In the category of “how did this happen,” with Ride Along breaking January box office records that has it inching towards $50 million after the long MLK holiday weekend, its star has joined an elite club. Ice Cube has appeared in movies that have had a total gross of over $1 billion. Yeah, billion with a “b.”
Cube has gone from founding member of N.W.A. (what’s up with that N.W.A. movie?) to one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. He has appeared in 20 films whose global box office receipts have totaled just over one billion dollars. Leading the way is 21 Jump Street in first place with $339 million, Anaconda takes second with just over $200 million in global ticket sales and Three Kings is third with $168 million.
With Ride Along looking like it will easily head north of $100 million before it’s done, that will make nine films that feature Cube that have crossed that coveted box office mark. And with 22 Jump Street hitting theaters this year and Cube truly only getting going on his Hollywood career, we would not be surprised if he hits the even rarer club of $2 billion in box office sales.