2013 The Measured Circle’s Box Office MVPs

2013 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 the qualifiers for 2013 as of February 26, 2014 ($100m or more movies are in bold, unreleased movies are in italics):

Projected:

Still possible:

  • Hiroyuki Sanada: The Wolverine (first billed); needs 47 Ronin to get to $40m
  • Rinko Kikuchi: Pacific Rim; needs 47 Ronin to get to $40m
  • Ruth Wilson: The Lone Ranger; needs Saving Mr. Banks to get to $100m (which might happen with a significant Oscar bump)
  • Paul Giamatti: Turbo; needs Saving Mr. Banks to get to $100m
  • B.J. Novak: The Internship; The Smurfs 2; needs Saving Mr. Banks to get to $100m
Why isn’t…
  • John Ratzenberger on the list? While the actor did voices in both Monsters University (which has passed $100m dogro) and Planes, he wasn’t first billed in the former
  • Chris O’Dowd on the list? It’s a question of billing…Epic (not first billed)Thor: The Dark World (not first billed)

Another version of this list is at

http://www.imdb.com/list/1qpmYwE-IJs/

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

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