She narrowly edges costars Chris Evans ($1.15 billion worldwide), who plays the titular character in Marvel’s Captain America series, and Robert Downey Jr., otherwise known as Iron Man. The pair tie for second with $1.15 billion grossed worldwide. All three have Captain America: Civil War to thank for their totals; it became the top-grossing movie of the year.
Along with Deadpool‘s Ryan Reynolds (No. 8), Johansson, Evans and Downey Jr. comprise the Marvel contingent on the list, which is largely made up of the stars of cinematic comic book creations. The actors of Warner Bros.’ D.C. Comics efforts, such as Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman, account for 50% of the top-grossing actors list. In fact, the only actor without a comic to thank for her total is Star Wars‘ Felicity Jones.
The recently-released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has already grossed half a billion dollars since its December debut–and counting. Its star, British actor Jones (No. 9), joins the top-grossing actors list this year for the first time with the Lucasfilm spin-off.
Thanks in part to hits such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, when 2016 wraps up this week, analysts expect it to conclude as the biggest ever year in U.S. cinema history. The North American box office has already cleared an estimated $11.05 billion, with projections inching the total to some $11.3 billion by year-end.
To calculate the ranking of top-grossing actors, we added up the 2016 global ticket sales of top actors’ films released this year, using data from Box Office Mojo as of December 27, 2016. We did not count animated movies where only actors’ voices were used and only included actors who were top-billed and/or had the most screen time.
Another new addition to the list: fourth-ranked Margot Robbie, who is one of four women on the list. Suicide Squad was panned by critics but still played well at the multiplexes, where it grossed $745.6 million worldwide. Combined with a role in The Legend of Tarzan, these blockbusters account for her impressive $1.1 billion total.
Rounding out the top five is Amy Adams. Though Arrival is still playing in theatres, its incomplete total, combined with a part as Lois Lane in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is still enough to nab Adams a spot on the list.
Scarlett Johansson named 'top grossing' actor by Forbes
|© The Associated Press Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 2016 Variety Power of Women luncheon on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)|
Her movies, including Captain America: Civil War and the Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar!, earned $1.2bn (£978m) globally over the past 12 months.
Johansson's Marvel co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr tied for second place with $1.15bn (£938m) each.
Last year, the list was topped by Chris Pratt while, in 2014, Jennifer Lawrence took the top honours.
Forbes curates the annual list by adding up global ticket sales using data from analysis site Box Office Mojo.
Animated movies, where only actors' voices were used, are not included and only top-billed performances are counted.
Johansson is joined in the top five by two other actresses - Australian Margot Robbie, who starred in the successful yet critically mauled Suicide Squad, which grossed $746m ($609m) worldwide, and Amy Adams.
Adams earns her place through her current film, sci-fi hit Arrival, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which she played Lois Lane.
British actress Felicity Jones made her debut on the list after making $805m (£656m) thanks, largely, to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, only released earlier this month.
She also starred in fantasy film drama A Monster Calls and alongside Tom Hanks in Inferno.
Forbes Names Scarlett Johansson As 2016’s Highest Grossing Actor
The magazine cited Johansson’s role as Black Widow in “Captain America: Civil War,” which grossed more than $1.15 billion worldwide. The star’s role in “Hail, Caesar!” also helped to earn her the top spot.
“Captain America: Civil War” costars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. tied for second place on the highest grossing actors list, as the blockbuster was the highest grossing movie of the year.
Johansson cemented her place in history as the highest grossing actress ever in June, when Box Office Mojo reported that movies featuring the star grossed $3.3 billion in domestic box office revenue.
Earlier this year, Johansson spoke about the gender wage gap that plagues the film industry, saying that she felt “a little obnoxious” discussing how the issue applied to her personally.
“I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage,” Johansson said in Cosmopolitan’s April issue. “I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”