A good film could only be fully enjoyed by the moviegoers when it has gone through good direction which makes the role of the cast secondary. Roland Emmerich was born in Stuttgart, Germany and attended the University of Television and Film Munich aspiring to be a production designer. The film Star Wars however inspired him to take a directorial role leading him to enroll in the school’s film director program. His thesis resulted into a full length film The Noah’s Ark Principle which received positive reviews. His top grossing directorial films started with Universal Soldier in 1992 followed by Independence Day in 1996 which was his highest top grossing film to date. Ranked as the 14th highest grossing film director in the US, his films have earned beyond a total US $1 billion dollar mark and his latest film Anonymous awaits screening schedule September 2011. Emmerich has openly accepted being gay and is considered one of the powerful gay men in Hollywood. The man lives up to his family name which combines a catchword for a coveted award in TV production called an “Emmy” added to everyone’s most coveted word that fits a description for financial stability, “rich” (Emmy + rich = Emmerich).
Universal Soldier (1992) – Emmerich’s first top grossing film in 1992 featuring Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren on the lead role as former Vietnam soldiers killed in action but whose bodies had been taken by the government for a top secret project to be revived as near perfect killing machines. The film got a 5.7 rating out of 10 at Imdb grossing US$ 36,168,043 out of a $ 23 million budget.
Stargate (1994) – A top secret US military project with the aid of an Egyptologist utilized an ancient relic found in the pyramids to aid them in travelling through space and time beyond the planet. Kurt Russell and James Spader leads the cast an ultimate adventure film which eventually gained an Imdb 6.7 rating out of 10 grossing US $71,565,669 out of an estimated $55 million budget.
Independence Day (1996) – Rated 6.6 out of 10 at Imdb, this film is Emmerich’s leading top grossing film to date which featured an all star cast having Will Smith and Bill Pullman on the lead. This film also notably launched Will Smith to worldwide recognition as a versatile action/comedy actor. The film grossed US $817,400,891 worldwide out of a $ 75 million estimated production budget.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) – A disaster film which gained a 6.3 rating with Imdb featured an assemblage of high calibre stars led by Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sela Ward and Emmy Rossum to name a few. A new ice age threatens to bring extinction to all life in the planet, and a paleoclimatologist must race against time to join up with his family in New York before everything turns up frozen. This film earned a US $ 544,272,402 gross worldwide from an estimated $135 million budget.
2012 (2009) – Emmerich’s disaster film brought by the Mayan calendar controversy about the possible end of the world in 2012 has an all star cast featuring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton and Danny Glover to name a few. This film got a 5.9 rating from Imdb although the disaster film plot didn’t proved to be a disaster for Emmerich as the worldwide box office raked a total of US$769,679,473 gross profit out of an estimated $200 million production budget.
Other Roland Emmerich Top Grossing Films:
Godzilla (1998) – estimated budget US$130 million – Grossed $379,014,294
The Patriot (2000) – estimated US$110 million – Grossed $215,300,000
10,000 BC (2008) – estimated US$105 million – Grossed $ $269,784,201 worldwide