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Highest-Grossing Actors In Hollywood

Hollywood's biggest stars usually have roles in the biggest films. Let's take a look at the highest-grossing actors in Hollywood!
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The most talented and successful actors in Hollywood tend to snag the best roles in hit films. If you had to guess which stars are the highest-grossing actors in Hollywood, who would you think comes out on top? Would it be Dwayne Johnson, or maybe Tom Hanks?

For the sake of this list, we’re going to stick to Hollywood stars in leading roles. That means we’re going to avoid guest appearances and minor roles.

Many of these stars have something in common: they’re in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame. It’s going to come up a lot. After all, the movie currently holds the second-highest box office total of all time.

20. Daniel Radcliffe

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $8,222,484,264

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Daniel Radcliffe has certainly moved on from his days in the Harry Potter franchise, but the Wizarding World is still his highest grossing project to date. All of the Harry Potter flicks brought in the cash at the box office, but 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II tops them all. Fans had to see the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort, making it Radcliffe’s highest grossing movie.

19. Will Smith

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $8,616,662,601

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Aladdin

Will Smith became famous during his early days on the small screen for Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but he soon jumped onto the big screen and never looked back. He’s well-known for roles in popular flicks like Independence Day, Men in Black, and I Am Legend. But his highest grossing movie is 2019’s live-action remake of Aladdin, where Smith plays the Genie.

18. Jeremy Renner

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $8,859,447,824

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Avengers: Endgame

Actor Jeremy Renner plays Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, so he appears in plenty of movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and as we’ve seen in recent years, MCU movies are wildly successful at the box office. Avengers: Endgame is one of the highest-grossing films of all time, so it’s definitely Renner’s highest grossing movie!

17. Don Cheadle

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $9,076,985,901

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Avengers: Endgame

We’ve seen Don Cheadle in plenty of memorable roles, but MCU is just really successful. Avengers: Endgame proved to be a wildly successful movie. Cheadle plays James Rhodes, an officer with the United States Air Force and close friend of Tony Stark who later becomes War Machine. He took over the role after Terrence Howard didn’t agree with a pay cut.

16. Emma Watson

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $9,264,485,562

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

We’ve seen actress Emma Watson move on to plenty of other projects after Harry Potter. She was even cast as Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, which comes in as Watson’s second-highest grossing movie. However, the Wizarding World wins, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II narrowly beating Beauty in terms of gross profits.

15. Dwayne Johnson

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $9,584,863,396

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Furious 7

Look, I know that Dwayne Johnson has been a part of some seriously lucrative movies. He may have risen to fame through wrestling, but he’s a full-fledged Hollywood A-lister these days. But out of all of them, Furious 7 comes out on top as his highest grossing flick.

14. Mark Ruffalo

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $9,837,928,467

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Avengers: Endgame

Clearly, there’s a Marvel trend here! Avengers: Endgame is Mark Ruffalo’s highest grossing resume entry, with Avengers: Infinity War and The Avengers following close behind. Ruffalo took over the role of Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, after Edward Norton didn’t continue the role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

13. Tom Holland

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $9,952,774,264

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Spider-Man: No Way Home

Tom Holland has taken over the role of Spider-Man, and that role has earned him a spot on this list. And while Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home were box office successes, Spider-Man: No Way Home topped them all in terms of box office gross. Holland reprised his role in the Avengers films, but since he didn’t see a ton of screen time, we’re going to mark No Way Home as his highest grossing lead role.

