7. Moonrise Kingdom
Original Release Date: May 25, 2012
Box Office Earnings: This quirky, heartfelt comedy from Wes Anderson ended up grossing $68.3 million off a $16 million budget. A respectable number for a Wes Anderson film, whose movies are definitely an acquired taste.
Critical Acclaim: Moonrise Kingdom was a critical darling and sits at a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics praised the story and its unique style, with the film eventually being nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay.
About the Role: Bruce Willis plays against type in this film as an awkward and lonely police captain who forms a strong bond with a young orphan boy.
Simply the Best: You don’t need to have Bruce Willis beating up bad guys to have a good Bruce Willis movie. Moonrise Kingdom has an incredibly sweet core and it stands as one of Wes Anderson’s best films. Although the main focus is on the two main kids, the adults in the film, including Willis, give standout performances that you can’t help but enjoy.
Anderson is known for using the same actors over and over again in his movies, most notably, beloved actors like Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman. Moonrise Kingdom was Bruce Willis’ first time collaborating with Anderson and he was so good in it, that we hope it’s not the last!