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Ryan Gosling’s Highest-Grossing Films, According To Box Office Mojo

Ryan Gosling has had a terrific year, continuing to cement himself as one of the most successful celebrities in Hollywood. Fresh off his turn from him as a secret operative in Netflix’s The Gray Man, Gosling doesn’t slow down anytime soon, with the actor confirmed to be appearing in the upcoming Barbie film and The Gray Man two in the next few years.

While Gosling has found much of his greatest success in recent years, the actor has had a quite admirable career spanning more than two decades. Some of these films truly smashed the box office, with several of Gosling’s projects proving especially lucrative according to the tallies of Box Office Mojo.


10 Drive (2011) – $77,187,281

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Driver working underneath a car in Drive

Drive is a crime drama starring Ryan Gosling as an unnamed Driver who pairs up with Oscar Isaac’s Standard in a high-stakes heist. The film is based on the James Sallis novel of the same name and was nominated for an Academy Award for best sound editing.

Despite disappointing box office returns (via Box Office Mojo), the film has become a cult classic over the years, with its fans still managing to discover new facts about Drive 10 years later. While some critics believe the film’s graphic depiction of intense violence may have killed its appeal to general audiences, consistent praise is leveled at the cast, including leading man Ryan Gosling.

9 Fracture (2007) – $92,011,561

Available To Rent On Amazon Prime Video

fracture is a psychological crime thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as a man who has murdered his wife and must now attempt to exonerate himself in the eyes of the district attorney (Gosling) that seeks to condemn him for his crimes.

Thanks to generally positive reviews that praised the nuanced dynamic between Gosling and Hopkins, fractured managed to hold its own at the box office over the course of several weeks, making a modest profit based on its relatively tiny budget (via Box Office Mojo). Though the film was not a box office hit by any stretch of the imagination, it proved just popular enough to become successful.

8 Gangster Squad (2013) – $105,200,903

Available On HBO Max

Gangster Squad is a thriller following a fictionalized version of the LAPD officers who brought down a notorious crime boss in their city. Starring Ryan Gosling as Sergeant Jerry Wooters, the 2013 film also includes performances by Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, and more.

As a result of subpar reviews, stiff competition in the recently-released Zero Dark Thirtyand a lack of substantial marketing, Gangster Squad fell flat upon its debut, barely earning more than its production budget (via Box Office Mojo). Even so, selective praise was leveled at the film’s cast by critics, exonerating Gosling from any fault in the film’s ultimate failure.

7 First Man (2018) – $105,713,218

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first-man is an adaptation of the James R. Hansen biography of Neil Armstrong. Helmed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling as the titular first man on the moon, the film opened to critical acclaim and was eventually nominated for numerous accolades, including several Academy Awards, winning for Best Visual Effects.

Despite plenty of buzz surrounding the film, including some minor political controversy, first-man was not the box office draw that its filmmakers were likely hoping it would be. While not necessarily a box office bomb, the film failed to truly maximize its financial potential (via Box Office Mojo). The failings of first-man are more commonly attributed to the lasting success of previous releases Venom and A Star Is Born than to any shortcoming on the part of Gosling or the filmmakers.

6 The Notebook (2004) – $118,230,644

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Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams about to kiss in rain

The Notebook has long been considered one of the most epic love stories in cinema. A romantic drama starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, the film tells the life story of two lovers, following them from the moment they first meet until their final moments decades later in a shared hospital bed.

Thanks in part to the charisma of both Gosling and Adams, The Notebook became a worldwide success. The film far exceeded the confines of its relatively small budget, becoming a massive hit during its theatrical run (via Box Office Mojo). The film has also gone on to transform the romantic film scene, developing into an undisputed staple of the genre.

5 The Big Short (2015) – $133,440,870

Available To Rent On Youtube

Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling squaring off in office

The Big Short is a film based on Michael Lewis’s 2010 nonfiction book of the same name depicting the onset of the 2008 United States recession. The film’s impressive cast, which includes Steve Carrell, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, and Melissa Leo also features Ryan Gosling as Jared Venette, a salesman partially based on real-life hedge fund manager Greg Lippmann.

The film quickly proved to be a financial success, quickly earning back its budget and more in its worldwide theatrical run (via Box Office Mojo). In addition to a stellar cast in which Gosling had a major role, The Big Short provided an inside look at a phenomenon that had a massive impact on millions throughout the country, gaining interest among general audiences upon its release.

4 Remember The Titans (2000) – $136,771,683

Available On Disney+

Remember the Titans is undoubtedly one of the best sports films based on true events. Starring Denzel Washington as real-life high school football coach Herman Boone, the film tells a heartwarming tale of a team overcoming racial barriers and achieving success. Gosling features in a supporting role in the film as Alan Bosley, a player on Boone’s team.

With a relatively small budget and plenty of heart, Remember the Titans became a box office success, finding the vast majority of its audience in the United States (via Box Office Mojo). Though Gosling likely did n’t contribute much to the box office of the film, its success certainly helped kickstart his career, building one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.

3 Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) – $145,079,584

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Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a romantic comedy sporting an ensemble cast that includes Steve Carrell, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon. Rounding out the cast is Ryan Gosling as Jacob Palmer, a suave lady’s man who offers to help Steve Carrell’s character earn points with the opposite sex.

Crazy, Stupid, Love quickly proved itself to be one of Ryan Gosling’s more lucrative film projects, becoming a major hit both in the US and overseas (via Box Office Mojo). Much of the film’s success fell on Gosling’s shoulders, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his impressive performance.

two Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – $259,352,064

Available On Netflix And HBO Max

blade runner 2049 is the highly-anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult classic 1982 film starring Harrison Ford. The decades-in-the-making sequel brought Ford back into the fold, pairing the older actor up with Ryan Gosling, who portrayed a new character known as “K.”

Despite making over $200 million at the worldwide box office, blade runner 2049 failed to earn enough money to make up for its lofty budget and was therefore considered a flop by general metrics (via Box Office Mojo). The film, much like the original, has nonetheless achieved cult classic status, with many fans still hoping for a third installment of the sci-fi franchise after what they believe to be a worthy attempt at a sequel and a memorable performance from both Ford and Gosling.

1 La La Land (2016) – $448,906,865

Available On Hulu

La La Land is a 2016 musical drama starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as two young dreamers living in Los Angeles who fall in love as each attempts to kickstart their career. The film was a critical hit, winning multiple Academy Awards, including a nomination for Best Picture, which instead went to moonlit in a memorably unfortunate turn of events.

This award-winning film was a meteoric success both domestically and abroad, earning more than ten times what the film cost to make (via Box Office Mojo). While the project was no doubt aided by the notoriety of its two leads, the Oscar buzz surrounding the film and the rave reviews regarding its musical numbers certainly contributed to La La Land‘s success.

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