Is Jennifer Aniston Box Office Poison? Not Really, As It Turns Out

08/07/2013 02:36 pm ET
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Google "Jennifer Aniston Box Office Poison," and here are some of the headlines on the first page of results: "Jennifer Aniston's 10 Biggest Box Office Failures," "Celebrities With Good Looks Don't Always Translate Box Office Hits" and "Another Box Office BOMB For Jennifer Aniston!"

Which is to say that, for many industry observers, Aniston doesn't carry much box-office clout. "Over the past decade, she dropped one box-office bomb after another during her attempted run as the next America’s Sweetheart," Kevin Fallon wrote for The Daily Beast. "She’s failed as the next rom-com queen. She’s flailing in her attempt at becoming a lascivious leading lady. So what, exactly, do we want from Jennifer Aniston?"

Well, maybe we're already getting it: For instance, Aniston's new film "We're the Millers" is headed toward a debut week tally of about $30 million in North America. It's not like Aniston is fronting movies like "The Lone Ranger."

Ahead a brief look at Aniston's box office performance, which may prove she isn't the flop machine conventional wisdom would have you believe. (North American revenue listed only.)

Actual Hits
"Bruce Almighty" (2003): $242.8 million
"Along Came Polly" (2004): $88 million
"The Break-Up" (2006): $118.7 million
"Marley and Me" (2008): $143.1 million
"He's Just Not That Into You" (2009): $93.9 million
"Just Go With It" (2011): $103 million
"Horrible Bosses" (2011): $117.5 million

Not Terrible Relative To Budget & Expectation, But Not Great
"She's The One" (1995): $9.5 million
"Picture Perfect" (1997): $31.4 million
"The Object of My Affection" (1998): $29.1 million
"The Good Girl" (2002): $14 million
"Derailed" (2005): $36 million
"Friends With Money" (2006): $13.3 million
"The Bounty Hunter" (2010): $67 million
"The Switch" (2010): $27.7 million

Flops That Aged Well
"Office Space" (1999): $10.8 million
"The Iron Giant" (1999): $23.1 million
"Wanderlust" (2012): $17.4 million

Flops That Didn't
"Rock Star" (2001): $17 million
"Rumor Has It" (2005): $43 million
"Love Happens" (2009): $22.9 million

Flops That Include Leprechauns
"Leprechaun" (1993): $8.5 million

'We're The Millers'

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