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Top Grossing Movie Stars

Take all the movies they've ever starred in. Add up the box office grosses. Which stars have the highest totals?
United States gross in USD according to boxofficemojo.com, July 2019
Includes "major roles only" as defined by boxofficemojo.com
Does include voice works
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First submittedNovember 28, 2012
Last updatedJuly 14, 2019
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Top Movie
Actor
6.99 bil
The Avengers
Samuel L. Jackson
5.81 bil
Endgame
Robert Downey, Jr.
5.24 bil
Endgame
Scarlett Johansson
5.11 bil
The Force Awakens
Harrison Ford
4.95 bil
Toy Story 3
Tom Hanks
4.80 bil
Endgame
Bradley Cooper
4.58 bil
The Dark Knight
Morgan Freeman
4.42 bil
Endgame
Don Cheadle
4.36 bil
The Force Awakens
Andy Serkis
4.19 bil
Endgame
Zoe Saldana
4.14 bil
Endgame
Chris Pratt
4.04 bil
The Force Awakens
Anthony Daniels
4.01 bil
Endgame
Chris Evans
4.00 bil
Endgame
Chris Hemsworth
4.00 bil
War of the Worlds
Tom Cruise
3.85 bil
Dead Man's Chest
Johnny Depp
3.81 bil
Shrek 2
Eddie Murphy
3.78 bil
Beauty and the Beast
Stanley Tucci
3.76 bil
Endgame
Mark Ruffalo
3.69 bil
Infinity War
Idris Elba
3.65 bil
Beauty and the Beast
Ian McKellen
3.58 bil
Endgame
Benedict Cumberbatch
3.54 bil
Endgame
Jeremy Renner
3.54 bil
Aladdin
Will Smith
3.52 bil
Endgame
Josh Brolin
Gross
Top Movie
Actor
3.49 bil
Infinity War
Vin Diesel
3.49 bil
Return of the King
Cate Blanchett
3.48 bil
Catching Fire
Woody Harrelson
3.45 bil
The Dark Knight
Gary Oldman
3.44 bil
Endgame
Anthony Mackie
3.44 bil
The Dark Knight
Michael Caine
3.40 bil
Jumanji
Dwayne Johnson
3.36 bil
Endgame
Gwyneth Paltrow
3.34 bil
Sixth Sense
Bruce Willis
3.30 bil
The Avengers
Stellan Skarsgard
3.28 bil
Night at the Museum
Robin Williams
3.23 bil
Meet the Fockers
Robert DeNiro
3.21 bil
Beauty and the Beast
Emma Watson
3.21 bil
Endgame
Tom Hiddleston
3.19 bil
The Martian
Matt Damon
3.14 bil
The Phantom Menace
Liam Neeson
3.06 bil
Catching Fire
Elizabeth Banks
3.05 bil
Despicable Me 2
Steve Carell
3.03 bil
Shrek 2
Cameron Diaz
3.02 bil
Endgame
Jon Favreau
3.01 bil
Transformers 4
Mark Wahlberg
2.99 bil
Dead Man's Chest
Orlando Bloom
2.98 bil
The Force Awakens
Simon Pegg
2.97 bil
Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
Helena Bonham Carter
2.96 bil
Endgame
Natalie Portman
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level 69
Nov 28, 2012
What about Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana (of Avatar fame). Avatar grossed almost 3 billion all by itself, which would qualify both main actors/actresses into this list?
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level ∞
Nov 28, 2012
Avatar has "only" grossed 760 million domestically. I added a note to say that this quiz uses domestic grosses.
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level 77
Jan 25, 2013
It surely helped with Sigourney Weaver's total. But she has also had a longer career than either Saldana or Worthington.
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level 53
May 9, 2019
With Saldana's recent successes as Gamora, her number is likely to grow greatly.
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level 32
Nov 28, 2012
So... this is about the total of all sold tickets* of their movies, not their salaries, right? *Does "box office" include income from royalties, merchandising and so on?
