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These Are the 32 Actors That Made Hollywood the Most Money

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For an actor, winning an Academy Award may be the pinnacle of a career. But when the ceremonies are over, Hollywood judges performers by a different standard: box office numbers. And you can bet that producers and production companies keep close track of which actors have the best track records when it comes to selling tickets.

24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of the actors whose films have made the most money over the years. As the results show, it’s definitely a man’s world. The top 14 slots go to men. The top-rated woman, Cameron Diaz, cracks the list at No. 15 — but she hasn’t made a major film since she played Hannigan in 2014’s “Annie.” The highest grossing of her 29 movies is “Shrek 2,” which brought in $441.2 million. These are the top 50 grossing movies of all time.

Click here to see the movie stars that have made Hollywood the most money.

The next woman on the list is Emma Watson at No.17. The biggest moneymaker of her 16 films is 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which tallied $504.0 million. She also built her box office success on the “Harry Potter” franchise.

The men who made the top 10 on the list have each had starring roles thus far in at least 23 movies and brought in at least $3.5 billion each to date. These are the most bankable actors of the 21st century.

Methodology

To determine the actors that made Hollywood the most money, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on domestic box office from IMDb, an online movie database owned by Amazon; Rotten Tomatoes, an online movie and TV review aggregator; and The Numbers, an online movie database owned by consulting firm Nash Information Services. Domestic box office was tallied for each actor across all of the movies in which they had a starring role. Only films for which an actor was listed among the top four stars of the movie on IMDb were included in each actor’s tally. Data was collected mid-March 2021.

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32. Anne Hathaway
> Total career domestic box office: $2.5 billion
> Career lead roles: 26
> Average domestic box office: $97.1 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: The Dark Knight Rises (2012) ($448.1 million)

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31. Sandra Bullock
> Total career domestic box office: $2.5 billion
> Career lead roles: 26
> Average domestic box office: $101.5 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Minions (2015) ($336.0 million)

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30. Chris Pratt
> Total career domestic box office: $2.6 billion
> Career lead roles: 12
> Average domestic box office: $213.9 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Jurassic World (2015) ($652.3 million)

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29. Morgan Freeman
> Total career domestic box office: $2.6 billion
> Career lead roles: 37
> Average domestic box office: $73.4 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Bruce Almighty (2003) ($242.7 million)

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28. Robin Williams
> Total career domestic box office: $2.6 billion
> Career lead roles: 31
> Average domestic box office: $83.0 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) ($219.2 million)

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27. Vin Diesel
> Total career domestic box office: $2.6 billion
> Career lead roles: 21
> Average domestic box office: $124.6 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) ($389.8 million)

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26. Jim Carrey
> Total career domestic box office: $2.7 billion
> Career lead roles: 25
> Average domestic box office: $106.2 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) ($260.3 million)

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25. Leonardo DiCaprio
> Total career domestic box office: $2.7 billion
> Career lead roles: 24
> Average domestic box office: $110.6 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Titanic (1997) ($659.4 million)

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24. Hugh Jackman
> Total career domestic box office: $2.7 billion
> Career lead roles: 26
> Average domestic box office: $106.5 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) ($234.4 million)

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23. Julia Roberts
> Total career domestic box office: $2.7 billion
> Career lead roles: 35
> Average domestic box office: $77.8 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Ocean’s Eleven (2001) ($183.4 million)

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22. Ben Stiller
> Total career domestic box office: $2.8 billion
> Career lead roles: 28
> Average domestic box office: $98.5 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Meet the Fockers (2004) ($279.2 million)

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21. Bruce Willis
> Total career domestic box office: $2.8 billion
> Career lead roles: 42
> Average domestic box office: $67.4 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: The Sixth Sense (1999) ($293.5 million)

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20. Brad Pitt
> Total career domestic box office: $2.8 billion
> Career lead roles: 37
> Average domestic box office: $76.9 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: World War Z (2013) ($202.4 million)

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19. Ian McKellen
> Total career domestic box office: $2.8 billion
> Career lead roles: 16
> Average domestic box office: $176.8 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) ($377.8 million)

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18. Adam Sandler
> Total career domestic box office: $2.8 billion
> Career lead roles: 36
> Average domestic box office: $94.7 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) ($169.7 million)

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17. Emma Watson
> Total career domestic box office: $2.9 billion
> Career lead roles: 16
> Average domestic box office: $192.1 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Beauty and the Beast (2017) ($504.0 million)

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16. Mark Wahlberg
> Total career domestic box office: $3.0 billion
> Career lead roles: 38
> Average domestic box office: $79.9 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) ($245.4 million)

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15. Cameron Diaz
> Total career domestic box office: $3.0 billion
> Career lead roles: 29
> Average domestic box office: $104.1 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Shrek 2 (2004) ($441.2 million)

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14. Mark Ruffalo
> Total career domestic box office: $3.1 billion
> Career lead roles: 22
> Average domestic box office: $138.7 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Avengers: Endgame (2019) ($858.4 million)

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13. Matt Damon
> Total career domestic box office: $3.1 billion
> Career lead roles: 38
> Average domestic box office: $83.9 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: The Martian (2015) ($228.4 million)

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12. Robert De Niro
> Total career domestic box office: $3.1 billion
> Career lead roles: 59
> Average domestic box office: $52.8 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Joker (2019) ($335.5 million)

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11. Chris Hemsworth
> Total career domestic box office: $3.2 billion
> Career lead roles: 16
> Average domestic box office: $211.6 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Avengers: Endgame (2019) ($858.4 million)

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10. Johnny Depp
> Total career domestic box office: $3.5 billion
> Career lead roles: 41
> Average domestic box office: $85.0 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) ($423.3 million)

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9. Eddie Murphy
> Total career domestic box office: $3.6 billion
> Career lead roles: 32
> Average domestic box office: $115.5 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Shrek 2 (2004) ($441.2 million)

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8. Will Smith
> Total career domestic box office: $3.8 billion
> Career lead roles: 26
> Average domestic box office: $150.4 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Aladdin (2019) ($355.6 million)

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7. Dwayne Johnson
> Total career domestic box office: $3.8 billion
> Career lead roles: 32
> Average domestic box office: $119.3 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) ($404.5 million)

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6. Tom Cruise
> Total career domestic box office: $3.9 billion
> Career lead roles: 36
> Average domestic box office: $108.8 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: War of the Worlds (2005) ($234.3 million)

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5. Harrison Ford
> Total career domestic box office: $4.0 billion
> Career lead roles: 34
> Average domestic box office: $116.4 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) ($461.0 million)

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4. Samuel L. Jackson
> Total career domestic box office: $4.1 billion
> Career lead roles: 45
> Average domestic box office: $98.4 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Captain Marvel (2019) ($426.8 million)

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3. Chris Evans
> Total career domestic box office: $4.2 billion
> Career lead roles: 23
> Average domestic box office: $189.6 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Avengers: Endgame (2019) ($858.4 million)

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2. Tom Hanks
> Total career domestic box office: $5.0 billion
> Career lead roles: 45
> Average domestic box office: $115.8 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Toy Story 4 (2019) ($434.0 million)

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1. Robert Downey Jr.
> Total career domestic box office: $5.4 billion
> Career lead roles: 27
> Average domestic box office: $200.7 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: Avengers: Endgame (2019) ($858.4 million)

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