Jada Pinkett Smith’s Biggest Hit Isn’t What You Think It Is

Since the mid-1990s, Will Smith has headlined hits such as Men in Black, I Am Legend, and The Pursuit of Happyness. His filmography is famously loaded with hits. But his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, has an impressive big-screen resume of her own. However, even Pinkett Smith’s most devoted fans probably don’t realize the surprising movie that is her biggest hit.

Jada Pinkett Smith at the 'Angel Has Fallen' premiere in 2019
Jada Pinkett Smith at the ‘Angel Has Fallen’ premiere in 2019 | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

What is Jada Pinkett Smith’s net worth now?

When compared to her husband, Pinkett Smith’s net worth isn’t anywhere near. Thanks to his string of box office hits, Smith is worth roughly $350 million. That’s a lot of movie tickets and albums sold. Plus, there are all Smith’s other business ventures — including serving as a producer on Netflix hit Cobra Kai — to consider.

However, Pinkett Smith is involved in many of the same projects as her husband. And even outside her acting career — which spans decades — she producer, director, singer, and writer. Pinkett Smith’s own net worth sits at roughly $50 million on her own. And with the Smiths’ cumulative wealth, Will and Jada are sitting comfortably at $400 million as a couple.

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As for her acting career, Pinkett Smith has demonstrated a lot of range over the years. Her hit movies include everything from Eddie Murphy comedy The Nutty Professor to crime thriller Set It Off. Both movies even hit theaters in 1996. Pinkett Smith also starred in Girls Trip and delivered memorable supporting turns in Magic Mike XXL, Scream 2, and Collateral.

However, as is so often the case in Hollywood, her biggest hits are her franchise roles. Pinkett Smith played Niobe in both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Judging by the worldwide box office, these films both land in the actor’s top five highest-grossing releases to date. She’ll return to that franchise for 2021’s The Matrix 4, again opposite Keanu Reeves.

But the remaining three spots in Pinkett Smith’s top five are all from the Madagascar series. In these animated films, she voices a hippopotamus named Gloria. In particular, 2012’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is Pinkett Smith’s biggest hit. According to The-Numbers.com, the movie earned $746.9 million at the worldwide box office.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith appeared in two movies together

Pinkett Smith and her husband have long histories on the big screen. As such, fans might be curious to know whether the two have ever appeared together. In fact, Smith and Pinkett Smith have appeared in two movies together, though only one features major roles for both stars.

Most recently, Pinkett Smith has a brief cameo as a party guest in 2012’s Men in Black 3. But the more substantive co-starring role opposite her husband was in 2001’s Ali. In that film, Smith plays boxing legend Muhammad Ali, with Pinkett Smith playing Ali’s first wife, Sonji Roi.