2012 The Measured Circle’s Box Office MVPs

2012 The Measured Circle’s Box Office MVPs

Who are the Most Valuable Players in the movies?

What actors generate the most American domestic gross (dogro)?

There are a lot of ways to measure this, and The Measured Circle has our own (begun with movies released in 2010).

Here are our rules:

1. You must have been first-billed in a movie that makes at least $100 million dogro in the year in question

2. You must have appeared in at least one other movie that dogroed at least $40 million in the year in question (but you do not have to have been first-billed)

3. Voice roles countone of the reasons they cast big names in animated features is that they attract audiences

4. Our winners are ranked by the average of their movies in the given year that earned at least $40 million dogro

5. Since we base it on release year, it may be well into the following year until the standings are final. We do not count re-releases that do not happen in the same year as the initial release

Here are qualifiers for 2012 as of February 14, 2013 ($100m or more movies are in bold, unreleased movies are in italics):


Why isn’t…
Johnny Depp on the list? While Depp was in a $100m movie (21 Jump Street), the actor wasn’t first billed in that one. Dark Shadows is unlikely to make $100m at time of writing.
Skyler Gisondo on the list? Skyler wasn’t first-billed in The Amazing Spider-Man, which made over $100m dogro. Skyler appeared in that movie and as young Moe in The Three Stooges.
Josh Brolin, Robert Patrick, Emma Stone, and Giovanni Ribisi on the projected list any more? Gangster Squad’s release date has been moved to 2013.
Christopher Lee on the list? Not being first billed in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey kept the legend off the list, despite being in that and Dark Shadows
Note: this list is available in a different form at IMDb:
2012 The Measured Circle’s Box Office MVPs
The simpler interface there allows us to put them in rank more easily.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

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