Saturday, May 25, 2024

“The Mule” Becomes Clint Eastwood’s 6th Movie as Director to Cross $100 Million (15th When All Adjusted for Inflation)


Clint Eastwood has a lot to crow about this morning.

As a director, he’s now made 6 films that crossed the $100 million mark. Today, “The Mule” is number 6. (I forgot “Sully,” as a reader pointed out.)

The others were “American Sniper,” “Gran Torino,” “Million Dollar Baby,” and “Unforgiven.” Two others– “Mystic River” and “Space Cowboys”– hit $90 million.

One other movie in which he starred but didn’t direct, “In the Line of Fire,” also passed $100 million.

“The Mule” has kicked its way to $100 million on its own. There’s been little press since Clint doesn’t give interviews very often. Why should he? He has a bunch of Oscars and other awards. He’s 88 years old. As one publicist said to me, “He has nothing to prove.”

Clint is the original indie filmmaker. He makes all his own movies with his company Malpaiso, then distributes them through Warner Bros. “In the Line of Fire” was the rare exception.

Adjusted for inflation, a total of 15 Eastwood directed movies have sailed past $100 million. One more hit $98 million.

As an actor, “The Mule” is his 25th movie to make more than $100 million. This is some accomplishment. That’s as an actor.

“The Mule” is projected to go to $120 million. It has no Oscar nominations. But it’s hoped that Clint can be persuaded to come to the Oscars this year. Who better to bestow Best Picture?


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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