One of the first Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live (SNL) needs no introduction, especially lately with his resounding altercation with Will Smith at the Oscars shows on March 27, 2022. Some say it was the slap in the face that was heard across the world , literally ! Aside from the recent drama the South Carolina stand-up comedian recently found himself center stage in, he’s been known for years for his legendary acting and directing career. Some of his oldest and most iconic scenes were in the 1991 crime thriller, Jack’s New Town, where he played alongside Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne and Judd Nelson. Throughout his career, he has also starred alongside fellow Bad Boys of SNL members, such as Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, David Spade, Will Ferell, and Rob Schneider. Here are ten of Chris Rock’s highest-grossing films as a director and actor.
ten Madagascar 3: the most wanted in Europe
It took seven years to be produced, but following the success of the first Madagascar film in 2005, Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) and his best friend, Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), were back in the 2012 animated action-adventure comedy, Madagascar 3: the most wanted in Europe. Also along for the ride were their pet friends, Gloria the hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith) and goofy but lovable giraffe, Melvin (David Schwimmer). Following the events of the latest series of films, the group of friends decide to go in search of their other domesticated wild animal friends, among them the genius penguins, Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico ( John DiMaggio) and Private (Christopher Knights), and chimpanzees, Mason (Conrad Vernon) and Phil. The film also stars Cedric The Entertainer and Sacha Baron Cohen, grossing a total of $746.921 million at the worldwide box office.
They say lions are not meant to be tamed. And besides, no wild animal is meant to be tamed! computer animated film, Madagascar, released in 2005, follows the routine lives of the praised and famous lion, Alex (Ben Stiller), a foxy hippo named Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith), a hypochondriac Somali giraffe named Melvin (David Lawrence Schwimmer) and a a plains zebra named Marty (Chris Rock), who misses the mundane life as a tourist attraction at the Central Park Zoo. When Marty learns that the penguins, led by Skipper (Tom McGrath) and his minions Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Jeffrey Katzenberg) and Private (Christopher Knights) are planning to escape from the zoo, he’s up for it! He invites Alexa, Gloria and Marty to join him and they all escape with two chimpanzees, Mason and Phil. When they are spotted at Grand Central Rail Station, authorities doze them off with tranquilizers and ship them to a Kenyan wildlife sanctuary. However, the dangerously intelligent penguins take over the ship and plan to head to Antarctica, but end up in Madagascar. The comedy film earned a total of $556.559 million at the box office.
8 Doctor Dolittle
César Millan is perhaps the Dog Whispererbut there is nothing on Doctor Dolittle! In 1998, the first box office success of the fantasy comedy film, Doctor Dolittledid much better than its author, the 1967 musical The story of Doctor Dolittle. The film also started out as a novel written by Hugh Lofting before becoming a film franchise. It follows the life of John Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) who realized at the age of five that he had a special ability to talk to animals, starting with his dog. However, after his father invites a priest to perform an exorcism on John to remove the “devil” from him, his dog bites the priest and is fired, causing John to stop talking to animals. Decades pass and he becomes a doctor and surgeon married to Lisa (Kristen Wilson) who shares two daughters named Charisse (Raven Symone) and Maya Dolittle (Kayla Pratt). They also own a guinea pig called Rodney (Chris Rock). The film earned $294.156 million worldwide.
This is probably the funniest and most cast-inclusive animated film of recent times. Released in 2007, the comedy film chronicles the life of Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld), an intelligent bee with the unique ability to talk to humans. After graduating from college, he and his friend, Adam Flayman (Matthew Broderick), intend to start working in the honey manufacturing workforce of Honex Industries. However, Barry’s innovative and ambitious attitude often gets him into trouble with his superiors as well as a group of Pollen Jocks. On his first pollen-gathering assignment in New York, Barry gets lost in the rain and finds himself on the balcony of a florist named Vanessa Bloom (Renée Zellweger). Barry and Vanessa grow closer, which infuriates her boyfriend, Ken (Patrick Warburton). After learning about the harsh conditions bees are kept in during honey production, he decides to sue the human race and end the exploitation the bees face. Chris Rock plays Mooseblood the Mosquito and guest appearances were made by Ray Liotta and Sting, with the film grossing $287.594 million at the box office.
