Special Report

The Most Bankable Actors of the 21st Century

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25. Steve Carell
> Avg. domestic box office per film as lead actor: $57 million (total: $1.7 billion)
> Movies that grossed $100+ million as lead actor: 2 since 2011 (total movies as lead actor: 17)
> Avg. box office return per $1 invested in production: $1.95
> Film with highest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Little Miss Sunshine (2006) — $7.49
> Film with lowest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Beautiful Boy (2018) — $0.31
> Highest grossing film as lead actor: Despicable Me 2 (2013) — $368,065,385
> Lowest grossing film: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) — $7,078,738
> Avg. IMDB rating of movies as lead actor: 6.8 out of 10
> Most recent film as lead actor: Beautiful Boy (2018)

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24. Paul Rudd
> Avg. domestic box office per film as lead actor: $58 million (total: $629 million)
> Movies that grossed $100+ million as lead actor: 2 since 2011 (total movies as lead actor: 6)
> Avg. box office return per $1 invested in production: $1.71
> Film with highest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Our Idiot Brother (2011) — $4.96
> Film with lowest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Ant-Man (2015) — $1.39
> Highest grossing film as lead actor: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) — $216,648,740
> Lowest grossing film: Our Idiot Brother (2011) — $24,814,830
> Avg. IMDB rating of movies as lead actor: 6.8 out of 10
> Most recent film as lead actor: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

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23. Matt Damon
> Avg. domestic box office per film as lead actor: $59 million (total: $1.8 billion)
> Movies that grossed $100+ million as lead actor: 3 since 2011 (total movies as lead actor: 24)
> Avg. box office return per $1 invested in production: $1.01
> Film with highest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: The Martian (2015) — $2.12
> Film with lowest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: The Great Wall (2016) — $0.30
> Highest grossing film as lead actor: The Martian (2015) — $228,433,663
> Lowest grossing film: Suburbicon (2017) — $5,780,000
> Avg. IMDB rating of movies as lead actor: 6.8 out of 10
> Most recent film as lead actor: Ford v Ferrari (2019)

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22. Ben Affleck
> Avg. domestic box office per film as lead actor: $61 million (total: $1.7 billion)
> Movies that grossed $100+ million as lead actor: 4 since 2011 (total movies as lead actor: 22)
> Avg. box office return per $1 invested in production: $1.11
> Film with highest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Chasing Amy (1997) — $48.03
> Film with lowest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Gigli (2003) — $0.11
> Highest grossing film as lead actor: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) — $330,360,194
> Lowest grossing film: To the Wonder (2012) — $590,000
> Avg. IMDB rating of movies as lead actor: 6.4 out of 10
> Most recent film as lead actor: The Way Back (2020)

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21. Cameron Diaz
> Avg. domestic box office per film as lead actor: $64 million (total: $700 million)
> Movies that grossed $100+ million as lead actor: 1 since 2011 (total movies as lead actor: 10)
> Avg. box office return per $1 invested in production: $1.86
> Film with highest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: There’s Something About Mary (1998) — $8.02
> Film with lowest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: The Sweetest Thing (2002) — $0.57
> Highest grossing film as lead actor: There’s Something About Mary (1998) — $176,484,651
> Lowest grossing film: A Life Less Ordinary (1997) — $4,270,000
> Avg. IMDB rating of movies as lead actor: 6.1 out of 10
> Most recent film as lead actor: The Other Woman (2014)