Will Smith finally made a movie for haters. For over two decades, the nearly invulnerable Smith has been star of some of the biggest and most beloved summer movie blockbusters. Now, it seems things are changing. In M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi epic, “After Earth”, Smith and co-star Jaden Smith – his real life son – play a father and a son fighting to stay alive on a now brutally dangerous Earth, where humans aren’t exactly welcome. Despite a big budget and star power, it isn’t pulling in expected box office receipts and critics have nearly universally panned it. Among severe charges that the story is boring, the action lifeless, the special FX have been called cheap and fake looking. Even the futuristic dialogue and accents are called laughable. No matter what critical mark the film gets, the Smiths and Shyamalan have great celebrity net worth.
He’s the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and he’s an accomplished musician and a rapper. He definitely likes fighting aliens, since one of his first big movies was the alien busting epic, “Independence Day”, directed by Roland Emmerich. Smith excels at so many interesting roles in so many engaging movies, that it’s hard to pin him down as an actor in any one genre. Will the same kind of creative torch be passed to his son? The next generation of Smith actors is maturing – namely his son Jayden. Father and son come together in the 2013 summer flick, “After Earth”, yet unfortunately, their joint effort isn’t winning points with audiences or critics. Will Smith has an estimated net worth of $200 million dollars.
Jaden Smith is a young actor on the move. He’s only been in a few films, but he’s making an impact. In films like, “The Pursuit of Happyness” – also co-starring his dad Will – Jaden has shown even the most skeptical among us that he does indeed have screen presence. In the re-imagining of the martial arts flick, “The Karate Kid”, he holds his own opposite international superstar Jackie Chan, who trains him in the ancient art of Kung Fu martial arts. Jaden, despite his youth, boasts a healthy bank account. He has an estimated net worth of $8 million dollars.
M. Night Shyamalan
He was hailed as the new master of cinema suspense – the new Hitchcock by some – but that was a long time ago. He burst on the screen as the highly celebrated writer and director of the mega hit, “The Sixth Sense”, starring Bruce Willis. Shyamalan followed that up with another Willis vehicle, ‘Unbreakable” – co-starring Samuel L. Jackson. Unfortunately, big flops like “Lady In The Water”, “The Happening”, “The Last Avatar” and now “After Earth”, have brought him such critical disdain, it’s hard to see what he’ll do to regain Hollywood respect. Still, if his movies bring in money from overseas on cable or home video, a critical drubbing doesn’t mean much – box office does. Shyamalan has an estimated net worth of $50 million dollars.