You never know what the general public is going to want. Some of the biggest box office hits in history have been films that no one could predict would end up being as big as they were. For whatever reason – the cast, the political zeitgeist, even a few memorable marketing gags – some movies are popping up out of nowhere and taking the world by storm. This was the case with “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, a low-budget comedy which, before its release, seemed mostly to be Kevin James’ first solo star vehicle.
It wouldn’t be the last, however, since “Mall Cop” not only made the money, but made all the money. With sales of $ 146.3 million domestically, this comedy shattered expectations and turned out to be hugely profitable. with a budget of just $ 26 million. In addition to appearing in the popular sitcom “The King of Queens”, James has co-starred in two more successful comedies in the four years leading up to “Mall Cop” – “Hitch” and “Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” – that managed to put him on the safe side of moviegoers in general. However, “Mall Cop” also received a boost by being a feel-good comedy at a time America needed it. Arriving a few months after the onset of the Great Recession, the doctor ordered the boasting of a working class outsider becoming a hero. Becoming an unexpected hit, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” became the biggest January release in over a decade.