Even the best A-list actors star in a flop every now and then but there are some who do it more than others! It might be hard to tell which movies are going to be a blockbuster and which ones will be a flop based solely on the script but some actors are good at choosing which vehicles to star in and some aren't. There are some actors who used to star in nothing but box office hits but, as time went on, their star power deteriorated which led to nothing but a string of flops.
It's not easy for A-list actors to maintain their status because one bad movie can completely ruin their reputation. However, some A-list celebrities manage to hold onto their A-list status while also starring in a string of flops. Then there are some actors who have never managed to break into the A-list status and continue to star in bad movie after bad movie.
Any actor who stars in a superhero movie (especially Marvel movies) is almost guaranteed to have a hit on their hands that will launch them into superstardom. However, that doesn't always mean that the other movies they star in are bound to be hits. There are also some celebrities who have A-list spouses but that doesn't mean that they are A-list actors themselves. Actors with famous partners are bound to get land more roles but that doesn't mean those roles will be good. There are also some actors who used to be A-listers but, as time went on, their careers tanked. One actor's career is like a rollercoaster; revived, then tanked, revived again, then tanked again.
25 Flops: Johnny Depp Started Out Strong, But Went Downhill
For the first two decades of his career, Johnny Depp starred in a string of off-beat hits. His first legitimate movie role was in the iconic horror movie Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 and he went on to star in hits and cult classics such as Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. However, his first mainstream, a big-budget hit was Pirates of the Caribbean in 2004 and while his he nabbed an Academy Award nomination for his role as Jack Sparrow, his legitimacy as a serious actor started to wane and his status as an off-beat star of cult movies was almost gone forever.
While he continued to star in the increasingly worsening installments of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, he also starred in flops such as 'The Lone Ranger', 'Transcendence', 'Dark Shadows', 'Mortdecai', and 'The Rum Diary'.
Though some of his movies such as Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Sherlock Gnomes made a profit, they did not fare well critically. Though he is starring in the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series, there has been talk of Harry Potter fans boycotting the movie because of the allegations made against him by his ex-wife Amber Heard.
24 Blockbusters: The Curious Case Of Brad Pitt
Despite having a very public life, Brad Pitt has managed to stay at the top of the A-list for decades and only recently (after his high-profile divorce from Angelina Jolie) has his star begun to fall, though only slightly. His small role in Ridley Scott's Thelma and Louise managed to grab the attention of Hollywood even though it wasn't a starring role--in fact he only had a few minutes worth of screen time. With his charm and good-looks, he proved to be an up-and-comer in Hollywood and it helped to land him a starring role in Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It. It was this role that proved that he was much more than just a pretty face. After a supporting role in True Romance, Pitt was launched into A-list status with Legends of the Fall, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Seven, Twelve Monkeys, Seven Years in Tibet, before wrapping up the 1990s with Fight Club in 1999. The 2000s saw a more mainstream Pitt with Troy, Ocean's Eleven, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
The scandal that followed Mr. & Mrs. Smith (you know, the one where he left his wife Jennifer Aniston to be with his costar, Angelina Jolie) did little to deter his momentum. He starred in the critically acclaimed Terrence Malick movie Tree of Life and the Academy Award nominee for best picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (for which he nabbed an Oscar nomination). He also starred in his such as World War Z, Moneyball (which earned him an Oscar nomination), Inglorious Basterds. Only in the past few years has his track record begun to falter with By the Sea, Allied, and War Machine--but he will probably be able to rectify this with Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and World War Z 2.
23 Blockbusters: The Great Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio got his start as a child actor by appearing in TV shows such as The New Lassie, Parenthood, and Roseanne before nabbing his first movie role in Critters 3 in 1991. After his stint on Growing Pains, DiCaprio landed some serious movie roles in This Boy's Life alongside Robert DeNiro and What's Eating Gilbert Grape alongside Johnny Depp. With these roles, DiCaprio proved he could be taken seriously even as a child actor. After a few more big roles in small-budget movies, he was cast as Romeo in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, proving that he could handle a handle himself in a leading role.
