# Can you explain to me

1. Jan 2, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

Can you explain to me....

How Will Smith was "voted" (?) the top moneymaking movie star in 2008 by theater owners? http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2009-01-02-smith-top-moneymaker_N.htm

He had two movies out, Hancock and Seven Pounds, which together grossed $267 million. But The Dark Knight grossed$530 (!) million, Iron Man $318 million, and Indiana Jones$317 million. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/domestic.htm

I'm a big fan of Will Smith, but this is just weird.

2. Jan 2, 2009

### mgb_phys

Re: Can you explain to me....

It could include DVD/TV sales?
Anyway according to Hollywood the other movies made a loss.

3. Jan 2, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

Re: Can you explain to me....

I believe he is one of the top, if not the top, box office draw in movies.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2009-01-02-smith-top-moneymaker_N.htm

If the requirement was for top box office sales for a single star in 2008, I agree. If it's just an opinion poll among theatre owners, and the award isn't restricted to only movies released in 2008, I could see it.

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4. Jan 2, 2009

### mgb_phys

Re: Can you explain to me....

I suppose if you are voting on bankable stars that makes sense.
Batman/Ironman weren't successes because of the star, where as having Wil Smith in a movie guarnatees you make money

5. Jan 2, 2009

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
Re: Can you explain to me....

Hancock wouldn't have grossed even 2-mil if it didn't have WS in it! That's the reason - he can get good money out of a lousy movie.

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6. Jan 2, 2009

### NBAJam100

Re: Can you explain to me....

Probably because Will Smith is pure money in all aspects of life. By money i mean solid, and by solid i mean an all around great guy.
So either 1 of 2 things (or both, OR J) can explain that above statement:
1.) Will Smith is Christ
2.) Will Smith is the second coming of Christ
J.)The guy is a triple threat, wholesome rapper who represents south Philly and respects his elders, great actor, had a solid cube cut in fresh prince of bell air.

7. Jan 2, 2009