Born on August 25, 1958, Tim Burton was raised in Burbank, California. After completing his education in animation at the California Institute of Arts, he worked as a Disney animator for some months before his first directorial debut. He is a very famous American director, producer and writer, best known for creating visually striking films based on varied themes. Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, and The Nightmare Before Christmas are some of his most popular movies from the initial days of his career. Even though his personal life and marriage could not bring favorable results for him, Burton has been one of the luckiest people in terms of career growth in Hollywood.
For over 25 years, Tim Burton has enjoyed being one of the most successful directors in Hollywood. There’s not a single genre that he hasn’t touched and revamped with his own creativity and unsurpassed talent. His unmatched style and sense of delivering his movies, whether real or animated has led him to be where he is today. Johnny Depp and Tim make a blockbuster pair with a record of over eight super-hit movies. A lot has been told about his directorial movies all over the internet, but here we have focused on the movies that he has produced and how well they have performed at the box office. Let’s take a look at top 10 highest earning films ever produced by Tim Burton.
10. James and the Giant Peach (Gross Earning – $28,946,127)
A heartwarming mix of fun and nuts, James and the Giant Peach is a story about a boy who is forced to live with his horrid aunts after the demise of his parents. The movie did not do much in the eyes of critics, but fans enjoyed each and every element of the movie, making it a huge hit in 1996 with over $28 million in gross earnings.
9. 9 (Gross Earning – $31,749,894)
This animated movie touched a really sensitive world issue, where man and machine find it difficult to coexist on the same planet. However, when the hand-stitched doll with the number 9 written on its back comes to life, it discovers the presence of other dolls with different numbers. The movie did well in explaining what could happen to the world if people do not take care of what they are putting into the world. It was one of the blockbusters of 2009. In fact, it is regarded as one of the best movies of the first decade of the 21st century.
8. Frankenweenie (Gross Earning – $35,291,068)
What do you do when your beloved dog dies? The Young Victor actually decided to conduct an experiment only to realize that he is suffering from unintended, sometimes monstrous consequences. The subject was pretty interesting and instantly grabbed the eyes of Tim Burton’s fans.
7. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Gross Earning – $37,519,139)
Benjamin Walker in the role of Abraham Lincoln did all he could to make himself look like the perfect choice for the role. His nightmare about vampires comes to reality when he becomes the President. He learnt all the skills to do the job right. The fact that the President was more concerned about vampires than the country’s economics made it a must watch movie.
6. Mars Attacks (Gross Earning – $37,771,017)
With Jack Nicholson in the role of a president, Sarah Jessica Parker’s head on a chihuahua’s body and Martians that speak like a bird, Mars Attacks was conceived with enough goodness of both the world, where a die hard fan of sci-fi would not forget cracking a smilet. Even though, the film received poor response by critics, the repeat viewing by fans brought it to the top of the best films of 1999.
5. Tim Burton’s Corpse bride (Gross Earning – $53,359,111)
This is one of the most unexpected story plots that came into the limelight, where a dead women becomes married to a man who was accidentally and unknowingly practicing his marriage vows in front of her dead body. The voice overs were done by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter for individual characters. The movie was nominated at the 78th Annual Academy Award for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award.
4. Edward Scissorhands (Gross Earning – $56,362,352)
This movie is his perfect example of his most personal works. Edward Scissorhands was acclaimed to have won the interest and accolades of fans all over the world. It was a perfect film focusing on various aspects of the life of the younger generation, including hopes, romance, and the feeling of incompleteness. The movie has endured for new generations to discover and enjoy. The major highlights of the film were makeup and costume designs, along with a superb performance by Johnny Depp in the role of Edward.
3. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (Gross Earning – $75,082,668)
Even though Tim Burton doesn’t get the credit for directing the film, The Nightmare Before Christmas did amazingly well at the box-office. It is a dark-yet-lighthearted aesthetically impressive movie that proves that even as a producer, Tim had his hands all over the project. Burton wrote and produced the film, in partnership with writer Michael McDowell and Danny Elfman. With characters like the unforgettable Sally, Jack Skellington, and Lock, The Nightmare Before Christmas had all the right components to earn the rank on this list.
2. Batman Returns (Gross Earning – $162,831,698)
Christopher Nolan may have looked to be a perfect choice for the character, but Tim Burton was the first one to introduce the darker side of Bruce Wayne in his directorial movie Batman in 1989. The characters in the film, especially the Joker who was performed by Jack Nicholson, and Michael Keaton playing batman had over-the-top performances to justify the roles found in Batman. It’s got a compelling story, action, plenty of comic relief, especially with Nicholson.
1. Batman Forever (Gross Earning – $184,031,112)
Not many people know that Burton did not get the greenlight to direct the original Batman (1989) before his Beetlejuice got unsurpassed success at the box office. However, in less than a decade, he got the opportunity to produce the sequel of the Batman series, which became an instant hit at the box office. According to experts and critics, Tim’s success with Batman was actually the reason behind the enormous response to the sequel.
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