With Pokémon Detective Pikachu hitting cinemas this weekend (you can catch our review here), there’s no better time than ever for Ryan Reynolds. Following his career renaissance with Deadpool, he’s become a hot Hollywood property once again, so today we’ll be taking a look at the ten Ryan Reynolds films that did the best business at the box office. Of course, Detective Pikachu has only been out for a couple of days so won’t be included here, but it’s a safe bet to say it’ll end up near the top, if current predictions are to be trusted. All figures used in this list are from Boxofficemojo.com, and are the worldwide grosses, rather than domestic. Without any further ado, let’s get into the list:
#10 – Blade: Trinity (2005)
One of Reynolds’ first roles that saw him break out from being typecast as a comedy actor was Blade: Trinity, the final instalment in the vampire-slaying Marvel franchise starring Welsey Snipes. While it wasn’t the strongest of the three, Reynolds did a good job as Hannibal King, a member of the Nightstalkers who teamed up with Blade to take on Dracula. His role here has also been cited as his inspiration for becoming Deadpool, as it was on the Trinity set where he first encountered the character and started probing Fox to make a film with the Merc with the Mouth. Trinity has bene forgotten in the annals of superhero cinema now, making just $128m at the worldwide box office, the lowest of the Blade trilogy.
#9 – The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)
The Hitman‘s Bodyguard saw Ryan Reynolds team up with Samuel L. Jackson, playing Michael Bryce, a former bodyguard who – you guessed it – is tasked with escorting Darius Kincaid (Jackson) to an international court. While it wasn’t the biggest hit with critics, it made around $176m worldwide, doing well enough to get a sequel: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which is due to hit cinemas in 2020.
#8 – Safe House (2012)
Safe House is another film where Reynolds takes on an action-hero role, this time playing Matt Weston, a CIA agent who ends up on the run alongside Denzel Washington’s Tobin Frost. Critics felt it was a run-of-the-mill action thriller, but it marked Reynolds’ steps towards becoming a Hollywood A-lister, getting second billing alongside a Hollywood icon such as Washington. No sequel emerged for this one, as it made just $208m against a budget of roughly $85m.
#7 – Green Lantern (2011)
Green Lantern is notorious for being DC’s first post-Dark Knight flop. Tasked with kick-starting a DC Cinematic Universe (which eventually occurred two years later with Man of Steel), Reynolds played Hal Jordan, a human who by chance gains the powers of the Green Lantern Corps, able to use a magic ring to conjure anything he wants, and becomes the protector of Earth. The film was savaged by critics for a goofy tone, predictable plot and God-awful CGI, thought Reynolds wasn’t at fault for this, doing his snarky, confident protagonist role pretty well. It made $219m against a budget of $200m, making it a massive flop.
#6 – Turbo (2013)
One of Reynolds’ first forays into family films, in Turbo he plays the titular snail, who works his way up to racing in the Indy 500 snail race, aiming to become the fastest. Releasing in a relative dry spell for good kids’ movies, aside from Monsters University, Turbo met a lukewarm critical reception, and underperformed at the box office, making $282m against a budget of $135m, but never got a cinematic sequel – instead being revived as a Netflix Original animated series Turbo Fast, for which Reynolds didn’t return.
#5 – The Proposal (2009)
A traditional rom-com from 27 Dresses director Anne Fletcher, The Proposal saw Reynolds play Andrew Paxton, an office worker who is pressured into marrying his boss – played by Sandra Bullock – so she can keep her US visa and not have to go back to Canada. The film was not liked by critics – currently sitting at 45% on Rotten Tomatoes – but it did well at the box office, making an impressive $317m against a meagre budget of $40m – a pretty profitable entry.
#4 – X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine was where Reynolds’ iconic role was born – albeit in a very different form. Here, he takes the mantle of Wade Wilson/Deadpool for the first time, with his performance one of the only redeeming qualities in what is widely considered one of the worst superhero movies this side of Batman and Robin. His Deadpool was also considerably different – no iconic red suit, and with his mouth sewn shut for the final battle, where he didn’t resemble the Merc with the Mouth whatsoever. Nonetheless, it made $373m worldwide, the second highest-grossing Wolverine solo adventure.
#3 – The Croods (2013)
Boasting an impressive cast with the likes of Reynolds, Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone, The Croods was another Dreamworks family hit starring a prehistoric family tasked with finding a new home when theirs is destroyed. Reynolds plays Guy, the teenage member of the Croods’ adopted family. The film was an undeniable hit, liked by audiences and making a very impressive $587m worldwide.
#2 – Deadpool 2 (2018)
In a sequel that nearly held up to the lofty heights of the original, Reynolds once again plays Deadpool where, following a shocking opening scene, he is forced to piece his life together again while dealing with the impending threat of Cable (Josh Brolin), a time-travelling mercenary who poses a big threat to Wade Wilson. While not quite as enjoyable as the first, Deadpool 2 was a breath of fresh air following the darkness of Avengers: Infinity War, and proved to audiences that Deadpool was now the spearhead of Fox’s X-Men franchise. With an increased budget and cast, it made a mouth-watering $778m worldwide, becoming the fifth-highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.
#1 – Deadpool (2016)
No prizes for guessing this one! Nobody expected Deadpool to be the smash-hit it was, shattering opening-weekend records for R-rated films, and proving that audiences were ready for mature, adult superhero films. Reynolds, having fought for this film to be made for the best part of a decade, delivered a career-defining performance as Wade Wilson, and made it one of 2016’s most enjoyable movies. Financially, it was a behemoth, making $783m worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing X-Men film ever and the second highest-grossing R-rated film – edged out only by The Passion of the Christ.
There you have it, a countdown of Ryan Reynolds’ biggest box-office hits! Are there any films you are surprised didn’t make the list, or that made it on here that you didn’t expect? Where do you think Detective Pikachu will end up on the list? Be sure to leave a comment, and thanks for reading!