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Robert Elswit

RankTitle (click to view)StudioLifetime Gross / TheatersOpening / TheatersDate
1 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Par. $209,397,903 3,555 $12,785,204 425 12/16/11
2 Tomorrow Never Dies
(director of photography)
MGM $125,304,276 2,807 $25,143,007 2,807 12/19/97
3 Salt Sony $118,311,368 3,612 $36,011,243 3,612 7/23/10
4 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
(director of photography)
BV $88,036,683 1,759 $7,675,016 766 1/10/92
5 Syriana
(director of photography)
WB $50,824,620 1,775 $374,502 5 11/23/05
6 Runaway Jury Fox $49,443,628 2,815 $11,836,705 2,815 10/17/03
7 The River Wild
(director of photography)
Uni. $46,816,343 2,153 $10,214,450 2,074 9/30/94
8 Bounce Mira. $36,805,288 2,028 $11,423,716 1,918 11/17/00
9 8MM Sony $36,663,315 2,370 $14,252,888 2,370 2/26/99
10 Good Night, and Good Luck. WIP $31,558,003 929 $421,446 11 10/7/05
11 Boogie Nights NL $26,400,640 1,003 $50,168 2 10/10/97
12 Heist WB $23,510,841 1,891 $7,823,521 1,891 11/9/01
13 Magnolia
(director of photography)
NL $22,455,976 1,086 $193,604 7 12/17/99
14 The Sure Thing MGM $18,135,531 1,115 $3,124,782 1,115 3/1/85
15 Punch-Drunk Love SonR $17,844,216 1,293 $367,203 5 10/11/02
16 Bad Influence Triu $12,626,043 1,300 $3,822,019 1,298 3/9/90
17 Moving Violations Fox $10,627,754 1,325 $3,469,488 1,322 4/19/85
18 Return of the Living Dead 2 Lori $9,205,924 1,467 $3,647,254 1,467 1/15/88
19 American Dreamz Uni. $7,191,830 1,500 $3,667,420 1,500 4/21/06
20 Trick or Treat DEG $6,797,218 1,267 $2,912,687 1,267 10/24/86
21 Impostor Mira. $6,285,176 1,870 $3,022,523 1,870 1/4/02
22 Gigli SonR $6,087,542 2,215 $3,753,518 2,215 8/1/03
23 The Pallbearer Mira. $5,656,388 829 $2,319,236 829 5/3/96
24 Desert Hearts Gold. $2,492,088 - n/a - 3/7/86
25 How I Got Into College Fox $1,642,239 743 $651,850 743 5/19/89
26 A Dangerous Woman Gram. $1,497,222 293 $680,441 293 11/30/93
27 Waterland FL $1,100,218 - n/a - 10/30/92
28 Heart of Dixie Orion $1,097,333 359 $367,091 359 8/25/89
29 Boys BV $516,349 328 $270,107 328 5/10/96
30 Hard Eight Gold. $222,559 29 $69,486 29 2/28/97
31 Summerspell Marg. $984 - n/a - 7/2/99
32 Amazing Grace and Chuck TriS n/a - n/a - 4/10/87
Note: Titles in grey are cameo or bit parts and not counted in totals and averages.

Lifetime Gross Total (31): $974,555,498
Average: $31,437,274
Opening Gross Average (18): $8,598,407 (Wide Releases Only)


Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation
RankTitle (click to view)StudioAdjusted GrossUnadjusted GrossRelease
1 Tomorrow Never Dies MGM $218,518,800 $125,304,276 12/19/97
2 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Par. $215,892,600 $209,397,903 12/16/11
3 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle BV $172,254,900 $88,036,683 1/10/92
4 Salt Sony $120,841,300 $118,311,368 7/23/10
5 The River Wild Uni. $90,944,700 $46,816,343 9/30/94
6 Runaway Jury Fox $66,556,300 $49,443,628 10/17/03
7 Syriana WB $63,917,800 $50,824,620 11/23/05
8 8MM Sony $58,603,600 $36,663,315 2/26/99
9 Bounce Mira. $55,430,400 $36,805,288 11/17/00
10 Boogie Nights NL $46,704,400 $26,400,640 10/10/97
11 The Sure Thing MGM $41,481,800 $18,135,531 3/1/85
12 Good Night, and Good Luck. WIP $39,750,900 $31,558,003 10/7/05
13 Magnolia NL $33,885,600 $22,455,976 12/17/99
14 Heist WB $33,729,300 $23,510,841 11/9/01
15 Punch-Drunk Love SonR $24,938,900 $17,844,216 10/11/02
16 Moving Violations Fox $24,309,100 $10,627,754 4/19/85
17 Bad Influence Triu $24,237,200 $12,626,043 3/9/90
18 Return of the Living Dead 2 Lori $18,187,900 $9,205,924 1/15/88
19 Trick or Treat DEG $14,876,900 $6,797,218 10/24/86
20 The Pallbearer Mira. $10,391,400 $5,656,388 5/3/96
21 American Dreamz Uni. $8,915,700 $7,191,830 4/21/06
22 Impostor Mira. $8,784,100 $6,285,176 1/4/02
23 Gigli SonR $8,197,500 $6,087,542 8/1/03
24 Desert Hearts Gold. $5,454,400 $2,492,088 3/7/86
25 How I Got Into College Fox $3,358,900 $1,642,239 5/19/89
26 A Dangerous Woman Gram. $2,936,600 $1,497,222 11/30/93
27 Heart of Dixie Orion $2,244,400 $1,097,333 8/25/89
28 Waterland FL $2,152,700 $1,100,218 10/30/92
29 Boys BV $948,600 $516,349 5/10/96
30 Hard Eight Gold. $393,700 $222,559 2/28/97
31 Summerspell Marg. $1,600 $984 7/2/99
Note: Titles in grey are cameo or bit parts and not counted in totals and averages.

Adjusted Total: $1,418,842,000
Average: $45,769,100


Worldwide (Unadjusted)
Title (click to view)StudioWorldwideDomestic / %Overseas / %Year
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Par. $694.7 $209.4 30.1% $485.3 69.9% 2011
Tomorrow Never Dies MGM $333.0 $125.3 37.6% $207.7 62.4% 1997
Salt Sony $293.5 $118.3 40.3% $175.2 59.7% 2010
8MM Sony $96.6 $36.7 37.9% $60.0 62.1% 1999
The River Wild Uni. $94.2 $46.8 49.7% $47.4 50.3% 1994
Syriana WB $94.0 $50.8 54.1% $43.2 45.9% 2005
Runaway Jury Fox $80.2 $49.4 61.7% $30.7 38.3% 2003
Good Night, and Good Luck. WIP $54.6 $31.6 57.8% $23.1 42.2% 2005
Bounce Mira. $53.4 $36.8 68.9% $16.6 31.1% 2000
Magnolia NL $48.5 $22.5 46.3% $26.0 53.7% 1999
Boogie Nights NL $43.1 $26.4 61.3% $16.7 38.7% 1997
Heist WB $28.5 $23.5 82.5% $5.0 17.5% 2001
Punch-Drunk Love SonR $24.7 $17.8 72.3% $6.8 27.7% 2002
American Dreamz Uni. $16.5 $7.2 43.7% $9.3 56.3% 2006
Impostor Mira. $8.1 $6.3 77.2% $1.9 22.8% 2002
Gigli SonR $7.3 $6.1 83.8% $1.2 16.2% 2003
Trick or Treat DEG $6.8 $6.8 100% n/a 0% 1986
Note: Titles in grey are cameo or bit parts and not counted in totals and averages.
Total: $1,977.7 million



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