Whatever the project, whether it’s a low-budget comedy, a big historical drama, or an animated film, the producer has had a lot of success.
Top Gun: Maverick has a $150 million opening weekend, making Jerry Bruckheimer one of the most successful film producers of all time. His movies have grossed over $13 billion. Films by the super-producer have raked in billions of dollars at the box office since the 1980s.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean Series – $4.5 Billion
The Pirates of the Caribbean films have consistently outperformed any other Bruckheimer production since the first one, The Curse of the Black Pearl, in 2007. The first film took in $654 million, followed by $3 billion in revenue from the next three and about $800 million with the fifth.
Because the series is so popular, Bruckheimer must be growing increasingly impatient as time goes on with the slow progress of Pirates 6. For two years, the producer has claimed that two Pirates films are in the works, one starring Margot Robbie and the other without her.
Armageddon (1998) – $553.7 Million
Armageddon suffers from a fundamental flaw that undermines the integrity of the entire film. In the movie, NASA is seen teaching a group of oil drillers how to become astronauts, as they are sent into space to keep an asteroid from hitting the Earth.
However, it would have been much simpler to teach astronauts how to become oil drillers. In real life, oil drillers are trained by NASA to become astronauts. Obviously, this topic is discussed in the film, and the reasons why it is impossible to educate drillers in such a short amount of time are laid out in detail.
However, this possible obstacle was not an issue with general audiences, as seen by the film’s rapid ascent to the position of highest-grossing movie of 1998 and its rapid accumulation of almost half a billion dollars in revenue. The fact that Jerry Bruckheimer produced five of Michael Bay’s movies before Bay began working on the Transformers series demonstrates that the two men had an excellent working relationship.
National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (2007) – $459 Million
What the subtitle of the second National Treasure is alluding to is the secret book that is kept by the President of the United States, and it is the appropriate subtitle to sum up the extremely over-the-top, crazy, but tremendously entertaining sequel to the first film. The film once again utilises events from American history for comedic effect, but this time it takes things to an entirely new level.
If audiences thought it was ridiculous when Ben stole the Declaration of Independence in the first movie, they are going to lose their minds when they see Book of Secrets because Ben really kidnaps the President… for the greater good, of course. Fans adore this aspect of the series, and the lofty concepts and theatricality are what contributed to the sequel earning an additional 112 million dollars at the box office compared to the first film in the series. Fans are not giving up hope despite the fact that Nicolas Cage will not be returning for National Treasure 3.
Pearl Harbor (2001) – $449.2 Million
After Titanic’s 12-year reign as the highest-grossing film of all time, Pearl Harbor arrived in theatres four years later. An attempt was made in this military drama to capitalise on the success of biopics in the historical disaster and romance genres.
As the film hits every note, making Pearl Harbor was a brilliant move. Despite the sappy romance, epic calamity, massive explosions, and enticing period setting, the film was a great hit despite the critical backlash. To put it another way, the movie brought in close to half a billion dollars in ticket sales, which isn’t nearly as much as the $2 billion that Titanic brought in.
Bad Boys For Life (2020) – $426.5 Million
Bruckheimer had a great deal of good fortune with the premiere of Bad Boys for Life, which occurred in January 2020, just a few months before a worldwide pandemic that caused movie theatres to be shuttered for an entire year. As a direct consequence of this, the third instalment in the film series finished the year as the fourth-highest grossing film overall.
There had not been a movie in a year’s top 10 that had grossed so little since 2008, when The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was the tenth-highest-grossing movie of that year with a gross of $419 million. This year, however, there was a movie in the top 10 that grossed so little that it was the lowest grossing movie of the year.
In spite of this, the threequel made $426 million, which is a tremendous success. This is more money than the first two movies made together, and it is success that is well deserved because Bad Boys for Life is one of the most enjoyable crime movies.
Top Gun (1986) – $357.3 Million
When people saw Tom Cruise in Top Gun for the first time, it was the first time they saw him for who he truly is: an A-list actor who most certainly had a want to die. However, this practise of seeking thrills appears to have begun with the 1986 picture right in front of spectators’ eyes. The actor is known for performing stunts that put his life in danger and outdoing himself with each Mission: Impossible movie. Fans came out in droves to watch the actor perform in front of them on jet planes.
The initial movie was produced with a budget of only fifteen million dollars, in contrast to the recently released sequel, which had a budget of one hundred and seventy million dollars. Even if Top Gun: Maverick makes $750 million, the first movie might still have a bigger net profit because of the money spent on promotion and the share that movie theatres take. This is especially true when one considers the expense that must have been incurred as a result of the three-year delay in the release of Maverick.
National Treasure (2004) – $347.5 Million
No longer are films produced in the same vein as National Treasure, which was a family-friendly adventure film with relatively modest stakes but exciting, globe-trotting action and a wealth of practical effects. The film took a contemporary perspective on the Indiana Jones-style adventure film, which had never been done before, and it was extremely successful.
The movie is full of riddles that a professional historian is tasked with solving, and that professional historian has a ragtag team behind him that has great chemistry.
A large portion of the success of the movie can be attributed to the well-known archaeologist who played the lead role in the film. National Treasure, which had a budget of $100 million and did absolutely well everywhere it was released, was successful enough for the studio to greenlight a sequel thanks to the script, which is considered to be box office gold.
Prince Of Persia (2010) – $336 Million
The video game Prince of Persia grossed $336 million, which is an enormous amount of money; if a film with a mid-budget had grossed that much, it would be regarded as an incredible success. On the other hand, the performance of the movie at the box office in 2010 was a major letdown. The producers of the video game movie, Bruckheimer and Disney, had the ambitious goal of making it a billion-dollar blockbuster and making it the next Pirates of the Caribbean success story.
Unfortunately, that did not turn out to be the case, as the movie had a hard time finding an audience, was regarded boring by critics, and was not even enjoyed by fans of the video game on which it was based. However, the movie does have a limited number of admirers, and there is somewhat of a demand for Prince of Persia 2, despite the fact that it is extremely improbable that the sequel would ever be released in theatres.
The Rock (1996) – $335 Million
The plot and the events of the film The Rock represent a passing of the torch from one generation to the next. The film follows John Mason (Sean Connery), a former SAS Captain, as he instructs his apprentice, Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage), in the tactics of the trade. The story unfolds as an older generation of movie star passing the torch to a younger generation of movie star, which is one of the reasons why the film was such a huge commercial success. Combining the talents of two Hollywood heavyweights from different decades will almost always result in a large audience being drawn in.
On the other hand, there is a widely held belief that John Mason is actually James Bond. If this is the case, then the movie could have been able to make much more money if it had been distributed under the James Bond brand name. However, in a twist of fate, the film made more money than the Bond movie that was released the closest to it in time, which was 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies, which made a total of $333 million worldwide.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) – $316 Million
The unexpectedly high amount of money that Beverly Hills Cop made at the box office must have come as a surprise to everyone involved, even Bruckheimer. A budget of only $13 million was allocated for the production of the movie, but it ended up earning approximately 25 times that amount at the box office, which is almost unheard of.
In view of the enormous amount of money the first film made at the box office, the fact that the production company gave the go-ahead for a large number of sequels despite the fact that each one had a progressively lower gross is not surprising. Even though Beverly Hills Cop III was released about 30 years ago, production on Beverly Hills Cop IV is still ongoing at this time, indicating that the franchise has not yet reached its conclusion.