Hollywood is one of the biggest industries in the world. And undoubtedly, also one of the highest earning industries that consistently earned $10 billion annually between the period of 2009 and 2015. With each movie released, even the actors made a good income, filling up their bank accounts with millions of dollars apart from earning a lot of fame. Over the period of time and their career, some of these actors went on to become the highest-grossing actors in history. Check the list of Hollywood’s top 10 highest grossing actors.
SAMUEL L JACKSON – $5.15 BILLION
Samuel Jackson may not be Hollywood’s highest paid actor, but with 77 successful movies under his belt, including hits such as, A Time to Kill, Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, Star Wars and more, he is perhaps the only actor in Hollywood who can claim a gross income of more than $5 billion.
Jackson’s $5.15 billion earning is quite impressive, even if you don’t include his earnings from the mega blockbuster films such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Iron Man or Thor.
HARRISON FORD – $4.96 BILLION
With an average nine figure income per movie, Harrison Ford ranks second in the list of Hollywood’s highest grossing actors. The actor earns $118 million from every film he acts in which include the Star Wars series, Indiana Jones series, The Fugitive, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and more which helped him earn a gross income of $4.96 billion.
TOM HANKS – $4.52 BILLION
Undeniably, Hollywood’s most versatile actors of all times, Tom Hanks has evolved with every film he did in his career, starting from Splash, The Money Pit to Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, Forrest Gump, and more. The actor made a cumulative box office income of $4.52 billion which also included his success in animated movies such as Toy Story.
MORGAN FREEMAN – $4.52 BILLION
A legendary actor, Morgan Freeman is widely known for his wide choice of movies which include critically acclaimed movies such as The Shawshank Redemption, Lean on Me, Driving Miss Daisy, and many more. The actor has a box office total earning of $4.52 billion, a major amount of which comes from his legendary films such as Bruce Almighty, the Lego Movie and Dark Knight series.
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. – $4.28 BILLION
One of Hollywood’s most successful and loved actors, Robert Downey Jr. is known commonly for his role as Iron Man. The actor who didn’t have a good start with his career as an actor, however turned lucky with his second spell and earned more credit due to his choice of films such as Sherlock Holmes and the Avengers series. With a gross income of $4.28 billion, Robert Downey Jr. stands on the fifth position of this list.
EDDIE MURPHY – $3.81 BILLION
Eddie Murphy is one of the luckiest and funniest actors in Hollywood. The actor earned an average of $98 million for each movie, bringing is gross income to $3.81 billion. However, the actor’s career success comes largely from his previous films such as Beverly Hills cop, Coming to America, Dr. Dolittle, The Nutty Professor and the animated film Shrek.
TOM CRUISE – 3.78 BILLION
Hollywood’s Hit Machine, Tom Cruise has given us classic movies such as Top Gun, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, and the Mission: Impossible series. The actor has a cumulative box office earning of $3.78 billion, most of it coming from his Mission: Impossible series. The actor earns an average $97 million per movie.
STANLEY TUCCI – $3.76 BILLION
Stanley Tucci started his career back in 1980’s, but struck gold with his role in the blockbuster films like Transformers, Hunger Games, Beauty and the Beast. The actor has a gross income of 3.76 billion making him stand 8th in the list.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON – $3.76 BILLION
The beautiful actress, Scarlett Johansson has a strong resume including some of Hollywood’s most famous films, one being the Marvels franchise. She also lent her voice to films like The Jungle Book and Sing. The actress has box office income of $3.76 billion, with almost $200 million coming from the Marvel series.
IAN MCKELLAN – $3.65 BILLION
If you are a follower of the Harry Potter series, the X-men franchise and the Lord of the Rings series, you would definitely know how Ian McKellan makes $114.2 million per movie. The actor has gross earnings of $3.65 billion, all thanks to his successful movie franchises.