20 highest grossing actors in Hollywood by US box office earnings

20 highest grossing actors in Hollywood by US box office earnings

The best actors  in the world all have something special that others do not. Even though there are many box office stars working today, the highest grossing actors in Hollywood movie history have always stood out from the rest.

Each of these film stars listed below, have amassed an outstanding record in terms of US box office earnings.

Many people may not be aware that when it comes to this area of the  entertainment industry, even an actor with great acting talent and a good blockbuster record, can flop horribly in their very next movie.

It has been happening since the golden days of Hollywood and it will keep happening as long as the actors , movie makers and fans are the main deciders for success. Unfortunately, the three ingredients don’t always mix well. But when they do, lean back and relax, because you have a blockbuster on your hands!

As you may have figured, being a bankable star is no small potatoes. The fans can love your movie today and tank it tomorrow. And when an actor or actress is able to consistently come out on top of the Box office race, they ultimately become the most successful actors of all time. That is the reason why you just have to take your hat off to the following stars who have captured our attention and adoration. They have achieved success by combining talent, versatility, and longevity to appear in blockbuster hit after hit over the years. If it were easy to do this,  then the list below will be much longer. But I will focus on the top twenty in this elite category of A listers. And we will show only the overall US Box office earnings of each actor, and not the worldwide gross. Get it? Cool, lets roll along shall we.

Through the rich years of the movie industry, We’ve had many one hit actors, or popular A Listers like Marlon Brando and John Travolta, who without a doubt, have had very successful acting careers, but where hounded by inconsistent Box office receipts during their careers. The yoyo effect is not the wish of any actor, A list or otherwise.  Sometimes, getting back from a flopped movie can be as hard as becoming two time Heavyweight world champion; No matter how brilliant you used to be, there are no guarantees of success now.
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But on the other hand some stars like the irreplaceable Samuel L. Jackson, for instance  have quietly crept up on the louder names and become the highest-earning actor in the history of the U.S. box office.

There is no debate that in terms of the acting qualities I mentioned earlier, this veteran Hollywood actor has all three qualities in spades.
Based on actual earning records, I have put together an incredible list that ranks the top 20 actors of all time by their total career earnings at the cinemas. . And trust me, some names on this list will Shock you. While others will be expected—even though their positions on the list might surprise you. Meaning—the most popular names are not always the most successful when the numbers come in. 
I must point out that apart from acting skills, some of these stars gained great success by possessing the uncanny ability of choosing movie projects that help them bring out the very best of their super acting qualities. And by infusing their very own acting magic into the project, they power the occasionally mediocre movie into blockbuster status just by being in it.
Like I said, Most are well-known, like L. Jackson and Tom cruise. But other, are inconspicuous stars, like the “Star Wars” C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels, who are not the most famous of faces or names, although their huge career earnings speak for itself.

Top 20 Highest grossing actors of all time in Hollywood

Okay then! Check out the chart below, and you’ll see the  list of the 20 highest grossing actors in Hollywood and in the US box office here:
1. Samuel L. Jackson. Box office total—$7.106 billion— Highest grossing movie—The Avengers (2012)
2. Robert Downey Jr. $5.818B. Biggest Movie—The Avengers: Endgame (2019)
3. Scarlett Johansson. $5.624B. Biggest earning film— The Avengers: Endgame. (2019)
4. Harrison Ford. Box office total —$5.121B. Highest grossing film—Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
5.  Tom Hanks. $5.038B.  Biggest earning movie —Toy Story 4 (2019)
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6. Bradley Cooper. $4.803B. Highest grossing film—The Avengers: Endgame

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7. Morgan Freeman. $4.624B. Biggest movie— The Dark Knight. (2008)
8.  Don Cheadle. $4.422. Biggest earner— The Avengers: Endgame (2019)
9. Andy Serkis. $4.357. Biggest Film— Star Wars: The Force awakens. (2015)
10. Zoe Saldana. $4.193B. Highest grossing movie—The Avengers: Endgame (2019)
11. Chris Pratt.  $4.145B. Biggest movie—The Avengers: Endgame (2019)
12. Anthony Daniels. $4.040B. Star Wars:.The Force Awakens (2015)
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13. Chris Evans. $4.019B. Biggest earning movie—The Avengers: Endgame. (2019)
14. Chris Hemsworth. $4.018B. The Avengers: Endgame. (2019)
15. Tom Cruise. $3.997B U.S box office haul. Top film—War of The Worlds. (2005)
16. Idris Elba. $3.848B. Biggest earning film. Avengers: Infinity War. (2018)

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17. Johnny Depp $3.846B. Top earner—Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. (2006)
18. Eddie Murphy  $3.811—Box office top earning film— Shrek 2. (2004)
19. Stanley Tucci.  $3.778B. Biggest film—Beauty and the beast. (2017)
20.  Mark Ruffalo. $3.764B. Highest earning film—The Avengers: Endgame. (2019)
Well there they are: The most succesful actors in U.S Movie history. These are the real Kings an Queens of Hollywood Blockbuster movies.

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