Wrestler turned Hollywood superstar, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a pretty incredible 16 years at the box office. With Baywatch and The Fate of the Furious now in theaters, here’s a look at his most successful movies.
Without further ado here are Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s top 10 highest grossing movies worldwide at the box office. As you can probably guess there’s quite a bit of Fast and Furious in this top 10.
10. Hercules (2014) – $244.8 million
This was sort of a no-brainer, with his body The Rock was a perfect fit for the role of Hercules. Unfortunately it’s not a particularly good movie and really he is Hercules‘ only saving grace. Considering the film cost $100 million, it wasn’t much of a hit either with $72.7 million in the US and $244.8 million worldwide.
9. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) – $335.3 million
In Journey 2 Dwayne Johnson took Brendan Fraser’s place and helped make this an even bigger box office hit than Journey to the Center of the Earth ($242 million) in 2008. For years now there has been talk of a 3rd film, titled Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon, but as more time passes it seems less and less likely to ever see the light of day.
8. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) – $375.7 million
With Retaliation Dwayne Johnson took over yet another series and just like the last time the end result was a bigger box office hit. Not that the first film was anything close to a hit, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra cost $175 million and only made $302.5 million worldwide. So really the fact they got this sequel off the ground (albeit on a lower budget, $130 million) is kind of a miracle. Yet somehow Retaliation has yet to get a sequel (for now).
7. The Mummy Returns (2001) – $433 million
This was The Rock’s big screen debut as the Scorpion King and although he isn’t in the film a whole lot (only in the intro and at the end in the form of a very bad CGI scorpion thing), he did leave a good impression. That’s why we got spin-off The Scorpion King only a year later and that made $165.3 million worldwide on a $60 million budget. There were a few more direct to video Scorpion King movies, sans Dwayne Johnson.
6. San Andreas (2015) – $474 million
Up until San Andreas Dwayne Johnson was mostly the guy that entered/took over existing franchises (Journey, G.I. Joe, Fast and Furious), so we didn’t really know if he could carry a big budget original movie on his own. Well $474 million later (on a $110 million budget) the answer is a definitive yes.
5. Fast Five (2011) – $626.1 million
Dwayne Johnson’s entry point in the Fast and Furious series and coincidentally still the best one released so far. Fast Five was also a turning point for the series, establishing the blueprint that’s still used today to great success in the series. There’s more Fast and Furious on here and Hobbs, his character, becomes more and more important in the fiction.
4. Moana (2016) – $642.4 million
Something absolutely glorious almost happened earlier this year, but alas the people didn’t get what they wanted. I’m of course talking about Dwayne Johnson singing ‘You’re Welcome’ live on stage at the Oscars. Since that specific song was not nominated we missed out on what could have been one of the most memorable Oscar moments ever. Also Moana is great and deserves its box office success.
3. Fast and Furious 6 (2013) – $788.7 million
Fast and Furious continued its box office rise with the 6th installment, which saw Hobbs now working with Don’s team to take out another team of even more dangerous racing lunatics with a penchant for stealing things. This is probably second to Fast Five in my book.
2. The Fate of the Furious (2017) – $1.225+ billion
By the end of The Fate of the Furious Hobbs becomes as important to the team as Vin Diesel’s Dom, and it so happens that he also had about as much screen time as Diesel did, which is pretty crazy considering where this all started. It’s gotten to a point where there’s now a Hobbs and Deckard Shaw spin-off in the works and I’m probably more excited for that then Fast and Furious 9 (2019) or 10 (2021).
1. Furious 7 (2015) – $1.516 billion
Dwayne Johnson is not in a lot of Furious 7, taking a backseat to the rest of the team (understandably), but he does have some of the best scenes in the movie. Not long after it came out Furious 7 became the 4th highest grossing movie of all time, settling in 6th by the end of 2015. A year and a half later Furious 7 is still 6th.
What is your favorite movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? For me I’d have to go with Fast Five, no question.