Melissa McCarthy meets very few of Hollywood’s usual specifications for stars. At 43, she is not young. Nor is she “hot” in that prototypical Polly Pocket kind of way. She is not even a novelty, since has been around doing solid TV work for decades. But now, suddenly, according to Vulture, she is making it rain, big time, on the big screen:
There is no other star in Hollywood delivering as consistently, and in such great numbers, and with so little assistance, as Melissa McCarthy. On July 2, McCarthy’s Tammy will arrive in theaters amid high expectations. Her five most recent movies have earned more than $650 million in the U.S., which is remarkable enough on its own. But even more impressive is what happens when you consider only the films in which she was a top-billed star, excluding the hits that had help from a brand name (The Hangover III) or an ensemble cast (Bridesmaids, This Is 40). Comedies Identity Thief and The Heat — which were rated R and had little to recommend them besides the appeal of McCarthy — made tons of money anyway ($135 million and $160 million domestic, respectively).
In other words, she is turning her work on the silver screen into solid gold.