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December 4, 2012
 

Who is the Most Successful of the Three Main Action Stars?

I wanted to do a detailed box office dissection and include JCVD and Steven Seagal but sadly those figures weren’t available, also the majority of their films have been straight to DVD over the past decade. So here are all the box office totals for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone & Bruce Willis. Let’s see who is really the biggest star of them all.

 

 

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Date Title Lifetime Gross Theatres
8/17/12 The Expendables 2 $85,028,192 3,355
8/13/10 The Expendables $103,068,524 3,398
5/21/09 Terminator Salvation  CAMEO
$125,322,469
 3,602
6/16/04 Around the World in 80 Days  CAMEO $24,008,137  2,801
7/2/03 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines $150,371,112 3,504
2/8/02 Collateral Damage $40,077,257 2,824
11/17/00 The 6th Day $34,604,280 2,516
11/24/99 End of Days $66,889,043 2,652
6/20/97 Batman and Robin $107,325,195 2,942
11/22/96 Jingle All the Way $60,592,389 2,404
6/21/96 Eraser $101,295,562 2,556
11/23/94 Junior $36,763,355 1,896
7/15/94 True Lies $146,282,411 2,561
6/18/93 Last Action Hero $50,016,394 2,339
7/3/91 Terminator 2: Judgment Day $204,843,345 2,495
12/22/90 Kindergarten Cop $91,457,688 1,937
6/1/90 Total Recall $119,412,921 2,131
12/9/88 Twins $111,938,388 1,659
6/17/88 Red Heat $34,994,648 1,892
11/13/87 The Running Man $38,122,105 1,694
6/12/87 Predator $59,735,548 1,636
6/6/86 Raw Deal $16,209,459 1,733
10/4/85 Commando $35,100,000 1,504
7/5/85 Red Sonja $6,948,633 1,091
10/26/84 The Terminator $38,371,200 1,112
6/29/84 Conan the Destroyer $31,042,035 1,249
5/14/82 Conan the Barbarian $39,565,475 1,683

Lifetime Gross Total: $1,706,986,635

 

SYLVESTER STALLONE

Date Title
Lifetime Gross Theatres
8/17/12 The Expendables 2 $85,028,192 3,355
7/8/11 Zookeeper Voice $80,360,843 3,482
8/13/10 The Expendables $103,068,524 3,398
1/25/08 Rambo $42,754,105 2,764
12/20/06 Rocky Balboa $70,270,943 3,019
4/9/04 Shade $25,032 6
7/25/03 Spy Kids 3D: Game Over $111,761,982 3,388
9/20/02 Eye See You (a.k.a. D-TOX) $79,161 78
4/27/01 Driven $32,720,065 2,905
10/6/00 Get Carter $14,967,182 2,315
10/2/98 Antz Voice $90,757,863 2,929
2/27/98 An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn $45,779 19
8/15/97 Cop Land $44,862,187 2,233
12/6/96 Daylight $33,023,469 2,189
10/6/95 Assassins $30,303,072 2,343
6/30/95 Judge Dredd $34,693,481 2,204
10/7/94 The Specialist $57,362,582 2,522
10/8/93 Demolition Man $58,055,768 2,258
5/28/93 Cliffhanger $84,049,211 2,431
2/21/92 Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot! $28,411,210 1,958
4/26/91 Oscar $23,562,716 1,391
11/16/90 Rocky V $40,946,358 2,106
12/22/89 Tango & Cash $63,408,614 1,575
8/4/89 Lock Up $22,099,847 1,384
5/25/88 Rambo III $53,715,611 2,562
2/13/87 Over the Top $16,057,580 1,758
5/23/86 Cobra $49,042,224 2,131
11/27/85 Rocky IV $127,873,716 2,254
5/22/85 Rambo: First Blood Part II $150,415,432 2,074
6/22/84 Rhinestone $21,435,321 1,630
7/15/83 Staying Alive $64,892,670 1,747
10/22/82 First Blood $47,212,904 1,054
5/28/82 Rocky III $125,049,125 1,317
7/31/81 Victory $10,853,418
4/10/81 Nighthawks $14,905,359
6/15/79 Rocky II $85,182,160
9/22/78 Paradise Alley $7,185,518
4/26/78 F.I.S.T. $20,388,920
11/21/76 Rocky $117,235,147