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level 80
Dec 21, 2016
Box office has nothing to do with salaries, merchandising, etc. Only paid attendance.
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level 83
Oct 17, 2017
Yes, every actor in Titanic received the entire box office gross. That's why you never see Billy Zane anymore - it takes a long time to spend $658 Million.
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level 72
Jul 27, 2019
That's how much Kathy Bates was paid for her nude scenes in follow-up movies.
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level 55
Nov 28, 2012
apparently my score beat 97.4% of quiz takers.
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level 72
Jul 15, 2019
I miraculously beat 23% of other people by getting 9/50. There must be a lot of other people who expect good actors in good movies with long careers to show up. Instead it's lucky casting of cookie cutter actors in big budget computerized cartoons like Batman or The Hulk or something.
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level 61
Oct 3, 2019
Or like me, people just suck at remembering names. I can picture them clearly but can come up with names no matter how famous they are.

It not that I dont know the names because if you mention them I know them, (though that isnt my forte either, I dont know every actor in every film I have seen..) But dredging the name up from the depths of my my somehow doesnt work. While weirdly I dont have any such trouble coming up with answers no matter how obscure, stuff I might va read once 25 years ago on other types of trivia. It is just names, of actors and singers.

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level 61
Oct 3, 2019
Maybe it is because my visual memory is stronger, all the other types of trivia I only have written info on, facts. (besides a satelite image here and there, but that is not the way you got in contact with it) But with actors they are stored as images first and I might learn the names later, but they are basicly stored as images without other data than other images from movies they have been in. The names do not really get recorded in my filing cabinet in my head ;)

Btw, someone reallly needs to declutter there sometime ;)

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level 66
Nov 28, 2012
James Earl Jones says hi. 4 Star Wars movies, The Lion King, Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October, Coming to America and Field of Dreams would put him near the top of the list.
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level 77
Jan 25, 2013
For some reason James Earl Jones isn't even listed on Box Office Mojo. I was thinking the same thing and I'm pretty sure they missed a few others as well.
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level 80
Dec 21, 2016
I got a freebie with Tommy Lee Jones because I thought the same thing. He's undoubtedly a major character in all or nearly all of those films.
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level 14
Jul 9, 2017
Wasn't he in clear and present danger too? Or did he die by then?
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level 37
Jan 18, 2018
James Earl Jones isn't dead.
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level 79
Jan 24, 2019
No but his character in that movie died.
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level 69
Nov 29, 2012
So why not use international grosses?
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level ∞
Jul 14, 2019
Data doesn't exist
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level 72
Jul 16, 2019
sure it does...add up each person's individual movies up by hand according to worldwide box office...worldwide box office shows up for each movie
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level 61
Oct 3, 2019
There are a lot of actors in the world, that would take a long time doing it manually, but go ahead if you are so inclined.
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level 24
Dec 4, 2012
Great quiz!
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level 75
Jan 3, 2013
I can't believe Angelina Jolie isn't up there.
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level 77
Jan 25, 2013
Angelina gets in a lot of movies but which of them have grossed a lot?
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level 83
Jun 27, 2018
I find a lot of her movies gross.
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level 61
Oct 3, 2019
Tomb raider, Shark tale and Maleficent I would guess grossed a lot perhaps other than those I cant think of many.
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level 61
Oct 3, 2019
I looked it up, it is not extrémely far off, she is at 130. between Gibson and Kidman (124, 127) and Hale berry and Kevin costner (132, 133) and shia le boeuf at 134 which I tried for the transformers (and tried kidman aswell as a random).

Others I tried that just didnt make the cut (50-150), dicaprio 76, radcliffe 78, and clooney 144.

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level 31
Jul 2, 2013
Sad to see such a lack of actresses on here. Guess the domestic audience only cares to watch the male experience.
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level 12
Nov 2, 2013
or the male actors are paid more :)
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level 63
May 10, 2014
Pretty sure the amount the actors get paid doesn't influence how much the movie grosses.
