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Hollywood Prediction

Beverly Hills Cop vs. Rush Hour

Beverly Hills Cop and Rush Hour in an epic showdown! Which franchise is more successful?

February 3, 2011

By Scott Croco

Beverly Hills Cop  vs.  Rush Hour

If Eddie Murphy was the fast-talking, in-your-face, slickster version of Richard Pryor, then Chris Tucker is the fast-talking, in-your-face, slickster version of Eddie Murphy. They both got their own cop movie franchise, but which one was more successful?


Beverly Hills Cop Rush Hour
3 # Films 3
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) Flops Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Notable Rush Hour (1998)
Rush Hour 2 (2001)


Commercial Success Score is based on adjusted box office numbers, calculated using domestic box office dollars, average ticket price in release year, U.S. population, and tickets purchased per capita.

Beverly Hills Cop holds the advantage in both total adjusted box office and average adjusted box office. Beverly Hills Cop and Beverly Hills Cop II were big commercial hits. Rush Hour 2 was the biggest commercial success for the Tucker franchise.

Edge: Beverly Hills Cop

Critical Success Score is based on critics' scores as aggregated on Rotten Tomatoes and user scores from IMDB.

Neither franchise has particularly glowing critical response. The highest rated film from either franchise is Beverly Hills Cop.

Edge: Beverly Hills Cop

Miscellaneous Score is based on Academy award nominations and wins, number of films, appearances on AFI lists, and inclusions in the National Film Registry.

Somebody has to win this category, so why not Beverly Hills Cop. BHC has 2 Oscar nominations, and Rush Hour has none. Beverly Hills Cop is included on an AFI list and is an iconic 1980s action-comedy. Both franchises have 3 films.

Edge: Beverly Hills Cop

Final Verdict! Final showdown score is the sum of the three categories' scores.

It's a categorical sweep for Beverly Hills Cop, which shouldn't be surprising. I mean, it's Eddie Murphy in his signature role, for pete's sake.

Winner: Beverly Hills Cop

Franchise Score F Rtng CS BO* ABO* BOS AN AW MS
Beverly Hills Cop 31.03 3 54.5% 6.6 1022 341 22.6 2 0 1.9
Rush Hour 18.08 3 52.0% 4.7 616 205 12.6 0 0 0.8
* In Millions of Adjusted Domestic Dollars

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