How much does The Rock owe for all those crumbled buildings, quaking cities, and totaled cars? And does more destruction make a better Johnson movie? We did the math.
Everywhere Dwayne Johnson goes, destruction follows. Temples crumble. Dams crack. Cars crash. Earths quake. And this week, a Hong Kong skyscraper will go up in flames.
After almost two decades of watching Johnson destroy things, fail to save things from being destroyed, and generally being surrounded by things being destroyed, we decided to pull out our calculators and tally the damage bill for each of his movies ahead of Skyscraper‘s release. How much damage did Hobbs cause when he escaped from hospital in Furious 7? What was the insurance bill after San Andreas? How much did it cost to fix that cracked Hoover Dam?
To find out, we rewatched 22 of Johnson’s action/thriller movies – excluding The Mummy Returns, because he’s barely in it – calculated the amount of property damage in each, and compared that to the Tomatometer scores and box office earnings for those movies. We then put the films in four different categories, ranging from Category 1’s $1-$1,000,000 in damage to Category 4’s $1,000,000,000-plus, to dive a little deeper into the demolition.
(A note on methodology: We took exhaustive notes, then compared the damage to modern-day natural disasters, and researched the prices of vehicles, drywall, yachts, plexiglass windows, and more. When it came to movies like The Scorpion King and Hercules, which destroy fictional historic artifacts, we used online resources to help guide our estimates.)
Total Damage Bill: $12,213,644,538,000.
Most Destructive Movie: San Andreas (at least $10,000,000,000,000). The western seaboard of the United States is rocked by earthquakes — cities, power grids, and more crumble.
Least Destructive Movie: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($18,000 in virtual world dollars).The world is virtual, which keeps the destruction cost low.
Most Destructive Moment: G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($2,000,000,000,000-plus). London is destroyed, which adds up.