A good movie will transport you into a separate time or era with an intriguing story, everlasting characters, and imaginative plot development. It could have a happy, sad, romantic, or action-packed theme. As a whole, the world population adores the character actors who star in these stories. People can personally relate to certain movie characters and individual actors. In the history of cinema, billions of dollars have been grossed in movie theatres and rental stores worldwide. Certain actors have made their mark on the industry becoming the most successful at the box office. I have compiled a list of the most successful actors in world history, according to money made in films they have starred in.
Top 10 Most Successful Actors at the Box Office
10. Robin Williams
U.S. Gross - $3,177,675,199
Worldwide Gross - $5,749,935,745
Robin Williams is a storied comedic actor who rose to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork and Mindy. He quickly became an international celebrity and movie star in the 1980s. Williams is a bit of a goofy character but is a great actor and can also tackle dramatic roles. He has won six Golden Globes and three Grammy Awards in his career. Robin William's average film gross is $59,956,136 million per movie. Be sure to look out for his 2010 release Old Dogs. In March 2009, Williams had successful heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. He has a tour planned and still travels the world performing his stand-up comedy act.
9. Will Smith
U.S. Gross - $2,542,908,988
Worldwide Gross - $5,771,022,176
Will Smith is widely regarded as the most successful actor making films today. His movies have an amazing average gross of $127,145,449 million, which is the highest among lead actors. He is the only actor in history to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in domestic box office sales. Will Smith has also had eight consecutive films open at the #1 spot. Unlike some individuals on this list, Smith has not earned movie credit for small roles or voice work. In the future, he will be starring in the blockbuster Time Share and will also be making a prequel to I Am Legend.
8. Morgan Freeman
U.S. Gross - $3,138,301,600
Worldwide Gross - $5,851,042,996
Morgan Freeman is one of the greatest character actors of all time. He is rarely the leading man in films, but his role always stands out and is vital to the success of the movie. He has one of the most dominant and recognizable voices in Hollywood. He has starred in around sixty productions, which have an average gross of $64,046,971 million. Freeman has many upcoming films he is contributing to, including Invictus, The Last Full Measure, and The Maiden Heist.
7. Eddie Murphy
U.S. Gross - $3,470,799,901
Worldwide Gross - $6,211,397,821
Eddie Murphy is undoubtedly the most successful comedic actor of all time. His films have an average gross of $99,165,711 million. Eddie Murphy began his career as an edgy comedian and performance actor. Lately, he has turned to children's films and continues to entertain billions of people worldwide. Murphy has three films set to be released in the last half of 2009. They are Beverly Hills Cop IV, The Incredible Shrinking Man, and A Thousand Words. Shrek Forever After will be out in the middle of 2010.
6. Bruce Willis
U.S. Gross - $3,045,317,743
Worldwide Gross - $ 6,432,992,990
Bruce Willis is a true action hero. He has appeared in over sixty films and usually plays the title role in his movies. Bruce Willis was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany and his father was an American soldier. He moved to Penns Grove, New Jersey when he was two years old after his father was discharged from the military. To date, his films have an average gross of $51,615,555 million per movie. He truly has a unique acting style and makes the intense, edge-of-your-seat, entertaining cinema. Watch out for his role alongside Tracy Morgan in Kevin Smith's newest comedy A Couple of Dicks, which will be out in January 2010.
5. Tom Cruise
U.S. Gross - $3,274,294,878
Worldwide Gross - $6,642,337,497
Tom Cruise is a true international celebrity. He is cherished in Japan, Europe, and other areas of the world much more than many actors on the list. This is because he often travels and visits many different countries. Cruise is widely considered one of the most powerful celebrities in the world. His films have an average gross of $96,302,791 million. He will be starring in the blockbuster Motorcade in 2010.
4. Orlando Bloom
U.S. Gross - $2,390,308,637
Worldwide Gross - $6,554,217,251
Orlando Bloom is an English actor and the youngest member of this prestigious group of men. He landed main roles in two of the biggest trilogies of all time, playing Legolas in The Lord of the Rings and Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean. Orlando Bloom has an amazing average film gross of $183,869,895 million per movie. Bloom's first main title role was in the 2005 release Kingdom of Heaven, which was a profitable hit making $211,398,413 million worldwide. Orlando Bloom is extremely popular in various areas of Europe and England. He has an international draw that is matched by very few. Some of his upcoming roles include appearances in the movies Sympathy for Delicious and Main Street.
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3. Harrison Ford
U.S. Gross - $3,630,449,689
Worldwide Gross - $6,657,454,464
In the past, Harrison Ford was the highest-grossing actor in the world but has recently fallen to number three. You have to keep in mind that Ford was popular during the 1970s and 80s when box-office sales were not as extravagant. This article does not measure inflation scales. A high majority of the most financially successful films in history have come in the last twenty years. At one point in history, each of the top five box office hits of all time included one of Harrison Ford's roles. His films have an average gross of 98,120,262 million dollars. Ford will be starring in the film Crowley, which will be out at the end of the year.
2. Tom Hanks
U.S. Gross - $3,985,186,565
World Gross - $8,007,367,700
Tom Hanks is the most successful lead actor in cinema history with his films grossing over 8 billion dollars worldwide. He is averaging a gross of $94,885,394 million per film. Tom Hanks has starred in over 50 movies and 19 of them made over $100 million at the worldwide box office. Although, he does have the animated features Cars and The Simpson Movie on his resume, in which he only had minor voice roles. In 2010, Hanks will be starring in Disney's A Christmas Carol and Toy Story 3.
1. Samuel L Jackson
U.S. Gross - $4,458,983,764
Worldwide Gross - $8,640,150,950
Samuel L Jackson is the world's highest-grossing actor and his movies have made over 8.5 billion dollars worldwide. Samuel is different from many actors on this list and has played smaller character roles in many blockbuster films. You may argue that he doesn't deserve the top spot over leading actors who have appeared in fewer films. Although, Samuel L Jackson has been the busiest man in Hollywood for the last twenty years and should be commemorated for appearing in so many famous motion pictures, over 70 productions in all. Movies that he has appeared in have an average gross of $57,166,459 million. As you would expect, Samuel L Jackson will be appearing in some upcoming features, including Iron Man 2, Quantum Quest: Cassini Space Odyssey, and Blown. He is well aware of his sales record and is