There are a lot of great stars in the industry and we all are really blessed to have them but some of them are simply like ‘Money Making Machines’ and today we are talking about the highest grossing stars at the box-office. There are a lot of really talented stars in this list and we aren’t surprised by the names because we knew that stars with this much talent and knowledge will always be there in this list. So, let’s start the list of 15 highest grossing stars at the box-office.
15. Chris Pratt:
Chris Pratt came into the blockbuster star list just after his first appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy by James Gunn and then going on the next level with a huge success of Jurassic World by Colin Trevorrow. Though he had few appearances in the MCU than his other leading projects, Chris is one of the leading stars of two major franchises, and that boosted his overall performance at the box office with fixing his spot in the Top 15 list.
Coincidently, Chris and Samuel L. Jackson are the only two stars having two of their films grossing over $ 1 billion in this year. Chris Pratt has been part of movies like Jennifer’s Body (2009), Moneyball (2011), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Jurassic world (2015), Passengers (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), and more.
Domestic: 1,169,054,669 as leading actor.
International: $2,086,944,533 as leading actor.
Worldwide Total: $7,518,852,367
Average (from 12 movies): $626,571,031
14. Dwayne Johnson:
Dwayne Johnson or popularly called The Rock has an inspiring journey from being a WWE wrestler to Hollywood superstar. While he appeared in a number of top-level movies before coming into the Fast and Furious franchise, it’s just this series that gave him an extra amount of fame he deserved.
Rock is among those actors who can just make a lesser-known franchise, a blockbuster one. Also, he is one of those stars whose name can sell as many tickets as wanted. Ultimately, he is praised to join the DCEU as Black Adam and is heading over to a Fast and Furious spin-off, named as Hobbs and Shaw, in the coming year.
Dwayne Johnson has been part of movies like The Mummy Returns (2001), Doom (2005), Fast Five (2011), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Hercules (2014), Furious 7 (2015), San Andreas (2015), Moana (2016), The Fate of the Furious (2017), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), Rampage (2018).
Domestic: $1,841,588,089 as leading actor.
International: $3,009,343,992 as leading actor.
Worldwide Total: $7,599,209,105
Average (from 28 movies): $271,400,325
13. Rupert Grint:
Rupert Grint is one of the main actors at the center of the Harry Potter series, Grint is so far the lowest profile. And he has not signed any movie since the year 2015, and is most likely to stick to the Television series including Snatch; in addition, he is starring the apple series by M. Night Shyamalan.
But the fact that grabbed our eyeballs is he is above the biggest stars on the planet, in the list and this is a reality check to all of us and in the industry that Harry Potter movies were really popular when they released and also till date. Rupert Grint has been part of movies like Harry Potter series (2001 – 2011), Charlie Countryman (2013) and Moonwalkers (2015).
Domestic: $2,072,738,993 as leading actor.
International: $4,679,903,079 as leading actor.
Worldwide Total: $7,741,367,977
Average (from 13 movies): $595, 489,844
12. Chris Evans:
Chris Evans is popularly known as Captain America, had already smashed the superhero market with his character of Human Torch in the Tim Story Fantastic Four in the mid-2000s. He has done so many hit movies but has kept a low-key actor profile always, sticking to indies, like Gifted, but he had appeared a lot of times in the franchise in the role of Steve Rogers that he is now a box office power above any other in the films.
Chris Evans has been part of movies like Not Another Teen Movie (2001), Cellular (2004) Fantastic Four (2004), Sunshine (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and the recent Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Domestic: $415,128,925 as leading actor.
International: $450,670,453 as leading actor.
Worldwide Total: $7,905,837,855
Average (from 23 movies): $343,732,081
11. Zoe Saldana:
Zoe Saldana is an American actress and dancer whose work is always underestimated, Her role in Avatar by James Cameron was really applauded and that movie is the highest grossing film of all time at the box office worldwide. Chances are there that if Avatar’s sequels maintain the legacy then she can possibly become the highest grossing actress in the world.
