The 10 Highest-Grossing Regina King Movies

Recognized as one of the most dynamic African American actresses of her era, Regina King has a knack for bringing a unique flavor and attitude to any movie set she is a part of. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, King has been extremely fortunate to have been incorporated in many iconic films with legendary actors; those who are living and those who have passed on. Her acting career has led her to cross paths with music industry giants such as Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, and Janet Jackson. Here are ten of the highest-grossing movies from the sassy and talented Regina King.

10 Enemy Of The State

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Regina King has had an outstanding acting career seemingly from the very start of her journey. Her raw emotion and pensive stare have lined her up with some of the greats in Hollywood. One such lineup was with Will Smith, Jon Voight, Gene Hackman, and other highly-popularized actors and actresses in Enemy Of The State. King played the role of Carla Dean, the wife of her lawyer husband, Robert “Bobby” Dean. She gets entangled in a dangerous web of conspiracy exposing the surveillance of domestic citizens against their will. When her husband takes on a case incriminating a mafia kingpin, it threatens to blow the lid off the National Security Agency (NSA) who have been permitted, by a US Congress, to legally spy on US citizens. Although controversial, the 1998 film earned a whopping $250.6 million at the worldwide box office.

 

9 Daddy Day Care

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Still relatively early in her career, in 2003 Regina King landed the role of Kim Hinton, the wife of Charlie Hinton, played by Eddie Murphy. The family comedy explains the life of a father, Charlie Hinton, who gets laid off from his job and is forced to be a stay-at-home dad. Frustrated with his unemployed state and the fact that his wife, Kim, is the one bringing home the bacon, he and his friend Phil (Jeff Garlin) decide to open a daycare. As the clientele increases, they soon require help and employ Marvin (Steve Zahn) to assist. However, his success brings rivalry from a more established daycare center run by Mrs. Harridan (Angelica Huston), which turns into a battle of the daycares. Daddy Daycare was a success, grossing $164.3 million at the box office.

 

8 Legally Blonde 2

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Released in 2003, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde is the second installment of the romance/comedy, Legally Blonde, which was released in 2001. Reese Witherspoon is the star in both movies and plays the role of Elle Woods, a fancy diva-type that decides to embark on a quest to find the mother of her beloved Chihuahua, Bruiser, so the two can be reunited. She even hires an investigator to find the animal, which reveals that the animal is being used for testing. While working for Congresswoman Victoria Rudd (Sally Field), she meets Grace Rossiter (Regina King), the Chief of Staff for Rudd, who shares her sentiment that politics is a dirty game when it is revealed that Rudd’s intentions aren’t genuine. Although considered a feminist masterpiece, it still grossed $125.3 at the box office.

 

7 Ray

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Perhaps one of Regina’s most outstanding and largely unsung roles was her portrayal of Margie Hendricks in Ray. Ray, as one can assume from the title, is a musical/drama about the life, struggle, success, addiction, and eventual downfall of one of the greatest singers, composers, pianists, and soul-jazz pioneers in American history. The blind but musically gifted Ray Charles was played by Jamie Foxx, while his wife, Della Bea Robinson, was played by Kerry Washington. Margie Hendricks (Regina King), played one of Ray’s backup singers and on-the-road mistresses. The toxic love affair affects Ray’s marriage, which eventually crumbles. King’s performance bought a sense of vigor and passion to the movie, which caused it to gross $124.8 million at the box office.

 

6 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed And Fabulous

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The 2005 release of Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous puts Sandra Bullock again as the main character, Gracie Hart. Although Hart prefers the rugged fieldwork of an FBI agent, she goes undercover as a competing model in a beauty pageant. However, her new partner, Sam Fuller (Regina King), thinks Gracie’s new model look is pretentious and doesn’t appreciate the loads of attention she is now receiving. They quickly put their catty behavior aside and join forces when one of the former beauty pageant contestants, Cheryl Frasier (Heather Burns) is kidnapped by criminals demanding a ransom. The film went on to gross $101.3 million, which is significantly less than the first Miss Congeniality, which did $212 million at the box office.

