Which ‘SNL’ Alum Makes the Most at the Box Office?

-Additional research by Christopher Rosa

As we’re watching VH1 Classic’s “SNL Rewind: 2015-1975 Mega Marathon,” we can’t help but wonder about the cast members’ uneven movie careers. For instance, Tina Fey is one of the most famous and beloved SNL cast members of all time. However, her 2013 film Admission only made $6.5 million at the box office in its opening weekend. So, it made us wonder, how well has every single Saturday Night Live cast member of all-time —yes, all 142 of them!— performed in terms of box office draw? And the answers are incredibly surprising.

We went through the Box Office Mojo and IMDB pages of every Saturday Night Live cast member since the show began in 1975, found out how many movies each starred or had supporting roles in —voiceover roles count, too!— and tallied the U.S. box office amounts these films accumulated. Remember: Foreign box office, video and rental sales and bit parts and cameos don’t count—and neither does being a comedy legend.

Meaning, that someone like Chris Farley, whose films exploded on VHS (and whose epic career was cut short by his untimely death) fared far more poorly than someone like Brian Doyle-Murray, who’s built a career on character work and being part of the ensemble of popular box office hits.

So without further ado, VH1 presents the definitive SNL Cast Members All-Time Box Office Rankings (as of today—Friday, February 7, 2014).

 

Check out a full episode from one of SNL’s biggest box office draws, Ben Stiller:

142-101) The Not-Quite-Ready-For-Film-Work Players
Not every SNL alum has graduated to the big screen. Some of the following cast members have appeared in cameo roles, have only worked abroad, in unreleased indies or are too new on the scene to count. Others just simply never made the leap to the silver screen:

142) Peter Aykroyd $0.00
141) Beck Bennett $0.00
140) Morwenna Banks $0.00
139) Kyle Mooney $0.00
138) Vanessa Bayer $0.00
137) John Milhiser $0.00
136) Mike O’Brien $0.00
135) Michael Che $0.00
134) Pete Davidson $0.00
133) Sasheer Zamata $0.00
132) Colin Jost $0.00
131) Noel Wells $0.00
130) Brooks Wheelan $0.00
129) Paul Brittain $0.00
128) A. Whitney Brown $0.00
127) Aidy Bryant $0.00
126) Beth Cahill $0.00
125) Tom Davis (d) $0.00
124) Jim Downey $0.00
123) Robin Duke $0.00
122) Dean Edwards $0.00
121) Yvonne Hudson $0.00
120) Melanie Hutsell $0.00
119) Gary Kroeger $0.00
118) Gail Matthius $0.00
117) Kate McKinnon $0.00
116) Jay Pharoah $0.00
115) Emily Prager $0.00
114) Colin Quinn $0.00
113) Jeff Richards $0.00
112) Ann Risley $0.00
111) Tim Robinson $0.00
110) Tom Schiller $0.00
109) Paul Shaffer $0.00
108) Cecily Strong $0.00
107) Terry Sweeney $0.00
106) Danitra Vance (d) $0.00
105) Dan Vitale $0.00
104) Nancy Walls $0.00
103) Patrick Weathers $0.00
102) Fred Wolf $0.00
101) Alan Zweibel $0.00

100) Al Franken $911,310.00
99) Rich Hall $989,033.00
98) Tony Rosato $6,166,819.00
97) Jerry Minor $7,291,825.00
96) Abby Elliott $9,402,410.00
95) Ellen Cleghorne $12,350,030.00
94) Garrett Morris $12,828,562.00
93) Finesse Mitchell $19,043,559.00
92) Jim Breuer $23,520,677.00
91) Brad Hall $26,179,102.00
90) Denny Dillon $31,483,450.00

89) Gilda Radner (d) $43,157,331.00
88) Julia Sweeney $45,781,852.00
87) Joe Piscopo $46,510,247.00
86) Michael O’Donoghue (d) $47,155,873.00
85) Leslie Jones $50,019,879
84) Matthew Laurance $56,194,930.00
83) Laraine Newman $60,535,034.00
82) Victoria Jackson $63,374,486.00
81) Michaela Watkins $68,919,640
80) Pamela Stephenson $83,253,349.00

