Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman and others struggle to get back on top
The situation: The rubber-limbed star is still an international draw, but despite efforts to diversify his playbook, Carrey's recent films have been too costly to make much of a profit -- if at all. After a soft opening, 2005's $100 million "Fun With Dick and Jane" limped to a profit in the U.S. "Yes Man" fared marginally better in 2008, while 2009's $200 million mocap epic "A Christmas Carol" is still in the red. We won't even address 2007's "The Number 23." Last year's "Mr. Popper's Penguins," scored overseas, but cost north of $50 million and only scraped up $65 million domestic. His days of frequent blockbuster hits (the "Ace Ventura" films, "Liar Liar," "The Grinch," "Bruce Almighty") may be behind him.
Why there's hope: He's reuniting with his "Bruce Almighty" co-star Steve Carrell on "Burt Wonderstone," only he's playing second fiddle. Furthermore, the film won't be out until 2013, meaning 2012 isn't likely to be Carrey's year.