In an economic climate that’s seen box-office figures dwindle slightly in recent years, to be named ‘Most Bankable Star‘ in no mean feat, especially for Jennifer Lawrence in an industry that’s still predominantly ruled by male action stars.
Lawrence, who’s had an incredible year with a host of money-making blockbusters, beat out strong competition from the likes of Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Wahlberg, who all reached the $1 billion milestone.
However, with the third installment of popular Hunger Games franchise now surpassing $600 million worldwide, on top of the $750 million already made by X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s no surprise the Oscar-winning starlet has taken the top spot with an eye-watering $1.4 billion.
Surprising perhaps to many, 2014 marks the first-time an actress has been named ‘Most Bankable Star‘, clearly showing that a change is a foot in Hollywood – this prestigious list, published every year by Forbes, has usually been dominated by male stars such as Dwayne Johnson (2013), Robert Downey Jr (2012) and Leonardo DiCaprio (2011).
View the top 10 ‘Most Bankable Stars‘ list below.
Hugh Jackman – $746 million
Hollywood action-star Hugh Jackman is no stranger to this list, mostly in part to his phenomenal success as X-Men bad-ass Wolverine. Yet despite only starring in the one blockbuster in 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past, this Aussie still makes the list.
Michael Fassbender – $746.5 million
Another Hollywood import that’s making waves at the box-office is Michael Fassbender who, along with his two other co-stars on this list, can attribute his box-office success to X-Men: Days of Future Past.
James McAvoy – $747 million
Scottish-born James McAvoy is certainly one of Hollywood’s biggest imports at the moment, making the list, that’s dominated by American talent, thanks to his starring role as Professor X in X-men: Days of Future Past.
Angelina Jolie – $750 million
Oscar-winning actress-turned-director, Angelina Jolie, saw the biggest box-office return of her career with the Disney smash-hit, Maleficent. The new blockbuster adaption of the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty took in over $700 million worldwide.
Emma Stone – $764 million
2014’s proved to be a memorable year for Emma Stone, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Birdman cleaning up at the box-office and the latter helping Stone to a second Golden Globe nomination.
Chris Evans – $801 million
Captain America and Avengers star Chris Evans is another box-office rising star thanks to studio giant Marvel. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier grossing over $700 million worldwide, and another 3 films in the pipeline, expect to see him in the list next year.
Mark Wahlberg – $1.084 billion
2014 was a great year for Mark Wahlberg, thanks largely in part to his new role in the global box-office franchise, Transformers – the Pain & Gain actor joined the billion dollar club thanks to his monster hit Transformers: Age of Extinction which took the title of highest grossing film of the year.
Scarlett Johansson – $1.18 billion
With a regular stream of Marvel blockbusters including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as a starring role in Luc Besson‘s thriller, Lucy, Scarlett Johansson will be laughing all the way to the bank for the foreseeable future.
Chris Pratt – $1.2 billion
Despite only recently joining Hollywood’s elite A-list, Chris Pratt has proven why he’s hear to stay, with fan-favorites Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie already scheduled for sequels, he’s almost certain to be a regular fixture on this list.
Jennifer Lawrence – $1.4 billion
It’s certainly been a profitable year for Jennifer Lawrence with two #1 worldwide blockbusters, The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 1 and X-Men: Days of Future Past, not to mention the Oscar-nominated American Hustle.
Stay tuned to see who claims the top spot of 2015’s Most Profitable Star.