79) Bobby Moynihan $83,683,450.00
78) Mark McKinney $92,750,844.00
77) Horatio Sanz $105,876,112.00
76) Tim Kazurinsky $107,042,006.00
75) Rachel Dratch $111,709,966.00
74) Norm Macdonald $116,749,936.00

73) Chris Farley (d) $129,741,767.00
72) Chris Kattan $144,903,791.00
71) Jimmy Fallon $151,616,635.00
70) Don Novello $168,460,129.00

69) Seth Meyers $173,073,657.00
68) Laura Kightlinger $174,985,077.00
67) Robert Smigel $206,985,093.00
66) Jan Hooks $207,395,586.00
65) Harry Shearer $213,294,772.00
64) Damon Wayans $217,416,082.00
63) Dennis Miller $220,117,107.00
62) Darrell Hammond $230,475,851
61) Dana Carvey $241,578,498.00
60) Mary Gross $243,429,537.00

59) Taran Killam $249,219,250.00
58) Anthony Michael Hall $276,983,646
57) John Belushi (d) $279,301,707.00
56) Michael McKean $294,708,675.00
55) Phil Hartman (d) $309,643,934.00
54) Ana Gasteyer $311,320,413.00
53) Jane Curtin $339,848,883
52) Jenny Slate $365,153,434 
51) Gilbert Gottfried $382,605,622.00
50) Brian Doyle-Murray $386,831,930.00

49) Casey Wilson $425,715,510 
48) Christopher Guest $435,938,370.00
47) Andy Samberg $446,196,289
46) Charles Rocket (d) $469,330,676.00
45) Chris Elliott $470,284,311.00
44) Kenan Thompson $480,727,712.00
43) Cheri Oteri $490,920,245.00
42) Siobhan Fallon $494,235,227.00
41) Nora Dunn $523,675,442.00
40) Jay Mohr $525,463,188.00

39) Tina Fey $530,707,924
38) Julia Louis-Dreyfus $532,760,119
37) Fred Armisen $533,745,271
36) Janeane Garofalo $547,187,795.00
35) Chris Parnell $558,639,160
34) Jim Belushi $559,505,534
33) Kevin Nealon $562,425,907
32) David Spade $568,845,022
31) Sarah Silverman $622,151,380
30) Laurie Metcalf $677,956,157.00

29) Tim Meadows $695,561,762
28) Christine Ebersole $682,469,502
27) Jason Sudeikis $733,601,552
26) Will Forte $768,009,861
25) Jon Lovitz $769,064,530.00
24) Amy Poehler $807,020377
23) David Koechner $822,398,911
22) Chevy Chase $832,449,285.00
21) Rob Schneider $877,824,875.00
20) Tracy Morgan $882,034,716

19) Randy Quaid $948,699,694.00
18) Joan Cusack $1,121,411,169.00
17) Martin Short $1,124,581,478
16)
Molly Shannon $1,143,327,298.00
15) Billy Crystal  $1,358,614,308
14) Kristen Wiig $1,415,810,827
13) Rob Riggle  1,152,224,000
12) Bill Murray  $1,666,001,882
11) Maya Rudolph 1,680,247,000

10) Chris Rock $1,716,359,687
9) Nasim Pedrad  $1,184,750,000
8)Will Ferrell $1,897,285,212
7) Dan Aykroyd $2,012,689,379
6) Mike Myers $2,211,357,524
5) Adam Sandler $2,412,523,617
4) Bill Hader $2,494,211,384
3) Robert Downey, Jr. $3,080,292,433
2) Ben Stiller $2,786,659,120
1) Eddie Murphy $3,810,422,028

 

[Photo Credit: Getty Images, Box Office Grosses via IMDB and Box Office Mojo]