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level 13
Mar 21, 2014
Great quiz. Its amazing how blank your mind goes when you're trying to think of every actor/actress out there right now
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level 15
Dec 24, 2014
This one was harder than I thought.
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level 28
Mar 31, 2015
can't believe Meryl Streep isn't on the list!
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level 71
Jul 15, 2019
It’s because she doesn’t star in big action blockbuster films; her top-grossing movie only made $171M. However, 53 movies really does add up, and according to the data used here, her domestic total is $2.4B. You should go to the source site and play around with it; it’s pretty cool!
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level 55
Apr 29, 2015
Morgan Freeman is now ahead of Eddie Murphy. Staley Tucci (2.79b), Cate Blanchett (2.77b), Bradley Cooper (2.46b), Hugh Jackman (2.238b), Elizabeth Bank (2.247b) etc etc. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/?view=Actor&pagenum=1&sort=sumgross&order=DESC&&p=.htm
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level 20
Nov 11, 2015
I got Ralph Fiennes and Michael Caine but not Leo DiCaprio and Will Smith. wtf brain?
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level 36
Nov 20, 2015
how can robin williams be on there he's dead
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level 80
Dec 5, 2015
Is that a serious question? His death has nothing to do with how much money his movies made prior to (or even after) his death.
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level 66
Nov 20, 2015
I understand this list is accurate per the source, but my gawd, I have a lot of trouble with the way the boxofficemojo website calculates "major" roles! Skarsgard did not have a major role in most of his high grossing movies! He was maybe 12th down the list on The Avengers.
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level 14
Jul 9, 2017
Yes but he did "star" in The Hunt For Red October as Captain Tupolev, commander of the Soviet Alfa class submarine V.K. Konavalov. Yes, I am a huge fan of Hunt For Red October. (Movie not book)
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level 69
Nov 20, 2015
It would be nice if this was based on adjusted box office totals, so some of the great stars from the past could be on here. Obviously, with the prices of movies constantly soaring, only modern actors are listed.
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level 35
Nov 20, 2015
Their total is $143,630,000,000 together. If it we in GDP rankings, it'd be 58th largest GDP.
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level 80
Dec 21, 2016
If all the ticket sales occurred in the same year.
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level 46
Nov 23, 2015
How is it that there are 40 men here and 10 women? And the highest ranking is only 15th? Really says something about the entertainment industry, doesn't it...
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level 61
Aug 2, 2019
It says something about the movies people see, not the movies that are made. There's no disputing the majority of movies focus on men rather women, but these figures are based only on what movies lots of people go see.
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level 72
Nov 24, 2015
how is it that grint, radcliffe and watson make the list, but not rickman? he was in all of the potter movies with those 3 as well as a shit ton of more movies than all 3 of them made combined?
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level 72
Nov 24, 2015
and no ratzenberger...dude has been in every pixar film...according to data i saw...he should rank like 2nd
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level 80
Dec 21, 2016
Your Rickman point has some validity, but Ratzenberger was only a major character in the Toy Story movies (and even that is questionable).
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level 72
Nov 24, 2015
how about making a quiz using this data? http://www.the-numbers.com/people/records/top-grossing-stars-in-all-roles
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level 83
Nov 24, 2015
Not likely. Number 2 on that list is Frank Welker, a pure voice actor who's worked on over 100 films, but no one would ever guess.
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level 65
Apr 17, 2018
I love how Stan Lee of all people is now at the top of this list.
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level 79
Feb 2, 2016
Harrison Ford has regained #1 spot with Star Wars Force Awakens. Quiz should be updated.
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level 37
Mar 3, 2016
Harrison Ford is pretty obviously number 1 now after the third highest grossing film of all time was released last December. I'm also really surprised how people like Angelina Jolie, Alan Rickman and James Earl Jones aren't on there :/
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level 54
Jun 24, 2016
Can McKellan be accepted for McKellen?