This then led to his biggest role to date: Jack in Titanic which, at the time, was the most expensive film ever made and became the highest grossing film to date.
In one year, DiCaprio was thrust into superstardom and he starred in multiple box office hits and critically acclaimed movies over the next few years such as 'Gangs of New York', 'Catch Me If You Can', 'The Aviator', 'The Departed', and 'Blood Diamond'.
After Inception became a mainstream success, DiCaprio became a little pickier about his roles and chose to star in movies with meatier roles such as Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, and finally Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant which finally earned him an Oscar. While not all of his movies make big money at the box office, very few of his films in the past two decades have completely flopped.
22 Blockbusters: A Serkis Act
Andy Serkis may not have the name recognition of Leonardo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt but he's been in just as many hits! Serkis's career as an actor began with roles in Topsy-Turvy, Pandaemonium, and Shiner and after decades of performances on stage and TV, he landed his breakout role as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings series. At the time, motion capture technology was just beginning to take form in Hollywood and Serkis' performance in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which was both a commercial and critical hit) was not acknowledged by the Academy. This is something that many have criticized--including Serkis who voiced his opinion in a 2011 interview:
"My take is that acting is acting. A performance is a performance. With performance capture, if you don't get the performance on the day, you can't enhance the performance,"
He said in a 2011 interview. "I think there is a woeful lack of understanding from the acting community. ... The tool is nothing more than another way of recording an actor's performance."
After The Lord of the Rings, Serkis went on to star in King Kong (literally as King Kong), Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes, The Adventures of Tin-Tin, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther, and The Hobbit trilogy (which didn't fare well critically but did well at the box office).
21 Flops: Gerard Butler's Ugly Truth
Gerard Butler was on his way to becoming a lawyer before he caught the acting bug. He once told the story of watching a stage production of Trainspotting and realizing that he wanted to be an actor:
"The guy playing the lead role was phenomenal. It was such an incredible atmosphere. And I'm dying inside. This is the life I wanted to live. I can do this. I know I can do this. But it's past now. It's gone. I'm 25. I missed that opportunity."
However, a week later, he was fired from his two-year traineeship at one of Edinburgh's top law firms and he knew that this was his chance to do what he truly wanted to do. After landing a handful of small roles in low-budget films, Butler got his breakout role as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.
Even though he was criticized for his performance, it did garner him more attention in Hollywood which led to his biggest role to date: King Leonidas in 300.
It was this box office sensation that proved he could be an action hero though the action movies he would later star it would not be as well received.
After 300, he tried his hand at romance and romantic comedies with P.S. I Love You, The Ugly Truth, and The Bounty Hunter--none of them fairing well at the box office or with critics. Later came a string of campy action movies such as Olympus Has Fallen, Law Abiding Citizen, Geostorm, Gods of Egypt, Machine Gun Preacher, Gamer, London Has Fallen, and Den of Thieves. His most successful movie to date is How to Train Your Dragon.
20 Flops: Jessica Biel's Career Is Not In Seventh Heaven
Jessica Biel may be married to a famous singer but that doesn't mean that she's found the same success with her career. Biel landed her breakthrough role on the family drama 7th Heaven and because the show made her seem like a wholesome teenager, she looked for ways to create a more adult image. In 2000, Gear magazine put Biel on the cover--and she wasn't wearing much clothing. Due to the provocative spread, fans of the show called in to complain and this didn't go over well with the network but they still forced her to honor the duration of her contract though she later said that she did the shoot for Gear in an attempt to get out of it. However, she did appear in fewer and fewer episodes until she was able to leave the show in its sixth season.
Though she managed to nab a role in one commercial hit, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and one well-reviewed film, Ulee's Gold, she didn't have much luck after that. Unfortunately for Biel, most of her movies have been flops and all but three of her films are "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes including Summer Catch, Rules of Attraction, Blade: Trinity, Stealth, London, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Next, Easy Virtue, Valentine's Day, The A-Team, Total Recall, The Tall Man, A Kind of Murder.
