Article taken from Forbes.
If you recognize Vera Farmiga—the star of Godzilla: King of the Monsters—but can’t quite place how you know her, that’s probably because she’s quietly starred in some huge box office successes.
And that includes eleven—yes, eleven—different films that earned at least $50 million.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters will likely rise to the top of that list. With a $49 million opening weekend in the U.S. and $179 million worldwide, the new Godzilla film is easily Farmiga’s best showing. In just one weekend, Godzilla is well on its way to catching Farmiga’s top performing films, including The Conjuring ($319.5 million worldwide), The Departed ($291.5 million) and Safe House ($208 million).
Yes: Farmiga is a star in all of those films. After playing bit parts for a few years, she first hit it big with Martin Scorsese’s The Departed in 2006. Since, she’s been nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting role in Up in the Air and has planted her feet in several high-grossing horror films, including Orphan, the Conjuring series and the upcoming third film in the Annabelle series. She even director the independent film Higher Ground in 2011.
Here’s a quick look at the films in which Farmiga has starred that have earned at least $50 million worldwide:
- The Conjuring 2 ($320.4 million)
- The Conjuring ($319.5 million)
- The Departed ($291.5 million)
- Safe House ($208 million)
- Up in the Air ($166.8 million)
- Source Code ($147.3 million)
- The Commuter ($120 million)
- The Manchurian Candidate ($96.1 million)
- The Judge ($84.4 million)
- Orphan ($76.7 million)
- 15 Minutes ($56.3 million)
Soon, we’ll likely add Annabelle Comes Home to that list, as the film is the third installment in a series that has earned big at the box office. Annabelle raked in $257 million back in 2014, while Annabelle: Creation earned even more in 2017 with $306.5 million.
With a background in theater, Farmiga first dipped into television back in 2007 with Roar, which starred Heath Ledger and Sebastian Roché (although Fox only aired eight episodes of the show before it was cancelled).
Farmiga earned her first small film role in 1998 with Return to Paradise, starring Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix. She then earned a supporting role in 2000 with Autumn in New York.
She didn’t earn a lead role, however, until Love in the Time of Money, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002. The next year, Farmiga had a breakthrough role as a drug-addicted mother in Down to the Bone, for which she Best Actress from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award. That role also earned her a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award.
Since her first big role in a hugely successful film, The Departed, Farmiga has jumped from genre to genre and worked with notable directors (Martin Scorsese, Jason Reitman, James Wan) and major actors (George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon—that list goes on).
And now with a starring role in Godzilla King of the Monsters, it seems her quiet box office success if going to reach great heights. The film is expected to have similar numbers to Kong: Skull Island, which pulled in $566 million worldwide—which would make the latest Godzilla film yet another major stamp from Farmiga on the film industry.