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level 33
Mar 24, 2017
Andy Serkis?
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level 77
Aug 3, 2019
You might not recognize him if you saw him, but you've probably seen his work before. His roles have included, among many others, Snoke in The Force Awakens, Caesar in the Planet of the Apes remake, Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies, and King Kong. He's best known for doing mo-cap work. Since he is often portraying an expensive special effect, he ends up in a lot of very big-budget blockbusters. Probably his biggest role where he actually played a human being was as Ulysses Klaue, the arms dealer in Avengers 2 and Black Panther.
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level 14
Apr 30, 2017
Why is Chris Pratt not on here? He was in guardians of the Galaxy,magnificent seven, and Jurassic World. Jurassic World alone should have made him rich, considering it holds the record for biggest opening weekend in history.
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level 14
Apr 30, 2017
Have people also forgotten about Adam Driver, who is surely a billionaire thanks to Force Awakens
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level 80
Apr 8, 2018
Huh? You're joking, right? You do understand that not every dollar spent on a movie goes into an actor's pocket?
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level 71
Jul 15, 2019
Um, in order for Adam Driver to have become a billionaire for The Force Awakens, they would have had to pay him half of all the money the movie made at the box office worldwide.
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level 14
Apr 30, 2017
Why in the name of Arceus is Christopher Lee not up there
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level 53
May 1, 2017
I got Elizabeth Banks but missed Robert downey jr
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level 14
May 1, 2017
Raise your hand if you think Chris Pratt,Christopher Lee, and Adam Driver should be up here
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level 71
Jul 15, 2019
Yes, because facts are definitely democratically voted on in order to be true.
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level 71
Jul 15, 2019
On second thought, in this day and age, we really do live in a 1984-esque world, and that really *IS* what facts are coming to! Thankfully, we still have JetPunk as our safe haven :-)
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level 14
May 16, 2017
Shouldn't Chris Evans be up there
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level 14
May 16, 2017
And Tom Hiddleston?
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level 14
May 16, 2017
Ok I know he's not technically an actor, but shouldn't Matthew Wood (of voicing General Grievous fame) be up here? I mean seriously, how much did Revenge of the Sith gross?
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level 65
Oct 11, 2017
Not nearly enough to make this list. All these actors have billions of dollars worth of movies, whereas Episode III didn't even gross $1 billion.
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level 14
May 16, 2017
Emmmmmm........ Where's McGregor? I'd call his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi pretty major
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level 65
Oct 11, 2017
He's #48 now. this quiz needs updated.
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level 14
May 27, 2017
Where. Is. James. Spader. If you've seen avengers: age of Ultron, you know it grossed a lot (not adjusted for inflation) so James Spader, who voiced and motion captured Ultron would be pretty major
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level 14
May 28, 2017
Joey, ratzenberger voiced Hamm, P.T. Flea, Remy......
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level 61
Jul 9, 2017
how is Al Pacino not on this list?
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level 51
Aug 21, 2017
It should be with inflation. It should always be with inflation.
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level 65
Oct 14, 2017
This quiz needs to be updated. With Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Fate of The Furious, Beauty and The Beast, The Force Awakens and other films, nine people have been replaced and a whole lot of jumping has occurred, notably, Anthony Daniels jumping up to No. 12 and Scarlett Johanssen cracking the top ten.
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level ∞
Oct 14, 2017
I updated the quiz. Unfortunately, it's quickly becoming "how many Star Wars and Avengers" actors can you name.
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level 72
Jul 16, 2019
that is true, but if you go the route of putting the actors and actresses lesser known movies as a hint, this would be more skill based
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level 79
Aug 2, 2019
It is pretty ridiculous. I actually went and counted. Of the 50 actors who appear on this list, 21 of them have a MCU movie listed as their highest-grossing film. And four more have appeared in at least one movie in the franchise (Serkis, Tucci, Blanchett, and Damon) adding to a total of 25 MCU actors. Literally half of the list is full of this franchise.

