This Is the Actor Who Made Hollywood the Most Money

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For an actor, winning an Academy Award may be the pinnacle of a career. Yet, when the ceremonies are over, Hollywood judges performers by a different standard: box office numbers. You can bet that producers and production companies keep close track of which actors have the best track records when it comes to selling tickets.

24/7 Tempo has picked the actor whose films have made the most money over the years. As the results show, it is definitely a man’s world. The top 14 slots of the finalists for this choice go to men. The top-rated woman, Cameron Diaz, cracks the list at number 15, but she hasn’t made a major film since she played Hannigan in 2014’s “Annie.” The highest grossing of her 29 movies is “Shrek 2,” which brought in $441.2 million.

The next woman on the list is Emma Watson at number 17. The biggest moneymaker of her 16 films is 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which tallied $504.0 million. She also built her box office success on the Harry Potter franchise.

The men who made the top 10 on the finalist list have each had starring roles thus far in at least 23 movies and brought in at least $3.5 billion each to date.

Robert Downey Jr. is the actor who has made Hollywood the most money. Here are the details:

> Total career domestic box office: $5.4 billion
> Career lead roles: 27
> Average domestic box office: $200.7 million per movie
> Highest grossing film: “Avengers: Endgame” (2019) ($858.4 million)

Our methodology: To determine the actor that made Hollywood the most money, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on domestic box office from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), an online movie database owned by Amazon; Rotten Tomatoes, an online movie and TV review aggregator; and The Numbers, an online movie database owned by consulting firm Nash Information Services. Domestic box office was tallied for each actor across all the movies in which they had a starring role. Only films for which an actor was listed among the top four stars of the movie on IMDb were included in each actor’s tally. Data was collected mid-March 2021. Click here to see the 32 actors that made Hollywood the most money.