J-Law is the big draw as The Hunger Games star’s films pull in $1.4bn this year, leading a list of audience favourites that includes Scarlett Johansson, Mark Wahlberg and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt
Lawrence, 24, was named ahead of Chris Pratt and Scarlett Johansson on Forbes magazine’s annual list, which assigns rankings based on the year’s most successful films and the actors who starred in them. Pratt came in second with a combined $1.2bn, thanks to the financial success of comic-book fantasy Guardians of the Galaxy and toy spinoff The Lego Movie, in which he provided the lead voice role. Johansson made it to No 3 with a total of $1.18bn after appearing in superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the hit Luc Besson science-fiction romp Lucy and the low-yielding indie horror Under the Skin.
The top five was rounded out by Mark Wahlberg, thanks exclusively to the $1bn success of the year’s highest-grossing movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Chris Evans ($800m), who grabbed a spot because of The Winter Soldier and science fiction tale Snowpiercer.
Top 10 highest-grossing actors of 2014
1. Jennifer Lawrence: $1.4bn (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - part one, X-Men: Days of Future Past)
2. Chris Pratt: $1.2bn (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie)
3. Scarlett Johansson: $1.18bn (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Lucy, Under the Skin)
4. Mark Wahlberg: $1bn (Transformers: Age of Extinction)
5. Chris Evans: $800m (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Snowpiercer)
6. Emma Stone: $764m (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Magic in the Moonlight, Birdman)
7. Angelina Jolie: $758m (Maleficent)
8. James McAvoy: $747m (Days of Future Past, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby)
9. Michael Fassbender: $746m (Days of Future Past)
10. Hugh Jackman: $746m (Days of Future Past)
This article was written by Ben Child, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 30th December 2014 10.14 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010