DiCaprio the new King of Hollywood?
With Shutter Island proving commercially stout and Inception likely to earn upwards of $700 million worldwide, Leonardo DiCaprio has drawn attention as one of the few true box-office champions left in existence, seeing as old stalwarts like Tom Cruise and Will Smith are no longer guaranteed money-makers. All of this despite the fact that DiCaprio’s filmography doesn’t have even the faintest whiff of commercial calculation. He’s an actor first, star second, and that makes his rise in popularity as a mature leading man even more satisfying to me as a fan of cinema.
My favorite movie rag Empire Magazine features a blog article discussing the current state of box office champs, and Leo’s place in the it.