2016 The Measured Circle’s Box Office MVPs

2016 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 2016 as of December 31, 2016 ($100m or more movies are in bold, unreleased movies are in italics):

  • J.K. SimmonsKung Fu Panda 3Zootopia; The Accountant; La La Land
  • Idris Elba: Zootopia;  The Jungle Book; Finding Dory; Star Trek Beyond
  • Scarlett Johansson : The Jungle Book; Captain America: Civil War; Sing
  • Brandon Spink : Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Miracles from Heaven
  • Callan Mulvey : Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Warcraft
  • Dominic West Finding Dory; Money Monster
    Bill Hader Finding DoryThe Angry Birds Movie; Sausage Party; The BFG
  • Seth Rogen: Kung Fu Panda 3; Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Sausage Party
  •  Jason Bateman : Zootopia; Central Intelligence
  • Giancarlo Esposito : The Jungle Book; Money Monster
  • Frank Grillo : Captain America: Civil War; Money Monster
  • Hannibal Buress : The Angry Birds Movie; Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising; The Secret Life of Pets
  • Ike Barinholtz : The Angry Birds Movie; Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising; Suicide Squad
  • Kevin Hart : Ride Along 2; Central Intelligence; The Secret Life of Pets
  • Jesse Eisenberg : Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Now You See Me 2
  • Ezra Miller: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Suicide Squad
  • Albert Brooks: Finding DoryThe Secret Life of Pets
  • Kate McKinnon Finding Dory; The Angry Birds Movie; Ghostbusters; Office Christmas Party
  • Robin Atkin DownesSuicide Squad; The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Alan TudykZootopia; Moana; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Ben Affleck: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Suicide Squad; The Accountant
  • Jenny Slate: Zootopia; The Secret Life of Pets
  • Mads Mikkelsen: Doctor Strange; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Ty Burrell: Finding Dory; Storks
  • Riz Ahmed: Jason Bourne; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Genevieve O’Reilly: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; The Legend of Tarzan
  • Patrick WilsonThe Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Octavia SpencerZootopia ; The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • Michael Stuhlbarg: Doctor Strange; Arrival
  • Melissa McCarthy: Ghostbusters; Central Intelligence; The Boss
  • Benjamin Bratt: Doctor Strange; Ride Along 2
  • Forest Whitaker: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Arrival
  • Dwayne Johnson: Central Intelligence; Moana
  • Jemaine Clement: Moana; The BFG
  • Karl UrbanStar Trek Beyond ($158.0m); Pete’s Dragon
  • Jeffrey TamborTrolls; The Accountant
  • Kristen Wiig: Ghostbusters; Sausage Party
  • Simon Pegg: Star Trek Beyond; Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Nick Kroll: Sing; Sausage Party
  • Christoph Waltz: The Legend of Tarzan; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Rose Byrne: X-Men: Apocalypse ($155.3m); Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  • Laura Linney: Sully; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • Danny McBride: The Angry Birds Movie; Sausage Party
  • Kate HudsonKung Fu Panda 3; Deepwater Horizon
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Trolls; Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  • Jennifer LawrenceX-Men: Apocalypse; Passengers
  • Nick OffermanSing; Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Aaron EckhartSully; London Has Fallen
  • Charles Dance: Ghostbusters; Me Before You
  • Holt McCallanySully; Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  • Keegan-Michael Key The Angry Birds Movie; Storks
  • Antony AcheampongThe Legend of Tarzan; The Huntsman: Winter’s War
  • Matthew McConaughey:  Sing; Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Jessie T. Usher: Independence Day: Resurgence; Office Christmas Party
  • Karan Soni: DeadpoolGhostbusters; Office Christmas Party
  • Bill Murray: The Jungle Book; Ghostbusters
  • Margot Robbie: The Legend of Tarzan; Suicide Squad

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?
  • * Olivia Munn: while she was on posters and featured in the trailers, she was not first billed in X-Men: Apocalypse. So, despite having that and Office Christmas Party, she has not yet had the required first billing in a $100m movie in 2016

A ranked version at IMDb is here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls032867589/. On January 8, 2017, Idris Elba is in first, with Alan Tudyk second with a possibility to catch up (depending on the strength of Rogue One, and Moana will likely still contribute more).

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


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