Zoe Saldana has been part of movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Star Trek (2009), Avatar (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Star Trek Beyond (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
Domestic: $917,894,197 as leading actor.
International: $2,104,789,482 as leading actor.
Worldwide Total: $8,036,439,436
Average (from 25 movies): $321,457,577
10. Chris Hemsworth:
Chris Hemsworth left his nation, Australia and also left his work on the Daily Soap named Home and Away, Hemsworth tried his hand in Hollywood and luckily he grabbed a small but a pivotal role in the Star Trek reboot. After he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thor and rest everyone knows. Hemsworth box office power is a strength by being in the MCU franchise as the majority of other stars on this list. But some of his films like Ghostbusters and Vacation have also helped him to gain that.
Chris Hemsworth has been part of movies like Star Trek (2009), Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Blackhat (2015), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016), Ghostbusters (2016), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Bad Times at the El Royale (2018).
Domestic: $353,467,567 as leading actor.
International: $539,252,693 as leading actor.
Worldwide Total: $8,113,836,118
Average (from 20 movies): $405,691,806
9. Daniel Radcliffe:
Daniel Radcliffe will surely be known by the name of Harry Potter, for the rest of his life. The whole Harry Potter series or better known as Wizarding World has grossed over $ 9 billion worldwide thus, making it the third highest grossing franchise ever. Which has given Daniel Radcliffe the capability to do anything he wants for his career ahead without freighting about the grosses, and that’s the reason he is not joining any other blockbuster franchise in recent times.
He knows that even if he does most of the indie films for the rest of his career, the Harry Potter popularity will keep his names in the limelight. Daniel Radcliffe has done movies like The Woman in Black (2012), Victor Frankenstein (2015), Swiss Army Man (2016), Now You See Me 2 (2016), and Beast of Burden (2018) other than the Harry Potter Series (2001-2011).
Domestic: $2,141,551,050 as leading actor.
International: $4,787,340,899 as leading actor.
Worldwide Total: $8,231,972,525
Average (from 20 movies): $411,598,626
8. Samuel L. Jackson:
Samuel L. Jackson is known as one of the most productive actors in Hollywood, so it can be expected to see him as one of the highest grossing actors in the film Industry. Besides of appearing in award-winning titles like Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee and Hard Eight by Paul Thomas Anderson, he featured in many blockbusters and franchises some either have it’s his voice like in the Incredibles by Pixar or his work in Jurassic Park.
Also, his work in the Star Wars made him box office dominance long before he donned the eye patch to play Nick Fury. This is an actor whose might should never be underestimated.
Samuel L. Jackson has been part of many movies like Goodfellas (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Menace II Society (1993), Jurrasic Park (1993), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Hard Eight (1996), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), xXx (2002), The Incredibles (2004), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Django Unchained (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), The Hateful Eight (2015), Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
Domestic: $1,525,952,436 as leading actor.
International: $1,349,115,861 as leading actor.
Worldwide Total: $8,899,164,841
Average (from 57 movies): $156,125,699
7. Emma Watson:
Emma Watson, The Harry Potter actress’s box office success would have been securing if she has hung up her wand after the eight-film stint as Hermione Granger in the Wizarding World franchise. But thanks to two major blockbusters, Noah by Darran Aronofsky and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, she has even bigger box office worth than her Two of the co-stars from the Harry Potter series. Surprisingly, the beauty and the beast was also one of the highest grossing movies of the year.
Emma Watson has been part of movies like the Harry Potter Series (2001-2011), The Bling Ring (2013), Noah (2014), Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Domestic: $2,110,809,867 as leading actor
International: $4,734,419,231 as leading actor
Worldwide Total: $9,091,587,984
Average (from 15 movies): $606,105,866
6. Tom Cruise:
In the times where the A-list star model is weaker than ever, Tom Cruise maintains his legacy and remains a bonafide star. Mission: Impossible franchise is the proof to his powerful International appeal. Cruise has a dedicated fan base that continues to be on his side even though he tends to get featured in all sorts of genres and films, either mediocre or fantastic at the box office.
