Fraser used to be worth $45 million and was a popular star before roles dried up and his ex-wife received $50,000 each month in spousal support. Things are now back on the up withh The Mummy Star.
Brendan Fraser has made an incredible comeback in his acting career. Originally known for blockbuster action movies like The Mummy, Fraser lost popularity in the 2010s after scandals involving a divorce, surgeries and weight gain, and more. In 2022, however, Fraser starred in the critically acclaimed film The Whale, in which he played a morbidly obese man. The film received incredible reviews, and he recently won the Oscar Award for Best Actor for his work on the film.
Whilst The Whale was critically acclaimed, it did not make near as much money at the box office as Fraser’s previous films (grossed $42 million against a budget of $3 million). This is simply due to Fraser’s better-known part of his career being centered around action films and blockbusters, which always do better financially at the box office. Here are Oscar-winner Brendan Fraser’s highest grossing films and how much money they made.
10 Escape From Planet Earth
Before Brendan Fraser was an Oscar Award-winning actor, Fraser spent most of his career filming action blockbuster movies. He is most known for his work in the late 1990s and early 2000s, as the films Fraser was a part of them were the most successful and made the most money at the box office.
It is no surprise, then, that one of Fraser’s later movies is at the bottom of the list for his highest grossing films. Escape From Planet Earth, which was released in 2013, made $74 million in revenue. The film is animated, so Fraser did not have to perform any stunts for the movie. Instead, he supplied his voice to the character Scorch Supernova.
The 2000 film Bedazzled is a fantasy romantic comedy. The film was released at the action-movie peak of Brendan Fraser’s career, demonstrating his range as an actor and separating him from blockbuster movies. The film made an impressive $90 million at the box office.
Actress Elizabeth Hurley was Fraser’s co-star in the film. The actress admitting to “torturing” Fraser a bit during filming, because it made the most sense for their character’s dynamic. The torturing was all in jest, and the two were actually very close during the filming process. They did not keep in touch following the wrap on Bedazzled, but they recently reunited at a 2022 screening of Fraser’s The Whale.
Though many fans of Brendan Fraser do not think of him as anything but an action star, Fraser has actually had a very rounded career in the entertainment industry. Other than his most recent success with The Whale, he has also dabbled in drama and psychological films. His most successful films in the crime drama genre was the 2004 film Crash.
The film is based on a real-life incident and features racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. Crash has a huge cast, including Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, and Matt Dillon. The film has been described as a passion piece for director, producer, and writer Paul Haggis. Crash made $101 million at the box office.
7 The Nut Job
In the early to mid-2010s, Brendan Fraser made several animated films. While this choice may have been simply due to the lesser time commitment of voice acting, the decision was likely due to Fraser’s declined health following his action movie days. After filming three films in The Mummy franchise, Fraser’s body was a wreck.
“I was put together with tape and ice,” Fraser has revealed. “Screw-cap ice packs and downhill-mountain-biking pads, ‘cause they’re small and light and they can fit under your clothes. I was building an exoskeleton for myself daily.” Fraser was forced to undergo several surgeries, including a laminectomy and two back procedures. His injuries caused him to take a step back from action-focused movies, instead creating films such as the 2014 The Nut Job, which made $122 million at the box office.
6 George Of The Jungle
Though he is no longer an action star, Brendan Fraser’s most successful films are certainly his blockbuster movies. One of these successful films was the 1997 George of the Jungle. The film did remarkably well, making $174 million at the box office, but behind the scenes Fraser seriously struggled with the production.
In order to look the part, Fraser was on an intense diet throughout the filming process. The actor recalled being fatigued and extremely forgetful due to the extreme diet he was put on. When it came time for a sequel of George of the Jungle, Fraser turned down the role. Part of his decision to not do the sequel was also due to the studio’s low budget for the production, but mainly Fraser did not want to be typecast for the rest of his career.
5 Journey To The Center Of The Earth
By the late 2010s, Brendan Fraser was one of the biggest action movie stars in the world. He had already worked in several franchises, and it was hard to picture watching an action movie that did not have Fraser at the center of it. Though he had turned down the sequel to George of the Jungle to not be typecast, Fraser would not get his wish to truly branch out in his acting until the 2022 film The Whale. It was worth the wait, however, because The Whale secured him in Oscar Award for Best Actor. Darren Aronofsky had a deep reason for casting Fraser in The Whale.
Back in 2008, however, Fraser’s career was still mostly action movies. He starred in an ensemble film Journey to the Center of the Earth alongside Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem, and Seth Meyers. The film made a whopping $243 million at the box office.
4 G. I. Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra
Around the same time as Journey to the Center of the Earth, Brendan Fraser was semi-working on another franchise. The G. I. Joe franchise as a whole has been around for a long time, but the films began in 2009 with G. I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. The franchise was rebooted in 2022 with the film Snake Eyes.
Channing Tatum starred in the original 2009 film, but begged to be killed off at the beginning of the sequel. The Magic Mike star hated filming G. I. Joe and did not want to be a part of the franchise. For Brendan Fraser’s part, he only briefly appeared as a cameo in the 2009 film as a nod to action movie fans. The film made $302 million.
3 The Mummy: The Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor
Brendan Fraser is mostly known for his work in the iconic The Mummy film franchise, so it is not surprising that his top three highest grossing films are the three films in the franchise. As a film franchise goes on, the sequels tend to make less money than the original due to audience’s fading appeal. The third film in the franchise, The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, made the least amount of money.
The 2008 film made $405 million at the box office. Though it is the lowest ranked film in The Mummy franchise, the financially gain of the film is still incredibly impressive, especially when looked at beside Fraser’s other films.
2 The Mummy
The iconic: The Mummy. The film was released to the public in 1999 and was Brendan Fraser’s second highest grossing film. The film follows the story of Fraser’s character Rick O’Connell as he accidentally awakens Imhotep, a mummy with supernatural abilities. The film is actually a remake of the 1932 film of the same name.
The cast and crew were put through a bit of hell while creating The Mummy. Filmed in Morocco and the United Kingdom, the cast had to suffer through dehydration, sandstorms, and a lot of snakes. Their hard work clearly paid off, however, because the film made $416 million at the box office.
1 The Mummy Returns
After the 1999 The Mummy was a smashing hit with audiences and critics, everyone of dying for a sequel. Brendan Fraser did not make the same choice he made with George of the Jungle, and instead signed on for a second movie. Good thing he did, because the sequel The Mummy Returns is Fraser’s most successful movie at the box office. The film made an impressive $435 million.
Though a lot of times sequels are less successful than the original films, the hype for the 2001 film The Mummy Returns was over the moon. The film was so successful that the studio also created a prequel film. Set 5,000 years in the past, the 2002 film The Scorpion King revealed the origins of Mathayus. Dwayne Johnson played Mathayus, which was his first leading role in a film.
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