The 10 Highest Grossing Movies Whose Actor/Actress Died Before the Release of the Film

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | August 19, 2012 |

Meanwhile, Bourne Legacy fell to number two, and after ten days hasn't yet reached $70 million and will struggle to cross the $100 million mark, which doesn't bode well for the future of the Renner-led franchise unless they can persuade Matt Damon to return to what is probably seen as damaged goods now. Paranorman debuted at number three with $14 million, The Campaign was in at number four with $13 million (and $51 million to date), and Sparkle debuted at number five with $12 million.

Sparkle, of course, was Whitney Houston's last film before she died of an overdose, and its $12 million opening is not likely to lead to a box-office pull big enough to qualify Whitney Houston for one of the slots among the 10 Highest Grossing Movies Released After the Death of One of Its Actors. That list looks like this (excluding animated films and voice actors):

tumblr_m910vaaCL11r29a1qo1_500.jpeg10. The Crow (Brandon Lee) -- $50 million

9. Scrooged (Anne Ramsey) -- $60 million

8. Bad Santa (John Ritter) -- $60 million

7. This Is It (Michael Jackson) -- $72 million

6. Bridesmaids (Jill Clayburgh) -- $169 million

5. Gladiator (Oliver Reed) -- $187 million

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Richard Harris) -- $261 million

3. The Matrix Reloaded (Gloria Foster) -- $281 million

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Rob Knox)-- $303 million

1. The Dark Knight (Heath Ledger) -- $533 million


The other wide release to debut this week (on Wednesday) was The Odd Life of Timothy Green, the young adult movie disguised as a quirky horror film. The movie made $10.9 million over the weekend, and $15 million since its opening. It's also a really heartbreaking film, especially for the kids, as this (cruel) video (via BadAssDigest) can attest. Some parents filmed their poor kids sobbing after the film and put it on the Internet for the world to see. Those boys are so screwed when they return to school, and I hope those kids hold it against their parents for an eternity (which is not to say, we shouldn't enjoy their anguish, though I should note that I wasn't in substantially better shape after the film ended).

As a rando watching that on the Internet, it's hilarious. But, man: That's some bad parenting. Console your kid, don't humiliate him in front of . Jesus.

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