Weekly Rewind

June 24, 1998

Many stars have consistently churned out blockbuster hits all decade long. In Hollywood, starpower is often measured by how many $100 million-plus grossing films an actor has starred in. The list below includes all the $100M+ movies that today's biggest players have starred in during the 1990s. As of June 24, 1998, 92 motion pictures have crossed this magic hurdle during the course of the decade. Determining which cast members from each film were eligible for this list was up to interpretation.

To keep this list from including every single face from every single blockbuster movie, it consists only of actors who had starring roles in a picture or a primary supporting role. The countless actors with only one blockbuster are not listed. To be credited with a $100M film, the star had to have added commercial value to the film. For example, for Pulp Fiction, only the four main stars (Travolta, Jackson, Thurman, and Willis) were credited and not supporting actors like Ving Rhames, Christopher Walken, and Harvey Keitel. Those four main players are the ones who sold the film to moviegoers.

Also, for animated features, only those actors whose voices sold the picture were credited. Robin Williams was a primary reason for the success of Aladdin and the same can be said for Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in Toy Story. However, Pocahontas was not pitched as a Mel Gibson film nor was The Hunchback of Notre Dame sold as a Demi Moore picture so those two were not listed.

Hollywood's top box office draws include those who are A-list players and headline all their movies (Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger) as well as supporting actors who take important roles in the right movies (Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise). Here are the top stars and their $100 million grossing films of this decade:

$100 Million Stars of the 1990s
Star # Films
Jim Carrey 6 Batman Forever, Liar, Liar, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Ace Ventura 2, The Truman Show
Robin Williams 6 Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, The Birdcage, Hook, Jumanji
Tom Cruise 5 Mission: Impossible, The Firm, Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire
Morgan Freeman 5 Robin Hood, Deep Impact, Driving Miss Daisy, Unforgiven, Seven
Tom Hanks 5 Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Apollo 13, Sleepless in Seattle, A League of Their Own
Julia Roberts 5 Pretty Woman, My Best Friend's Wedding, Hook, The Pelican Brief, Sleeping with the Enemy
Arnold Schwarzenegger 5 Terminator 2, True Lies, Total Recall, Batman & Robin, Eraser
Nicolas Cage 3 The Rock, Face/Off, Con Air
Kevin Costner 3 Dances With Wolves, Robin Hood, The Bodyguard
Harrison Ford 3 The Fugitive, Air Force One, Clear and Present Danger
Jodie Foster 3 Silence Of The Lambs, Maverick, Contact
Mel Gibson 3 Lethal Weapon 3, Ransom, Maverick
Jeff Goldblum 3 Jurassic Park, Independence Day, The Lost World
Gene Hackman 3 The Firm, The Birdcage, Unforgiven
Ed Harris 3 Apollo 13, The Rock, The Truman Show
Samuel L. Jackson 3 A Time To Kill, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard With A Vengeance
Tommy Lee Jones 3 Men in Black, Batman Forever, The Fugitive
Demi Moore 3 Ghost, A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal
Bill Paxton 3 Titanic, Twister, Apollo 13
Joe Pesci 3 Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Lethal Weapon 3
Rene Russo 3 Lethal Weapon 3, Ransom, In the Line of Fire
Gary Sinise 3 Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Ransom
Daniel Stern 3 Home Alone, Home Alone 2, City Slickers
John Travolta 3 Face/Off, Pulp Fiction, Phenomenon
Bruce Willis 3 Die Hard 2, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard With A Vengeance
Tim Allen 2 Toy Story, The Santa Clause
Kevin Bacon 2 Apollo 13, A Few Good Men
Matthew Broderick 2 The Lion King, Godzilla
Pierce Brosnan 2 Tomorrow Never Dies, Goldeneye
Sandra Bullock 2 Speed, A Time To Kill
Neve Campbell 2 Scream, Scream 2
Glenn Close 2 Air Force One, 101 Dalmatians
Sean Connery 2 The Rock, The Hunt for Red October
Courteney Cox 2 Scream, Scream 2
Macaulay Culkin 2 Home Alone, Home Alone 2
Clint Eastwood 2 In The Line Of Fire, Unforgiven
Sally Field 2 Forrest Gump, Mrs. Doubtfire
Whoopi Goldberg 2 Ghost, Sister Act
Cuba Gooding Jr. 2 Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets
Dustin Hoffman 2 Hook, Dick Tracy
Helen Hunt 2 Twister, As Good As It Gets
Jeremy Irons 2 The Lion King, Die Hard With A Vengeance
Nathan Lane 2 The Lion King, The Birdcage
Madonna 2 A League of Their Own, Dick Tracy
John Malkovich 2 In The Line Of Fire, Con Air
Matthew McConaughey 2 A Time To Kill, Contact
Eddie Murphy 2 The Nutty Professor, Mulan
Jack Nicholson 2 As Good As It Gets, A Few Good Men
Chris O'Donnell 2 Batman Forever, Batman & Robin
Brad Pitt 2 Interview with the Vampire, Seven
Bill Pullman 2 Independence Day, Casper
Jean Reno 2 Godzilla, Mission: Impossible
Ving Rhames 2 Mission: Impossible, Con Air
Cristina Ricci 2 The Addams Family, Casper
Will Smith 2 Independence Day, Men in Black
Sharon Stone 2 Total Recall, Basic Instinct
Uma Thurman 2 Pulp Fiction, Batman & Robin

Funnymen led the way as Robin Williams scored six blockbusters while Jim Carrey will soon join him when The Truman Show crosses the $100 million mark in the weeks ahead. Tom Cruise has the distinction of being the only star with five consecutive $100 million grossing films. He will try to extend that streak to six with the much-delayed Eyes Wide Shut this winter (or spring, or whenever). Julia Roberts is the highest-ranking actress with 5 blockbusters this decade. Morgan Freeman has mixed starring and supporting roles in 5 blockbusters including Driving Miss Daisy which opened in limited release in December 1989, but went wide and grossed most of its $106.4M in 1990.

Among those with three $100 million hits are Kevin Costner (who has not reached the milestone since 1992), Demi Moore (who has been absent from the elite club since 1993), and Nicolas Cage whose three action entries were released in a 13 month period. Harrison Ford is credited with three hits as Star Wars - Special Edition was simply a re-release of a 1977 classic blockbuster. Sci-fi guru Jeff Goldblum found himself in the right place at the right time as his three box office smashes together grossed nearly $900 million domestically. Bill Paxton managed to collect three blockbusters with two supporting roles and the lead in Twister. And Bruce Willis is just weeks away from adding Armageddon to his blockbuster list - his first addition in over three years - thereby pulling ahead of the former Mrs. Bruce Willis.

In the group of actors with two $100M grossing films are those who relied solely on franchises like Pierce Brosnan, Neve Campbell, Chris O'Donnell, and Hollywood's newest husband Macaulay Culkin. Surprisingly, Brad Pitt only has two entries on the list with each film just barely crossing the $100 million hurdle. Eddie Murphy, a staple in the $100 million club of the 1980s, got his first of the decade in 1996 and could make it two with his vocal donation to Disney's Mulan. And which $20 million star has had no big blockbusters in the 1990s? Yo, Adrian! Stallone's last vehicle to gross over $100 million was 1985's Rambo : First Blood II.

With just eighteen months left in this decade, Hollywood's heavyweights have little time to boost their rankings. Some of the most promising box office prospects right now belong to Will Smith and Nicolas Cage who have successfully turned themselves into the next generation of action heroes.

Written by Gitesh PandyaHome