The latest Seth Rogen movie hits theaters on December 19, and expectations are high. The funnyman will co-star with the legendary Barbara Streisand in "The Guilt Trip," a comedy about a man who takes his mother on a road trip across the country. The Wednesday opening gives Seth a two-day head start on pal Judd Apatow's "This is 40," which is a follow-up to Rogen's 2007 hit "Knocked Up." The early opening should help the comedy perform well at the box office, but could it end up being one of Seth's biggest openings yet? Not counting his animated hits, here is a look at his three biggest opening weekends at the box office.
"The Green Hornet "- $33,526,876
The comedian went the superhero route for this 2011 action-comedy. In addition to co-writing the screenplay, Seth starred as a rich slacker who winds up becoming a crime fighter. The movie also featured Cameron Diaz, as well as Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. Despite a solid opening, mixed reviews hurt the movie's buzz in the following weeks. It ended up finishing just shy of the $100 million mark, which isn't so bad for a movie that opened in January.
"Superbad" - $33,052,411
This comedy became an instant classic in 2007, and went on to earn more than $120 million at the domestic box office. Once again, Seth co-wrote the screenplay, but only had a supporting role in the movie. He played a goofy cop along with Bill Hader, allowing headliners Jonah Hill and Michael Cera to generate most of the laughs. This was an important project for Seth, who began writing the script when he was a teenager.
"Knocked Up" - $30,690,990
Seeing how often Seth has worked with Judd Apatow, it's a little surprising that he wasn't involved in the upcoming quasi-sequel to this 2007 hit. Seth plays a stoner who is lucky enough to land the stunning Katherine Heigl for a one-night stand. That fling leads to a bun in the oven, setting up one of the best comedies of the last decade. The actor also served as a producer for this comedy, which remains the star's most successful film with a domestic gross of over $148 million.
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