2017 The Measured Circle’s Box Office MVPs

2017 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 2017 as of August 13, 2017 ($100m or more movies are in bold, unreleased movies and movies which have not yet made $40.0m dogro are in italics):

  • Luke Evans: Beauty and the Beast; Fate of the Furious; State Like Sleep; Professor Marston & the Wonder Women; 10×10
  • Stanley Tucci:  Beauty and the Beast; Transformers: The Last Knight; Submission; Patient Zero
  • Vin Diesel: Guardians of the Galaxy: Chapter 2; The Fate of the Furious; xXx: Return of Xander Cage
  • Kurt Russell: Guardians of the Galaxy: Chapter 2; The Fate of the Furious
  • Josh Gad: Beauty and the Beast; A Dog’s Purpose; Marshall; Murder on the Orient Express
  • Laura HaddockGuardians of the Galaxy: Chapter 2; Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Jenny SlateLego Batman; Despicable Me 3Landline; The Polka King; Gifted; Big Mouth
  • Hannibal BuressSpider-Man: Homecoming; Baywatch; Kuso; The Disaster Artist;
  • Steve BuscemiThe Boss Baby; Transformers: The Last Knight; The Death of Stalin; Lean on Pete
  • Toby KebbellKong: Skull Island; War for the Planet of the Apes; The Hurricane Heist
  • John GoodmanKong: Skull Island: Transformers: The Last Knight; Bunyan and Babe; Atomic Blonde; Once Upon a Time in Benice; Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • John OrtizKong: Skull Island; A Dog’s Purpose; Going in Style; Nostalgia; Replicas
  • Michelle RodriguezThe Fate of the Furious; Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • John Wilmot: Get Out; Girls Night
  • David SorenThe Boss Baby; Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • James RyanThe Boss Baby; Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • Samuel L. JacksonKong: Skull Island; xXx: Return of Xander Cage; The Hitman’s Bodyguard; Unicorn Store; Blazing Samurai; Moose
  • Terry NotaryWar for the Planet of the Apes; Kong: Skull Island; The Square
  • Ty OlssonWar for the Planet of the Apes; The Shack; S.W.A.T.: Under Siege

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):

* Dave Bautista: Guardians of the Galaxy: Chapter 2; Bladerunner 2049
* Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman; Justice League
* Connie Nielsen: Wonder Woman; Justice League
* Robin Wright: Wonder Woman; Justice League
* Lisa Loven Kongsli: Wonder Woman; Justice League
* Patrick Stewart: Logan; The Emoji Movie
* Johnny Depp: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; Murder on the Orient Express
* Tom Hiddleston: Kong: Skull Island; Thor: Ragnarok
* Andy Serkis: War for the Planet of the Apes; Star Wars: The Last Jedi
* Anthony Hopkins: Transformers: The Last Knight; Thor: Ragnarok

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):

* Jerrod Carmichael: Transformers: The Last Knight; Ferdinand

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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