Philly 'Jiggy' to B.O. biggie
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'I Am Legend' (2007)
Never underestimate 'big Willie' box office returns.
The mega-star's last blockbuster, 'I Am Legend,' exceeded industry estimates by almost $30 million its opening weekend, hauling in $77 million in early December.
But how the heck did Will Smith graduate from Philadelphia's 'Fresh Prince' to a two-time Oscar-nominated actor and the reigning blockbuster king?
It's called careful careerism with a good head for populist fare.
Here's a look back at how Smith has balanced mass popularity with an eye toward artistic credibility.
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