Matt Damon is one of the world’s biggest action stars. He’s super-spy Jason Bourne, he’s Dr Mann., and he’s Miller in Green Zone, but the less said about that the better. Today, we’re going to be rounding up Matt Damon’s top 10 highest-grossing films. Please note that we will not be including any cameo or bit-parts, so don’t expect to see Interstellar or The Zero Theorem anywhere on this list. Also please note that all grosses given are domestic values, so including only America and no other territories.
#10 – Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
In the third film of the George Clooney-fronted Ocean’s franchise, Matt Damon returned as Linus Caldwell for another adventure with the star-studded ensemble cast which also included Clooney, Brad Pitt and even Al Pacino. Ocean’s Thirteen made $117 million overall, which although quite a modest gain, is enough to cement its place in Matt Damon’s most notable entries.
#9 – The Bourne Identity (2002)
In Damon’s easily most famous role, this spy thriller – which coincidentally I watched this month – follows the eponymous secret agent Jason Bourne, as he struggled to find out the truth about his mysterious memory loss. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the film, it grossed $121 million domestically, enough to spawn Damon’s career-defining role, and to kick-start the franchise, that I’m sure will appear more in this list.
#8 – Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
In the second entry in the Ocean’s franchise, Damon reprised his role as Linus Caldwell alongside the other members of Daniel Ocean’s (George Clooney) crew to pull off more zany heists. Ocean’s Twelve made $125 million, easily enough to warrant a sequel, which has already appeared on this list. Although not recieved the best critically, Damon and the crew’s performance was enough to get them nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Ensemble Cast, but trust me, we haven’t seen the back of the Ocean’s series just yet.
#7 – The Departed (2006)
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon, Martin Scorcese’s 2006 crime thriller The Departed retold the story of the film Internal Affiars, and recieved much critical acclaim, even bagging Scorcese his first-ever Oscar win. The film made $132 million, and with a budget of $90 million, more than made its money back. Damon’s turn in The Departed is widely considered one of his best, and with all the success it has garnered, it’s quite hard to argue.
#6 – Good Will Hunting (1997)
One of Damon’s most successful films, Good Will Hunting stars Robin Williams, Ben Affleck and Damon himself and tells the story of a talented mathematician who gets advice from his professor to help guide him in life. This is the film that bagged Damon his only Oscar win, albeit not for acting, but was a huge success regardless of awards, making $138 million domestically.
#5 – True Grit (2010)
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit starts Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, and follows a young teenager find their father’s killer. Nominated for 10 Oscars, True Grit managed to make $171 million at the US box office, and with a very modest budget of $38 million, it made its money back and then some. At only #5, this highlights just how successful Damon’s career has been.
#4 – The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
In the sequel to 2002’s The Bourne Identity, in this spy thriller, Jason Bourne returns as the secret agent, but is this time foced to return to his former life as a deadly assassin. This second entry in the Bourne franchise made $176 million in the US alone, helping to reinforce Damon as one of 21st century’s most successful – and profitable – action stars, and allowed the series to prosper and spawn even more action-packed sequels.
#3 – Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
The first entry in George Clooney’s casino/heist thriller, Damon stars as Linus Caldwell, a member of Ocean’s crack team. This film made $183 million at the US box office, marginally more than the other two entries in the series, and spawned one of the 21st century’s most successful heist franchises. This was also one of Damon’s breakout roles that established him as not just a fine actor, but as an action hero too.
#2 – Saving Private Ryan (1998)
In Steven Spielberg’s WWII drama, Damon plays the eponymous Private Ryan, a lost paratrooper that a team consisting of Tom Hanks and Vin Diesel among others have to rescue. Easily one of Damon’s most successful films – both at the box office and at the awards ceremonies – Saving Private Ryan won 5 Oscars, including Best Director and Best Cinematography, and also managed to make a massive $216 million in the United States alone.
#1 – The Bourne Ultimatum – (2007)
Who’s actually surprised at this? The third entry in the hugely successful Bourne franchise, this time around Damon’s Jason Bourne has to evade his past allies at the CIA whilst also trying to finally find out the truth behind his mysterious and violent past. Although not a contender for awards like Saving Private Ryan, the American public gobbled The Bourne Ultimatum up, grossing an incredible $227 million, easily one of the most successful films of the year, and also topping this list. Although I haven’t seen The Bourne Ultimatum, it highlights just how successful Matt Damon’s career has been.
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