We’ve reached the five highest grossing actors in the history of film this evening and the culmination of my five part series. Hope you’ve enjoyed it! For a reminder of the men and women who makes up numbers 25-6 – you can peruse them at the following links:
Now… to the top five:
5. Eddie Murphy
Career Earnings: $3.8 billion
Franchises: The 48 HRS, Beverly Hills Cop, Nutty Professor, Doctor Dolittle, and Shrek series.
Highest Grossing Picture: Shrek 2 – $441 million
Number of $100M+ Earners: 13. Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Coming to America, The Nutty Professor, Mulan, Doctor Dolittle, The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Shrek, Dr. Dolittle 2, Daddy Day Care, Shrek 2, Dreamgirls, Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After.
Lowest Grossing Picture: The Adventures of Pluto Nash – $4 million
4. Harrison Ford
Career Earnings: $3.8 billion
Franchises: The Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jack Ryan series. Mr. Ford also appeared in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and The Expendables 3.
Highest Grossing Picture: Star Wars – $461 million
Number of $100M+ Earners: 13. Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Fugitive, Clear and Present Danger, Air Force One, What Lies Beneath, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Cowboys&Aliens, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Lowest Grossing Picture: Crossing Over – $455,000
3. Samuel L. Jackson
Career Earnings: $4 billion
Franchises: The Iron Man, Avengers, Captain America, Star Wars, and XXX series.
Highest Grossing Picture: The Avengers – $623 million
Number of $100M+ Earners: 19. Coming to America, Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, A Time to Kill, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, XXX, S.W.A.T., The Incredibles, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Other Guys, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Lowest Grossing Picture: Meeting Evil – $525 (you read that right… five hundred twenty five dollars…)
2. Morgan Freeman
Career Earnings: $4.1 billion
Franchises: The Dark Knight series. Bruce Almighty/Evan Almighty
Highest Grossing Picture: The Dark Knight – $534 million
Number of $100M+ Earners: 16. Driving Miss Daisy, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Unforgiven, Seven, Deep Impact, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, Million Dollar Baby, Batman Begins, Evan Almighty, Wanted, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Now You See Me, The LEGO Movie, Lucy.
Lowest Grossing Picture: 10 Items or Less – $83,000
1. Tom Hanks
Career Earnings: $4.2 billion
Franchises: The Toy Story series. The Da Vinci Code/Angels&Demons
Highest Grossing Picture: Toy Story 3 – $415 million
Number of $100M+ Earners: 18. Big, A League of their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Saving Private Ryan, You’ve Got Mail, Toy Story 2, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Road to Perdition, Catch Me If You Can, The Polar Express, The Da Vinci Code, Angels&Demons, Toy Story 3, Captain Phillips.
Lowest Grossing Picture: Every Time We Say Goodbye – $278,000
**A blogger’s note: With Samuel L. Jackson’s involvement in the Avengers universe, do not be surprised to see him vault to #1 once the Avengers sequel is released next summer.
That’s all for now, folks!