When Netflix debuts Bird Box on December 21, Sandra Bullock will portray Malorie, the mother on a blindfolded journey to save her children. The trio must travel without seeing a mysterious entity which causes those who see it to take their own lives. The film is an adaptation of the 2014 novel by Josh Malerman. For Bullock, it adds to her legendary reputation for being able to take on films in many genres. She’s a nominee for the upcoming November 11 E! People’s Choice Awards for her role in Ocean’s 8, and fans can hardly wait to learn if she will be awarded the Female Movie Star of 2018.
It would be tempting to make a list of all of Bullock’s popular films. Her filmography includes 46 to date. Ask any fan and they’ll include films such as Demolition Man, Speed, While You Were Sleeping, Hope Floats, Practical Magic, Miss Congeniality, The Lake House, Gravity, Ocean’s 8—just pick one. The wide range of roles and themes speak much about her versatility. Her significant awards speak much about her craftsmanship. But more than the obvious- with Bullock- it’s important to consider what many artists with longevity respect- the ability to show dedication toward achieving a goal over a long period of time. She put one foot in front of the other to reach success. By 2007, she had become one of the highest-paid of Hollywood’s actresses. By 2015, People magazine had named her “Most Beautiful Woman”. From her first role in the 1987 Hangmen until this December when Bird Box will premier, Bullock has steadily worked and earned a kind of everywoman appeal.
Some notable numbers for her films include the $350 million Speed took in worldwide at the box office, the $716 million Gravity took in, or the $1 billion plus which Minions grossed in 2015. By May of 2017, Bullock’s films had garnered approximately $2.5 billion total domestic gross.
But Bullock also founded and owns Fortis Films, a production company which thrived with the leadership of her sister as a former president and her father, John Bullock as CEO. Sadly, her father passed away in September 2018.
Her father was a civilian contractor for the United States Army and her German mother was an opera singer. Sandra was raised in Nuremburg, Germany and Austria ( Vienna and Salzburg) as a child. She attended the Nuremberg Waldorf School and she’s still fluent in German. She went on to receive a BFA in Drama from East Carolina University in 1987.
When she began to audition for acting roles in Manhattan, she worked as a waitress, bartender, and coat checker in New York to support herself. The combined disciplines of business and the arts undoubtedly provided a solid foundation for her future success. Her IMDb trivia notes that her father began to manage her career in 1996 and that she gave her mother a Special Thanks credit for Gun Shy– the first film Bullock produced.
Significant financial successes included the $11 million received for the 1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control. She starred in the Speed sequel to fund her 1998 Hope Floats. She co-produced the sitcom George Lopez and that syndication deal took in approximately $10 million. She received $17.5 million for the 2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. In 2009, The Blind Side grossed more than $309 million. What’s to notice about her starring role in The Blind Side is that the film was marketed with her as the single female star- a first in movie history.
In other business ventures, Sandra opened several Austin Texas restaurants, a floral shop and event planning services. She became the named face of the Artistry brand of cosmetics for the Amway company; along with some public scrutiny that this type of star endorsement had the potential to come with a highly lucrative contract which would bring in millions of dollars over it’s reported three-year span.
Bullock is a humanitarian and philanthropist who gives back to the world and the fans which have supported her rise to success. Her early Waldorf School education may be speculated as providing the initial seed for her focus on charitable work and giving. She has donated at least five separate contributions of $1 million to the American Red Cross, for disaster relief for catastrophic events such as the Indian Ocean earthquake and subsequent tsunamis in 2004, the earthquake in Haiti, the Tōhoku, Japan 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the Texas relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey. She supports The Kindred Life Foundation and contributed to New Orleans’ severely damaged Warren Easton High School after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. She is also known to support causes such as cancer, pediatrics, AIDS and PETA.
For the intensely curious; here’s a list of Bullock’s notable gains:
- Speed: $600,00
- The Net: $250,000
- While You Were Sleeping: $1,200,000
- A Time to Kill: $8,000,000
- George Lopez syndication deal, The Heat, and Minions: $10,000,000 each
- In Love and War: $10,500,000
- Speed 2: Cruise Control and Hope Floats: $11,000,000 each
- 28 Days: 12,500,000
- Murder by Numbers: $15,000,000
- The Blind Side back end, including pay-TV revenue, share of DVD and world-wide gross: $20,000,000
That’s a grand total of more than $100,000,000 alone. Add in the unknown/unpublished and it’s easy to see that with Sandra Bullock, there’s much more where that came from… and she earned it. The little girl from Arlington, Virginia went on to be listed in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as the actress who was the highest-paid world-wide- and that was when she had reached $56,000,000. She’s been called America’s Movie Sweetheart for good reason- people like her. That’s what all that net worth is really about.