Indian Fighter   $0 $0 $0
7/22/1955 The Kentuckian   $0 $0 $0
Movies: 34Totals:$817,659,748$216,824,316$1,034,484,064
  Averages:$24,048,816$6,377,186$30,426,002

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/25/1993 Grumpy Old Men $7,488,527 1,725 $70,172,621 $70,172,621 100.0%
12/15/1978 California Suite $0 0 $42,913,571 $42,913,571 100.0%
1/1/1978 House Calls $0 0 $29,000,000 $29,000,000 100.0%
3/2/1956 The Indian Fighter $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
Movies: 4Totals:  $142,086,192$142,086,192 
 Averages:$1,872,132431$35,521,548$35,521,548100.0%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/20/1991 JFK $5,223,658 1,395 $70,405,498 $205,400,000 34.3%
Movies: 1Totals:  $70,405,498$205,400,000 
 Averages:$5,223,6581,395$70,405,498$205,400,00034.3%

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) 934 $142,086,192
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 19,701-19,800) 19,780 $70,405,498
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,076 $817,659,748
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 2,201-2,300) 2,249 $142,086,192
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 17,901-18,000) 17,913 $70,405,498
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,289 $817,659,748
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 12,701-12,800) 12,768 $134,994,502
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 8,101-8,200) 8,133 $216,824,316
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 11,101-11,200) 11,139 $134,994,502
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 9,101-9,200) 9,177 $216,824,316
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,301-1,400) 1,398 $142,086,192
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 15,101-15,200) 15,197 $205,400,000
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,301-2,400) 2,397 $1,034,484,064
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 3,101-3,200) 3,160 $142,086,192
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 13,601-13,700) 13,609 $205,400,000
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,801-2,900) 2,860 $1,034,484,064
Highest Grossing Stars of 1980 at the Domestic Box Office 11 175
Highest Grossing Stars of 1993 at the Domestic Box Office 83 86
Highest Grossing Stars of 1994 at the Domestic Box Office 87 86
Highest Grossing Stars of 1995 at the Domestic Box Office 72 86
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 601-700) 619 $113,086,192
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 942 $113,086,192
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 801-900) 851 $113,086,192
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,247 $113,086,192
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 501-600) 505 $113,086,192
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 701-800) 745 $113,086,192
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 201-300) 261 $113,086,192
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 301-400) 379 $113,086,192
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 701-800) 707 $70,172,621
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 601-700) 696 $42,913,571
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 901-1,000) 932 $70,172,621
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG Movies (Rank 701-800) 774 $42,913,571
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 301-400) 379 $70,172,621
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 401-500) 455 $29,000,000
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Warner Bros. Movies (Rank 401-500) 497 $70,172,621
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Universal Movies (Rank 401-500) 479 $29,000,000


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