Tom Cruise has been part of movies like Risky Business (1983), Top Gun (1986), Rain Man (1988), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Days of Thunder (1990), Mission Impossible (1996), Mission: Impossible (1996), Jerry Maguire (1996), Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), The Mummy (2017), Mission: Impossible -Fallout (2018).
Domestic: $3,209,686,729 as leading actor
International: $4,628,010,736 as leading actor
Worldwide Total: $9,406,693,954
Average (from 39 movies): $241,197,281
5. Tom Hanks:
We are talking about one of the greatest actors of this generation and the man has some Oscars also in his collection and the interesting thing here is that Hanks hasn’t been part of a lot of great and big blockbuster movies but is still one of the highest grossing actors because of his sheer genius and talent.
Tom Hanks has been part of movies like Splash (1984), Big (1988), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Toy Story (1995), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Angels and Demons (2009), Inferno (2016)
Domestic: $4,396,228,137 as leading actor
International: $9,035,469,461 as leading actor
Worldwide Total: $9,498,961,247
Average (from 50 movies): $189,979,225
4. Vin Diesel:
Vin Diesel has cemented his status as one of the most legendary and memorable characters of all-time as we simply can’t forget his portrayal of Dominic Toretto and will always be remembered by this character. The man has done a lot of great roles but we have to say that this one is really lead him to the legendary heights.
Vin Diesel has been part of movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998), Pitch Black (2000), The Fast and the Furious (2001), xXx (2002), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Furious 7 (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Domestic: $1,445,783,638 as leading actor.
International: $3,067,021,258 as leading actor.
Worldwide Total: $9,616,103,332
Average (from 22 movies): $437,0956,606
3. Johnny Depp:
Johnny Depp is one of the most talented and versatile actors of his generation and the man has already given a character like ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ to the film industry which is one of the most memorable characters of all-time. Depp is really the one who has taken a lot of risks in his life in order to try something new.
Johnny Depp has been part of movies like A Nightmare on the Elm Street (1984), Platoon (1986), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), The Lone Ranger (2013), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them (2017), Fantastic beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Domestic: $2,958,681,361 as leading actor
International: $5,087,659,789 as leading actor
Worldwide Total: $10,086,032,325
Average (from 50 movies): $201,720,647
2. Scarlett Johansson:
Scarlett Johansson has been one of the most talented actress out there and its really not easy to be part of one of the biggest franchises in the world for such a long period as we have seen her in the role of ‘Black Widow’ a lot of times and we have to say that she has been simply incredible in that role.
Scarlett Johansson has been part of movies like The Horse Whisperer (1998), Ghost World (2001), Lost in Translation (2003), The Island (2005), The Prestige (2006), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Lucy (2014), The Jungle Book (2016), Ghost in the Shell (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Domestic: $485,690,191 as leading actor.
International: $931,313,392 as leading actor.
Worldwide Total: $10,746,538,385
Average (from 27 movies): $398,019,940
1. Robert Downey Jr:
Well, this is really interesting as we all know that there was a time when this actor was nowhere near to bar of success even the newcomers of the industry are getting but after doing a lot of hard work on the set and making himself eligible for the role of Iron Man simply changed the history of Marvel Studios and his own also.
Robert Downey Jr. has been part of movies like Weird Science (1985), Chaplin (1992), Natural Born Killers (1994), U.S. Marshalls (1998), Good Night and Good Luck (2005), Zodiac (2007), Iron Man (2008), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
So, these are the stars who are the money making machines of the industry and we can clearly see that superheroes movies are really turning a lot of things in their favor as their dominance keeps on growing and growing in every department of the industry.