3. The Royal Tenenbaums
Original Release Date: The Royal Tenenbaums had its first premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 5, 2001 before opening in theaters on December 14, 2001. The film then screened at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2002.
Box Office Earnings: The film proved a strong player at the box office for an eccentric film with an opening weekend gross of over $276K from only five theaters. The Royal Tenenbaums went on to achieve a worldwide gross of $71.4 million against a budget of $21 million and was Wes Anderson’s most profitable film until The Grand Budapest Hotel bested it in 2014.
Critical Acclaim: The Royal Tenenbaums earned mostly positive reviews from critics upon release, holding an impressive 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, some critics disagreed with Anderson’s filmmaking style at the time, finding his signature askew world-building unrealistic.
Nonetheless, the filmed wowed the right folks as Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and Gene Hackman won a Golden Globe for his performance. Gwyneth Paltrow received a Satellite Award nomination for her role as well as an honor from the Toronto Film Critics Association.
About the Role: Paltrow plays Margot Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums, an eccentric film about the even more eccentric Tenenbaum family. From a young age, the three Tenenbaum children — Chas (Ben Stiller), Margot, and Richie (Luke Wilson) — achieve success, but following their parents’ divorce, the children experience a post-success slump. Years later, Royal (Gene Hackman) claims to have cancer to reunite with and win back his children and ex-wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston), resulting in the whirlwind gathering of the family that leads to changes and revelations.
Simply the Best: Without questions, The Royal Tenenbaums continues to be one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s most iconic film roles of all time. While the film has been heralded as one of the best for years as well as to this day, her performance and style also continue to have an impact on culture. Just take stock of how many people dress up as Margot Tenenbaum for Halloween. You don’t get referenced in such a way unless you have truly done something remarkable. She gave brilliant life to such a weird and wonderful character and truly has never been better.