And the Highest-Grossing Actor of 2016 Is … an Actress!

Dec 28, 2016  •  Post A Comment

2016 was a good year at the box office for female stars, not only with the highest-grossing actor of the year being a woman — Scarlett Johansson — but also with three of the five top-grossing actors being women.

Forbes, which just released its list of the top-grossing actors of 2016 based on worldwide ticket sales figures available as of Dec. 27, reports that Johansson’s movies brought in $1.2 billion in global sales. The bulk of that, $1.15 billion, came from “Captain America: Civil War,” in which Johansson plays the Black Widow. Johansson added to her total by appearing as part of the ensemble in “Hail, Caesar!”

Two of Johansson’s male co-stars in “Captain America” — the year’s top-grossing film — wound up tied for second place on the list at $1.15 billion, all from the Marvel blockbuster. Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, and Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man, are the only males to make the top five.

Margot Robbie claims the No. 4 spot with sales of $1.1 billion, much of it from “Suicide Squad,” which grossed $745.6 million worldwide. Robbie complemented her total with a sizable turnout for “The Legend of Tarzan.”

No. 5 on the list is Amy Adams, with global box office of $1.04 billion on the strength of her appearance in “Arrival,” which is still in theaters, along with her role as Lois Lane in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Please click here to go to Forbes to see the publication’s full Top 10 list.


  1. That is interesting, but how was she paid compared to the male actors?

  2. Stupidest Article Title I’ve Ever Read.

    Screen Actor’s Guild? Yeah, they don’t bother with the actor/actress crap; just the media does.

  3. I’d like to know how they divvy up the $1.15B generated by Civil War; by screen time?

    Just because ScarJo was in Civil War does not mean she was the reason people went (nothing against her, mind you, it just seems to be equivalent to saying Bill Hader brought in billions last year because he was a voice for BB-8 in “The Force Awakens.”)

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