Mo-Cap Blockbusters: The Numbers

 

In my previous entry, I detailed how frequently Andy Serkis has donned lycra in pursuit of capturing performances fit for the big screen. In this entry I will be exploring the biggest films to feature Motion Capture Performances, how much they earned, how does that compare to films without Motion Capture generally and finally how Andy Serkis fits in.

The list below includes films from previous entries, minus those which provided incomplete or no box office data from the source page (IMDb). The list displays the accosted Gross Profit as well as the budget of these films.

2000


Gladiator

Budget

$103,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$457,640,427 (Worldwide) (28 February 2012)


2002


 

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Budget

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$926,047,111 (Worldwide) (25 November 2011)


Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Budget

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$119,723,358 (worldwide)


2003


Hulk

Budget

$137,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$245,284,946 (Worldwide)
$113,107,712 (Worldwide) (except USA)


Inspector Gadget 2

Budget

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$56,375,000 (worldwide) (31 December 2016)


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Budget

$94,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$1,119,929,521 (Worldwide) (25 November 2011)
$742,083,616 (Non-USA) ( 2003)


Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Budget

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$197,011,982 (worldwide)
$85,250,000 (Non-USA)


2004


Appleseed

Gross

$124,967 (USA) (13 February 2005)


I, Robot

Budget

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$202,433,893 (Worldwide) ( December 2004) (except USA)
$347,234,916 (Worldwide) ( December 2004)


Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Budget

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$209,073,645 (Worldwide)
$90,439,096 (Non-USA)


The Polar Express

Budget

$165,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$307,514,317 (worldwide)
$124,140,582 (Non-USA)


2005


King Kong

Budget

$207,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$550,517,357 (Worldwide) (27 April 2008)
$331,278,422 (Worldwide) ( May 2006) (except USA)


2006


Happy Feet

Budget

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$384,335,608 (Worldwide) (10 May 2007)


Monster House

Budget

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$140,175,006 (Worldwide)
$66,513,996 (Worldwide) (except USA)


Night at the Museum

Budget

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$574,480,841 (Worldwide) (15 March 2009)
$323,617,573 (Non-USA) (15 March 2009)


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Budget

$225,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$1,066,179,725 (Worldwide)
$642,863,913 (Non-USA) ( 2006)


Renaissance

Budget

€14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$63,260 (USA) (15 October 2006)


2007


Beowulf

Budget

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$196,393,745 (Worldwide) (12 August 2012)


The Golden Compass

Budget

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$372,234,864 (worldwide)
$346,000,000 (worldwide)


I am Legend

Budget

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$585,349,010 (Worldwide) (12 July 2012)


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Budget

$300,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$963,420,425 (Worldwide) (25 November 2011)
$654,000,000 (Non-USA) ( 2007)


Stardust

Budget

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$135,560,026 (Worldwide) (14 September 2008)
$96,925,088 (Non-USA) (14 September 2008)


2008


Bedtime Stories

Budget

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$212,874,442 (Worldwide)
$102,772,467 (Non-USA)


The Day the Earth Stood Still

Budget

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$230,831,978 (Worldwide) (29 March 2009)
$233,093,859 (Worldwide)
$151,465,000 (Non-USA) (29 March 2009)
$153,726,881 (Non-USA)


The Incredible Hulk

Budget

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$263,427,551 (Worldwide)


Iron Man

Budget

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$585,174,222 (Worldwide) (2 October 2008)
$266,800,000 (Non-USA) ( 2008)


2009


Avatar

Budget

$237,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$2,787,965,087 (Worldwide) (13 February 2015)
$2,782,275,172 (Worldwide) (25 November 2011)
$2,027,457,462 (Non-USA)


A Christmas Carol

Budget

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$325,286,646 (Worldwide)
$187,430,783 (Non-USA)


District 9

Budget

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$210,819,611 (Worldwide)
$95,173,376 (Non-USA)


Night at the Museum 2: Battle at the Smithsonian

Budget

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$413,106,170 (Worldwide)
$235,862,449 (Non-USA)


Watchmen

Budget

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$185,258,983 (Worldwide)
$77,749,184 (non-USA)


2010


Alice In Wonderland

Budget

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$1,024,299,904 (Worldwide) (6 November 2011)
$1,025,467,110 (worldwide)


Iron Man 2

Budget

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$623,933,331 (Worldwide) (19 August 2010)


Tron: Legacy

Budget

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$400,062,763 (Worldwide) (1 May 2011)


2011


The Adventures of Tintin

Budget

$135,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$371,940,071 (Worldwide) (21 February 2012)
$373,993,951 (Worldwide)
$296,402,120 (Non-USA)


The Green Lantern

Budget

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$219,851,172 (Worldwide) (29 September 2011)
$214,200,000 (Worldwide) (4 September 2011)


