Massive Box Office Draws Whose Names You Don't Know

In Hollywood, big box office returns typically give an actor immense power. By that token, Frank Welker should have more sway than Will Smith, Nicholas Cage or Harrison Ford. After all, he’s outgrossed all of them - and everyone else in Tinseltown for that matter. That’s according to the The Numbers All Time Top 100 Stars at the Box Office list recently linked to by Metafilter.

The list ranks performers by the total box office they have generated and contains many of the iconic names you’d expect. But it also contains a variety of people you’ve likely never heard of, such as:

#1: Frank Welker
He may not be the person you expected to see there, but Welker has certainly earned the #1 spot. His vocal talents have appeared in 96 feature films (and earned him a total of 662 acting credits on IMDB). With a wealth of huge moneymakers on his resume (Alice in Wonderland, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Independence Day, The Lion King, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), it’s no wonder he finds himself atop the list.

His personal website touts the huge array of material he has cranked out over the last 40 years.

#7: Warwick Davis
You may know him best as Willow. But, that is, in fact, one of Davis’ least profitable movie appearances. He notched his first massive hit when he appeared in 1983’s Return of the Jedi as the Ewok Wicket and then really vaulted up the list more recently by playing multiple roles in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, as well as appearances in all eight Harry Potter movies.

#10: Hugo Weaving
If you don’t know Weaving by name, you most likely know his face from The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix trilogies. And just for good measure, he added a few more huge numbers to his overall box office total with a few Transformers movies and a starring role in the new Captain America film.

#30: Michael Papajohn
It seems like a safe bet to assume that if a movie is a big budget Summer blockbuster, Michael Papajohn will be in it. He's probably most recognizable as the carjacker that kills Uncle Ben in Spider-Man and then reappears in Spider-Man 3, but his credits also include Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation, Charlie’s Angels, S.W.A.T., and the critically-acclaimed cinematic treasure known as Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector.

#34: Frank Oz
A lot of money he makes. Since 1980 Oz has been the iconic backward-speaking voice of the all-knowing Yoda, as well as a myriad of other Muppet characters. Additionally, Oz is an accomplished film director responsible for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, What About Bob? and Bowfinger.

#91: Chris Ellis
Ellis is one of those guys whose face you probably know, but whose name you’ve never heard. Among his 31 films and $2.1 Billion box office resume are roles in Live Free or Die Hard, Planet of the Apes and Armageddon. And he’s apparently not content with his spot at #91, because he’s currently filming a role in the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises.

Check out the rest of the list here.

The Real Bay of Pigs: Big Major Cay in the Bahamas

When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

Pop Culture
The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

Amenities include a giant master suite with a French-style dressing room, eight fireplaces, a "wine wall," and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Check out some photos below, or view the entire listing here.

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”



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