Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt Top Highest-Grossing Actors List

Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt Top Highest-Grossing

The actors and actresses who generate the most money for Hollywood aren’t always the ones with the highest salaries. Last week, Forbes magazine posted a list of the actors who provide the worst return on investment; this week the magazine tallied the highest-grossing actors overall according to figures from BoxOfficeMojo.

1. Jennifer Lawrence is the highest grossing actor in Hollywood with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The two films grossed a total $1.4 billion worldwide.

2. Chris Pratt, with his lead roles in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Lego Movie,” grossed $1.2 billion globally.

3. Scarlett Johansson grossed $1.18 billion worldwide with her roles in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Lucy” and “Under the Skin.”

4. Mark Wahlberg starred in “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which grossed $1 billion worldwide, and “The Gambler,” which is estimated to have made $5 million on its Dec. 25 release.

5. Chris Evans’ lead roles in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Snowpiercer” grossed $801 million globally.

6. Emma Stone starred not just in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” but also in two indie hits: Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” and “Birdman,” with all three totaling $764 million worldwide so far.

7. Angelina Jolie‘s earnings as the director of “Unbroken” don’t figure into this list, but it doesn’t matter since “Maleficent” was her biggest hit to date as an actress, with a total $758 million worldwide.

8.-10. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman typically split their time between blockbusters and indie films. While “X-Men” racked up $746 million worldwide, McAvoy’s role in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” and Fassbender’s in Sundance favorite “Frank” didn’t add much to their total gross figure.




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  1. PETER says:

    Thanks, MACD, Derek Hough is awesome! All around. Everything you said about the fabulously talented and hard working Derek Hough is true, but, for the same reason they couldn’t star Shirley McLaine opposite her brother Warren Beatty in BONNIE AND CLYDE, they could not star Derek opposite his sister in FOOTLOOSE. Right? Even though they probably briefly considered it.

  2. macd says:

    For too long a time, I’ve attributed boxoffice malnutrition to the simple yet glaring fact that there are no longer any bona fide movie “stars” and have been hiding in the comfort of Turner Classic Movies. But, in the case of actresses, the dazzling Jennifer Lawrence has happily proven me wrong (and my gratitude to Angelina Jolie for becoming today’s equivalent to Elizabeth Taylor). But among the actors, please! Any guy who looks like he’s just swallowed a 6-pack of Bud and has had the good luck to appear in one of those YA/comic-book blockbusters is immediately proclaimed a superstar and is inevitably crowned People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” (a dubious distinction if there ever was one). Meanwhile, the relatively unnoticed movie-star-waiting-to-happen, Derek Hough, has proven on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” that in addition to his Emmy-Awarded choreography, his astonishing dancing abilities rival (and often surpass) those of Astaire and Kelly. In addition, he has a fine singing voice (often performing his own songs), has written a touching memoir (“Taking the Lead”, a hardcover best-seller on last summer’s NY Times weekly reports), and spent his scant time-off (starring in a sold-out song-and-dance stage tour covering 40 cities in 60 days last summer) visiting children’s hospitals in every city he performed in. He is also a fine actor, winning critical raves when, at age 20, he played the lead role in London’s West End production of “Footloose”. Yet he was passed over to repeat his performance in Paramount’s wretched remake a few years back, and, to date, Hough’s only movie credit has been a charming indie dance musical “Make Your Move” that took 3 years to find a distributor–only to be deliberately sabotaged via a “limited” release (i.e., no publicity or advertising) last May. I suppose I must add that every lady I know (age 5-80) finds this modest young fellow a “blond Adonis” despite his (or his agent’s) inability at knowing how to promote him. I only hope that when “Make Your Move” gets a new lease on life when it premieres on HBO on January 2, Hollywood’s studio heads refrain from sending snarky emails to each other long enough to tune in. They just might discover a leading man worthy of Jennifer Lawrence!

  3. Bill B. says:

    I’ll agree that she is starting to get a bit overexposed and people tend to turn against those that do eventually, but I doubt that there are two more well liked actors in Hollywood right now than Lawrence and Pratt mainly because they just seem like such genuinely down to earth nice people. She does a great balancing act of an outspoken and bluntly non-Hollywood type while doing the red carpet with a sense of fun and him, well, who wouldn’t want him to hang out with. He just seems like a fun and sincere guy.

  4. Madalyn says:

    Ok I am just getting sick of the whole Jennifer Lawrence “pure as driven snow…Hollywood’s sweetheart.” whole thing. Yes, she is beautiful …yes, she is a good actress…yes she works hard…(To survive in Hollywood everyone has to work hard) but can we move on now~I’m just sick of her. It’s like Hollywood gets stuck in these pattern’s where they beat it into the ground in till you can’t stand what ever person or product they want you to love and buy more of. I use to love her…but it’s like that Beyonce song on the radio you hear over and over in till you never want to turn the radio on again because you know the radio stations won’t quit playing it. I have one word for Hollywood…Moderation.

    • Karma says:

      I’ll take Jennifer everyday of the week and twice on Sundays compared to someone like Kristen Stewart. The Twilight films used to put her on these “richest” lists, but those days are over. Her public affair with director Rupert Sanders relegated her to a string of low budget indies, she’ll never get a big budget or franchise paycheck again. Studios don’t reward the kind of unprofessional behavior she displayed.

      Jen is the perfect antidote and I hope she’s on top for years, she deserves it.

    • Michael says:

      Get over yourself – it’s show business!

      • dc says:

        so Kristen stewart is unprofessional for having an affair with a director but Rupert sanders isn’t? I smell hypocrisy and sexism all rolled into one.

  5. PETER says:

    All these talented actors and actresses are wonderful and bring in the world wide audiences. God bless them all. They are outstanding and work their celeb butts off.

  6. Stergios says:

    Fantastic news for Jennifer! She’s absolutely incredible.

  7. Marc says:

    The amazing Jennifer Lawrence rules as usual…nothing new here.

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