Between a Rock and a Secure PlaceJune 11, 2015
The new Brad Peyton-directed movie, San Andreas, more than lived up to its billing potential blockbuster when it took $54.6 million at the box office in its opening weekend. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the prospect of Dwayne Johnson battling a CGI apocalypse managed to bring the crowds in from the spring sunshine in their droves to see the man formerly known as The Rock strut his stuff alongside Paul Giamatti, Carla Gugino and Alexandra Daddario.
Not only did this earn the movie a place in the top 10 opening weekends of any movie in 2015, it also marked a milestone in the acting career of a man who made his name throwing himself around in his underpants.
From Football to Film
Johnson’s career has come a long way since he graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in criminology and physiology. He became a football player after graduating, but quickly declared his intent to follow in the footsteps of his uncles and his cousins and become a professional wrestler.
Despite his father’s initial attempts to persuade him away from wrestling, Johnson was a natural, and quickly ascended the ranks to join the WWF and become a huge success. The children of the 1990s remember his character The Rock as a star they dubbed “The People’s Champion”, famous for his abilities in front of the camera as much as his athletic performances in the ring.
Johnson’s forays into entertainment began when he appeared in the video for Wyclef Jean’s single “It Doesn’t Matter”. Successful appearances on prime time TV shows like Saturday Night Live then started the ball rolling for a new career that would see Johnson hit new heights of fame.
A Recession-Proof Industry
Had his father been worried that Johnson would end up penniless and destitute, like so many former pro wrestlers before him, his fears were soon put aside as his son quickly began to flourish in an industry that has, over the past 10 years, proved to be almost immune to the pitfalls of the global financial crash of 2008.
His formative steps into cinema came in the form of a cameo role as The Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns. The success of this led to Johnson making the highest-paid starring role debut in film history in The Scorpion King.
His body of work as an actor is now sizeable, and his net worth is an estimated $125 million.
Whilst he has pocketed sizeable sums of money for his wrestling career and endorsement deals, it is his film career that has been more lucrative, and it is films like San Andreas that make big pay days a sure thing for actors like Johnson.
How Film Can Really Pay
That said, it is rare to see an original story breakthrough in the way San Andreas did. Not since 2013’s Gravity has a film based on a new, original story that is not a sequel or a remake grossed so much in its opening weekend.
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