19 Blockbusters: The Ultimate 'Rock' Star
Before Dwayne Johnson was the A-list action hero we know today, he was Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the ring wins a total of 17 WWF/WWE titles over his wrestling career. Wrestling isn't that much different than acting...because it is mostly acting.
Transitioning from a wrestling career to an acting career was an obvious choice to make. He landed his first big movie role in 2001 with 'The Mummy Returns' as 'The Scorpion King' which he reprised in 'The Scorpion King'.
Johnson finally dropped "The Rock" from his name in 2008 with Get Smart as he began to make a name for himself outside the wrestling world.
With movies like The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain, and Tooth Fairy, Johnson proved that he could handle leading roles and could provide comic relief at the same time. His career as an action hero took off with his role in Fast Five and proved to be an invaluable member of the Fast & Furious cast. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Pain & Gain may not have been critically acclaimed but they did make a good deal of money. It was Hercules in 2014 that showed Hollywood that Johnson could carry a movie on his own and San Andreas, Rampage, and Skyscraper would later follow. While Baywatch was considered a flop, it didn't lose money and Johnson made up for it with hits like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Central Intelligence, and Moana--not to mention all of the Fast & Furious movies.
18 Flops: A Wilde Ride
Olivia Wilde may have a long list of TV shows and movies on her IMDB page but only a handful of them was commercially successful and even fewer received good reviews. One of her highest rated films was Her--in which she had a bit part. Though she has a few successful TV roles under her belt, she hasn't found the same success with her movie roles. After a stint on the short-lived TV show Skin, Wilde found success on The O.C. and after landing roles in The Girl Next Door and Alpha Dog, she got her breakout role as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on House.
Her stint on House led to roles in big movies such as Tron: Legacy which didn't fare well critically but it was a box office success. She went on to star in a string of poorly reviewed movies such as The Words, The Change-Up, Cowboys & Aliens, Deadfall, Butter, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Third Person, The Longest Week, and The Lazarus Effect. Wilde attempted to take on a more dramatic role in Meadowland which received mixed reviews including one from The Los Angeles Times which read: "Meadowland leaves a lot — an establishing, enlightening character stability, for one thing — to be desired."
17 Blockbusters: Hit Hardy
Tom Hardy first got his start in Hollywood by appearing in the HBO miniseries Band Of Brothers in 2001 and then landed a role in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down in the same year. In 2002, he played the villain in Star Trek: Nemesis and then went on to play a few minor roles in various movies such as Layer Cake, The Reckoning, and Marie Antoinette. After finding some success in Hollywood, Hardy went back to his roots and appeared in various BBC miniseries such as Oliver Twist, The Virgin Queen, and starred as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights (which is how he met his wife Charlotte Riley who played his love interest, Cathy).
In 2010, Hardy appeared in Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' which was the beginning of a beneficial collaboration between him and the director.
His next several films would all prove to hit (if not critically, then commercially) including Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Warrior, This Means War, Lawless, The Dark Knight Rises, Locke, The Drop, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, and his latest collaboration with Nolan, Dunkirk. With successful stints on TV shows such as Peaky Blinders and Taboo, Hardy also has some upcoming movies such as Venom and Mad Max: The Wasteland that is likely to be as successful as his others.
16 Blockbusters: Lupita Nyong'o Is The Queen Of Hollywood
When Lupita Nyong'o was a young actress in Kenya, she became a production assistant on The Constant Gardener and she met Ralph Fiennes who told her that she should only try to be an actor if it was something she couldn't imagine doing without. Nyong'o took his words to heart and she managed to land her breakout role just a few weeks before she graduated from college. Her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen's Academy Award-winning movie, 12 Years a Slave, launched her into superstardom. She also won a slew of nominations and awards for her performance and took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her next several movie roles would all prove to be hits including Non-Stop, Queen of Katwe, The Jungle Book, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Black Panther.
It's as if Nyong'o can do no wrong. Every movie she has appeared in has been a huge success and her upcoming movies will probably fair just as well. Her next movie Little Monsters hits theaters this year, John Woo's The Killer, and Us which is Jordan Peele's highly anticipated sophomore effort after his hugely successful film, Get Out.
