Taraji P. Henson is one of the friendliest performers in the entertainment industry today, and her addition to the Despicable Me universe in Minions: The Rise of Gru proved to be one of the film’s many winning qualities. But the second Minions the film is far from Henson’s first successful project.
After having chained the supporting roles in films like Bustle and flow, four brothersand Smokin’ AcesHenson had a critically adored breakthrough supporting role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. After receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Benjamin Buttonher star skyrocketed and she began adding leading roles to her filmography with movies like I Can Hurt Alone by Tyler Perry and the underrated No good deed. However, Henson’s greatest successes arguably come when paired with equally charming performers in ensemble films such as Think like a manat least, in terms of box office success).
ten I Can Do Harm Alone (2009) – $51.7 million
I can hurt alone was a smart first role for Henson. The film is both a Madea film (which has proven itself several times at the box office) and a showcase for the Empire the talent of the star.
The title may say she can hurt, but the movie itself did extremely well at the US box office. There is no budget declared on box office mojobut Perry, the hardworking author that he is, has always kept his movies relatively profitable, so there’s no doubt his $51.7 million domestic tally (he didn’t act overseas) was enough to make it profitable and more.
9 No Good Deed (2014) – $54.3 million
No good deed paired Henson with the equally adored Idris Elba, who nearly gets away with the film as a recently escaped and truly terrifying murder convict. It’s the type of film where the actions are fueled by revenge and an innocent person gets caught in the mix, and Henson brings the right mix of vindication, fear and daring independence.
No good deed was a non-entity overseas, with an international tally of less than $2 million, but was a hit in the United States, where it grossed $52.5 million on a budget of just 13, $2 million (per box office mojo).
8 Think Like a Man Too (2014) – $70.2 million
“The Dreamer” and “The Woman Who Is Her Own Man,” as they’re titled in their segment from the first film, don’t get as much screen time in the Vegas sequel. Like much of the rest of Think like a man tootheir chemistry feels like leftovers from what happened two short years earlier.
Unfortunately for Also think like a manthere just wasn’t as much interest in the characters or the concept as when think like a man (2012) is out. Even still, the sequel hit screens with a surprisingly small budget of $24 million and grossed nearly three times as much, according to box office mojo.
seven Four Brothers (2005) – $92.4 million
Henson’s role in four brothers is negligible, but it’s still a brutally entertaining movie well worth watching. The plot follows four foster brothers who have lost the woman who brought them together; Henson plays the wife of André 3000’s character.
With Wahlberg leading the cast, four brothers was always going to have at least a modest budget, and that’s where it was kept at $45 million. For Paramount Pictures’ investment, the film earned $74.5 million to U.S. and Canadian theaters (per box office mojo) and an additional $17.0 from international territories.
6 Think Like a Man (2012) – $96 million
think like a man is essentially the brainchild of Steve Harvey, and revolves around his book of the same title. The film is essentially a series of selfish men paired with women who are constantly supporting them and gaining their independence by reading Harvey’s book. Henson is paired with Michael Ealy as Lauren and Dominic, and his role in the film (as someone who almost certainly needs to move on) is poignant if not quite central. .
Even with its massive star cast, think like a man only cost $12 million, according to box office mojo. By the time it left theaters, the film had octupled that figure (mostly thanks to its domestic tally), all but guaranteeing the existence of Think like a man too.
5 Date (2010) – $152.3 million
A romantic date isn’t quite one of Steve Carell’s best films. The concept of pairing his talent with that of Tina Fey should have been a slam dunk, and pairing them as a married couple on one night of misadventure should have made it even more critical. But the 2010 movie ended up being a totally bland film with a few somewhat amusing cameos along the way (including James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Henson as the initially incredulous detective).
The rom-com action movie was met with mixed critical reception as a result of $152.3 million worldwide, of which $98.7 million came from domestic ticket sales. Carell was six seasons in Office, with only one more on the way. There’s no doubt that his star power could be higher than it was in 2010, the year that also saw the release of Despicable Me.
4 Hidden Figures (2016) – $236 million
hidden numbers is part period piece, part entertaining family drama and part heavy employer of the White Savior trope, but what is it is, overall, a showcase for Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer and, most importantly, Henson as genius scientist Katherine Johnson.
hidden numbers would have been great even if it wasn’t an Oscar darling; with Henson leading a cast that included Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, it was inevitable. But then the movie did become an Oscar darling, and that’s thanks to Henson’s phenomenal performance. According box office mojoby the time hidden numbers released in theaters, it had generated nearly 10 times its $25 million budget.
3 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) – $335.8 million
David Fincher’s unconventional 2000s drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a visually stunning and heartfelt epic with excellent lead performances from Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. As Queenie, the woman who takes in and raises Benjamin, Henson is the soul of the film and delivers the best performance of the cast.
With such a unique concept and a massive $150 million budget, Fincher’s film could have done much worse than it did, even with Blanchett, Pitt and Henson in the cast. Instead, the 2:46 a.m. film sold enough tickets worldwide to top $335.8 million, according to box office mojo. That doesn’t necessarily make it a smash hit, but with its Oscar nominations, there’s no doubt the film skyrocketed on home media as well.
2 The Karate Kid (2010) – $359.1 million
The Karate Kid hit theaters in 2010 to much fanfare and anticipation, but it also faced some skepticism. Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita had brought indelible chemistry to the original, but many benefited from the dynamic between Jaden Smith’s Dr. Parker and Mr. Han (Jackie Chan). Henson portrays Sherry Parker, and while she brings a lot of heart to the protective maternal role, the narrative doesn’t give her much to do.
Like the original 80s movie, 2010 The Karate Kid was a substantial success. Even with a big franchise title and Jackie Chan on the cast list, the remake only cost $40 million, a figure it surpassed in its opening weekend in the US and the UK. Canada only. By the time it left theaters around the world, the reimagining had amassed a very respectable $359.1 million, per box office mojo.
1 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2019) – $529.3 million
Minions: The Rise of Gru is not the first time that Henson has lent his voice to an animated film, but it is his first with Dreamworks. However, she also memorably portrayed an algorithm (named “Yesss”) in the successful sequel to Ralph’s Wrecks. She basically comes to help Ralph and Vanellope on their adventure and quickly leaves, but her loud personality leaves an indelible mark.
Ralph breaks the internet carried a hefty price tag of $175 million, which is typical of Disney but hard to measure. But the movie did reasonably well, even if it wasn’t a hit, earning a worldwide total of just over $529 million a year. box office mojo.
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