The career of Seth Rogen has seen him become one of the most beloved actors in all of Hollywood. Rogen was never expected to break out at this level until he received a few huge roles in the mid-2000s. The success would open the door for Rogen to write, direct and produce his own material. Hollywood has welcomed in Rogen since his sense of humor is providing a strong level of success on the big screen.
We will look at just which films involving the Canadian stoner have made the most money. While some of the obvious comedic hits are there, many will be surprised to see a few family films on the list as well. Rogen has expanded his versatility from lead comedic roles to serious characters to voice acting. Find out which scored the most success with the top ten highest-grossing movies of Seth Rogen’s career.
10 The 40-Year-Old Virgin: $177 million
The breakout role for Seth Rogen came when playing Cal in The 40-Year-Old Virgin film. Steve Carell was the lead star of the movie with Rogen, Paul Rudd and Romany Malco playing his friends. Rogen had a few great one-liners that showcased his comedic presence to Hollywood.
This was the turning point in Rogen’s career to start getting major roles moving forward. The 40-Year-Old Virgin made an impressive $177 million at the box office. This was a more impressive figure for movies in the 2000s as an A-List comedy.
9 Knocked Up: $219 million
Judd Apatow continued casting Seth Rogen in a few more movies moving forward. Knocked Up was the first film for Rogen in the lead role of Ben Stone as he played a slacker having to come to grips with becoming a parent after a one-night hookup.
The movie found success at the box office to prove that Rogen could thrive in a leading role. Knocked Up made $219 million internationally one of the more successful comedies of 2007. If this movie flopped, Rogen’s star power may have fizzled out in Hollywood.
8 The Green Hornet: $229 million
Reception for The Green Hornet film was overwhelmingly negative with both viewers and critics disliking it. Many felt Seth Rogen and company missed the charm of the superhero character that came off poorly in this portrayal on the big screen.
The Green Hornet still raked in huge money internationally making an incredible $229 million. Even with the negative word of mouth, people still wanted to see what it would be like to have Rogen play Britt Reid. It still didn’t do well enough to bring in interest for sequels.
7 Neighbors: $270 million
The duo of Seth Rogen and Zac Efron starred in the hit comedy Neighbors. Rogen played the character of Mac Radner as a family man in the movie. The loud parties from the frat house with Efron’s character led to them clashing and trying to outdo the other.
Critical response for the movie was mixed, but the box office success made it a hit. Neighbors made $270 million at the box office and created enough interest for a sequel. Rogen and Efron’s comedy played well together as the strongest asset of the movie.
6 Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who: $300 million
The voice acting career of Seth Rogen is extremely underrated when looking back at the hit films he was a part of. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who brought the classic children’s book to the big screen with the animated film having a star-studded voice cast.
Rogen voiced the character of Morton the Mouse as the movie found huge success. The total box office income for Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who internationally reached $300 million. Rogen’s voice acting was also impressive as Morton was a huge part of the film.
5 Monsters vs Aliens: $381 million
Another great animation role for Seth Rogen featured him voicing the character of B.O.B. in Monsters vs Aliens. The movie featured a group of “monsters” held by the government due to their nature as a threat to civilization.
Rogen does a great job voicing the comedic moments for his character in the movie. Monsters vs Aliens was a huge success at the box office making $381 million internationally. It was among the most successful movies of 2009 at the box office.
4 Kung Fu Panda 3: $517 million
The Kung Fu Panda franchise helped make Seth Rogen one of the top A-List voice actors in Hollywood. Rogen played the character of Mantis in the movie about the panda voiced by Jack Black trying to become a kung fu master.
Audiences all over the world enjoyed the franchise enough to create three films and a television series. Kung Fu Panda 3 made an outstanding $517 million at the box office. Not many people are aware of Rogen’s success in the animated roles, but profits like this are why he’s so wealthy today.
3 Kung Fu Panda: $631 million
The first Kung Fu Panda movie was regarded as the most beloved by viewers and critics. It started the story with the unique tale of Po trying to improve his kung fu fighting skills. Seth Rogen lucked into a role in the first one as Mantis and became part of the team for the ride.
Kung Fu Panda made $631 million at the box office internationally to show just how many wanted to see the movie. A franchise was born to thanks to the success of the first movie. Rogen’s unique voice and comedic expressions made him a great choice for Mantis.
2 Kung Fu Panda 2: $664 million
The most successful movie of the Kung Fu Panda franchise and the second biggest financial success of Seth Rogen’s career was Kung Fu Panda 2. Given the huge success of the first film, it was an easy decision to move forward with a sequel continuing the story of the characters.
Rogen returned to voice Mantis in the second installment that made huge money. Kung Fu Panda 2 raked in an astonishing $664 million internationally. A third sequel was planned due to the shock and happiness of Kung Fu Panda 2 outshining the first one financially.
1 The Lion King: $1.6 billion
Another voice role would give Seth Rogen one of the dream gigs in his career. Disney’s live-action/CGI portrayal of the Lion King film was released in 2019 with a star-studded cast. Rogen was selected to voice the beloved character of Pumbaa the warthog.
The role required Rogen to deliver comedy, sing and even make animal sounds. Lion King was a smash hit making $1.6 billion at the box office all over the world. Rogen was critically praised as one of the best parts of the movie. Lion King ended up being the biggest financial success on Rogen’s resume and one of the biggest in box office history.