Happy Feet Two

Budget

$135,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$150,406,466 (Worldwide)
$86,400,000 (Non-USA)


Mars Needs Moms

Budget

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$21,345,454 (USA) (12 June 2011)


Paul

Budget

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$13,043,310 (USA) (20 March 2011) (2,802 Screens)

Gross

$101,162,106 (worldwide)
$63,749,161 (Non-USA)


Real Steel

Budget

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$27,319,677 (USA) (9 October 2011) (3,440 Screens)

Gross

$276,654,000 (Worldwide) (26 December 2011)
$299,268,508 (Worldwide)
$213,800,000 (Non-USA)


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Budget

$93,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$54,806,191 (USA) (7 August 2011) (3,648 Screens)

Gross

$468,969,479 (Worldwide) (10 November 2011)
$482,860,185 (Worldwide)
$306,100,000 (Non-USA)


Super 8

Budget

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$259,713,319 (Worldwide) (29 September 2011)
$244,000,000 (Worldwide) (28 August 2011)
$260,095,986 (Worldwide)
$133,091,807 (Non-USA)


2012


The Amazing Spiderman

Budget

$230,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$62,004,688 (USA) (8 July 2012) (4,318 Screens)

Gross

$757,930,663 (Worldwide)
$495,900,000 (Non-USA)


The Avengers

Budget

$220,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$207,438,708 (USA) (6 May 2012) (4,349 Screens)
£15,778,074 (UK) (29 April 2012) (521 Screens)
$178,400,000 (Non-USA) (29 April 2012)

Gross

$1,519,557,910 (Worldwide)
$896,200,000 (Non-USA)


Foodfight! (Don’t Bother)

Budget

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

£20,440 (UK) (17 June 2012)
RUR 53,266 (Russia) (6 May 2012)


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Budget

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$84,617,303 (USA) (16 December 2012) (4,045 Screens)
£11,601,538 (UK) (16 December 2012) (598 Screens)
$222,600,000 (worldwide) ( 2012)
$138,000,000 (Non-USA) ( 2012)

Gross

$1,017,003,568 (Worldwide) (27 April 2013)
$1,021,103,568 (worldwide)
$138,200,000 (Non-USA) (16 December 2012)
$718,100,000 (Non-USA)


John Carter

Budget

$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$30,180,188 (USA) (11 March 2012) (3,749 Screens)

Gross

$284,139,100 (worldwide) (28 June 2012)
$211,061,000 (Non-USA)


Mirror Mirror

Budget

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$18,132,085 (USA) (22 July 2012) (3,603 Screens)
£2,389,033 (UK) (8 April 2012) (392 Screens)

Gross

$162,700,692 (Worldwide) (22 July 2012)
$183,018,522 (worldwide)
$76,500,000 (Non-USA) (22 April 2012)
$118,083,355 (Non-USA)


Snow White and the Huntsman

Budget

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$56,217,700 (USA) (3 June 2012) (3,773 Screens)

Gross

$396,592,829 (worldwide)
$241,260,448 (Non-USA)


Ted

Budget

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$54,415,205 (USA) (1 July 2012) (3,239 Screens)

Gross

$549,368,315 (Worldwide)
$330,552,828 (Non-USA)


2013


Elysium

Budget

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$29,807,393 (USA) (11 August 2013) (3,284 Screens)
£2,152,458 (UK) (25 August 2013) (710 Screens)

Gross

$286,140,700 (Worldwide)
$193,090,583 (Non-USA)


Ender’s Game

Budget

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$27,017,351 (USA) (3 November 2013) (3,407 Screens)

Gross

$125,537,191 (Worldwide)
$63,800,000 (Non-USA)


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Budget

$225,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$73,645,197 (USA) (28 December 2013) (3,903 Screens)
£9,325,626 (UK) (15 December 2013) (580 Screens)
$209,000,000 (worldwide) ( 2013) (20,308 Screens)
$135,400,000 (Non-USA) (11 December 2013) (16,405 Screens)

Gross

$960,366,855 (Worldwide) (9 January 2015)
$893,819,001 (Worldwide) (27 February 2014)
$858,276,240 (Worldwide) (14 February 2014)
$847,488,560 (Worldwide) (28 January 2014)
$702,000,000 (Non-USA)


Iron Man 3

Budget

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$174,144,585 (USA) (7 May 2013) (4,253 Screens)
$174,144,585 (USA) (5 May 2013) (4,253 Screens)

Gross

$1,215,439,994 (Worldwide)
$806,426,000 (Non-USA)


Man of Steel

Budget

$225,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$116,619,362 (USA) (16 June 2013) (4,207 Screens)
£11,191,595 (UK) (16 June 2013) (572 Screens)

Gross

$668,045,518 (Worldwide)
$377,000,000 (Non-USA)


Oz: The Great and the Powerful

Budget

$215,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$79,110,453 (USA) (10 March 2013) (3,912 Screens)

Gross

$493,311,825 (Worldwide) (13 September 2013)
$490,032,311 (Worldwide) (6 June 2013)


R.I.P.D.