15 Flops: Nicolas Cage Has A Ghost Of A Career
Nicolas Cage was always destined to be in the movies considering that he is apart of the Coppola family (Francis Ford Coppola is his uncle and his cousins are Sofia Coppola and Jason Schwartzman) and he started off his career by appearing in off-beat movies that would go onto becoming cult classics such as the Coen brothers' Raising Arizona, David Lynch's Wild at Heart, and Ridley Scott's Matchstick Men. Besides working with some of Hollywood's most acclaimed directors, he starred in action movies like Face/Off and Con Air after he won Academy Award for his role in Leaving Las Vegas.
Throughout the 80s and 90s, Cage was known for his unconventional and occasionally eccentric acting style and for starring in quirky off-beat comedies and campy action movies.
Everything changed in 2005 when Cage starred in the Disney movie National Treasure which would be his most commercially successful movie to date.
This mainstream success solidified him as an A-lister but his next string of movies such as The Wicker Man, Ghost Rider, and Next would tarnish his reputation as a respected actor forever. After National Treasure: Book of Secrets became his biggest commercial success to date, his career has only confined to go downhill with flops like Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Season of the Witch, Left Behind, Pay the Ghost, Stolen, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Trespass, and Seeking Justice.
14 Blockbusters: Emma Stone Is A Star In La La Land
Emma Stone is now an Academy Award-winning actress but she got her start on reality TV. She landed her first TV role as Laurie Patridge in The New Patridge Family after winning the role on VH1's reality show In Search of the New Partridge Family in 2004. At the time, Stone was still going by her actual name, Emily Stone. She would later use the name Riley Stone until she settled on Emma Stone in 2006. After landing a small role on Malcolm in the Middle and another on Medium, Stone landed her breakout role with Superbad in 2007. After nabbing some big roles in comedies like The House Bunny and Zombieland, she got her biggest role to date in Easy A back in which she proved that she could handle a leading role.
Crazy, Stupid, Love was the first movie she starred in alongside Ryan Gosling and would go on to work with him in Gangster Squad and La La Land. By starring in The Help, she showcased her ability to shine in a dramatic role. Her two biggest box office hits to date is The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which she starred in alongside her then-boyfriend Andrew Garfield. Birdman would also be a big hit--though it gained more critical acclaim than ticket sales--and not only did it win an Academy Award for best picture but Stone won an award for best supporting actress. Stone won her second Oscar for her role in La La Land but this time she won for best actress. Though Battle of the Sexes wasn't a huge commercial success, her upcoming movie Disney's Cruella, in which she will play the titular role, is bound to be her biggest hit yet.
13 Flops: Adam Sandler And His 50 First Flops
To be fair, most of Adam Sandler's movies make money even if they garner terrible reviews. Some of his worst reviewed movies such as Pixels, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, and Just Go With It were all outrageously profitable. Still, nearly all of his movies since about 2005 have been destroyed by the critics--the only few exceptions are Judd Apatow's Funny People and Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).
Now that Sandler's new movies are all exclusively on Netflix, we don't know how much money they actually brought in but we do know that 'The Ridiculous 6' is his worst reviewed movie yet with 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Sandler first got his start on Saturday Night Live and went on to star in the goofy comedies Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy before he landed his first serious role in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love in 2002. Though he garnered critical acclaim for his turn at serious acting, he went right back to goofy comedies with Mr. Deeds and Anger Management. Though they didn't get positive reviews, movies like 50 First Dates, Click, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, and Bedtime Stories were all semi-successful--at least commercially. Sandler could have saved his reputation by starring in more quality movies like Funny People but it was clear that wasn't going to happen after Men, Women & Children, That's My Boy, and The Cobbler (all of which were poorly-reviewed flops).
12 Blockbusters: Gal Gadot Is A Wonderous Woman
Gal Gadot's stint as Wonder Woman may have single-handedly revived the reputation of the DC cinematic universe after the movie brought in $821 million worldwide making it the highest grossing DC movie after The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Before she became Wonder Woman, Gadot tried out for the role of James Bond's love interest in Quantum of Solace but she didn't get the part. She did, however, get the part of Gisele in the Fast & Furious franchise making Fast Five her first Hollywood movie.