12. Tom Cruise

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $10,060,150,053

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Over the years, Tom Cruise has definitely made a name for himself as a leading man, and an action flick star. He has spent plenty of time playing Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible franchise. That’s why it’s not surprising that his highest grossing movie belongs to the franchise, 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

11. Johnny Depp

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $10,326,752,596

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Known for his quirky and bizarre character roles, what hasn’t Johnny Depp done? He’s the Mad Hatter and Sweeney Todd, Ichabod Crane and Willy Wonka. He’s played unforgettable characters like Edward Scissorhands, and Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. But when we look at his highest-grossing film, it’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

10. Bradley Cooper

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $10,437,511,644

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Bradley Cooper is the actor behind Rocket Racoon, a longtime member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Although he’s appeared in other highly profitable MCU movies, he doesn’t see much screen time in them. That’s why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 made the list as Cooper’s highest-grossing film in a leading role.

9. Vin Diesel

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $10,539,933,239

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Furious 7

Like Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel voices a member of the Guardians, Groot. This obviously means that he’s made appearances in high-grossing MCU movies. But, his highest grossing movie in a leading role is actually Furious 7, the 2015 installment into the long-running Fast & Furious franchise.

8. Tom Hanks

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $10,691,083,366

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Toy Story 4

Tom Hanks is an internationally-known, award-winning actor, so it’s no surprise that he has starred in plenty of high-grossing films. Out of all of them, though, Toy Story 4 sits at the top of the list as Hanks’ highest grossing movie. It seems like fans just couldn’t get enough of Woody and the gang.

7. Chris Pratt

LOS ANGELES - FEB 18: Chris Pratt arriving to the ‘Onward’ World Premiere on February 18, 2020 in Hollywood, CA
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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $10,742,165,697

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Jurassic World

Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the MCU, so he’s clearly been in some box office hits. Although the Guardians show up in Avengers movies, Chris Pratt is front and center in Jurassic World as Owen Grady. The film was the second-highest grossing film of 2015, and is currently in the top 10 highest-grossing films ever.

6. Zoe Saldana

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $10,976,958,807

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Avatar

Zoe Saldana stars as Gamora in the MCU. She sees plenty of screen time in Avengers: Infinity War and shows up again in Avengers: Endgame – so why aren’t those her highest-grossing films? Because James Cameron’s Avatar sits on top as the highest-grossing film ever, with a worldwide gross of over $2.8 billion.

5. Chris Evans

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $11,061,812,689

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Avengers: Endgame

Captain America wasn’t Chris Evans’ first superhero role. Before the MCU was official, he first gained attention for portraying Human Torch in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. But it was his work as Captain America that established him as one of the world’s highest-grossing (and highest-paid) actors.

4. Chris Hemsworth

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $11,200,785,294

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Avengers: Endgame

Chris Hemsworth has played a variety of roles, starring opposite Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman and playing Formula 1 champion James Hunt in Rush. However, Avengers: Endgame is one of the highest-grossing films ever, in which Hemsworth plays Thor.

3. Samuel L. Jackson

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $14,340,271,661

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: The Avengers

Samuel L. Jackson will always be Mace Windu to me – hey, he’s so cool that purple lightsabers exist because of him. Jackson also portrays Nick Fury in the MCU, though, and I’m sure it’s already pretty clear that Marvel movies are box office smash. While Nick Fury doesn’t see a ton of screen time in later Avengers movies, he does in The Avengers, making it Jackson’s highest grossing leading role.

2. Robert Downey Jr.

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $14,396,129,469

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Avengers: Endgame

Once upon a time, Robert Downey Jr. was considered high risk, and he had a hard time getting back into showbiz. Lucky for him, director Jon Favreau fought to have Downey play Tony Stark. Favreau was convinced that casting Downey in the role “could define the movie,” like Johnny Depp did for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Turns out, Favreau was right!

1. Scarlett Johansson

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Worldwide Box Office Gross: $14,505,995,914

Highest Grossing Movie in a Leading Role: Avengers: Endgame

Actress Scarlett Johansson has been named the world’s highest-paid actress more than once, and she’s one of the highest-grossing box office stars of all time. In terms of leading roles in high-earning films, we’ve seen her in Sing, Black Widow, and The Jungle Book. But like many others on this list, Avengers: Endgame is her highest grossing film!