Sandra Bullock is one of Hollywood’s most talented actors. A darling among critics and audiences, she has demonstrated a chameleonic ability to tackle rom-coms, action flicks, dramas, and even horror/sci-fi movies like 2018’s Bird Box.
But a long and distinguished career like Sandra Bullock’s doesn’t come without an occasional bomb. And in her case, her worst movie happens to be her first. Good thing this colossal flop didn’t set the tone for the rest of her career.
A Hollywood success story
Though she started out shadowing her opera-singing mother, Sandra Bullock pursued a career in acting. After college, she moved to New York to explore stage work. But fate had something else in store for her. Television and feature film opportunities came, including roles in Demolition Man (1993) and Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993), according to IMDb.
Movies that helped catapult Bullock to stardom include Speed (1994), The Blind Side (2009), The Proposal (2009), The Heat (2013), and Gravity (2013).
Celebrity Net Worth estimates Sandra Bullock’s net worth is $250 million. She also earned a spot in the Guinness World Records as the world’s highest-paid actress.
Sandra Bullock’s 1st film bombed at the box office
Before Sandra Bullock cemented her status as a Hollywood titan, she appeared in a 1989 movie that failed spectacularly.
According to IMDb, Who Shot Pat? is a “coming-of-age tale” about high school life in the late 1950s in Brooklyn. The plot revolves around interracial tensions at the school, and the cast includes David Edwin Knight, Kevin Otto, and a young and aspiring Sandra Bullock.
The R-rated comedy was a commercial flop. Box office numbers worldwide were a dismal $2,343 — yes, two thousand three hundred forty-three dollars — IMDb reports.
Adding insult to injury, Rotten Tomatoes shows a 9% audience score. Reviewer comments include “terrible film that never should have been released” and “a great movie to share with a friend … and hope they NEVER return it.”
This disaster seemed to signal a dead-end for Bullock’s colleagues on the project, Looper suggests. Many of her cohorts in the film didn’t move on to other mainstream acting roles. But luckily for her, the terrible flick didn’t slam the brakes on her career.
What is Sandra Bullock doing now?
Interestingly, the only movie that still embarrasses Sandra Bullock isn’t Who Shot Pat?
According to the Independent, the actor regrets returning for the sequel to her blockbuster Speed, 1997’s Speed 2: Cruise Control. Fans didn’t like it nearly as much as the original. And in hindsight, she kind of wishes she hadn’t pursued it.
If you want to see Bullock on-screen right now, check out The Lost City, playing in theaters and on Paramount+. She stars in the action/adventure flick opposite Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe. Bullock also helped produce the film. In fact, she has produced or executive-produced several other movies, including The Unforgivable (2021), Bird Box (2018), and Our Brand Is Crisis (2015).
However, Bullock has been open about taking a hiatus from acting. The 57-year-old says she plans to spend quality time with her family. And loyal fans will, no doubt, eagerly await her return.