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Best at the Box Office! The Top 25

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So who are the most popular actors, male and female, and on what criteria are they measured? Certainly critics have a say in what constitutes a ‘great’ film, which relies on the story-line and the performances of the cast, and therefore stars in those movies may be acclaimed, and most likely nominated for any number of awards, often around the world, although the language in which the film is made obviously has some bearing in this regard. So do directors choose the stars of their films to play specific types of character, or because of their appeal to audiences?

On this latter score, one major factor is how popular the actors/actresses are with audiences, that is, how many people actually go to see the stars, and how much do they pay, what are the takings at the box office? Are audiences attracted by the stars, or by the story-line, the plot?

What attributes make a popular star – certainly physical attraction, men or women, although only two females appear in the list below, which MAY suggest that more women are in the audiences; however, relatively few films are produced with the female lead as THE star. Surely acting ability has to shine through in the long run, but then stars can ultimately accept or reject offers to appear in any particular film – perhaps they can assess when a film is suitable for them, and/or the likelihood of the film being popular or not. Still, there are numerous stories of stars refusing roles which subsequently made someone else into a star, or of being awarded a golden raspberry for a poor performance, or for appearing in a poor film.

Below is a ‘top 25’ list, which identifies stars who have accumulatively brought in the most at the box office from films in which they have starred. Your knowledge of films will tell you whether the star was the attraction, or the quality of the film itself (or perhaps both) which can include a continuing story line, for example ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’. Total figures are for the US and in billions of $US, the averages in millions of US$.

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25. Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett1

Years active: 1989-2016
Number of films: 39
Box-office total: $2,802.6; Average: $71.9
Highest-earning film: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)

24. Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

Years active: 1994-2016
Number of films: 17
Box-office total: $2,815.8; Average: $165.6
Highest-earning film: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006)

23. Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller

Years active: 1980-2016
Number of films: 37
Box-office total: $2,827; Average: $76.4
Highest-earning film: “Meet the Fockers” (2004)

22. Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci

Years active: 1982-2016;
Number of films: 49
Box-office total: $2,842; Average: $58.0
Highest-earning film: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013)

21. Will Smith

Will Smith

Years active: 1985-2016
Number of films: 23
Box-office total: $2,848.9; Average: $123.9
Highest-earning film: “Independence Day” (1996)

20. Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis

Years active: 1989-2016
Number of films: 23
Box-office total: $2,889.8; Average: $125.7
Highest-earning film: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015)

19. Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

Years active: 1976-2016
Number of films: 62
Box-office total: $2,941.8; Average: $47.4
Highest-earning film: “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999)

18. Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Years active: 1988-2016
Number of films: 38
Box-office total: $2,951.1; Average: $77.7
Highest-earning film: “The Martian” (2015)

17. Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

Years active: 1988-2016
Number of films: 34
Box-office total: $3,031.7; Average: $ 89.2
Highest-earning film: “Shrek 2” (2004)

16. Robert De Niro

Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown Honors: De Niro And Pachett

Years active: 1962-2016
Number of films: 78
Box-office total: $3,077.3; Average: $39.5
Highest-earning film: “Meet the Fockers” (2004)

15. Ian McKellen

"No Man's Land" & "Waiting For Godot" Opening Night - After Party

Years active: 1959-2016
Number of films: 31
Box-office total: $3,150.4; Average: $101.6
Highest-earning film: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)

14. Anthony Daniels

Anthony Daniels

Years active: 1976-2016
Number of films: 7
Box-office total: $3,162.1; Average: $451.8
Highest-earning film: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015)

13. Stellan Skarsgård

Stellan Skarsgård

Years active: 1968-2016
Number of films: 42
Box-office total: $3,171.9; Average: $75.5
Highest-earning film: “The Avengers” (2012)

12. Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis arrives at the gala presentation for the film "Looper" during the 37th Toronto International Film Festival

Years active: 1980-2016
Number of films: 60
Box-office total: $3,189.4; Average: $53.2
Highest-earning film: “Sixth Sense” (1999)

11. Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Years active: 1976-2014
Number of films: 49
Box-office total: $3,279.3; Average: $66.9
Highest-earning film: “Night at the Museum” (2006)

10. Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman

Years active: 1979-2016
Number of films: 38
Box-office total: $3,285.6; Average: $86.6
Highest-earning film: “The Dark Knight” (2008)

9. Michael Caine

Michael Caine

Years active: 1950-2016
Number of films: 57
Box-office total: $3,286.4; Average: $57.7
Highest-earning film: “The Dark Knight” (2008)

8. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Years active: 1984-2016
Number of films: 44
Box-office total: $3,291.6; Average: $74.8
Highest-earning film: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006)

7. Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr.

Years active: 1979-2016
Number of films: 52
Box-office total: $3,539.3; Average: $68.1
Highest-earning film: “The Avengers” (2012)

6. Tom Cruise

EE British Academy Film Awards 2015 - Winners Room

Years active: 1980-2016
Number of films: 36
Box-office total: $3,587.2; Average: $99.6
Highest-earning film: “War of the Worlds” (2005)

5. Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy1

Years active: 1980-2016
Number of films: 38
Box-office total: $3,810.4; Average: $100.3
Highest-earning film: “Shrek 2” (2004)

4. Tom Hanks

SeriousFun Children's Network's New York City Gala - Arrivals

Years active: 1978-2016
Number of films: 44
Box-office total: $4,336.5; Average: $98.6
Highest-earning film: “Toy Story 3” (2010)

3. Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Years active: 1964-2016
Number of films: 59
Box-office total: $4,377.8; Average: $74.2
Highest-earning film: “”The Dark Knight” (2008)

2. Samuel L. Jackson

GQ Men Of The Year Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

Years active: 1972-2016
Number of films: 68
Box-office total: $4,646.8; Average: $68.3
Highest-earning film: “The Avengers” (2012)

1. Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Years active: 1966-2016
Number of films: 41
Box-office total: $4,870.9; Average: $118.8 million
Highest-earning film: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015)




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