Special Report

The Most Bankable Actors of the 21st Century

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

20. Dwayne Johnson
> Avg. domestic box office per film as lead actor: $64 million (total: $2.2 billion)
> Movies that grossed $100+ million as lead actor: 7 since 2011 (total movies as lead actor: 22)
> Avg. box office return per $1 invested in production: $1.36
> Film with highest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) — $4.49
> Film with lowest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Southland Tales (2006) — $0.02
> Highest grossing film as lead actor: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) — $404,508,916
> Lowest grossing film: Southland Tales (2006) — $275,380
> Avg. IMDB rating of movies as lead actor: 6.1 out of 10
> Most recent film as lead actor: Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

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19. Melissa McCarthy
> Avg. domestic box office per film as lead actor: $64 million (total: $449 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: $1.51
> Film with highest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Tammy (2014) — $4.23
> Film with lowest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) — $0.88
> Highest grossing film as lead actor: Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016) — $128,350,574
> Lowest grossing film: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) — $8,803,865
> Avg. IMDB rating of movies as lead actor: 6.1 out of 10
> Most recent film as lead actor: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

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18. Denzel Washington
> Avg. domestic box office per film as lead actor: $64 million (total: $2.0 billion)
> Movies that grossed $100+ million as lead actor: 3 since 2011 (total movies as lead actor: 31)
> Avg. box office return per $1 invested in production: $1.22
> Film with highest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Remember the Titans (2000) — $3.86
> Film with lowest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: The Little Things (2021) — $0.47
> Highest grossing film as lead actor: American Gangster (2007) — $130,164,645
> Lowest grossing film: Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) — $11,962,712
> Avg. IMDB rating of movies as lead actor: 7.0 out of 10
> Most recent film as lead actor: The Little Things (2021)

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17. Mark Wahlberg
> Avg. domestic box office per film as lead actor: $64 million (total: $1.8 billion)
> Movies that grossed $100+ million as lead actor: 4 since 2011 (total movies as lead actor: 25)
> Avg. box office return per $1 invested in production: $1.26
> Film with highest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: The Fighter (2010) — $8.51
> Film with lowest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Deepwater Horizon (2016) — $0.39
> Highest grossing film as lead actor: Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) — $245,439,076
> Lowest grossing film: Rock Star (2001) — $16,991,902
> Avg. IMDB rating of movies as lead actor: 6.5 out of 10
> Most recent film as lead actor: Spenser Confidential (2020)

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16. Angelina Jolie
> Avg. domestic box office per film as lead actor: $66 million (total: $882 million)
> Movies that grossed $100+ million as lead actor: 2 since 2011 (total movies as lead actor: 9)
> Avg. box office return per $1 invested in production: $0.95
> Film with highest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: Wanted (2008) — $1.79
> Film with lowest dollar return per dollar spent as lead actor: A Mighty Heart (2007) — $0.61
> Highest grossing film as lead actor: Maleficent (2014) — $241,407,328
> Lowest grossing film: A Mighty Heart (2007) — $9,176,787
> Avg. IMDB rating of movies as lead actor: 6.5 out of 10
> Most recent film as lead actor: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)