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March 13, 2011

Gauging Vince Vaughn’s marketability

Filed under: For your pleasure — BJ @ 10:13 pm
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Here’s a feature on another 40-year-old A-list actor. Vince Vaughn‘s last five movies have all treaded IMDb’s “unwatchable” rating (less than 6.0), which would make you think he’s one of the worst actors ever. Yet, he’s an A-list comedian who rakes in the dough, similar to two others with similarly poor ratings, Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell, who he’s been in several movies with. It’s funny that critics constantly pan their movies, yet people find them to be among the funniest actors. Well, guys mostly. Vaughn is the youngest (40), tallest (6’5″) and receives the smallest budget of the three. And again, it was a recent flop in The Dilemma, which didn’t look like an outright bomb like say, Ferrell’s Land of the Lost, that had me looking for answers.

Vince Vaughn Filmography 2007 – Present
Movie IMDb Rating Budget (in millions) Gross Revenue (in millions)
Wedding Crashers 7.1 40 285
The Break-Up 5.8 52 203
Fred Claus 5.6 n/a 98
Four Christmases 5.7 80 164
Couples Retreat 5.4 60 169
The Dilemma 4.9 70 66

While Sandler and Ferrell write the majority of their hits, Vaughn deserves credit in his own right. Reese Witherspoon, who probably takes her roles as seriously as Natalie Portman, complained after working with Vaughn on Four Christmases how he adlibs every single line, making it hard for her to react when there’s a script to stick to. That says about as much of Vaughn’s natural comedic talent as it does of his inconsideracy for destroying all of the other actors on set.

Sandler brings in the most money of the three on an average of the last five released, with an amazing $176+ million (and that’s without any animated movies). It helps that he has a huge international fan base, unlike the other two, and is as internationally recognizable as Jim Carrey. He’s in the widest range of genres, doing anything from Disney movies to serious roles, whereas Vaughn is typecast as your sarcastic pessimist, like a melodramatic, fast-talking Paul Rudd.

Adam Sandler Filmography 2008 – Present
Movie IMDb Rating Budget (in millions) Gross Revenue (in millions)
You Don’t Mess With the Zohan 5.6 90 203
Bedtime Stories 6.1 80 206
Funny People 6.8 75 72
Grown Ups 5.8 80 271
Just Go With It 6.1 80 129+

Strangely, Ferrell commands the largest budget of the three on the last five with an average of $97 million, and brings in the least at $146 million per, which comes out to a small profit, if any. He easily does the most work away from the big screen, doing video shorts on Funny or Die, Adam McKay‘s website, who he produces and works with, and making a number of appearances on TV series’.

Will Ferrell Filmography 2008 – Present
Movie IMDb Rating Budget (in millions) Gross Revenue (in millions)
Semi-Pro 5.7 90 44
Step Brothers 6.7 65 128
Land of the Lost 5.3 100 69
The Other Guys 6.7 100 169
Megamind (animation) 7.3 130 319

Vaughn, who plays the least outrageous characters of all the A-list funny men, can hang with the best as evidenced. He can gladly not use any of the dialogue from my screenplay and make up his own any day.

BJ

Adam Sandler Filmography 2008 – Present
Movie IMDb Rating Budget (in millions) Gross Revenue (in millions)
You Don’t Mess With the Zohan 5.6 90 203
Bedtime Stories 6.1 80 206
Funny People 6.8 75 72
Grown Ups 5.8 80 271
Just Go With It 6.1 80 129+
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4 Comments »

  1. I’ve noticed that too. The movie has been wrapped for a long time and has made the film festival circuit. There are even a bunch of random, months old reviews. I’ve been secretly begging for it to come out. From what I’ve seen, it’s slated for a limited release on May 13, 2011.

    Comment by Chris Le — March 16, 2011 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  2. Hahah, that Sandler description is spot-on! I think Sandler’s the most successful because slapstick is the easiest type of comedy to understand across different languages. You can see his outrageous faces, which don’t get lost in translation (e.g. Happy Gilmore). On the other hand, Vaughn would probably be deemed the most unfunny actor, I would imagine.

    Is Everything Must Go coming out in wide release? I know it played at a Festival last year, but I don’t see a release date for it.

    Comment by Bryan — March 15, 2011 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

  3. It baffles me how Adam Sandler is a money machine. His comedic formula usually consists of bursts of rage, changing into a gruff voice, or occasionally with a soft lisp, with a little slapstick mixed in. Not the most sophisticated material, and I usually don’t find it funny. But you can’t deny his success. His material, though simple, is admittedly universal and very approachable.

    I think Ferrell is the funniest of the bunch. I fell off the band wagon a bit but hopped right back on with The Other Guys. Now I’m looking forward to Everything Must Go.

    Comment by Chris Le — March 15, 2011 @ 8:12 am | Reply

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