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Pop Star Debuts

Big Screen, Leading Role Debuts of Music Stars
1980-Present



RowRankTitle (click to view)StudioLifetime Gross / TheatersOpening / TheatersDate
1 54 My Blueberry Nights
(Nora Jones)
Weinstein Company $867,275 69 $74,146 6 4/4/08
2 2 The Bodyguard
(Whitney Houston)
Warner Bros. $122,006,740 1,806 $16,611,793 1,717 11/25/92
3 6 The Dukes of Hazzard
(Jessica Simpson)
Warner Bros. $80,270,227 3,785 $30,675,314 3,785 8/5/05
4 7 Purple Rain
(Prince)
Warner Bros. $68,392,977 1,022 $7,766,201 917 7/27/84
5 10 Romeo Must Die
(Aaliyah)
Warner Bros. $55,973,336 2,641 $18,014,503 2,641 3/22/00
6 13 New Jack City
(Ice-T)
Warner Bros. $47,624,353 905 $7,039,622 862 3/8/91
7 15 A Walk to Remember
(Mandy Moore)
Warner Bros. $41,281,092 2,420 $12,177,488 2,411 1/25/02
8 19 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
(Tina Turner)
Warner Bros. $36,230,219 1,475 $7,283,714 1,474 7/12/85
9 27 ATL
(T.I.)
Warner Bros. $21,170,563 1,602 $11,554,404 1,602 3/31/06
10 31 Pure Country
(George Strait)
Warner Bros. $15,164,458 1,103 $2,739,680 993 10/23/92
11 35 Disorderlies
(Fat Boys)
Warner Bros. $10,348,437 544 $2,707,980 544 8/14/87
12 55 Ride with the Devil
(Jewel)
USA Films $635,096 60 $64,159 11 11/26/99
13 3 8 Mile
(Eminem)
Universal $116,750,901 2,585 $51,240,555 2,470 11/8/02
14 8 Battleship
(Rihanna)
Universal $65,422,625 3,702 $25,534,825 3,690 5/18/12
15 20 How High
(Method Man, Redman)
Universal $31,178,740 1,273 $7,102,260 1,266 12/21/01
16 28 Fear
(Marky Mark)
Universal $20,831,000 1,615 $6,312,240 1,584 4/12/96
17 33 Hard to Hold
(Rick Springfield)
Universal $11,113,806 1,017 $3,410,001 1,017 4/6/84
18 49 The Allnighter
(Susanna Hoffs)
Universal $2,700,000 977 $1,419,581 977 5/1/87
19 52 Cool as Ice
(Vanilla Ice)
Universal $1,193,062 393 $638,625 393 10/18/91
20 56 The Second Chance Triumph $463,542 87 $200,554 87 2/17/06
21 14 Soul Surfer
(Carrie Underwood)
TriStar $43,853,424 2,240 $10,601,862 2,214 4/8/11
22 26 Sparkle (2012)
(Jordin Sparks)
TriStar $24,397,469 2,244 $11,643,342 2,244 8/17/12
23 34 Light of Day
(Joan Jett)
TriStar $10,489,617 1,041 $3,536,309 1,041 2/6/87
24 16 Burlesque
(Christina Aguilera)
Sony / Screen Gems $39,440,655 3,037 $11,947,744 3,037 11/24/10
25 22 Spice World
(Spice Girls)
Sony / Columbia $29,342,592 2,339 $10,527,222 2,339 1/23/98
26 29 The People Vs. Larry Flynt
(Courtney Love)
Sony / Columbia $20,300,385 1,233 $523,295 16 12/27/96
27 4 Dreamgirls
(Jennifer Hudson)
Paramount (DreamWorks) $103,365,956 2,797 $378,950 3 12/15/06
28 17 Crossroads
(Britney Spears)
Paramount $37,191,304 2,713 $14,527,187 2,380 2/15/02
29 21 Get Rich or Die Tryin'
(50 Cent)
Paramount $30,985,352 1,666 $12,020,807 1,652 11/9/05
30 30 Juice
(Tupac Shakur)
Paramount $20,146,880 1,100 $8,085,915 1,089 1/17/92
31 57 Broken Bridges
