Jonah Hill – A career in stats

This weeks Moneyball is Jonah’s first major role, we look back at some of the movies that helped make him a star.

Jonah Hill rocketed onto the acting scene in 2007 for his performance in teen hit, Superbad. Prior to this Jonah mainly undertook supporting roles, gaining experience working alongside some of the great comedy actors.

Jonah’s new film Moneyball sees him take on the role of Billy Beane’s assistant, Peter Brand. The two join forces in an attempt to assemble a competitive team using a statistical approach. With Moneyball hitting cinemas this Friday (25th November) we thought we would take a look at Jonah Hill’s filmography in statistics.

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) – Customer

This is one of Jonah’s first movies in which he makes a brief appearance as an eBay customer. This $26 million movie almost matched its budget at the box office in the opening weekend, as well as receiving very favourable reviews from both critics and audiences alike.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

Critics: 85%

Audience: 81%

Box Office

Budget: $26,000,000 (est)

Gross: $21,422,815 (USA)

£1,757,540 (UK)

Click (2006) – Ben Newman (at 17 years old)

Jonah took on a slightly bigger role in Click, starring Adam Sandler as a dad wanting to fast forward the boring bits of life. Jonah still played a minor role, but this film again gave him the opportunity to work alongside a popular comedic actor.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

Critics: 33%

Audience: 72%

Box Office

Budget: $70,000,000 (est)

Gross: $40,011,365 (USA)

£1,797,073 (UK)

Knocked Up (2007) – Jonah

Funnily enough, Jason, Jay, and Jonah playthemselves in Knocked Up. Again, Jonah is one of the supporting actors, alongside Seth Rogen who stars in this film. On opening weekend in the US, Knocked Up matched its budget, pulling in more than $30 million the first weekend alone. The film also went down a storm with critics and audiences, earning a critic rating of 90%. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

Critics: 90%

Audience: 83%

Box Office

Budget: $30,000,000 (est)

Gross: $30,690,990 (USA)

£1,583,998 (UK)

Evan Almighty (2007) – Eugene


This is one of those movies that critics typically hate but audiences are more favourable towards. In Evan Almighty Jonah was given the opportunity to act alongside the famed actors Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

Critics: 23%

Audience: 56%

Box Office

Budget: $175,000,000 (est)

Gross: $31,192,615 (USA)

£1,152,349 (UK)


Superbad (2007)
Jonah’s breakout role was in the hugely popular Superbad. 

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

Critics : 88%

Audience : 8&%

Box Office

Gross :  $121,500,000


Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) – Matthew the waiter

Another small role for Jonah was playing Matthew the waiter in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Although this film didn’t reach its budget at the box office on its opening weekend, critics and audiences still gave it favourable ratings.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

Critics: 84%

Audience: 75%

Box Office

Budget: $30,000,000 (est)

Gross: $17,725,330 (USA)

£2,144,038 (UK)

Allen Gregory (2011) – Creator and voice talent


Jonah created this new animation for Fox that will replace the Simpson’s on the schedule. It features a pretentious seven-year-old who starts attending a public school due to the effect of the recession on his family’s finances.

Moneyball (2011) – Peter Brand

Released in the UK – 25th November 2011
Moneyball is Jonah’s first major role. In the film Jonah stars alongside Brad Pitt as the assistant general manager Peter Brand. Jonah, alongside Brad Pitt, both play managers for the lowest paid baseball team in the US, the Oakland A’s. In order to overcome this disadvantage, Billy Beane, Brad Pitt’s character, uses statistics to figure out the best combination of baseball players to make a winning team. Based on a true story, critics have given it the highest ratings of Jonah’s career so far.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

Critics: 95%

Audience: 85%

Box Office

Budget: $50,000,000 (est)

Gross: $71,857,836 (USA)