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10 Biggest Movie Stars in the World, Ranked by Their Box Office Collections

March 7, 2016
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Who’s the biggest movie star in the world? A million-dollar question, the answer to which depends on who you are asking the question to. Also, how do you decide who is a bigger star, say, between Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise? We did a simple exercise to try to come with an answer. We shortlisted twenty movie stars with the highest worldwide box-office gross. The top ten among them were then again shortlisted, and finally ranked based on their average box office per movie. Of course, this form of ranking has its own limitations. Prime among them is that it doesn’t take into account whether the actor played the leading role or the supporting role in the film. In any case, we had to be objective when preparing this list. With that said, here are the 10 biggest movie stars in the world, ranked by their box office collections.

Note: Unfortunately, not a single female actor could crack the list of ten (only Jennifer Lawrence came close). But don’t blame us. Blame Hollywood.

 

10. Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel-L.-JacksonTotal Worldwide Box Office: $10,275.0 million

Average Box Office Per Movie: $90.6 million

Highest Grossing Movies: The Avengers, Star Wars: Episode III, Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

9. Brad Pitt

brad-pitt-black-and-white-portraitTotal Worldwide Box Office: $6902 million

Average Box Office Per Movie: $95.9 million

Highest Grossing Movies: World War Z, Troy, Mr & Mrs. Smith

 

8. Johnny Depp

Johnny-DeppTotal Worldwide Box Office: $8,495.0 million

Average Box Office Per Movie: $98.5 million

Highest Grossing Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

 

7. Morgan Freeman

Science ChannelTotal Worldwide Box Office: $8,822.5 million

Average Box Office Per Movie: $102.1 million

Highest Grossing Movies: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Almighty

 

6. Gary Oldman

gary oldmanTotal Worldwide Box Office: $8,136.0 million

Average Box Office Per Movie: $119.3 million

Highest Grossing Movies: The Dark Knight, The Dark Night Rises, Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix

 

5. Leonardo DiCaprio

leonardo-dicaprioTotal Worldwide Box Office: $6,817.5 million

Average Box Office Per Movie: $139.8 million

Highest Grossing Movies: Titanic, Inception, The Revenant

 

4. Tom Hanks

tom hanksTotal Worldwide Box Office: $8,585.5 million

Average Box Office Per Movie: $168 million

Highest Grossing Movies: Forrest Gump, Toy Story 3, The Da Vinci Code

 

3. Tom Cruise

tom-cruiseTotal Worldwide Box Office: $8,625.0 million

Average Box Office Per Movie: $168.1 million

Highest Grossing Movies: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, War of the Worlds

 

2. Will Smith

will-smith

Total Worldwide Box Office: $6,807.9 million

Average Box Office Per Movie: 184.8 million

Highest Grossing Movies: Independence Day, Hancock, MIB 3

 

1. Harrison Ford

harrison-fordTotal Worldwide Box Office: $8,612.0 million

Average Box Office Per Movie: $234.6 million

Highest Grossing Movies: Star Wars, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Read More: Best Harrison Ford Movies

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