The past year has been the biggest yet for Matthew McConaughey's career; he made the move from being the King of romantic comedies to Oscar winner, as well as taking on one of his most complicated and enthralling characters yet on the hit HBO show True Detective.
McConaughey's acting career began when he was cast as Wooderson in 1993's cult classic Dazed and Confused; after this breakout role McConaughey quickly became one of the most sought after young stars in Hollywood, starring alongside high profile actors like Kevin Spacey and Sandra Bullock in films like Lone Star and A Time to Kill. By the end of the 90's, McConaughey was starting to star in big budget romantic comedies, and by the mid 2000's he was one of the highest-paid men in comedy, starring in films like Fool's Gold, The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
After a brief career break, and a new acting coach, McConaughey came back to be one of the most critically acclaimed and loved actors of the past year; winning an SAG, Golden Globe and Oscar for his performance in the low budget biopic of AIDS sufferer and activist Ron Woodruff. So to celebrate the amazing year he's had here's the top 10 most expensive movies of Matthew McConaughey's career:
10 The Wedding Planner: $35 Million
9 The Lincoln Lawyer: $40 Million
8 A Time to Kill: $40 million
7 Failure to Launch: $50 Million
During an interview with Graham Norton, McConaughey talked about his signature "lean" in movie posters (seen below), and how the greater the lean usually meant the greater the profit for the film. His biggest lean of all came on 2006's Failure to Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker; released at the peak of his romantic comedy career this $50 million movie raked in a massive $128 million at the box office.
6 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: $50 Million
5 Reign of Fire: $60 Million
4 Fool's Gold: $70 Million
3 EdTv: $80 Million
2 The Wolf of Wall Street: $100 Million
1 Sahara: $160 Million
Released in 2005, Sahara was an action/adventure starring Steve Zahn, Penelope Cruz and Matthew McConaughey. Based on the best-selling novel by Clive Cussler, Sahara tells the story of explorer Dirk Pitt who goes on the adventure of a lifetime seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa. Despite opening at number one and grossing $18 million during its opening weekend, this film only managed to make $119 million during its release, proving just how easy it can be for a film to have to such a big budget that it's nearly impossible to make a profit at the box office.
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