Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Actually forget the opinion of that clearly blind mirror, it’s obvious that Charlize Theron is without a doubt the fairest.
While Charlize Theron is a very famous Oscar-winning actress, she has never been what you’d call a box office star. Fortunately that’s about to change with films like Snow White and the Huntsman, now in theaters, and Prometheus, opening next weekend. After the break we’ll take a look at Charlize Theron’s top 11 (surprise, you’ll see why) films at the box office, worldwide, unadjusted for inflation.
11. Prometheus (2012) $35 million – And here is your surprise. See Prometheus is already out in various countries including the UK where it’s making quite a showing. Now you must keep in mind, this number is still an estimate and over the next days it will grow a whole lot, finishing easily in her top 3 when all is said and done. Don’t forget to check out Ben’s review here.
10. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) $39.5 million – Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron star in this Robert Redford directed flick, one that did not attract much attention when it came out. Unfortunately I’ve not seen this film yet, so I can’t give my two cents, but I plan to correct that mistake very soon.
9. Aeon Flux (2005) $52.3 million – Now this disjointed mess I have seen, but can you blame me for falling for the old “Charlize Theron in skin-tight suit” trick? Also bonus points for brunette Charlize.
8. Monster (2003) $60.4 million – I bet you would not recognize her in this film if you didn’t know she played the titular character. I mean Charlize Theron really transformed herself here, a feat appreciated by the Academy of Motion Pictures, giving her a well deserved Oscar back in 2004.
7. Sweet November (2001) $65.8 million – Seen this at least twice yet every time I forget what it was about. I think I remember Charlize Theron being crazy and Keanu Reeves wanting to help cause he loved her, or something like that.
6. Men of Honor (2000) $82.3 million – Great historical drama where Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro are the main stars. Charlize Theron has a smaller role as De Niro’s daughter if my memory serves me well.
5. The Cider House Rules (1999) $88.5 million – An absolutely fantastic movie starring Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron, obviously. Won two Oscars including best supporting actor for Michael Caine.
4. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) $95.6 million – All this money made in just a weekend, quite something, right? Well it did cost $170 million to make so it still has ways to go before getting it all back. Here Charlize Theron is absolutely perfect as the truly evil queen in this Grimm adaptation that borrows a little too much from Lord of the Rings. But it was overall a very entertaining film so props to Universal for making the better Snow White film of 2012.
3. The Devil’s Advocate (1997) $152.9 million – Charlize Theron stars again opposite Keanu Reeves in this very good thriller where Al Pacino plays one of the most memorable devils in recent memory, a must watch.
2. The Italian Job (2003) $176.1 million – Here’s the rare remake that works, building on the strengths of the 1969 Michael Cain original. Now where the hell is The Brazilian Job? Come on Paramount, make it happen!
1. Hancock (2008) $624.4 million – This superhero flick starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron started with some very good ideas that could have made it a classic. In the end they settled for making Hancock “just” an entertaining romp. Seems a lot were bothered by the twist towards the end, I had no problems with it but I wish they did more with the initial premise. There’s been talk of a sequel for quite a few years now, although nothing set in stone yet
I will end this a bit differently, with a rectification. You see, there’s a film missing from here, a film that should be pretty high up actually. I’m talking about Disney’s Mighty Joe Young, released back in 1998. That made $50.6 million in North America alone but since no one seems to have any international gross for Joe here, I had to take it out. Now I know very well that Mighty Joe Young ran all over the world, making money. In the end it was simply unfair both for this film and the others to include it, so take this top 11 with an asterisk knowing that Mighty Joe Young should have been on there, somewhere in the top 5 probably.