In the world of martial arts, there are a few names that stand out effortlessly, and some of those names include real-life fighters like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Jai White, Jason Statham, and acting legend Wesley Snipes. However, there is one actor who has earned every bit of his fame, and that is Scott Adkins. The English actor, born Scott Edward Adkins, is also a film producer, screenwriter and gymnast as well as being a legitimate martial arts fighter. He is best known for his roles in martial arts films like Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing, Undisputed 3: Redemptionand Boyka: Undisputed. A legend himself in the martial arts, he has also worked with big name actors such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Jai White, Hugh Jackman and comedic actor Ryan Reynolds. Here are 10 of Scott Adkins’ highest-grossing films.
ten Doctor Strange – $676.354 million
Based on the Marvel Comics character, strange doctor, the superhero film was released in 2016 under the same name starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange. The film surrounds Dr. Strange, a wealthy neurosurgeon who injures his hand in a dangerous car accident and, against the advice to move on from fellow surgeon and love interest Christine Palmer, played by Rachel McAdams, he doggedly pursues experimental surgeries for a cure. He is directed to Kamar-Taj where he is mentored by Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a master wizard under the Elder (Tilda Swinton). Scott Adkins stars as Lucian, one of the disciples of the main antagonist, Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelsen. The film was a hit, grossing $676,354 at the worldwide box office.
9 X-Men Origins: Wolverine – $374.825 million
Despite having a net worth of $2 million, according to Wealthy Gorilla, Scott Adkins has rarely starred in big action movies, especially those with commercial appeal. This is also true for his uncredited appearance in the 2009 superhero film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Weapon XI. The film stars Hugh Jackman as James Howlett, better known as the mutant Wolverine and details his life from childhood to adulthood alongside his half-brother and fellow mutant, Victor Creed, played by Liev Schreiber. After the two survive an execution by firing squad, ex-Sergeant William Stryker (Danny Huston) offers them to join Team X, which they accept. Howlett, whose alias in the group is Logan, leaves the team after a few missions because of his brother Victor and Team X’s disorganization and lives as a lumberjack in Canada with his girlfriend Kayla (Lynn Collins). The film earned a total of $374.825 million.
8 Expendables 2 – $311.979 million
If there was ever an action movie that packed all of your biggest martial arts and action fighting stars into one movie that wasn’t a total waste of money, it would have to be The Expendables film franchise. After the commercial success of the first film in 2010, The Expendables 2 came out in 2012 with many of the same main cast, namely lead actors Sylvester Stallone and English actor Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, legendary actor Chuck Norris, actor/comedian Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean Claude Van Damme to name a few, of course, Scott Adkins stars as Hector, the antagonist’s right-hand man, Valani, played by Van Damme. The film earned $311.979 million at the box office.
seven Ip Man 4: The Finale – $192.617 million
As indicated by his name, Ip Man 4: The Finale is the fourth and final film in the Ip Man film series, directed by Wilson Yip. Released in 2019, the martial arts film loosely follows the life of Chinese Wing Chun master Ip Man, who is played by Hong Kong martial artist and actor Donnie Yen. In this film series, he is forced to travel to San Francisco to seek educational opportunities for his son Ip Ching who is expelled from school for fighting back at a bully. He is discriminated against against his Chinese race in San Francisco, which eventually leads to a duel against an openly racist U.S. Marine gunnery sergeant and karate expert named Barton Geddes, who is portrayed by Scott Adkins. The film was a box office success, grossing $192.617 million.
6 Zero Dark Thirty – $134.612 million
There’s nothing better than a movie that dramatizes a real-life event, especially one that has had a profound effect on world history. Although this may be a touchy subject for most, zero dark thirty is a 2012 American thriller that amplifies the manhunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden following the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York and surrounding states . Osama bin Laden was reportedly killed in a military raid on his compound in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. Adkins plays that of a CIA agent named John Simmons alongside other Hollywood stars like Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, l British actor Mark Strong, The matrix actor Harold Perrineau, and the late Sopranos starring James Gandolfini. The film grossed $134.612 million at the box office.
