List of highest-grossing actors

The following is a non-definitive list of the actors with the highest career-film grosses. The list is not adjusted for inflation.

Due to the long-term effects of inflation on movie theater ticket prices, a list unadjusted for inflation gives far more weight to later actors.[1] Therefore, this list is largely meaningless for comparing acting careers widely separated in time, as many actors from earlier eras will never appear on a modern unadjusted list, despite their films achieving higher commercial success when adjusted for price increases.[2]

A survey in 2000 found that the three actors who had sold the most movie tickets were Clark Gable (1,168,300,000), John Wayne (1,114,000,000), and Bing Crosby (1,077,900,000).[3]

All rolesEdit

This list includes cameos and voice acting. The number of films is from the source The Numbers and may not correspond exactly to a linked filmography.

  Background shading indicates actors whose films are currently playing in theaters.
Rank Actor Worldwide total[4] Top-grossing film Films Average
1 Stan Lee $30,592,586,522 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 49 $624,338,500
2 Samuel L. Jackson $27,562,130,333 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 138 $199,725,582
3 Frank Welker $17,457,315,895 Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1,123,794,079) 112 $155,868,892
4 John Ratzenberger $16,730,059,133 Incredibles 2 ($1,242,805,359) 50 $334,601,183
5 Bob Bergen $15,564,699,516 Minions ($1,159,631,140) 59 $263,808,466
6 Robert Downey Jr. $15,347,136,538 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 67 $229,061,739
7 Warwick Davis $14,998,215,977[dubious ] Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2,065,478,084) 24 $624,925,666
8 Alan Tudyk $14,776,775,470[dubious ] Frozen II ($1,447,244,586) 37 $399,372,310
9 Scarlett Johansson $14,601,411,788 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 49 $297,987,996
10 Andy Serkis $14,433,449,263 Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2,065,478,084) 35 $412,384,265
11 Paul Bettany $13,398,145,139[dubious ] Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 32 $418,692,036
12 Chris Evans $13,209,882,762 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 37 $357,023,858
13 Don Cheadle $12,270,177,349 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 46 $266,742,986
14 Zoe Saldana $12,265,623,760 Avatar ($2,845,979,541) 43 $285,247,064
15 Dwayne Johnson $12,251,344,499 Furious 7 ($1,517,179,709) 47 $260,666,904
16 Benedict Cumberbatch $12,114,074,130 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 37 $327,407,409
17 Jon Favreau $12,062,221,905 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 40 $301,555,548
18 Jeremy Renner $11,953,303,649 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 31 $385,590,440
19 Idris Elba $11,919,444,478 Avengers: Infinity War ($2,044,540,523) 43 $277,196,383
20 Gwyneth Paltrow $11,861,418,071 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 45 $263,587,068

Live-action rolesEdit

This list does not include cameos or voice acting.

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Rank Actor Worldwide total[5] Top-grossing film Films Average
1 Samuel L. Jackson $20,569,895,501 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 110 $186,999,050
2 Robert Downey Jr. $15,081,562,679 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 64 $235,649,417
3 Warwick Davis $14,600,381,488 Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2,065,478,084) 22 $663,653,704
4 Andy Serkis $13,032,086,882 Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2,065,478,084) 30 $434,402,896
5 Scarlett Johansson $12,814,485,744[dubious ] Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 44 $291,238,312
6 Don Cheadle $12,270,177,349 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 46 $266,742,986
7 Paul Bettany $12,181,773,346[dubious ] Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 30 $406,059,112
8 Zoe Saldana $12,081,288,392 Avatar ($2,845,979,541) 40 $302,032,210
9 Jeremy Renner $11,943,609,798 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 30 $398,120,327
10 Gwyneth Paltrow $11,861,418,071 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 45 $263,587,068

Lead rolesEdit

This list only includes lead roles, including voice acting.

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Rank Actor Worldwide total[6] Top-grossing film Films Average
1 Robert Downey Jr. $14,394,122,678 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 43 $334,747,039
2 Samuel L. Jackson $14,260,854,778 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 63 $226,362,774
3 Scarlett Johansson $13,657,906,112 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 29 $470,962,280
4 Chris Hemsworth $11,196,972,897 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 25 $447,878,916
5 Chris Evans $11,057,646,081 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 25 $442,305,843
6 Zoe Saldana $10,973,218,555 Avatar ($2,845,979,541) 28 $391,900,663
7 Chris Pratt $10,713,735,356 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 19 $563,880,808
8 Tom Hanks $10,655,072,660 Toy Story 4 ($1,073,080,329) 52 $204,905,243
9 Bradley Cooper $10,397,723,313 Avengers: Endgame ($2,797,800,564) 27 $385,100,863
10 Johnny Depp $10,326,113,904 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1,066,179,725) 51 $202,472,822

Supporting rolesEdit

This list only includes supporting roles, including voice acting.