She went on to star in Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7 before she landed her biggest role to date, Wonder Woman (and e alter ego Diana Prince), in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Wonder Woman was released in 2016 which would be her biggest movie to date and not only did it score big at the box office but it is also the best-reviewed movie in the DC Extended Universe (which includes Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League). Though Justice League did not fare well critically, it did make millions of dollars. Her upcoming roles in the DCEU such as Wonder Woman 2, The Flash, and Justice League Part 2 are bound to be hits as well.
11 Blockbusters: Michelle Williams Is The Greatest Showwoman
Michelle Williams was just 16 years old when she landed her breakout role of Jen Lindley on Dawson's Creek but before that she had appeared on episodes of Baywatch and Home Improvement. When Dawson's Creek ended in 2003, Williams went on to appear in Michael Showalter's The Baxter and Wim Wenders' Land of Plenty before she landed a small but memorable role in Brokeback Mountain where she met her husband, Heath Ledger.
She then starred in a handful of indie flicks such as 'Wendy and Lucy', 'Synecdoche', 'New York', and 'Blue Valentine' alongside Ryan Gosling which led her to be cast in more mainstream movies.
She worked with Martin Scorsese in Shutter Island, played Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn which garnered a good deal of critical acclaim, Oz The Great and Powerful did well at the box office, Manchester by the Sea was praised by critics, and The Greatest Showman is one of her biggest hits to date, and I Feel Pretty was another commercial success. Her upcoming movie Venom based on the Marvel Comics anti-hero will be her most high-profile movie to date and it was also just announced that she will be playing Janis Joplin in an upcoming biopic. Things are only looking up for Williams.
10 Flops: John Travolta Up Then Down Then Up Then Down
John Travolta was once one of the biggest stars in Hollywood before he lost it all. He revived his career in 1994 just to kill it again six years later. It all started with his breakout role in Saturday Night Fever which he followed up 1978 with Grease--both of which were hits at the box office. His career took a hit in the 80s after starring in a string of unsuccessful movies but then his career picked back up again after Quentin Tarantino cast him in Pulp Fiction in 1994 even though the studio said that he was a has-been. Tarantino was a big star again and went on to appear in successful movies such as Get Shorty, Face/Off, Primary Colors.
However, his career took another big hit with Battlefield Earth which Roger Ebert compared to "taking a bus trip with someone who has needed a bath for a long time." It's seriously so bad that even the screenwriter issued an apology for it in 2010. Travolta's career has not been able to recover even 18 years later though he did manage to get some good reviews for his performance in American Crime Story it wasn't enough to redeem him for Wild Hogs.
9 Blockbusters: Hugh Jackman All About The Hits
Hugh Jackman got his breakout role in 2000 as Wolverine in X-Men and he would continue to play the role in a total of 8 films over the course of the 17 years. After X-Men, Jackman dabbled in various genres including romantic comedy with Kate & Leopold, fantasy with Van Helsing, and drama with Australia. Jackman's biggest box office hit was X-Men: The Last Stand which was so despised by fans that it was said to have almost destroyed the franchise completely. Jackman would soon have another commercial hit on his hands with Christopher Nolan's The Prestige which also garnered positive reviews. Jackman returned to the X-Men franchise with X-Men Origins: Wolverine which paved the way for the redemption of the series.
After starring in multiple blockbusters, Jackman received an Oscar for his performance in 'Les Miserables'.
In 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past would become his second most profitable film and in 2017, Logan would become his highest rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes. He also has had several other hits over the years including Prisoners, Real Steel, Eddie the Eagle, and his latest hit, The Greatest Showman.
8 Flops: Justin Timberlake Can't Stop The Flopping
Before Justin Timberlake became a teen heartthrob in *NSYNC, he was an actor. Granted, he was an actor on The Mickey Mouse Club but you have to start somewhere, right? Timberlake went on to churn out hits as a solo artist but he went back to acting in 2005 and starred in Edison Force alongside Morgan Freeman. The movie was released direct-to-DVD. His next movie, Alpha Dog, faired a little better but not by much. He went on to appear in Black Snake Moan and The Love Guru--both of which were complete flops. Despite starring in a string of flops, Timberlake landed a role in David Fincher's The Social Network which gave him more credibility as an actor--though his performance, in particular, is often criticized.