Lifetime Gross Total: $1,828,006,136

 

BRUCE WILLIS

Date Title Lifetime Gross Theatres
9/28/12 Looper $65,915,585 2,993
9/7/12 The Cold Light of Day $3,763,583 1,511
8/17/12 The Expendables 2 $85,028,192 3,355
5/25/12 Moonrise Kingdom $45,512,466 924
10/15/10 Red $90,380,162 3,349
8/13/10 The Expendables $103,068,524 3,398
2/26/10 Cop Out $44,875,481 3,150
9/25/09 Surrogates $38,577,772 2,992
2009 The Last Full Measure (formerly Solace) n/a
10/17/08 What Just Happened? $1,090,947 88
6/27/07 Live Free or Die Hard $134,529,403 3,411
6/15/07 Nancy Drew Cameo $25,612,520 2,612
4/13/07 Perfect Stranger $23,984,949 2,661
4/6/07 Grindhouse (Cameo) $25,037,897 2,629
1/12/07 Alpha Dog $15,309,602 1,292
5/19/06 Over the Hedge (Voice) $155,019,340 4,093
4/7/06 Lucky Number Slevin $22,495,466 1,989
3/3/06 16 Blocks $36,895,141 2,706
4/1/05 Sin City $74,103,820 3,230
3/11/05 Hostage $34,639,939 2,183
12/10/04 Ocean’s Twelve (Cameo) $125,544,280 3,290
8/27/04 Grand Champion (Cameo) $54,579 13
4/9/04 The Whole Ten Yards $16,328,471 2,654
6/13/03 Rugrats Go Wild (Voice) $39,402,572 3,041
3/7/03 Tears of the Sun $43,734,876 2,973
2/15/02 Hart’s War $19,077,641 2,459
10/12/01 Bandits $41,575,141 3,207
11/22/00 Unbreakable $95,011,339 2,708
7/7/00 Disney’s The Kid $69,691,949 2,343
2/18/00 The Whole Nine Yards $57,262,492 2,910
10/15/99 The Story of Us $27,100,031 2,175
9/17/99 Breakfast of Champions $178,278 11
8/6/99 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 2,821
11/6/98 The Siege $40,981,289 2,582
7/1/98 Armageddon $201,578,182 3,184
4/3/98 Mercury Rising $32,935,289 2,399
11/14/97 The Jackal $54,930,280 2,309
5/9/97 The Fifth Element $63,820,180 2,500
12/20/96 Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (Voice) $63,118,386 2,417
9/20/96 Last Man Standing $18,115,927 2,579
12/29/95 12 Monkeys $57,141,459 1,629
12/22/95 Four Rooms $4,257,354 319
5/19/95 Die Hard: With A Vengeance $100,012,499 2,579
12/23/94 Nobody’s Fool $39,491,975 1,107
10/14/94 Pulp Fiction $107,928,762 1,494
8/19/94 Color of Night $19,726,050 1,740
7/22/94 North $7,182,747 1,481
9/17/93 Striking Distance $24,107,867 1,917
7/31/92 Death Becomes Her $58,422,650 1,866
4/10/92 The Player (Cameo) $21,706,101 452
12/13/91 The Last Boy Scout $59,509,925 1,823
11/1/91 Billy Bathgate $15,565,363 1,177
5/24/91 Hudson Hawk $17,218,080 2,072
4/19/91 Mortal Thoughts $18,784,957 1,196
12/22/90 The Bonfire of the Vanities $15,691,192 1,395
12/14/90 Look Who’s Talking Too (Voice) $47,789,074 1,647
7/6/90 Die Hard 2: Die Harder $117,540,947 2,507
10/13/89 Look Who’s Talking (Voice) $140,088,813 1,651
9/15/89 In Country $3,531,971 606
7/15/88 Die Hard $83,008,852 1,713
4/29/88 Sunset $4,594,452 1,024
3/27/87 Blind Date $39,321,715 1,390

Lifetime Gross Total: $2,928,866,209

So the winner is… BRUCE WILLIS! I was expecting it to be Arnie but Bruce is first by a considerable amount. So the answer to who is the most successful action hero of all time is Bruce Willis. Yipee-ki-yay!



About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



 
 

 

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