Would it surprise you if I told you that the biggest female box office star of the last decade was Elizabeth Banks? I’m sure many of you probably don’t even know who she is! Well, as it turns out, Elizabeth Banks, whose new film The Uninvited opens in two days, has cumulatively grossed more money at the U.S. box office than any other woman in the 2000’s. Crazy right? While Elizabeth Banks does not exist on the levels of Jolie or Kidman, she gets way more roles, that are funnier, cooler, and more interesting, and on top of all that, she’s hotter! Since it’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for The Box Office Junkie’s weekly list, here are 5 Reasons You Love Elizabeth Banks, whether you know her or not:
If you’re part of the massive cult that makes up the world of Scrubs fans, then you’re already familiar with Ms. Banks, who frequently guest stars on the
NBC ABC comedy as Zack Braff’s fellow doctor/girlfriend/ baby mama. She showed up at the end of the fifth season, and comes by for a visit every now and then!
4. First Lady At The Box Office, And In The White House
For Oliver Stone’s presidential film, W., Elizabeth transformed herself into Laura Bush, our country’s former First Lady, who must be so relieved that the last eight years are finally over. Starring alongside Josh Brolin, Banks looked the part as well as she acted it, and she received rave reviews for her portrayal in the political film.
3. She’s Part Of The Apatow Crowd
Elizabeth Banks has done herself well by staying close with Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and Judd Apatow. By starring in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Zack And Miri Make A Porno, and Role Models, Banks has wisely been making herself one of the few women, along with Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie, that can legitimately draw men into theaters. It’s nice to see that despite her success, she doesn’t consider herself “above” comedy. And, yes, I’m looking at you, Academy Awards.
2. The Beautiful Betty Brant
You may not remember her very well, but Elizabeth Banks appears in all three of the massively lucrative Spider-Man movies as Miss Brant, the raven-haired secretary for newspaper mogul, Jonah Jameson. Personally, I’m a big fan of Miss Brant, and I know that she must have a cult following somewhere on the internet. My new mission is to find them! If you consider yourself part of the Betty Brant Fan Club, let me hear you sound off in the comments!
1. The Insanely Awesome Slither
Okay, movie geeks, this one goes out to you. Slither is a film from 2006 about an alien plague that turns people into all sorts of slug-like, mutant creatures. The intentional B-movie failed miserably at the box office, earning just $7 million, but true fanboys (and critics!) carried the Slither banner with utmost pride. Truthfully, this isn’t usually my cup of tea, but I watched this film, and LOVED IT. Seriously, if you’re in need of a fun evening, go watch this. Maybe it would have done better in the EEE.
There you go. Hopefully I’ve been able to shed some light on the most successful female actress of this decade, whose other hits include the football drama Invincible, Fred Claus, Catch Me If You Can, and Wet Hot American Summer. Now, it’s your turn. Did you know who Elizabeth Banks was? Will you see her in The Uninvited? And, most importantly, are you a member of the Betty Brant fan club?