Then you have those who appeared in a Star Wars film, which is 9, but if you exclude those who have also appeared in the MCU (Jackson, Serkis, Favreau, and Portman), then the number increases by 5. So 60% of all the people on this list have appeared in either an MCU film, a Star Wars film, or both.
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level 83
Oct 17, 2017
The voice acting really throws me off. Looking at the source, the top grossing film on the resume of Ian Mckellen (i.e. Magneto and Gandalf) is now "Beauty and the Beast".
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level 83
Oct 17, 2017
I really wish there were a way for this to be more qualitative. If it included some function of what percentage of the gross these people could really lay claim to, then Elizabeth Banks would have no business on this list. She gets credit for all the Hunger Games and Spider-Man movies as if she were the star. Meanwhile the actual stars of those movies don't even crack this list.
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level 75
Oct 25, 2017
I ran into Idris Elba the other day. Such a nice person!
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level 67
Oct 31, 2017
I'm starting to think BoxOfficeMojo is gathering pretty questionable data, given how many people are not on this list that I'm sure have been in enough big films to make more than $2.5 billion domestic gross. Also, what counts as "starring" for purposes of this list? Does merely being in a movie count, even if it's in a supporting role?
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level 71
Jul 15, 2019
I have a feeling that the difference between “starring” vs. “not starring” is a union-determined distinction. It’s how we wound up with Marlon Brando “starring” in movies where he was on screen for like 3 minutes. I’m sure big actors are able to negotiate themselves into “star” billing based on their perceived box office draw.
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level 72
Jul 14, 2018
I respect Stanley Tucci (#8), but it's strange the bulk of his box office total came from a movie series that had him sporting colored, spiked hair.
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level 65
Jul 20, 2018
that weird feeling when you realize Will Ferrell and Arnold Schwarzenegger are not on the list.
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level 77
Aug 3, 2018
I find this list to be pretty suspect.
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level 71
Jul 15, 2019
It’s just because of inflation; those actors’ biggest movies were back when ticket prices were much lower. Checking the data source, it shows that both of them would indeed make the list if adjusted totals were used: Schwarzenegger with $3.7B, and Will Ferrell with $3B.
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level 24
Jul 25, 2018
you should put stan lee because he's in the x-men,princess diares,the mcu and the fantastic four
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level 53
Aug 2, 2018
Sad how male dominated this is
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level 77
Aug 3, 2018
How the heck does Elizabeth Banks get on here? I know she had small roles in the first three Spider-Man movies and in The Hunger Games, but aren't there a bunch of recurring cast members of the Star Wars, Harry Potter, and MCU films that don't make the list?
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level 71
Jul 15, 2019
Elizabeth Banks is prolific as all get out. According to the data source, she’s made 47 movies – only 6 fewer than Meryl Streep!
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level 77
Jul 15, 2019
It's just a rubbish list. Some actors are not included. Some supporting roles are counted as starring roles and some starring roles are not counted. Inconsistent and arbitrary. Elizabeth Banks has not had 47 major roles in movies. She's had maybe 4.
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level 62
Oct 24, 2018
I'm very sceptical about this list. Surely the total gross of the eight Harry Potter films would be enough to put every Harry Potter star on here. What are they counting as "starring"?
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level 77
May 23, 2019
yes it's a really bad list because their rationale for "starring" role is totally inconsistent actor to actor, film to film, making the resulting list almost meaningless.
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level 26
Nov 6, 2018
Am I missing something? Where's Leo Dicaprio
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level 61
Feb 8, 2019
DiCaprio is just missing out: 2.52 bil. He's #72 on the list though. Guess there were a few shifts here and there since the last update.
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level 67
Feb 2, 2019
Know your movie stars? ....... try this film star quiz ........here it is
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level 65
May 12, 2019
Not sure when this was last updated, but a whole whopping 11 people have crawled their way onto the list. (Mostly Endgame stars, but Lupita N'yongo managed to make enough from Us to crawl up to 49 despite not appearing in either Infinity War or Endgame.) Poor Jim Carrey's gone all the way down to 75 on the list.
