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Top Box Office Stars Since 2000

Can you name the top ten actors and actresses for each year since 2000, as voted by movie exhibitors?
Source. The poll was discontinued after 2013
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Last updated: August 27, 2015
First submittedApril 3, 2014
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2013
Jennifer Lawrence
Sandra Bullock
Bradley Cooper
Tom Hanks
Denzel Washington
Leonardo DiCaprio
Robert Downey, Jr.
Hugh Jackman
Brad Pitt
Melissa McCarthy
 
2012
Denzel Washington
Anne Hathaway
Hugh Jackman
Mark Wahlberg
Johnny Depp
Daniel Craig
Daniel Day-Lewis
Brad Pitt
Leonardo DiCaprio
Robert Downey, Jr.
 
2011
Brad Pitt
George Clooney
Johnny Depp
Leonardo DiCaprio
Matt Damon
Sandra Bullock
Bradley Cooper
Robert Downey, Jr.
Meryl Streep
Ben Stiller
2010
Johnny Depp
Angelina Jolie
Robert Downey, Jr.
Matt Damon
Steve Carell
Tom Hanks
Denzel Washington
Leonardo DiCaprio
George Clooney
Anne Hathaway
 
2009
Sandra Bullock
Johnny Depp
Matt Damon
George Clooney
Robert Downey, Jr.
Tom Hanks
Meryl Streep
Brad Pitt
Shia LaBeouf
Denzel Washington
 
2008
Will Smith
Robert Downey, Jr.
Christian Bale
Shia LaBeouf
Harrison Ford
Adam Sandler
Reese Witherspoon
George Clooney
Angelina Jolie
Daniel Craig
2007
Johnny Depp
Will Smith
George Clooney
Matt Damon
Denzel Washington
Russell Crowe
Tom Cruise
Nicolas Cage
Will Ferrell
Tom Hanks
 
2006
Johnny Depp
Leonardo DiCaprio
Will Smith
Denzel Washington
Tom Hanks
George Clooney
Will Ferrell
Tom Cruise
Dakota Fanning
Sacha Baron Cohen
 
2005
Tom Cruise
Johnny Depp
Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt
Vince Vaughn
George Clooney
Will Smith
Reese Witherspoon
Adam Sandler
Tom Hanks
2004
Tom Hanks
Tom Cruise
Leonardo DiCaprio
Nicolas Cage
Jim Carrey
Denzel Washington
Julia Roberts
Will Smith
Brad Pitt
Adam Sandler
 
2003
Jim Carrey
Nicole Kidman
Jack Nicholson
Tom Cruise
Julia Roberts
Johnny Depp
Russell Crowe
Tom Hanks
Will Ferrell
Renée Zellweger
 
2002
Tom Hanks
Tom Cruise
Mike Myers
Reese Witherspoon
Leonardo DiCaprio
Nicole Kidman
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Denzel Washington
Mel Gibson
Vin Diesel
2001
Tom Cruise
George Clooney
Julia Roberts
Russell Crowe
Nicole Kidman
Denzel Washington
Will Smith
Brad Pitt
Ben Affleck
Jackie Chan
 
2000
Tom Cruise
Julia Roberts
George Clooney
Eddie Murphy
Russell Crowe
Mel Gibson
Martin Lawrence
Tom Hanks
Jim Carrey
Harrison Ford
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level 69
Oct 13, 2015
So the quiz is titled "Top box office stars since 2000" which is a quantifiable metric. Then the subtitle says as voted on by movie exhibitors. If the answers are the result of a poll, then it isn't really a box office quiz, now is it?
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level 78
Oct 13, 2015
I was wondering the exact same thing. If it's based on votes, then isn't it more like... the ten stars popularly perceived to be the biggest box office draws?
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level 60
Oct 13, 2015
yeah it should be renamed, especially if Sacha Baron Cohen and Dakota *insert high pitched wail here* Fanning can get on here.
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level 63
Oct 15, 2015
This is from the linked source: "The Top 10 Poll, which appeared annually in Quigley's International Motion Picture Almanac has long been regarded as one of the most reliable barometers of a movie star's box-office power, as film exhibitors base their decisions on one economic criterion: those stars who will bring patrons into their theaters."
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level 59
Oct 13, 2015
This is one of those quizzes I will come back to now and again, just to see if I improve.
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level 77
Oct 14, 2015
When I saw Shia LeBeouf, my first thought was, "Who is she?" After I looked him up I still have no clue why he would appear on this list - twice.
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level 63
Oct 15, 2015
The Tranformers series Shia starred in was a ubiquitous box office success. That's what this quiz is asking for - who starred in the most profitable movies for the listed years i.e. which stars brought in the most money. In Shia's case it just happened it was the movies and not the star power that brought in the money.
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level 67
May 25, 2016
being in the Indiana Jones movie probably didn't hurt either
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level 52
Oct 16, 2015
running for your life from Shia Labeouf
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level 25
Oct 22, 2015
He's Brandishing a Knife It's Shia Labeouf
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level 28
Mar 2, 2016
Lurking in the shadows... It's Hollywood superstar Shia LaBeouf
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level 57
Jul 4, 2016
Needs to be updated.
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level 67
Nov 30, 2018
It says in the description that the poll was discontinued in 2013, so there's no updating possible.
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level 45
Dec 9, 2017
I don't think any poll of this kind is valid if you do not include Morgan Freeman.
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level 47
Jan 31, 2018
How is Morgan Freeman not here anywhere?
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level 46
Apr 27, 2018
this quiz should be renamed "top box office stars excluding people of colour + women"
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level 78
Nov 30, 2018
oh shut up
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level 58
Jun 17, 2018
There are 5 "comedians" I despise, and 4 of them are on this list: Ferrell Carell Sandler McCarthy Stiller is close to being in this group, but unlike those listed above he can occasionally make me laugh.
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level 67
Nov 30, 2018
I feel similarly about Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and Melissa McCarthy. I don't mind some of Ada Sandler's older work though, so for my list I would take him off and replace him with Sacha Baron Cohen. I couldn't laugh at any of his "comedy" if my life depended on it.
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level 52
Apr 18, 2019
Christ there's some absolute toss on this list innit - I was going for premium actors and actresses only to find out Adam Sandler's on here x