6 Lethal Weapon 4
When Chris Rock started getting roles in multi-million blockbuster movie franchises like Lethal Weapon 4, his career was undoubtedly headed for the stars and beyond! Released in 1998, the action flick Buddy Cop was the latest of four film series that had all previously been remarkably successful. In this series, Hollywood’s favorite officer duo, Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) have been promoted to captains by Captain Murphy (Steve Khan). Meanwhile, Roger’s daughter, Rianne (Tracie Wolf), reveals she has become pregnant by Detective Lee Butlers (Chris Rock), whom they are trying to hide from Rogers. When the dynamic duo stumble upon a Chinese immigrant smuggling ring with Leo Getz (Joe Pesci), they make unwanted enemies with a crime boss named Benny Chan and a high-ranking Triad negotiator named Wah Sing Ku ( Jet Li). The action-packed film earned a total of $285.4 million at the box office.
5 Beverly Hills Cop 2
Eddie Murphy has always been a hilarious actor and stand-up comedian, responsible for “mounting” many other successful actors and comedians in the Hollywood industry. One such actor who got his first acting role with Eddie Murphy was Chris Rock who played a parking lot valet in the cop buddies movie, Beverly Hills Cop 2. The movie follows a cheeky and daring officer named Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) who, on his own directive, flies to Beverly Hills after hearing about the shooting of Captain Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox). He is eagerly assisted by Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Detective John Taggart (John Ashton) who help him solve the case. Foley poses as an FBI officer to trick Beverly Hills Police Chief Harold Lutz (Allen Garfield). Together they bring down Karla Fry (Brigitte Nielson) and Maxwell Dent (Jürgen Prochnow) who are responsible for the “Alphabet Crimes”. With a budget of $27 million, the film earned $276.665 million.
4 Death at funeral
For a man who has his own show, Everybody Hates Chris, one would expect him to have much more talent than that of a mere actor. Chris Rock also wears the producer and director hats, with one of his most successful co-produced films being Death at funeral, released in 2010. When the bestselling novelist’s father, Aaron (Chris Rock), and his younger brother Ryan (Martin Lawrence), who is also a bestselling novelist, prepare to be buried in a funeral service, the Things couldn’t have gone more horribly. When it is revealed at the funeral that their father had a secret gay lover named Frank (Peter Dinklage), who threatens to show very intimate photos to Aaron’s mother, Cynthia (Loretta Devine), in exchange for 30,000 $. The film also starred Danny Glover, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart and Tracy Morgan. The film earned $48.97 million worldwide.
In 2021, Chris Rock took on a different role from the usual comedian he normally plays. Listed as the ninth installment in the Saw film series, Spiral is a horror film that begins with off-duty Detective Marv Bozwick (Daniel Petronijevic) finding himself hanging by his tongue in a busy subway tunnel with the choice to rip his tongue out to save his life. life of dying by an oncoming train. He fails to escape the trap and gets knocked down by the train. The next day, Police Captain Angie Garza (Marisol Nichols) attributes Detective Zeke Banks (Chris Rock) and Detective William Schenk (Max Minghella) to the homicide and they discover it is the fingerprint of the deceased Jigsaw Killer. As more and more detectives fall victim to the meticulous traps set by the unknown killer, Banks realizes that his seemingly inexperienced rookie partner, Emmerson, is the one behind the murders and dies in one of his traps. . Although Rock only acted as an actor in this film, the film earned a total of $39.522 million.
2 Head of state
Years before Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States of America, Chris Rock outplayed him in the 2003 political comedy, Head of state. This movie was actually written and directed by Chris Rock and follows the life of Mays Gilliam, a Washington D.C. 9th Ward councilman who reluctantly agrees to be chosen as the Democratic Party’s nominee in the 2004 presidential election after the first presidential and vice-president of the party. -presidential candidates and he is hailed as a hero for saving a pregnant woman from an explosion. Quite the national hero! This all happens after he is dumped by his girlfriend, Kim (Robin Givens), who is desperately trying to get back together with him after his nomination. He is backed by his brother and later Vice President, Mitch Gilliam (Bernie Mac) while taking on the other presidential candidate, Brian Lewis (Nick Searcy). Although not a box office bomb, the film earned $38.6 million on a $35 million budget.
1 top five
It’s safe to say at this point that Chris Rock solidified himself as an accomplished actor, writer, producer, and director. Although he didn’t produce as many movies as Spike Lee and didn’t come close to his level of success as a director, he can confidently say that none of his movies failed. In 2014, he wrote and directed a comedy film titled top five where he plays the role of a recovering alcoholic named Andre Allen who is interviewed by a reporter named Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson). They get into his limo and walk through New York where they meet Chelsea’s boyfriend Brad and his friend Ryan, and Chelsea reveals that she believes Brad is gay. Gabrielle Union also plays the role of André’s fiancée. Against a budget of $12 million, the film was a modest success, grossing $26 million at the box office.
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