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Rank Actor Worldwide total[7] Top-grossing film Films Average
1 Warwick Davis $14,494,961,094 Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2,065,478,084) 18 $805,275,616
2 Frank Welker $13,193,364,891 Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1,123,794,079) 40 $329,834,122
3 John Ratzenberger $11,619,419,529 Incredibles 2 ($1,242,805,359) 36 $322,761,654
4 Bob Bergen $11,286,901,528 Minions ($1,159,631,140) 26 $434,111,597
5 Alan Tudyk $10,723,749,930[dubious ] Frozen II ($1,447,244,586) 25 $428,949,997
6 Hugo Weaving $10,649,787,575 Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1,123,794,079) 21 $507,132,742
7 Jess Harnell $9,988,520,508 Minions ($1,159,631,140) 20 $499,426,025
8 Gary Oldman $9,654,959,398 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($1,334,392,544) 21 $459,759,971
9 Samuel L. Jackson $9,647,637,019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ($1,072,944,222) 51 $189,169,353
10 Andy Serkis $9,647,285,505 Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2,065,478,084) 16 $602,955,344

Earlier erasEdit

As noted above, a survey in 2000 found that the three actors who had sold the most movie tickets were Clark Gable (1,168,300,000), John Wayne (1,114,000,000), and Bing Crosby (1,077,900,000).[3]

In 1966, Variety calculated a list of the highest-grossing stars using their All-Time Top Grossing Films lists based on the number of films that had earned theatrical rentals of $4 million or more in the United States and Canada by the end of 1965.[8] As the list was based on number of films on the chart, there may have been some stars who appeared in fewer films listed but with a higher total rental. As with current lists, the list favors films and stars of the later eras as later films generally gross more. John Wayne topped the list. Variety noted that Crosby's last hit prior to 1965 was High Society in 1956, and at that date he would have led the list.[8] They also noted that Gable was the undisputed king until he went into the Army in 1942 and that he wasn't ranked higher as many of his earlier hits did not reach their $4 million cut off and therefore, were not included in his total.[8]

Rank Actor Total
(US/Canada rentals)[8]
Top-grossing film
(US/Canada rentals)
Films on chart Average
1 John Wayne $113,422,000 How the West Was Won ($23,000,000) 17 $6,671,882
2 Charlton Heston $110,500,000 Ben-Hur ($38,000,000) 7 $15,785,714
3 Gregory Peck $105,075,000 How the West Was Won ($23,000,000) 14 $7,505,357
4 Frank Sinatra $95,450,000 From Here To Eternity ($12,200,000) 17 $5,614,706
5 Elizabeth Taylor $85,825,000 Cleopatra ($23,500,000) 10 $8,582,500
6 Richard Burton $79,950,000 Cleopatra ($23,500,000) 7 $11,421,429
7 James Stewart $77,700,000 How the West Was Won ($23,000,000) 9 $8,633,333
8 Bing Crosby $68,500,000 White Christmas ($12,000,000) 11 $6,227,273
9 Clark Gable $65,100,000 Gone with the Wind ($41,200,000) 6 $10,850,000
10 William Holden $62,610,000 The Bridge on the River Kwai ($17,195,000) 10 $6,261,000
11 Cary Grant $62,550,000 Operation Petticoat ($9,500,000) 11 $5,686,364
12 Shirley MacLaine $62,150,000 Around the World in 80 Days ($22,000,000) 7 $8,878,571
13 Henry Fonda $61,250,000 How the West Was Won ($23,000,000) 6 $10,208,333
14 Fred MacMurray $58,300,000 The Shaggy Dog ($9,600,000) 8 $7,287,500
15 Spencer Tracy $57,950,000 How the West Was Won ($23,000,000) 6 $9,658,333
16 Jean Simmons $57,450,000 The Robe ($17,500,000) 7 $8,207,143
17 Jack Lemmon $56,405,000 Irma La Douce ($11,250,000) 8 $7,050,625
18 Marlon Brando $56,150,000 Sayonara ($10,500,000) 9 $6,238,889
19 David Niven $54,400,000 Around the World in 80 Days ($22,000,000) 6 $9,066,667
20 Doris Day $53,900,000 Lover Come Back ($8,500,000) 9 $5,988,889

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bialik, Carl (January 29, 2010). "How Hollywood Box-Office Records Are Made". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Pincus-Roth, Zachary (July 6, 2009). "Best Weekend Never". Slate. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Macfarlane, Malcolm (2001). Bing Crosby – Day by Day. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. pp. 670–671. ISBN 0-8108-4145-2.
  4. ^ "Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office". The Numbers. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  5. ^ "Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office". The Numbers. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  6. ^ "Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office". The Numbers. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office". The Numbers. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  8. ^ a b c d Beaupre, Lee (5 January 1966). "Star, Producer, Director Identification With All-Time Top-Grossing Features". Variety. p. 7.