Jennifer Lawrence Named Most Bankable Star of 2013

Jennifer Lawrence most influential
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Surprising no one who has been on the Internet recently, the star most credited for the industry’s record year of domestic box office sales is Jennifer Lawrence.

The “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “American Hustle” actress was voted the top money-making star of 2013 in Quigley Publishing Company’s annual poll of motion picture theater owners and film buyers. Sandra Bullock, who costarred in “The Heat” and “Gravity” this year, was second and Lawrence’s “Hustle” costar, Bradley Cooper (who also appeared in “The Hangover III” this year) came in third.

Lawrence and Joseph Gordon Levitt were Quigley’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2012. This is the first time an actor has gone from the top of that poll to top money maker in a year. This year’s Stars of Tomorrow are Amy Adams, another “Hustle” costar, and James Franco.

Because of her ability to transition between blockbusters and adult dramas, Variety also named Lawrence one of the most influential people of 2013.

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  2. Anna says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is amazing. She deserves every award she gets. I’m a big fan of hers (I’m also obsessed with the hunger games. Which led to Jen). She doesn’t change the way she is to fit in to Hollywood. Just watch ANY interview and you’ll see what I mean. Especially the hunger games ones with Josh Hutcherson. I don’t understand how anyone could not like her.

  3. Kell Cramer says:

    Happy New Year to all of you too! The attitudes of some people. No one is forcing you to like Jennifer Lawrence or any of her movies, but why be so bitter?

  4. mountsalish says:

    Sorry but if you look at audience numbers for Catching Fire hit it hit four quadrants: men under 25, men over 25, women under 25 and women over 25. This is far beyond the original book audience.

  5. Savinien says:

    This is the problem with the industry today. They keep trying to prop up the star system, and it is really a lot less relevant than the powers of Hollywood believe it to be. As a filmmaker these days, you live and die by who you cast, and in the context of what I mean here (box office stats), this is wrong. A few bad movies and the brightest star is immediately categorized as a “has been”. Conversely, there are many “has beens” who can get rocketed back into the limelight, sometimes even bigger than before (Robert Downey, John Travolta), with the right movie. Many small films with nobody of any “value” in them go on to become phenomenal hits (The Help, The Kings Speech), and why? Because they are GOOD films. Make a good film, no matter it’s size or scope or subject, and market it correctly, and the public will beat a path to your door. The industry has become more and more homogenized, and corporate controlled. This will eventually be it’s undoing. Instead of always trying to cover their keesters on $200MM films that require $100MM marketing budgets, why not re-vamp the system to promote quality? Good movies require less marketing because they are more talked about and reviewed more positively. Those things are free. Don’t try to tell me, as a filmmaker, the the only way my film will get financed is if I recycle one of the same 15 people. Instead, read my screenplay, listen to my casting choices and the why’s and wherefores of my plan to bring this movie to fruition, and judge me on the project as a whole. TALK to me. Try to see the vision, and not just the actuarial data.

  6. Samson says:

    I really hope she’s just a flash in the pan, the hype around her is ridiculous but I’m yet to see her in a movie where I find her worthy of all this praise.

    • Savinien says:

      Try “Winters Bone”.

      • Joey says:

        It’s funny everybody always says Winter’s bone, when people say she’s not that talented. Shouldn’t we be looking at the work she’s been doing currently (especially the work that won her an oscar!!) not the movie that was made in 2010. The hype around her is crazy, She’s a good actress, but people need to calm the fuck down.

    • Joboots says:

      I smell an SOB,aren’t you Samson????

  7. DL says:

    Top 3 all CAA clients.

  8. Jen earned her fame. If a plain-jane like her can make it, she deserves everything she gets.

  9. Josalyn says:

    Really ? The Hunger Games are hits , because of the rapid following of the books- not JLaw . Any young actress could have starred in those films , and they would have done well at the box-office .

    • Joe says:

      EXACTLY! And Nobody saw The Heat or Gravity for Sandra Bullock. Stars are not as important today as the stories. That’s why picking the right roles is so important. These actors are good at picking the right roles they have the opportunity to receive. That’s it. For every hit, actors have just as many misses.

    • rsb says:

      I dont think you understand what the term “bankable” means

      • Rick Katz says:

        Exactly rsb. Bankable is not a subjective term it’s objective. Doesn’t matter the reason why someone is bankable. But the reality is Jlaw is one of the best young actresses out there, definitely the most accessible for audiences.

  10. Joyce says:

    Amy Adams and James Franco are “Stars of TOMORROW?” LOL.

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