5 Wolf Warrior – $81.461 million
Scott Adkins may not be a major player in the American film industry, but he is not limited to film projects in other countries. In 2015, he landed one of the main roles in the Chinese war film, Wolf Warriorwhich gave birth to the sequel, wolf warrior 2 in 2017, becoming China’s highest-grossing film of all time. And it was accomplished without the help of famous Chinese actors like Jackie Chan or Jet Li. The film follows Leng Peng (Wu Jing), a People’s Liberation Army sniper who is recruited by a team of elite within the PLA called the Wolf Warriors after failing to follow orders during a drug smuggling raid. While the Wolf Warriors are training in a remote forest, one of their squad is ambushed and killed by Tom Cat (Scott Adkins), a former US Navy SEAL turned mercenary. Leng Peng then hunts and kills Tom Cat and his mercenaries for killing his comrade. The film earned $81.461 million at the box office.
4 American Assassin – $68.31 million
Released in September 2017, american assassin is an action-thriller centered around an ordinary young man turned vengeful CIA recruit, Mitch Rapp, played by Dylan O’Brien. The film begins with Rapp and his girlfriend Katrina Harper (Charlotte Vega) vacationing on a beach in Spain, where Katrina happily accepts O’Brien’s marriage proposal. Moments later, a jihadist group arrives and begins killing civilians, hitting Katrina in the process. Fueled by revenge, Rapp trains in martial arts and marksmanship and even gets an invitation to Libya via an online terrorist recruitment forum run by the man who killed his girlfriend. Just when he is close enough to his target and preparing to kill him, they are ambushed by US Special Forces. Recognizing his great potential, Rapp is offered a chance to join a covert ops unit by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy, played by the beautiful Sanaa Lathan, led by Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The film earned $68.31 million worldwide.
3 The Legend of Hercules – $58.953 million
the legend of hercules is a 2014 3D action fantasy film that surprisingly didn’t do as well as its other films and received “generally unfavorable reviews”. Needless to say, this version of Hercules was nothing compared to the other Hercules, released the same year 2014, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. However, Adkins stars as King Amphitryon of Tiryns, who is the husband of Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee). Disgusted by her husband’s lust for power, Queen Alcmene prays to the goddess Hera, who then asks her husband, Zues, to impregnate her with a demigod son who is to be the savior of their people. He is told to name his son Hercules, played by Kellan Lutz, who is gifted with supernatural strength and ability. When Amphitryon learns the truth about Hercules’ lineage and will be overthrown by him, he sets out to kill him.
2 Criminal – $38.771 million
Here we have another action thriller from 2016 named Criminal which is decorated with a cast of incredible actors. The film surrounds a hacker named Jan Strook (Michael Pitt) better known as “the Dutchman” who found a way to bypass all the computer codes protecting the world’s nuclear defense codes at the behest of Xavier Heimdahl (Jordi Mollà ). The Dutchman confides his secret to CIA agent Bill Pope, played by comedian/actor Ryan Reynold. However, while taking the Dutchman to a safe house, Pope is caught by Hemdahl’s henchmen and tortured to death to reveal the Dutchman’s whereabouts.
Still searching for the Dutchman, Pope’s supervisor, Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman), seeks the help of Dr. Micah Franks (Tommy Lee Jones) who has invented a treatment capable of implanting a deceased person’s memory patterns on a living person. They decide to transplant Pope’s memory into a convicted felon named Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner) in order to locate the Dutchman. The film earned $38.771 million against a budget of $31.5 million.
1 The Brothers Grimsby – $28.72 million
There are movies that, despite a stellar cast of actors, still fail to hold their own at the box office. The Grimsby Brothers is a 2016 action comedy that was produced by and stars controversial comedian Sacha Baron Cohen who plays the lead role of Kyle Alan “Nobby” Butcher. Nobby has been separated from his younger brother Sebastian Butcher, played by Mark Strong, for 28 years. During their separation, Nobby enjoys life as an alcoholic football fanatic with his girlfriend Dawn (Rebel Wilson) and their eleven children, while Sebastian has become one of MI6’s top agents. Sebastian gets a lead on philanthropist Rhonda George, played by Penélope Cruz, an actress philanthropist who runs a charity event called WorldCure, and is targeted for murder by hitman Pavel Lukashenko (Scott Adkins). Nobby also learns that Sebastian will be attending the benefit and decides to reconnect with him. However, their encounter sends them both on the run. The film flopped at the box office, earning $28.72 million.
READ NEXT: The 9 richest Asian actors in the world, as of 2022
Sources: Empire Online, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wealthy Gorilla
The 10 best-selling video games of all time