Jim Sturgess is currently on screen alongside Katie Holmes in alone together, a film set during the early days of COVID-19. But it’s not his only star-studded project hitting screens lately, and if it ends up profitable, it will be far from his first.
Sturgess made its breakthrough in 2007 with across the universe, and for the next few years he starred in several major studio films. But the actor has always thrived on smaller projects, even if they don’t exceed $1 billion at the box office.
ten The Best Offer (2013) – $20.9 million
The best offer is an Italian film, but it’s in English, hence the inclusion of Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland and Sturgess. Rush is the film’s high point, but Sturgess gets her chance to shine in a villainous role as Robert, a thief posing as a craftsman.
The best offer carried an $18 million budget, which is pretty standard for a movie of its size when there’s a stacked cast. Unfortunately, the film barely made it back to the world, the vast majority of which came from international markets according to box office mojo.
9 Inside Out (2012) – $22.2 million
While not quite one of Kirsten Dunst’s best films, Upside down is a charming and moving science fiction film. Although not quite Stranger Things’ Upside Down, the movie still tells the story of what amounts to a parallel universe (in the case of Upside down, parallel worlds). But instead of monsters, there’s forbidden love, which is arguably just as creepy.
Upside down came with a hefty $50 million price tag, but it didn’t even score half that price at the global box office. According box office mojothe film barely surpassed $22 million, most of which came from international theaters.
8 The Way Back (2010) – $24.2 million
Before he was unrecognizable playing Penguin in The BatmanColin Farrell was covered in dirt alongside big stars such as Sturgess, Ed Harris and Saoirse Ronan in The way back. Sturgess plays Janusz Wieszczek, a Polish army officer held prisoner by the Soviets; With the help of a Russian criminal (Farrell), an American engineer (Harris), and several other people from around the world, Wieszczek must now cross the murderous Himilayas. The way back is the type of film that makes the viewer feel like the actors, a bit like The ghost.
box office mojo reports that the film had a fairly hefty budget (considering the limited potential profitability) of $30 million. Unfortunately, he didn’t even recover that amount let alone make a profit.
seven Across the Universe (2007) – $29.6 million
As inspired by the title track as by the Beatles catalog as a whole, across the universe is a magnificent journey through time, space, life and love. It’s one of the most visually appealing films of the 2000s and is greatly bolstered by Evan Rachel Wood’s typically stellar work, a star-studded performance from Sturgess, and palpable chemistry between the two.
On the surface, across the universe was a bomb, given that it made less than $30 million (per box office mojo) with a budget of just over $70 million. But at the very least, it’s the type of evergreen movie (The Beatles will always be relevant) that finds its hugely devoted fans over time.
6 One Day (2011) – $59.4 million
One day is the story of friends becoming more but over a much longer period than the average romantic comedy or drama. Sturgess and Anne Hathaway share the screen for much of the film, and they work well enough against each other to take over the execution.
According box office mojo, One day played on a fairly substantial 1,719 screens in the US, which technically isn’t considered a wide release, but is a hair’s breadth away from being one. Considering that and the involvement of Hathaway (who’s managed to remain a consistent ticket seller), it’s an admirable performance in a niche market.
5 The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) – $78.2 million
Although it’s far from one of Natalie Portman’s highest-grossing films, The other Boleyn girl is one of the Sturgess. That being said, it could have done better at the box office, especially considering the talent involved, most of whom were born for period pieces.
However, on a box office mojo-announced budget of $35 million, The Last Boleyn Girl only cleared $78 million. Not a flop for Sony Pictures Entertainment, but not a hit either, and despite the superstar cast, it didn’t stand out as a highlight on any actor’s resume.
4 Cloud Atlas (2012) – $130.5 million
cloud atlas was one of several major big-budget, large-scale projects the Wachowskis formulated following The matrix success of the trilogy. Unfortunately, he (and the rest, including The Matrix Resurrections) were complete box office flops, despite top talent running the company.
source on cloud atlas budget vary enormously, from $100 million to about $150 million. There’s good reason to believe that skews the latter, but even if it had been kept at just $100 million, the Wachowskis’ film would have been a flop with $130 million worldwide, per box office mojo.
3 Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010) – $140.1 million
Sturgess starred in several movies with staggering marks in the visual department, but arguably none was bigger than Zack Snyder’s. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.
Snyder’s film, despite its incredible visuals, only cost $80 million. Sadly, it didn’t become the event his films are usually destined for, and it only grossed $140 million worldwide, per box office mojo.
2 21 (2008) – $159.8 million
21 was a major starring role for Sturgess, and he brought a mix of charm and ordinary nature to the character, which was the de facto combo needed to be part of a talented college player in over his head.
Some mid-budget studio projects become sizable hits, and the $35 million 21 is one of them. The film’s success can be at least partially attributed to the following Sturgess won with across the universe, but it was also just a fun time at the movies. In total, the film quadrupled its budget and then some to the tune of nearly $160 million worldwide according to box office mojo.
1 Geostorm (2017) – $221.6 million
by Roland Emmerich geostorm may be Sturgess’ biggest revenue, but 21 is his greatest success. geostorm was a mega-budget apocalypse movie that didn’t do much with its price tag that hasn’t been done 100 times before. Sturgess’ role is also pretty thankless, given that he plays the brother of Gerard Butler’s protagonist. It’s a role meant to provide tension and resolve to the character that the audience is really meant to care about.
Emmerich’s film, like most of his filmography, was very expensive ($120 million per box office mojo). Unfortunately for geostormEmmerich’s cinema brand had died out after Two days later, and it opened to $13.7 million in the United States. In the end, the film made just $33.7 million from domestic screens, but it did well overseas with $187.9 million. Even still, his worldwide figure isn’t enough to make him another major hit under Butler’s or Sturgess’ belt.
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