His next projects were Yogi Bear in which he voiced the character Boo Boo and Bad Teacher, both of which were hits at the box office but were not a hit with the critics. Friends With Benefits was received fairly well with both audiences and critics but his next project, In Time (in which he tried to establish himself as an action hero) was a complete flop. He then starred in Runner, Runner, and Trouble With the Curve (both of which flopped) before landing a small role in the Coen Brother's Inside Llewyn Davis. Timberlake finally had a hit on his hands with Trolls but he went right back to starring in a flop with Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel.
7 Blockbusters: Zoe Saldana Was Involved In Four Major Franchises
Zoe Saldana started her professional acting career by appear in two episodes of Law & Order but she didn't stay in TV for very long. Her next projects were the movies Center Stage, Get Over It, Snipes, and Crossroads--none of which performed well at the box office. However, Saldana soon had a hit on her hands with Drumline which was a hit both critically and commercially. She landed a small but memorable role in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and her following project was Steven Spielberg's The Terminal which wasn't a huge hit but it did receive some positive reviews. Guess Who and Vantage Point did fairly well commercially.
It would be a few years before Saldana would star in a hit movie but when 2009 rolled around, she landed roles in two hit movies.
'Star Trek' was her biggest hit until just a few months later when 'Avatar' was released and became one of the most successful movies of all time.
Her next few movies may not have faired well but besides going on to star in two more hit Star Trek movies, she added another franchise to her resume with Guardians of the Galaxy which became a sleeper hit. This then led to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and eventually Avengers: Infinity War which is Marvel's second most successful film, the first being Black Panther. She is currently filming Avatar 2 and three more Avatar movies will come after that and all four of them are expected to be monster hits.
6 Blockbusters: Ryan Gosling, He's Got A Lot Of Drive
Like Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling got his start on The Mickey Mouse Club but he had very different career trajectory. After working in TV during the 90s, he got his first movie role in Remember the Titans in 2000. He appeared in several more, less successful movies, until he landed his breakout role in The Notebook. It would come out later that the director, Nick Cassavetes, gave him the role because he wasn't "handsome" though he would later go on to become one of Hollywood's hunkiest leading men.
It was Crazy, Stupid, Love in 2011 that helped solidify him as a heartthrob (let's never forget that moment when he takes off his shirt and reveals his six-pack abs). In that same year, he starred in Drive and Ides of March, both of which showcased his ability to act in dramatic roles. Even though he was a newly appointed A-lister, he still starred in indie films such as Only God Forgives and The Place Beyond the Pines (which is how he met his longtime girlfriend Eva Mendes). The Big Short was a hit both commercially and critically and The Nice Guys wasn't as big of a hit but it wasn't a total flop. La La Land would become the biggest hit of his career and his second biggest hit, Blade Runner: 2049 soon followed.
5 Blockbusters: Magic Channing
Channing Tatum does it all: he's proved that he can handle himself in comedic and dramatic roles--and he can dance! Tatum landed two big movie roles in 2006 in Step-Up and She's the Man and it was clear that he was an up-and-comer. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Dear John were both fairly successful commercially but it wouldn't be until 2012 that Tatum became an A-lister. The Vow, Magic Mike, and 21 Jumpstreet were all released in the same year and all three of them were hits.
He returned to the G.I. Joe franchise with G.I. Joe: Retaliation which proved to be another hit but the biggest hit of his career was The Lego Movie in which he voiced Superman.
'22 Jumpstreet' became his second most successful movie and though 'Foxcatcher' wasn't a box office hit, it did receive rave reviews.
Jupiter Ascending was a flop but he followed it up with three hits, Magic Mike XXL, The Hateful Eight, and Hail! Caesar--all of which received positive reviews.