Budget

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$12,691,415 (USA) (21 July 2013) (2,852 Screens)
£506,521 (UK) (22 September 2013) (375 Screens)

Gross

$78,324,220 (Worldwide)
$44,705,365 (Non-USA)


Ted 2

Budget

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$33,507,870 (USA) (28 June 2015) (3,442 Screens)

Gross

$215,863,606 (Worldwide)
$134,387,221 (Non-USA)


2014


The Amazing Spiderman 2

Budget

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$91,608,337 (USA) (4 May 2014) (4,324 Screens)

Gross

$708,982,323 (Worldwide)
$506,128,390 (Non-USA)

 


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Budget

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$72,611,427 (USA) (13 July 2014) (3,967 Screens)

Gross

$708,835,589 (Worldwide) (26 April 2015)
$208,545,589 (Worldwide) (28 February 2015)
$710,644,566 (worldwide)
$502,098,977 (Non-USA)


Guardians of the Galaxy

Budget

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$94,320,883 (USA) (3 August 2014) (4,080 Screens)

Gross

$774,176,600 (Worldwide) (28 February 2015)
$768,004,000 (Worldwide) (9 November 2014)
$774,176,600 (Worldwide)
$438,000,000 (Non-USA) (9 November 2014)
$441,000,000 (Non-USA)


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Budget

$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$54,724,334 (USA) (12 December 2014) (3,875 Screens)

Gross

$955,119,788 (Worldwide) (26 April 2015)
$665,032,000 (Worldwide) (2 January 2015)
$956,019,788 (Worldwide)
$700,000,000 (Non-USA) (5 March 2015)
$697,600,000 (Non-USA) (18 February 2015)
$457,800,000 (Non-USA) (2 January 2015)
$700,900,000 (Non-USA)


Into the Woods

Budget

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$31,051,923 (USA) (28 December 2014) (2,440 Screens)
$129,563 (Portugal) (1 January 2015)

Gross

$212,902,372 (Worldwide)
$84,900,000 (Non-USA)


Kochadaiiyaan

Gross

$663,000 (USA) (2 July 2014)


Maleficent

Budget

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$69,431,298 (USA) (1 June 2014) (3,948 Screens)
£6,590,071 (UK) (1 June 2014) (486 Screens)

Gross

$758,410,378 (Worldwide) (28 February 2015)
$335,469,968 (Worldwide) (9 June 2014)
$758,539,785 (Worldwide)
$517,129,407 (Non-USA)


Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb

Budget

$127,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$5,541,830 (Russia) (12 January 2015) (1,690 Screens)

Gross

$363,204,635 (worldwide)
$249,458,014 (Non-USA)


Paddington

Budget

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$25,205,000 (USA) (18 January 2015) (3,303 Screens)
£5,191,930 (UK) (30 November 2014) (502 Screens)

Gross

$259,541,430 (worldwide) (18 June 2015)
$233,520,839 (worldwide) (5 March 2015)
$183,317,852 (Non-USA) (18 June 2015)


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Budget

$125,000,000 (estimated)Opening Weekend

$65,575,105 (USA) (3 February 2015) (3,845 Screens)

Gross

$493,333,584 (worldwide)
$302,128,830 (Non-USA)


2015


Antman

Budget

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$57,225,526 (USA) (19 July 2015) (3,856 Screens)

Gross

$519,445,163 (worldwide)
$339,243,000 (Non-USA)


Avengers Age of Ultron

Budget

$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$191,271,109 (USA) (1 May 2015) (4,276 Screens)

Gross

$1,405,413,868 (Worldwide)
$946,408,000 (Non-USA)


Jurassic World

Budget

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$208,806,270 (USA) (12 June 2015) (4,274 Screens)

Gross

$1,670,400,637 (Worldwide)
$1,018,130,012 (Non-USA)


Pan

Budget

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$15,315,435 (USA) (11 October 2015) (3,515 Screens)

Gross

$128,388,320 (worldwide)
$93,300,000 (Non-USA)


Pixels

Budget

$88,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$24,011,616 (USA) (26 July 2015) (3,723 Screens)

Gross

$244,866,996 (worldwide)
$166,119,411 (Non-USA)


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Budget

$245,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$247,966,675 (USA) (20 December 2015) (4,134 Screens)
£34,011,849 (UK) (20 December 2015) (670 Screens)

Gross

$2,068,178,225 (Worldwide)
$1,131,516,000 (Non-USA)


