Chris Pratt Surprises Haters, Becomes Hollywood’s Top Actor

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Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Kurt Russell as Ego, and Zoe Saldana as Gamora

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Despite haters and doubters, Chris Pratt continues to be one of the most solid box-office draws in all of Hollywood.

From his early days as the lovable goofball on Parks and Recreation to headlining major blockbuster franchises, Pratt’s journey is nothing short of remarkable. Despite initial skepticism from fans regarding his casting choices, Pratt has continuously proven his doubters wrong, culminating in several major successes.

A man with light brown hair and a beard, wearing a light blue long-sleeved shirt, stands in a blue-lit room. He is smiling and leaning against a wall, facing another person whose face is mostly out of frame. Wires can be seen in the background.
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Chris Pratt’s entry into the entertainment industry was a mix of serendipity and sheer determination.

Discovered by actress Rae Dawn Chong while waiting tables at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in Maui, Pratt landed a role in her directorial debut, Cursed Part 3 (2000).

This opportunity set him on a path to Hollywood, where he would struggle through small roles before landing his breakout part as Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation (2009-2015). Originally intended to be a temporary character, Andy’s infectious humor and Pratt’s improvisational skills made him a permanent fixture on the show.

Following his success on television, Pratt transitioned to the big screen with a series of supporting roles in films like Moneyball (2011) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). However, it was his transformation into a leading man in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) that marked a significant turning point in his career.

His portrayal of Peter Quill/Star-Lord, with his perfect blend of wit, physicality, and emotional depth, not only endeared him to Marvel fans but also showcased his potential as a box office draw.

Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) looking at the volcano in 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'
Credit: Universal Studios

Pratt’s success continued with leading roles in major franchises. In Jurassic World (2015) and its sequels, he revitalized the beloved series, bringing in massive box office returns. His charm and relatability made him a favorite among audiences, cementing his status as a Hollywood A-lister.

Chris Pratt Is Proving the Doubters Wrong

Despite his rising stardom, Pratt faced significant backlash when he was cast in voice roles for iconic characters like Mario and Garfield. Fans were initially skeptical, arguing that his voice lacked the distinctiveness needed for such beloved characters. Yet, Pratt’s performances silenced critics, demonstrating his versatility and commitment to his craft.

As Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023), Pratt managed to balance nostalgia with a fresh take, winning over a new generation of fans while satisfying long-time enthusiasts. His ability to adapt and deliver nuanced performances in voice acting further showcased his range as an actor.

Mario (Chris Pratt) in 'The Super Mario Bros. Movie' (2023)
Credit: Illumination/Nintendo

The Garfield Phenomenon

Pratt’s latest triumph came with The Garfield Movie, where he lent his voice to the iconic lasagna-loving feline. According to reports from Deadline, Sony/Alcon’s The Garfield Movie has dominated both domestic and international box office charts.

In its recent offshore session across 60 markets, the film grossed $27.1 million, pushing its worldwide total to $152.2 million. This impressive performance included a strong showing in China, where it opened to $8.2 million, surpassing the lifetime earnings of Puss In Boots: The Last Wish and Migration in just two days, Deadline shared.

The film’s success wasn’t limited to China. In Poland, it debuted with $2.4 million, significantly outpacing The Secret Life of Pets 2. Australia and Indonesia also saw strong openings, with $2 million and $700,000, respectively. In Germany, Garfield climbed 131% in its fourth weekend to top the charts, bringing its local total to $7.6 million.

The UK saw a minor drop of 5% in its second weekend, accumulating $8.1 million. Mexico, too, performed exceptionally well, with $19 million in earnings, surpassing the lifetime gross of The Secret Life of Pets 2. Malaysia also saw a significant increase, with a 21% jump in its second weekend, elevating its cumulative total to $1.5 million, making it the fourth highest-grossing Hollywood title of the year in the market.

It seems almost as if everything Chris Pratt touches turns to gold.

A vibrant movie poster for "The Garfield Movie" features Garfield, his characteristic grumpy demeanor on full display, as he sits on a blue chair with a tub of popcorn. Various characters and scenes from the movie, including other animals and humans, surround him amidst dynamic fiery visuals.
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The Road Ahead

Chris Pratt’s journey in Hollywood is far from over. With upcoming projects like the continuation of the Jurassic World franchise and potential new roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pratt shows no signs of slowing down. His ability to navigate diverse roles, from action-packed heroes to animated characters, highlights his adaptability and broad appeal.

Despite the initial doubts from fans and critics, Chris Pratt’s career trajectory exemplifies how talent, hard work, and a bit of luck can defy expectations. His success as the voice of Garfield is just the latest chapter in a career that continues to evolve and surprise. As Pratt continues to take on new challenges and expand his repertoire, audiences can look forward to many more years of memorable performances from this versatile actor.

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