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Top Grossing Movie Stars

Take all the movies they've ever starred in. Add up the box office. Guess which movie stars have the highest grosses.
Domestic gross in USD according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, October 2017
Not including cameos, but does include voice work
Last updated: November 14, 2018
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Gross
Actor
5.15 bil
Samuel L. Jackson
4.92 bil
Harrison Ford
4.52 bil
Tom Hanks
4.52 bil
Morgan Freeman
4.28 bil
Robert Downey, Jr.
3.81 bil
Eddie Murphy
3.76 bil
Tom Cruise
3.76 bil
Stanley Tucci
3.67 bil
Scarlett Johansson
3.65 bil
Ian McKellen
3.54 bil
Johnny Depp
3.42 bil
Anthony Daniels
3.40 bil
Michael Caine
3.38 bil
Gary Oldman
3.28 bil
Robin Williams
3.23 bil
Robert DeNiro
3.21 bil
Emma Watson
Gross
Actor
3.21 bil
Will Smith
3.19 bil
Bruce Willis
3.18 bil
Stellan Skarsgard
3.16 bil
Matt Damon
3.04 bil
Andy Serkis
3.03 bil
Cameron Diaz
2.99 bil
Woody Harrelson
2.99 bil
Orlando Bloom
2.96 bil
Liam Neeson
2.95 bil
Bradley Cooper
2.90 bil
Ralph Fiennes
2.89 bil
Don Cheadle
2.83 bil
Ben Stiller
2.82 bil
Helena Bonham Carter
2.81 bil
Vin Diesel
2.81 bil
Elizabeth Banks
2.81 bil
Dwayne Johnson
Gross
Actor
2.80 bil
Cate Blanchett
2.78 bil
Julia Roberts
2.77 bil
Mark Wahlberg
2.77 bil
Owen Wilson
2.72 bil
Brad Pitt
2.69 bil
Tommy Lee Jones
2.66 bil
Adam Sandler
2.65 bil
Idris Elba
2.65 bil
Steve Carell
2.64 bil
Zoe Saldana
2.63 bil
Daniel Radcliffe
2.63 bil
Jeremy Renner
2.62 bil
Jonah Hill
2.59 bil
Ewan McGregor
2.57 bil
Tyrese Gibson
2.55 bil
Jim Carrey
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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 75
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 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 77
Dec 21, 2016
Box office has nothing to do with salaries, merchandising, etc. Only paid attendance.
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level 81
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 55
Nov 28, 2012
apparently my score beat 97.4% of quiz takers.
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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 75
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 77
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 78
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 24
Dec 4, 2012
Great quiz!
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level 73
Jan 3, 2013
I can't believe Angelina Jolie isn't up there.
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level 75
Jan 25, 2013
Angelina gets in a lot of movies but which of them have grossed a lot?
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level 82
Jun 27, 2018
I find a lot of her movies gross.
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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 62
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 49
Apr 18, 2014
I just realised that domestic means US - is that right? Could you not put US?
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level 62
May 10, 2014
That took me a moment, too. I was treating as 'in their home country' at first, but pretty sure the Americans want to keep everything American.
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level 74
Jan 10, 2016
Quizmaster, change domestic to US please.
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level 15
Dec 24, 2014
This one was harder than I thought.
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level 30
Mar 31, 2015
can't believe Meryl Streep isn't on the list!
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level 54
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 78
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 65
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 33
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 77
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 70
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 70
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 77
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 70
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 81
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 63
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 32
Mar 24, 2017
Andy Serkis?
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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 77
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 14
Apr 30, 2017
Why in the name of Arceus is Christopher Lee not up there
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level 48
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 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 63
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 63
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 59
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 63
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 81
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 81
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 74
Oct 25, 2017
I ran into Idris Elba the other day. Such a nice person!
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level 68
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 66
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 62
Jul 20, 2018
that weird feeling when you realize Will Ferrell and Arnold Schwarzenegger are not on the list.
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level 75
Aug 3, 2018
I find this list to be pretty suspect.
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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 75
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 59
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 26
Nov 6, 2018
Am I missing something? Where's Leo Dicaprio
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level 60
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
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