Saturday, 9 January 2016


Every couple of years we are treated to a run of movies from a specific actor whose star shines so bright, it either propels them to a career as a A-List star, commanding A-List money, or they burn out and struggle to ever hit those opulent highs again.

The first example of this in my movie viewing life time since 1990 - that is the one and only Tom Cruise. Tom obviously had the monster hits Top Gun ($356,800,601 worldwide box office takings) in 1986, and the even more impressive Rain Man ($408,080,878) in 1988, but the Cruisemeister's star arguably never shone so bright as in a short space of time than between 1992's A Few Good Men ($235,685,612) and 1996's rom-com-sports smash Jerry Maguire ($273,668,230). In the 4 years between those two modern day greats are hits such as The Firm ($270,340,892),  Interview with a Vampire ($223,463,524) and the franchise rebirth of Mission: Impossible ($457,607,112). In the space of four years good old Tommy's films bought in a staggering $1.5B, regardless of the role he was in: Tom Cruise was a mid 90's MEGA STAR. His highest grossing films were of course his latest ones, but with theatre costs ever rising that was always going to be the case.

Lets next look at someone who fits into the other category laid out at the start of this piece in the super funny Jim Carrey.

Jim arguably had the longest run of any actor of incredible bankability, starting in his break out role in 1994's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which bought in a reasonable $106,602,138. He followed up later that same year with The Mask ($351,574,149), whose return was on a $18m production budget is simply amazing. Rounding out maybe the single most income heavy year of any actor, Jim played the funny Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber (but don't mention the sequel), with $246,365,376. A $700m return for one years work on a previously unknown leading man in Hollywood films is frankly outstanding, but the hits (?) didn't stop there when Carrey took on the role of Edward Nigma in 1995's Batman Forever (we all make mistakes). Despite the film being a cinematic abomination, it did rake in a very impressive $336,495,936. Between the years of 1995 and 1998 Jim worked relentlessly on the following box office darlings; the 1995 the sequel to his breakout hit Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls ($212,384,285), 1996's off the wall role of Cable Guy in The Cable Guy ($102,739,932), and he finished off his incredible run with 1997's Liar Liar (the first movie I owned on DVD), with $302,695,380, and 1998's superb take on Big Brother, The Truman Show ($263,966,701). $1.8B in just under 4 years is remarkable. As with Cruise, his highest grossing films were later, but I believe for the previous reason stated previously. He never managed to sustain that level of bankability and would often follow up box office hits with much lesser grossing titles.

I have many more of these to share with you and if you've enjoyed reading, and would like to suggest someone for me to highlight in a future article, then please comment in the comments section below or via Twitter @RicheeandLayla or @RossBell1984

Until we meet again, Byyyyyyyyyyyyye!

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