Our #1 Box Office MVP for 2013 is…Eva Bella

Our #1 Box Office MVP for 2013 is…Eva Bella

Which actor’s movies made the most money in 2013?

Sandra Bullock? Nope…she’s #23 on our list.

Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson? Nope…despite having two movies over $100m in dogro (domestic gross) last year, and two more movies over $40m (the minimum to be counted by us), Johnson “rocked” a $453.7m total.

Our #1 MVP has a total of $762.0m…and it’s likely to still go up.

That actor is Eva Bella.

We can understand if you don’t recognize the name. After all, Eva isn’t in the tabloids…she’s a kid.

You also haven’t seen her in any movies last year…because she did voice work.

However, there’s a good chance that you saw the movies, even if you didn’t see her.

She was Young Elsa in Frozen, which was still in the US top ten last weekend (after 17 weeks in release).

She was also an “additional voice” in Despicable Me 2. While The Hunger Games was our most profitable movie for last year (Frozen would need another $48m to catch it), Eva Bella was in the number two and number three movies.

To recap: Sandra Bullock had two movies on our list, with an average of $216.5m dogro; Eva Bella had two movies on our list, with an average of $381m.

Just for good measure, Eva was also credited as Young Kayo in The Wind Rises. While that movie won’t get close to our $40m minimum (it’s under $5m right now), it’s certainly considered an artistic success.

That also means that this one actor was in three out of five of the movies nominated in an Oscar category (Animated Feature) in the same year…a rare feat.

Is Eva likely to repeat on our list this year?

That’s not likely. She did do additional voices for Mr. Peabody and Sherman, but is not first credited. Our rules require that you be first credited in a movie that dogroes at least $100m, and her other 2014 title, Almost Heroes 3D, is not likely to make that mark.

Repeating is very difficult, though, for anybody.

Of the 103 MVPs on our 2013 list, only eight had also been on it for 2012:

  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Josh Hutcherson
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • John Goodman
  • Channing Tatum
  • Jonah Hill
  • Hugh Jackman

Out of these eight, our “On a Roll” award goes to…Alan Tudyk, who also appeared on our list in 2011 (and was the only one of these eight to do so).

One issue, and this is a place where voice work may have an advantage, is a blockbuster movie can take a long time to make. That can reduce your chances to be in two or more $40m movies that year…although both Jennifer and Josh were in the biggest dogroing movies and at least one more. Josh did a voice in Epic ($107m), and Jennifer was in American Hustle ($149m so far).

Looking at our top ten for this year, though, it isn’t overwhelmingly voice roles that get you to that status:

  1. Eva Bella: Despicable Me 2 ($366.0m) (not first billed); Frozen ($396.0m) | Tentative total: $762.0m
  2. Bill Hader: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 ($120.0m); Escape from Planet Earth ($57.0m); Star Trek Into Darkness ($229.0m) (not first billed); Monsters University ($268.0m) (not first billed); Turbo ($83.0m) | Tentative total: $757.0m
  3. James Badge Dale: Iron Man 3 ($409.0m); World War Z ($202.0m); The Lone Ranger ($89.3m) | Tentative total: $700.3m
  4. Jon Favreau:  Identity Thief ($134.0m); Iron Man 3 ($409.0m); The Wolf of Wall Street ($116.0M) | Tentative total: $659.0m
  5. Bridget Hoffman: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 ($120.0m); Epic ($107.0m) (not first billed); Frozen ($396.0m) | Tentative total: $623.0m
  6. Woody Harrelson: Now You See Me ($117.0m); The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($424.0m); Free Birds ($55.7m) | Tentative total: $596.7m
  7. Jennifer Lawrence: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($424.0m); American Hustle ($149.0m) | Tentative total: $573.0m
  8. Stanley Tucci: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters ($68.6m); The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($424.0m); Jack the Giant Slayer ($65.2m) | Tentative total: $557.8m
  9. Kristen Wiig: Despicable Me 2 ($366.0m); Anchorman: The Legend Continues ($127.0m); The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ($58.1m) | Tentative total: $551.1m
  10. Lenny Kravitz: Lee Daniels’ The Butler ($116.0m); The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($424.0m) | Tentative total: $540.0m

When you look at our full list of

2013 The Measured Circle’s Box Office MVPs

certainly, one of the stand-out factors is the number of children. In addition to Eva Bella, there are

  • Ty Simpkins, #16
  • Joey King, #24
  • Moises Arias, #29
  • Sterling Jerins, #44

The totals in the list are not final: last week, nine movies on our list released in 2013 reported additional dogro.

Congratulations to Eva Bella and our other MVPs!

Who will make it this year? You can see who will join Kevin Hart and Bryan Callen at

2014 The Measured Circle’s Box Office MVPs

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


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