Jim Varney was everywhere in the 80’s. His portrayal of Ernest P. Worrell was so popular, It spawned 8 feature films, a 13 episode television series “Hey Vern, It’s Ernest” and a TV movie “Ernest Goes To Splash Mountain” . Varney’s other credits include films “Toy Story” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” and television appearances in “The Simpsons” “Roseanne” and “Hercules”. Varney Passed away in October of 2000. Here are his 5 top Ernest movies at the box office.
5. Ernest Rides Again, 1993
“Buffoonish Ernest and his dimwitted pal Abner unearth a huge cannon reputed to contain the crown jewels of England.” -IMDB, Co-starred Tom Butler. It grossed $1,450,029 at the box office.
4. Ernest Scarred Stupid, 1991
“Ernest unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.”-IMBD, Co-starred Eartha Kitt. It grossed $14,413,280 at the box office.
3. Ernest Goes To Camp, 1987
‘The first Ernest movie. Ernest, ” who works as a summer camp handyman and dreams of becoming a guidance councillor, must find a way to inspire a group of juvenile delinquents as well as stop a shady strip mining company from closing the camp.’ -IMBD. It Co-starred John Vernon. It grossed $23,509,382 at the box office.
2. Ernest Goes To Jail, 1990
Ernest “is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch.”- IMBD, now Ernest is on death row. It grossed $25,029,569 at the box office.
#1. Ernest Saves Christmas, 1988
“Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor. “-IMDB, It Co-starred Douglas Seale and grossed a total of $28,202,109 at the box office.