Terminator: Genysis

Budget

$155,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$27,018,486 (USA) (1 July 2015) (3,758 Screens)
£3,793,617 (UK) (5 July 2015) (536 Screens)

Gross

$440,603,537 (worldwide)
$350,842,581 (Non-USA)


2016


Alice Through the Looking Glass

Budget

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$28,112,000 (USA) (29 May 2016) (3,763 Screens)

Gross

$299,455,833 (worldwide)
$222,413,452 (Non-USA)


The BFG

Budget

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$19,584,969 (USA) (3 July 2016) (3,357 Screens)

Gross

$176,845,402 (Worldwide) (27 October 2016)
$60,480,422 (Non-USA) (31 July 2016


Deadpool

Budget

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$135,050,000 (USA) (14 February 2016) (3,558 Screens)
£13,729,803 (UK) (14 February 2016) (543 Screens)

Gross

$783,770,709 (Worldwide)
$420,700,000 (Non-USA)


Doctor Strange

Budget

$165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$85,058,311 (USA) (6 November 2016) (3,882 Screens)

Gross

$677,718,395 (worldwide)
$445,076,475 (Non-USA)

 


The Huntsman: Winters War

Budget

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$19,445,035 (USA) (24 April 2016) (3,791 Screens)

Gross

$47,952,020 (USA) (12 June 2016)
$164,602,163 (Worldwide) (16 June 2016)


The Jungle Book

Budget

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$103,261,464 (USA) (17 April 2016) (4,028 Screens)

Gross

$966,550,600 (worldwide)
$602,549,477 (Non-USA)


Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV

Gross

$233,569 (USA) (28 August 2016)


The Legend of Tarzan

Budget

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$38,527,856 (USA) (3 July 2016) (3,561 Screens)
£3,570,350 (UK) (10 July 2016) (507 Screens)

Gross

$356,743,061 (worldwide)
$230,100,000 (Non-USA)

 


Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children

Budget

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$28,871,140 (USA) (2 October 2016) (3,522 Screens)

Gross

$285,540,870 (Worldwide) (19 January 2017)
$296,477,016 (worldwide)
$209,234,182 (Non-USA)


A Monster Calls

Budget

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Gross

$40,915,762 (worldwide) (25 January 2017)
$40,919,166 (worldwide)


Rogue One

Budget

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$155,081,681 (USA) (18 December 2016) (4,157 Screens)
£17,261,889 (UK) (18 December 2016) (698 Screens)

Gross

$1,055,920,180 (USA) (27 April 2017)
$1,055,954,685 (Worldwide) (1 May 2017)
$1,055,931,180 (Worldwide)
$523,735,006 (Non-USA) (12 March 2017)
$523,777,276 (Non-USA)


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Budget

$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$165,685 (USA) (25 September 2016) (33 Screens)
$35,316,382 (USA) (5 June 2016) (4,071 Screens)

Gross

$245,623,848 (worldwide)
$155,035,438 (Non-USA) (31 July 2016)
$163,572,247 (Non-USA)


Warcraft

Budget

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$24,166,110 (USA) (12 June 2016) (3,400 Screens)

Gross

$433,677,183 (worldwide)
$386,311,893 (Non-USA)


2017


Beauty and the Beast

Budget

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$174,750,616 (USA) (19 March 2017) (4,210 Screens)

Gross

$1,187,621,648 (worldwide) (11 May 2017)
$180,000,000 (Non-USA) (21 March 2017)


Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Budget

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend

$145,049,000 (USA) (7 May 2017)

Gross

$508,957,419 (worldwide) (11 May 2017)



 

Those are not numbers to be taken lightly. When taken as an average the mean of all budgets (minus three where no data was available)  comes to roughly:
$140 000 000.00
Before adjusting for inflation. So films with Mo-Cap being used to varying degree have a budget not to be sniffed at.

How do the gross profits weigh up? Well looking at the worldwide gross of films listed where available from IMDB we come to an average Gross profit of:
$538 155 041.72.
A substantial sum to be sure. In the next entry I’ll hopefully be able to shed some light on how much Mo Cap Features into the budgets of these films

As for Serkis? His appearance in Mo-Cap films results in a average Budget of:
$152 250 000.00 (In films where Serkis has performed for mo-cap where available).

…and a Worldwide Gross profit of:
$934 661 416.86

Placing Serkis ahead of the average of the combined Mo-Cap figures averaged.

One thought on “Mo-Cap Blockbusters: The Numbers

  1. Hey Thomas. This was incredibly informative and interesting to look at. As a South African, I was glad to see that district 9 did really well. Really makes you think about films as an investment opportunity as well, I bet there is a lot of money changing hands pre-production. As an extension to the article, it could be really interesting to look at movies that have flopped, and perhaps why they have done so.

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