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level 67
Jul 9, 2019
I can't believe leonardo dicaprio didn't make the cut. Would be interested in seeing an updated list following all the avengers movies.
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level 83
Jul 15, 2019
This quiz used to be a lot more fun. Now it's just a function of how many MCU actors you can name.
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level 77
Jul 15, 2019
Mostly MCU, with a dash of Batman, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Shrek, Pirates, and Disney live action thrown in. Plus a few odd superstars that haven't been in any of those.
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level 77
Jul 15, 2019
The proliferation of MCU actors here helps illustrate the point that their definition of "major role" is stupidly arbitrary. Gwyneth Paltrow and Idris Elba, for instance, did NOT have major roles in Avengers: Infinity War. And for that matter why is Anthony Daniels on here when Kenny Baker is not?
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level ∞
Jul 15, 2019
Yeah, I don't know.
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level 77
Jul 15, 2019
Natalie Portman, too... her role in Endgame was "major?" She didn't actually film anything for that movie. They cut together unused footage from The Dark World and inserted it in there for the sake of the story. She didn't even have a line.
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level 79
Jul 31, 2019
It also makes you wonder why Samuel L. Jackson isn’t counted for Endgame even though he had pretty much the same amount of screen time as Portman. Hell, even William Hurt is credited for Endgame!
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level 77
Jul 16, 2019
and Jon Favreau?? He hasn't had a major role since Swingers. Simon Pegg had a major role in The Force Awakens? I didn't even know he was in that movie. I looked it up and apparently he played the "one half portion!" guy at the junk pawn shop on Jakku, whose name only the most hardcore of fans would even know.
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level 67
Aug 2, 2019
Jon Favreau had arguably large parts in all three Iron Man movies, and inarguably large parts in the two MCU Spider-Man movies.
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level 79
Aug 2, 2019
Actually I think the only movies where Happy was impactful in the story were Iron Man 3 and Far From Home. He doesn’t really do much in the rest of those movies.
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level 72
Jul 16, 2019
totally agree...pizz on superhero movies...at least give a movie that isn't a super hero movie as the hint...there isn't even a disclaimer that says each movie is their highest grossing film...if someone memorizes all the marvel actors then they score high...now if they put some of the actors/actresses lesser known movies as a hint, it would be more challenging for them...easier for me though, because again...pizz on superhero movies
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level 72
Jul 27, 2019
I wouldn't waste my time being around them long enough to pizz on them. I assume MCU stands for "garish computerized cartoon with bombastic noise to make you feel underpowered against its stupidity".
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level 70
Jul 27, 2019
So true. I don't think I will be giving this quiz another look again. It's just boring now.
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level 72
Jul 15, 2019
I feel like I've never seen half these people in a movie.
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level 44
Jul 25, 2019
The definition of a star is getting a bit stretched. You only need to be in a couple fast edit scenes and have a couple one liners but Marvel try and brand you as a major celebrity. It says very little about the star power of the marvel actors and a lot about Marvels branding efforts.
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level 51
Aug 2, 2019
This quiz would be easier if I could actually spell half these people names without fumbling for 30 seconds on each one. :D
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level 54
Aug 2, 2019
Toy story 3 on 5th place
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level 48
Aug 2, 2019
Big lol for Meet The Fockers being the movie representing Robert de Niro
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level 50
Aug 3, 2019
So basically... if you have not seen Endgame or Star Wars, or don't know who was in that, you are stuffed.....
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level 73
Aug 6, 2019
The Jumanji clue is a bit misleading... For all the others movies, you skip the franchise name and go straight to the subtitle. I was racking my brains trying to figure out which actor from the original movie I was missing...
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level 77
Aug 9, 2019
The original didn't make that much money by today's standards.