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 July 10, 2016 ($100m or more movies are in bold, unreleased movies are in italics):

  • J.K. SimmonsKung Fu Panda 3Zootopia; The Lake; The Runaround; Rock Dog; And Punching the Clown; La La Land; The Accountant; Late Bloomer; B*stards
  • Idris Elba: Zootopia;  The Jungle Book; Finding Dory
  • Scarlett Johansson : The Jungle Book; Captain America: Civil War; Sing
  • Brandon Spink : Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Miracles from Heaven; Mother’s Day
  • Callan Mulvey : Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Warcraft; Beyond Skyline; Delirium
  • Dominic West Finding Dory; Money Monster
    Bill Hader Finding DoryThe Angry Birds Movie
  • Seth Rogen: Kung Fu Panda 3Zeroville, The Disaster Artist, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Sausage Party
  •  Jason Bateman : Zootopia; Central Intelligence
  • Giancarlo Esposito : The Jungle Book; Money Monster
  • Frank Grillo : The Jungle Book; Money Monster
  • Hannibal Buress : The Angry Birds Movie; Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  • Ike Barinholtz : The Angry Birds Movie; Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  • Kevin Hart : Ride Along 2; Central Intelligence
  • Jesse Eisenberg : Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Cafe Society; Now You See Me 2

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): 

  • Karan Soni: DeadpoolB-Roll; Ghostbusters; The Sweet Life; Mono; Little B*tches
  • Ben Affleck: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Suicide Squad; The Accountant
  • Bill Murray: The Jungle Book; Ghostbusters; Untitled Wes Anderson project
  • Margot Robbie: The Legend of Tarzan; Suicide Squad

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):

  • Albert Brooks: Finding Dory The Secret Life of Pets
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).

A ranked version at IMDb will be linked when available.

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

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