Dwayne Johnson is one of Hollywood's most bankable and popular stars right now and he is set to return to the big screen this week with Central Intelligence.

Dwayne Johnson in Central Intelligence

Dwayne Johnson in Central Intelligence

Central Intelligence sees Johnson team up with Kevin Hart for the first time while Rawson Marshall Thurber is back in the director's chair for his first feature since We're The Millers.

We are big fans of Johnson here at FemaleFirst and we look back over his career at some of his most successful films to date at the box office.

- Fast & Furious 5,6,& 7 - 2,933,941,686

When it comes to success at the box office, it is the Fast & Furious franchise that has been the biggest success for Johnson so far. He may not have been with the film series since the very beginning, but Johnson and the character of Hobbs have become a favourite amongst the fans.

In was back in 2011 when we were introduced to the character of Hobbs for the first time in Fast & Furious 5 - Johnson was the big new addition to the cast list.

Fast 5 was a turning point in the franchise's history as it was the film that turned this series into a box office juggernaut. Justin Lin was in the director's chair while Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Jordana Brewster were just some of the familiar faces.

The movie went on to gross $629,9 million. At the time it was the most successful film in the series and the seventh highest-grossing film of the year.

Two years later, Johnson and co were back for Fast & Furious 6, which saw Justin Lin in the director's chair once more. The film saw Hobbs calls on Dom and Brian for their help to bring down Shaw - played by newcomer Luke Evans.

Fast & Furious 7 was even bigger than its predecessor as it stormed the box office and grossed $789,9 million; overtaking Fast 6 as the highest grossing film in the series.

But even that was eclipsed last year when Fast & Furious 7 hit the big screen. The release of the movie was delayed after the death of Paul Walker and fans flocked to cinemas to watch his final film.

It was the first film in the series to gross over $1 billion as it took over $1.5 billion by the end of its theatrical run. It was the third highest-grossing film of the year, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.

Filming on Fast 8 is already underway and will see Johnson and Diesel return while F. Gary Gray takes over the director's chair.

Fast & Furious

- San Andreas - $469,590,832

2015 was a hugely successful year for Johnson and San Andreas was one of the films that was a big box office hit.

San Andreas was one of the big disaster movies of the year and saw Johnson reunite with director Brad Peyton - they first worked together on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

Johnson played a rescue pilot who tries to save his daughter and ex-wife after a huge earthquake in California. He was joined on the cast list by Carla Gugino, Paul Giamatti, Alexandra Daddario, and Ioan Gruffudd.

The film may have received mixed reviews upon release, but the film went on to be a big box office success; grossing over $469 million.

In America, the film gave Johnson his highest -opening as a lead actor as it topped the U.S. box office. The film was also a number one hit here in the UK.

A second film is in the pipeline but there's no word on when the film may start shooting or will be released.

San Andreas

- The Mummy Returns - $435,040,395

It was way back in 2001 when Johnson made his big screen debut as he played The Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns, which was the sequel to The Mummy.

Johnson was one of the new additions to the cast list as he starred alongside Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Arnold Vosloo.

The Mummy Returns gave us our first look at The Scorpion King - Johnson went on to star in a solo film after the success of this blockbuster sequel.

The Mummy Returns offered Johnson just a small role but it was to be the film that kicked off his acting career - we don't really see his character until the end of the film.

The Mummy Returns was a movie that received mixed reviews but went on to gross $435 million at the box office.

The Mummy Returns

- G.I. Joe: Retaliation - $375,740,705

In 2013, Johnson joined the G.I. Joe franchise as - rather surprisingly - a sequel to the 2009 film hit the big screen.

Not many actors from the original movie made it to the sequel as Johnson lead a cast that includes Jonathan Pryce, Byung-hun Lee, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, and Channing Tatum all starred.

The movie saw Johnson work with filmmaker Jon M. Chu for the for the first time in what was his first feature since documentary film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never two years earlier.

Sadly, the big name additions were not enough to save this film from a string of not so great reviews... but things did pick up at the box office.

Despite the criticism, the movie performed solidly as it took over $375 million. It easily made back its $130 million budget and was considered a box office success.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'

- Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - $318,146,162

Johnson joined another franchise in 2012 as he starred in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which was the sequel to Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Like the first film, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was based on a Jules Verne novel and saw Brad Peyton in the director's chair.

Set four years after the events of the first film, the movie saw Josh Hutcherson reprise the role of Sean Anderson while Michael Caine, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzman, and Kristin Davis were also on board.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was one of the surprise success of 2012 as the movie went on to gross over $318 million - surpassing that of its predecessor. It also went on to do perform well when it was given its home release.

In 2014, it was announced that a third film had been given the green light and both Johnson and director Peyton are set to return. It has since been revealed that there will be two sequel - but there is still no word on when we will see the film released.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

- Hercules - $244,8

When it comes to the role of Hercules, Johnson was born to play this character on the big screen... and in 2014, that is exactly what he did.

Hercules was one of two movies to explore this character that year and it was Johnson's movie that enjoyed the bigger success.

Directed by Brett Ratner, the movie follows Hercules as he is called upon by the King of Thrace to help them defeat a tyrannical warlord.

Of course, this film was all about Johnson in this title role, but he was joined on the cast list by John Hurt, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, and Peter Mullan.

The action/adventure may have received mixed reviews, but Johnson's fans came out to support the film and it was a box office success.

The film grossed over $244 million worldwide, making back its $100 million budget.


Central Intelligence is released 29th June.

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