2015 The Measured Circle’s Box Office MVPs

2015 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 2015 as of February 20, 2016 ($100m or more movies are in bold, unreleased movies are in italics):

  • Samuel L. Jackson: Kingsman: The Secret Service; Avengers: Age of Ultron; The Hateful Eight; Cell
  • Stellan Skarsgård: Cinderella; Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Hayley AtwellCinderella; Avengers: Age of Ultron; Ant-Man
  • Zoë Kravitz: Insurgent; Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Dwayne Johnson: Furious 7; San Andreas
  • BD Wong: Jurassic World; Focus
  • Angus Sampson: Mad Max: Fury Road; Insidious: Chapter 3
  • Judy Greer: Jurassic World; Tomorrowland; Ant-Man
  • Jai Courtney: Insurgent; Terminator Genisys
  • Carlos Alazraqui: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water; Inside Out
  • Jason Statham: Furious 7; Spy
  • Will Yun Lee: San Andreas; Spy
  • Chris Hemsworth: Avengers: Age of Ultron; Vacation
  • Alec Utgoff: San Andreas; Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Lyndsi LaRose: Insurgent; Ant-Man (not  first billed)
  • Paul Giamatti: San Andreas; Straight Outta Compton
  • Miles TellerInsurgent; The Fantastic Four
  • Bill Hader: Inside Out; Trainwreck
  • Michael Peña: Ant-Man; The Martian; Vacation
  • Sean Bean: Jupiter Ascending; Pixels; The Martian
  • Kate Mara: Fantastic Four; The Martian
  • Sebastian Stan: Ant-Man; The Martian
  • Donald Glover: Magic Mike XXL; The Martian
  • Bobby Cannavale: Ant-Man; Spy
  • T.I.: Ant-Man; Get Hard
  • John Slattery: Ant-Man; Ted 2
  • Corey Stoll: Ant-Man; Black Mass
  • Adam DeVine: Pitch Perfect 2; The Intern
  • Dakota Johnson: Fifty Shades of Grey; Black Mass
  • Nathalie Emmanuel: Furious 7; Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • Rita Ora: Fifty Shades of Grey; Southpaw
  • Naomie Harris: Spectre; Southpaw
  • Wood Harris: Ant-Man; Creed
  • Elizabeth Banks: Pitch Perfect 2 (not first billed); Magic Mike XXL; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • Noah Schnapp: The Peanuts Movie; Bridge of Spies
  • Andy Serkis: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens; Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Mark Hamill: Kingsman: The Secret ServiceStar Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Simon Pegg: Mission Impossible: Rogue NationStar Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Amy Poehler: Inside Out; Sisters
  • Bobby MoynihanInside Out; Ted 2; Sisters
  • Michael B. Jordan: Creed; Fantastic Four
  • Will Ferrell: Get Hard; Daddy’s Home
  • Mark Wahlberg: Ted 2; Daddy’s Home
  • Linda Cardellini: Avengers: Age of Ultron (not first billed); Daddy’s Home
  • Thomas Haden Church: Max; Daddy’s Home
  • Jamie Denbo: Daddy’s Home; Spy (not first billed)
  • Domhnall Gleeson: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens; The Revenant; [Ex Machina]; Brooklyn
  • Robert Moloney: The Revenant; The Age of Adaline
  • Jeffrey Wright: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2; The Good Dinosaur
  • Andy Samberg: Hotel Transylvania 2; The Big Short
  • Kurt Russell: Furious 7; Bone Tomahawk; The Hateful Eight
  • Tom Hardy: Mad Max: Fury Road; The Revenant

Projected (we expect that at least one of the movies listed for the actor will break $100m domestically, and that the other will make at least $40m domestically):

Possible (in these cases, we are not as confident that either of the movies will get to $100m, and that the other one will get to $40m):

Why isn’t…on the list?

Another version of this list will appear at IMDb.com, after someone qualifies. It will put the qualifiers in order, and will include movie domestic box office figures. We may be well into 2015 before that happens…while movies in the summer period may earn $100m in their opening weekends, that’s unlikely in January. Remember that an actor has to be in a $100m movie and a $40m movie…and generally, actors don’t have two movies released in the same month (although it does happen).

IMDb ranked version

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

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