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10 Beloved Television Actors Who Couldn't Translate That Success Onto the Big Screen

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | March 25, 2013 | Comments ()

John Krasinski -- It looked like Krasinski would be "The Office's" break-out star (instead of Steve Carell), but thanks to a mixture of bad choices and television audiences refusing to follow him to the big screen, Krasinski's feature film career has stalled: License to Wed ($43 million), Leatherheads ($31 million), Away We Go ($9 million), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men ($33,000), Something Borrowed ($39 million), Nobody Walks ($25,000), Promised Land ($7 million) and Big Miracle ($20 million) all underperformed.

Zach Braff -- The "Scrubs" star looked well on his way with his directing debut Garden State ($26 million), but his leading man efforts faltered from there: The Last Kiss ($11 million), The Ex ($3 million), and The Hight Cost of Living, which went straight to DVD.


Alexis Bledel -- So beloved for her years' long turn as Rory Gilmore in "Gilmore Girls," Bledel crashed and burned on the big screen with Post Grad ($6 million) and The Good Guy ($100,000), which is why -- after an arc on "Mad Men," Bledel is heading back to television with a pilot for Fox opposite Jason Ritter.

Bill Cosby -- One of the most beloved television actors of all time, Cosby could not convince anyone to see his forays into film. Leonard Part 6 ($6 million) is one of the biggest busts of all time, and Ghost Dad ($24 million) didn't fare much better.

Ricky Gervais -- I don't know that Gervais is someone we "like," but we do love his television shows, from "The Office" to "Extras" (although, "Life's Too Short" was kind of crap), and yet, as a lead film actor, Gervais has not done well: Ghost Town ($13 million) and The Invention of Lying ($18 million) failed to break $20 million, and his stab at directing and starring in Cemetery Junction didn't even cause a blip stateside.

Matthew Perry -- The most loved actor from friends, Matthew Perry tried and failed to launch a film career with such duds as Fools Rush In ($29 million), Almost Heroes ($6 million), Serving Sarah ($16 million), and Three to Tango ($10 million). He did land decent numbers with 17 Again ($64 million), but most of that can be attributed to Zac Efron at the height of his popularity.

Timothy Olyphant -- Beloved in "Deadwood," Olyphant has mostly kept himself to television since "Justified," which is smart considering how badly his films underperformed: I Am Number Four ($55 million), Hitman ($39 million), The Perfect Getaway ($15 million), Catch and Release ($15 million), High Life (unreleased) and The Crazies ($39 million) never managed to turn Olyphant into a film star. That's been our good fortune.



Elizabeth Banks -- Banks is a prolific movie actor, but she's most beloved on television (where she belongs), from "30 Rock" to "Scrubs" to "Modern Family," but when she's asked to help carry a movie as one of the leads, no one turns out for her. See What to Expect When You're Expecting ($41 million), Man on a Ledge ($18 million), The Details ($63,000), Idiot Brother ($24 million) and People Like Us ($12 million). In fact, she and Paul Rudd should star in their own sitcom. They'd be perfect on television, where audiences will turn out for an attractive, likable face.

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