“Wolf of Wall Street” director Martin Scorsese has always been a darling of movie critics, awards shows, and film fans. But until fairly recently, he’s never been a real force at the box office.
This week, that finally changed for the 71-year-old filmmaker as his latest film crossed the $300-million mark worldwide.
Scorsese cemented his reputation as one of Hollywood’s great directors with movies like “Taxi Driver,”(1976) “Raging Bull,”(1980) and “Goodfellas” (1990). All three films were critical hits but hardly blockbusters. “Taxi Driver,” his breakthrough film, cost only $1.3 million to make and grossed about $28 million at the box office. It was a great return on investment for studio Columbia Pictures, but it was still a far cry from what other hits of the time were earning. Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws,” released a year before “Taxi Driver,” earned as much in just three weeks!
"Taxi Driver" (1986). (Columbia Pictures)
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