(Toby Keith)
Paramount $252,539 84 $133,784 84 9/8/06
32 24 Desperately Seeking Susan
(Madonna)
Orion Pictures $27,398,584 1,108 $1,526,098 268 3/29/85
33 42 UHF
('Weird Al' Yankovic)
Orion Pictures $6,157,157 1,295 $2,251,831 1,295 7/21/89
34 39 Machete Kills Open Road Films $8,008,161 2,538 $3,837,183 2,538 10/11/13
35 59 The Leading Man
(Jon Bon Jovi)
Northern Arts $18,012 3 $2,483 2 3/6/98
36 1 Austin Powers in Goldmember
(Beyonce Knowles)
New Line $213,307,889 3,613 $73,071,188 3,613 7/26/02
37 18 Set It Off
(Queen Latifah)
New Line $36,461,139 1,016 $8,812,105 1,014 11/8/96
38 25 House Party
(Kid 'n' Play)
New Line $26,385,627 700 $4,611,024 520 3/9/90
39 40 Bones
(Snoop Dogg)
New Line $7,316,658 847 $2,823,548 847 10/26/01
40 47 Tougher Than Leather
(Run DMC)
New Line $3,582,760 130 $748,193 130 9/16/88
41 51 Turn It Up
(Pras, Ja Rule)
New Line $1,247,949 661 $576,820 661 9/8/00
42 32 In Too Deep
(LL Cool J)
Miramax $14,011,454 674 $4,220,297 667 8/27/99
43 36 I Got the Hook-Up!
(Master P)
Miramax $10,317,779 655 $3,310,349 655 5/29/98
44 44 On the Line
(*N Sync)
Miramax $4,365,455 901 $2,307,063 900 10/26/01
45 41 Six Degrees of Separation
(Will Smith)
MGM $6,405,918 201 $53,058 2 12/10/93
46 11 Crash
(Ludacris)
Lions Gate $54,580,300 1,905 $9,107,071 1,864 5/6/05
47 37 The Wash
(Dr. Dre)
Lions Gate $10,097,538 749 $2,875,067 749 11/16/01
48 53 Undiscovered
(Ashlee Simpson)
Lions Gate $1,069,318 1,304 $676,048 1,304 8/26/05
49 5 9 to 5
(Dolly Parton)
Fox $103,290,500 - $3,966,832 910 12/19/80
50 12 Like Mike
(Lil' Bow Wow)
Fox $51,432,760 2,436 $12,179,420 2,410 7/3/02
51 43 From Justin to Kelly
(American Idols)
Fox $4,928,883 2,001 $2,715,848 2,001 6/20/03
52 45 Glitter
(Mariah Carey)
Fox $4,274,407 1,225 $2,414,596 1,202 9/21/01
53 46 Dancer in the Dark
(Bjork)
Fine Line $4,184,036 126 $91,612 3 9/22/00
54 9 Boyz N the Hood
(Ice Cube)
Columbia $57,504,069 931 $10,023,462 829 7/12/91
55 23 Poetic Justice
(Janet Jackson)
Columbia $27,515,786 1,285 $11,728,455 1,273 7/23/93
56 48 The Bride
(Sting)
Columbia $3,558,669 980 $1,763,277 955 8/16/85
57 50 Vibes
(Cyndi Lauper)
Columbia $1,883,811 1,003 $916,482 1,003 8/5/88
58 58 Falling from Grace
(John Mellencamp)
Columbia $231,826 22 $49,708 22 2/21/92
59 38 Belly
(DMX, Nas)
Artisan $9,639,390 630 $3,454,776 600 11/6/98
TOTAL (All Movies):$1,808,560,457----
AVERAGE (All Movies):$30,653,5671,331$7,908,6091,234-
TOTAL
(Wide Releases Only):
$1,677,087,454----
AVERAGE
(Wide Releases Only):
$35,682,7121,634$10,336,4611,607-



NOTE: While no firm figures are available, Elvis Presley's 1956 debut Love Me Tender and The Beatles' 1964 debut A Hard Day's Night would equal approximately $50 million and $70 million respectively today, adjusted for ticket price inflation. If there are any movies that you think should be on this list, e-mail us at mail@boxofficemojo.com.