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A Photographic Look Back at the 15-Year Film and Television Career of Melissa McCarthy

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | June 30, 2013 | Comments ()


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Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock's very funny The Heat put up $40 million over the weekend, just short of the $46 million grossed by the number one film, Monsters University ($171 million cumulative). The $40 million is all the more impressive given the relatively small $40 million price tag (compared to the $150 million cost of the number four film, White House Down, which opened with only $25 million, behind World War Z -- $30 million, $123 million cumulative). The Heat is the only studio film of the summer with female leads, and it makes you wonder why? One might have suspected that the success of The Bridesmaids and even Twilight would've convinced studios that female-led movies can be profitable (and Pitch Perfect might have reinforced the point), but it feels like -- regardless of the success of good female led films -- studios are convinced that each one was a fluke.

Hopefully, The Heat will put an end to that, but more likely, studios will see in it and The Bridesmaids success that it's not female-led movies driving the box-office, but Melissa McCarthy (who also had a huge hit with Identity Theif earlier this year).

That's too bad, but either way, it does give us an excuse to look back at the McCarthy's film and television career, and the slow rise she's had from farmer's daughter and Jenny McCarthy's cousin to major motion picture star at the age of 42.

The Heat

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Identity Thief

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Bridesmaids

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Saturday Night Live

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Mike & Molly

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Gilmore Girls

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Samantha Who?

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Jenny

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This is 40

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The Back-Up Plan

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The Life of David Gale

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White Oleander

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Pumpkin

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Drowing Mona

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Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Charlie's Angels

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Go
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  • dizzylucy

    I'd like to point out that not only did Heat almost beat Monsters U, it was in over 800 theaters less, and over 400 less than World War Z (#3 for the weekend). It had the best per screen average of the whole list, and had it been as wide a release, it would have been #1 by far. But yeah, I'm sure the studio big wigs think that's a fluke too.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Watched Identity Thief this weekend. Oof. She deserves so much better. She was good with what she had to work with, but that wasn't much, poor girl.

  • e jerry powell

    Of course, when they were shooting David Gale, I had no idea who Melissa McCarthy was, so I wouldn't have known to gawk at her when the crew had my whole neighborhood shut down during production.

    You can't imagine the happy dance I'm doing right now to know that White House Down bit huge purple-green-and-gold polka-dotted donkey dicks at the box office this weekend. I don't know why it is, but this past month I have developed a deep and abiding resentful loathing of Jamie Foxx. Is it too late for him to drop out of the Spider-Man sequel?

  • Sirilicious

    You don't want him to channing all over your tatum?

  • e jerry powell

    Absolutely not. Not even in his little stripper g-string.

    It's not something that happens often, but I have developed a complete immunity to that guy.

  • Sirilicious

    You've seen Jamie Foxx in a little stripper g-string? A lot? Which caused your immunity, as prolonged and/or frequent exposure does?

  • e jerry powell

    :-P

  • malechai

    I saw "This is 40" on an overseas flight. As I'm 42, this movie was interesting to me for a few reasons I won't bore you with here. But the bits with MM in it made me want to jump up on my seat and scream "Fuck you, pretty people! This - THIS EXACTLY - is why you're all going to hell!" I didn't, of course, because jail.

  • Maguita NYC

    I haven't watched that movie yet. Now I must!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Is Byzantium not considered a studio film?

  • Captain D

    I'm not sure why you got down voted for that, but I believe Byzantium qualifies as a foreign film. Wikipedia tells me it was distributed by StudioCanal (UK). I believe the studio films with female leads posting was considering films from major Hollywood distributors.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Thanks for clarifying.

    I'm not one to get my panties in a twist about downvoting for though. I mean, it's the internet, I expect it. :)

  • Scoot Dudely

    They forgot she had a cameo in the first Charlie's Angels movie where she called Lucy Liu a bitch.

  • John W

    Wow GO had a lot of young up and comers. Sarah Polley and Tim Olyphant was in it too. Plus it had a decent soundtrack.

  • wojtek

    http://youtu.be/qJw8xwUTqoM this times a million

  • Amy Love

    My husband got me the entire series of Gilmore Girls for my birthday, which was six weeks ago, and I just finished it yesterday. Yes folks, that's 153 40-ish-minute episodes in six weeks.

  • clatie

    I'm watching a re-run right this minute. Love the Girls and I love Sookie. I've seen them all a zillion times and I have yet to tire of it.

    bicycle, unicycle, unitard, hockey puck, rattle-snake, monkey, monkey underpants.

  • Amy Love

    It's exactly the kind of show in which you can get totally lost in its world. Oy with the poodles already!

  • Maguita NYC

    I started watching Gilmore Girls in its final season, and had to catch-up on past episodes during week-ends.

    Still to this day I would feel pangs of Gilmore Girls at the oddest moments. The upside, you just need to invite your girlfriends and have a GG party whenever.

  • KC

    Man I wish I lived in that world. It was so cute and wonderful. I watched it from the beginning (I was a bookworm tween back then, so I definitely felt kinship with Rory) and people used to say my mom and I were just like them.

  • Maguita NYC

    "One might have suspected that the success of The Bridesmaids and even Twilight would’ve convinced studios that female-led movies can be profitable..."

    No matter the undeniable proof of women's worth in today's economy, we still get told what to watch, what to buy, and what to do with our own bodies. Maybe we should go on strike for a little while, see if business goes on as usual.

  • JenVegas

    Lysistrata yo. Lys-i-strata.

  • Maguita NYC

    "There are a lot of things about us women that sadden me, considering how men see us as rascals."

    "If that's all that troubles you, here take my veil, wrap it round your head, and hold your tongue. Then take this basket; put on a girdle, card wool, munch beans. The War shall be women's business."

  • ShagEaredVillain

    The first movie that I really remembered her for (and I still think it was her best work) was The Nines with Ryan Reynolds. Girl does drama, too.

  • BlackRabbit

    Drowing Mona-the heartwarming story of an evil priestess and the elves who hated her. Eight thumbs up.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    heaven help me, I thought something similarly nerdish (but not as funny) at the typo myself.

  • BlackRabbit

    Well, I'm happy I took the bullet for you (causing 1d6 damage, I believe).

  • The only Sookie worth a damn!

    I love her. I wish her nothing but awesomeness in the future.

  • Leigh

    She always looked pretty as Sookie in Gilmore Girls.

  • Arran

    And you know something weird? Her weight wasn't mentioned in the show ever. Not once. I'm not sure that had ever happened before in a show, and it almost certainly hasn't happened since.

  • clatie

    So true! Sigh.

  • sean

    So basically her movies get worse with time?

  • sanity fair

    Hey, now. I really liked White Oleander and The Life of David Gale. Granted I have to be in the mood to watch either of them, but still that seems pretty harsh.

  • Wrestling Fan

    She was in Go?

    Well, hell. Looks like I'm gonna have to watch it again!

  • Arran

    It's for about thirty seconds. (Not that I'm trying to dissuade you from re-watching Go. I would never do that.) Though I clearly found her pretty memorable, because the first time I ever saw Gilmore Girls my first thought was "Oh hey, it's that lady who was in Go for thirty seconds."

  • wojtek

    Yeah, she was in it for a split second, but sold her lines so well that I had the same reaction.

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