 

5 Down To Earth

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With a comedian like Chris Rock in a movie, even the most somber themes can become hilariously funny. And such was the case with Down To Earth, a 2001 comedy starring Chris Rock as Lance Barton and Regina King as Sontee Jenkins. The film centers around Lance Barton, an amateur comedian who ends up at the gates of Heaven after an untimely death in a car accident. When it becomes clear that the heavenly host, Keyes (Eugene Levy) and King (Chazz Palminteri) made a mistake, they temporarily place Lance’s soul in the body of Charles Wellington (Brian Rhodes), one of the richest men in America. But despite the obvious disparity in features, Lance finds love, uses his fortune for good and improves his act as a comedian. After grossing $71.8 million at the box office, it’s safe to say it was worth the out-of-body experience.

 

4 A Cinderella Story

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Still, in the early stages of her career, Regina King bought the same element of life and sassiness to the 2004 film, A Cinderella Story. The teen romance movie was basically an adaptation of the original Cinderella story, where Samantha Montgomery (Hilary Duff) works as a janitor for her cruel stepmother, Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge) at the diner owned by her deceased father, where her supervisor, Rhonda (Regina King) also works. To escape her miserable life, she begins an online relationship with an anonymous boy through text. However, when she learns that the anonymous boy is Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray), the most handsome boy in school, she is shocked. On a $19 million budget, the film grossed $70.1 million.

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3 Boyz N The Hood

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Representing the area she was born and raised in, Los Angeles, California, King would appear in a minor role as Shalika in John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood. The film was released in 1991, and King was only 19 when she landed the role in her first major movie which was enough to make her stand out as a star actress among other cast actresses like Nia Long, Angela Bassett, and Tyra Ferrell. Other rising stars in the movie included Ice Cube (Doughboy), Morris Chestnut (Ricky Baker), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Tre Styles), and Laurence Fishburne (Jason “Furious” Styles). The film remains a classic to this day, grossing $56.2 million after its release.

 

2 Mighty Joe Young

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As Regina King’s career began to evolve in the early to mid-1990s and into the 2000s, her roles only seemed to be more diverse and her cast of characters, of a more celebrity status. In 1993, she starred as Iesha alongside Tupac Shakur (Lucky) and Janet Jackson (Justice) in Poetic Justice, which were two of the most popular celebrities at that time. However, in 1998, King starred as Cecily Banks in Mighty Joe Young, a film about a young lady named Jill Young (Charlie Theron) from Africa who witnessed her mother, Dr. Ruth Young (Linda Purl), being killed by poachers, the chief being Andrei Strasser (Rade Serbedzija). She adopts an orphaned gorilla named Joe, who has a rare genetic disorder causing him to grow 15 feet tall. She seeks refuge for the gorilla, but Straaser wants the primate for himself. The 1998 film grossed $50.6 million globally.

 

1 This Christmas

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Since its release in 2007, This Christmas has gone on to be one of the staples in the Christmas collection of many holiday-lovers. Typical of most Christmas family gatherings and celebrations, there are plenty of family members gathered together for the occasion. In this case, the family matriarch, Ma’Dere (Loretta Devine), is ecstatic about her children and grandchildren joining her for the Christmas celebration. But within the course of time, things hidden begin coming to light about the lives of some of her children. The movie’s lineup of actors is what makes it even more memorable, starring such people as Delroy Lindo (Joseph Black), Regina King (Lisa Moore), Idris Elba (Quentin Whitfield), Chris Brown (Michael “Baby” Whitfield), Lauren London (Melanie Whitfeld), and Mekhi Phifer (Gerald). On a budget of $13 million, the film grossed $49.7 million.

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Sources: The Undefeated, Rotten Tomatoes, NY Post, The Film Experience, Rock The Bells

 

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