He garnered solid reviews for his performance in Logan Lucky and his next movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle was another box office hit. His upcoming movies are Gambit and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part which is both bound to be blockbusters.
4 Flops: The Kutcher Effect
Ashton Kutcher has had a very successful TV career with That '70s Show and Two and a Half Men but his film career hasn't been as successful. Dude, Where's My Car? and Just Married were both fairly successful commercially (only because their production budget was so small) but the most successful movie Ashton Kutcher starred in throughout the course of his career was Cheaper by the Dozen.
In the mid to late 2000s, Kutcher had a string of roles in multiple flops such as The Butterfly Effect, Bobby, A Lot Like Love, Spread, and Personal Effects. What Happens in Vegas was a rare hit for Kutcher but received negative reviews. Killers was a complete flop and though Valentine's Day was a commercial success, he only had a small role.
Kutcher landed roles in movies such as No Strings Attached and New Years Eve but they only saw minor success. Jobs was Kutcher's chance to prove himself as a dramatic actor but the movie was a complete flop. His most recent movie is Annie which was released in 2014 and, again, was a flop. He hasn't appeared in a single movie that is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
3 Flops: Blake Lively Has A Not-So Lively Career
Blake Lively has only appeared in fifteen movies over the course of her career and very few of them have been successful. She got her breakout role in 2005 when she was cast in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants which wasn't all too successful and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 did not fair much better. Though she found success in television with her lead role in the hit series Gossip Girl, her next few movies, Accepted, The Private Life of Pippa Lee, New York, I Love You were all flops--and a few other movies she starred in didn't even make it to theaters.
She finally had a hit on her hands in 2010 with 'The Town' but she followed it up with 'The Green Lantern' which was a monstrous flop.
She went on to appear in Oliver Stone's Savages, Age of Adeline, Woody Allen's Café Society, All I See Is You--all of which were flops. Two of her movies, The Private Life of Pippa Lee and All I See Is You didn't even break half a million dollars in revenue. Her 2016 movie The Shallows was her first movie besides The Town that actually received positive reviews and made money at the box office.
2 Blockbusters: Tom Hiddleston's Thunderous Career
Tom Hiddleston has been a professional actor for many years and has starred in projects such as The Gathering Storm, Cranford, and Archipelago. Hiddleston hasn't been in Hollywood for very long but his career has been incredibly successful so far. He landed his first role in a Hollywood in 2011 when he was cast in Thor, thus entering one of the most successful franchises ever.
His next movie, Midnight in Paris, became a sleeper hit and War Horse was fairly successful as well. The Avengers became one of the most successful movies of all time and Thor: The Dark World was another big hit. Though some of his movies such as Only Lovers Left Alive, The Deep Blue Sea, and Crimson Peak were not incredibly profitable, they did earn some rave reviews as did High-Rise and for his role in The Night Manager for which he won an Emmy.
His following movies were all big hits including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Kong: Skull Island, Thor: Ragnarok and his most recent movie, Avengers: Infinity War, became one of the biggest hits in the Marvel franchise.
1 Blockbusters: Blunt Talk
Emily Blunt's role in The Devil Wears Prada in 2006 was her first role in a Hollywood movie ever and it would also prove to be her breakout role. Her next several movies such as The Jane Austen Book Club, The Wolfman, and Wild Target were not very successful but her role in The Young Victoria would earn her some very positive reviews.
Though Sunshine Cleaning and Gulliver's Travels were mildly successful, Blunt did not have another hit on her hands until 2011 with The Adjustment's Bureau in which she starred alongside Matt Damon. A year later, she starred in Rian Johnson's Looper in 2012 which turned out to be a sleeper hit and Edge of Tomorrow became her biggest hit to date in 2014 and solidified her as a bonafide A-lister as well as a top-notch action star.
Her next two movies, Into the Woods and Sicario were critically acclaimed. While The Girl on the Train was a hit commercially, it didn't garner a lot of positive reviews. Her most recent movie, A Quiet Place, was another sleeper hit (and also directed by her husband John Krasinski) and her upcoming movie, Disney's Mary Poppins remake, will likely be the biggest hit of her career.
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