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25 MOVIE STARS THAT BRING THE MOST MOOLAH TO THE BOX OFFICE – RANKED

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While there’s no sure-fire guaranteed formula for making your movie earn a billion bucks at the global box office, having the right leads can help.Cast any one of these guys in your movie, and you’re gonna be laughing all the way to the bank.

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25) Tom HiddlestonWorldwide Gross: $9.26 BillionOn top of his work in the MCU, he’s also had the lead in Kong: Skull Island, War Horse & Crimson Peak

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24) Tom HanksWorldwide Gross: $9.28 BillionWith over 50 acting credits to his name, Hanks is a bankable star at the box office. Thus far the Toy Story franchise has earned $2 billion+, and his other films weren’t exactly duds either.

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23) Josh BrolinWorldwide Gross: $9.52 BillionEven though he’s only done a few MCU movies, they were monsters. Toss in his work on Deadpool 2 & Men in Black 3 et al and it’s not hard to see how he got here.

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22) Anthony MackieWorldwide Gross: $9.57 BillionMackie’s got an additional 28 acting credits to his name, outside of the MCU, like Reel Steel & The Adjustment Bureau.

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21) Emma WatsonWorldwide Gross: $9.68 BillionBetween Harry Potter and her role as Belle, she’s really raking it in at the box office.

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20) Jeremy RennerWorldwide Gross: $9.76 BillionThree franchises; MCU, The Bourne Series & Mission: Impossible.

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19) Dwayne “The Rock” JohnsonWorldwide Gross: $9.79 BillionJohnson’s come a long way from making $40 per wrestling match. The Rock is now one of Hollywood’s top stars, in earnings and his films are absolute monsters.

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18) Idris ElbaWorldwide Gross: $9.86 BillionElba has appeared in over 32 films, including some in the MCU and some voice over work for DreamWorks and Disney. Those tend to add up.

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17) Cate BlanchettWorldwide Gross: $9.87 BillionBetween The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit trilogies, she’s also got Elizabeth & Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull under her belt. Oh, and that indie film Thor: Ragnarok.

Paramount Pictures

16) Tom CruiseWorldwide Gross: $10.12 BillionThe Mission: Impossible franchise alone has earned $3.5 billion, and he’s had countless blockbusters on top of that too.

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15) Vin DieselWorldwide Gross: $10.33 BillionBetween his work in the MCU and The Fast and The Furious franchise, he’s really got it made at the box office. Plus, his role as Private Caparzo in Saving Private Ryan was actually in his top 10 of highest grossing roles.

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14) Ian McKellenWorldwide Gross: $10.41 BillionThis guy can’t stop making money at the box office. He played Cogsworth in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, and has The LOTR & The Hobbit trilogies and the first wave of X-Men films to his name.

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13) Benedict CumberbatchWorldwide Gross: $10.53 BillionAfter his breakout role in the BBC’s Sherlock, he’s been everywhere; from The Hobbit to the MCU.

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12) Mark RuffaloWorldwide Gross: $10.6 BillionThe bulk of his work comes from his role as the Hulk in the MCU, but he’s also been seen in Shutter Island, Collateral & Now you See Me 1&2.

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11) Johnny DeppWorldwide Gross: $10.68 BillionNearly half of this amount comes from his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, while the rest comes from his roles in Alice in Wonderland & Fantastic Beasts.

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10) Chris PrattWorldwide Gross: $10.95 BillionThis guy knows how to pick ’em. He’s got The Lego Movie, Guardians, & Jurassic World/Fallen Kingdom, and he doesn’t look like he’s stopping.

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9) Chris HemsworthWorldwide Gross: $10.98 BillionHis 7 Marvel movies make up $9.6 billion of his $10.98 total. It really pays to join the MCU.

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8) Andy SerkisWorldwide Gross: $11.04 BillionIf there’s anyone who’s touched all the major tentpole franchises to date, it’s him. Pick your poison: LOTR, Hobbit, King Kong, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars & MCU.

Universal Pictures

7) Chris EvansWorldwide Gross: $11.11 BillionBesides playing Captain America, he also played Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Fourfilms, as well as his role in Snowpiercer.

Warner Bros.

6) Bradley CooperWorldwide Gross: $11.14 BillionOutside of his MCU roles, he’s also got The Hangover franchise which earned $1.4 billion worldwide, as well as Wedding Crashers, A Star is Born & American Sniper.

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5) Zoe SaldanaWorldwide Gross: $11.17 BillionLike the majority on this list, she’s got MCU creds, but what puts her so high on the list is her role in Avatar. That film hit $2.77 billion across the globe as the highest grossing film of all time. Plus, she’s also got her role as Uhura to perk her up a little bit too.

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4) Don CheadleWorldwide Gross: $11.74 BillionOn top of the MCU, he’s also appeared in the Oceans 11 franchise, Traffic, The Family Ma & Swordfish.

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3) Scarlett JohanssonWorldwide Gross: $14.24 BillionBetween all of her appearances as the Black Widow, she’s also got a whole list of movies that just add up to a huge payday for the studios.

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2) Robert Downey Jr.Worldwide Gross: $14.39 BillionIronically enough, prior to his casting as Tony Stark in Iron Man, he was the least bankable and insurable star in Hollywood. Now, all of his MCU appearances have grossed $12 billion combined. Add into that his role as Sherlock Holmes, that earned another $1.5, and you can see why he’s #2 on the list.

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1) Samuel L. JacksonWorldwide Gross: $15.6 BillionUnlike most of the others on this list, his MCU money is only a fraction of why he’s #1. You can his roles in Star Wars, Kingsman, The Incredibles & Jurassic Park for his box office power.

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