2011 The Measured Circle’s Box Office MVPs

2011 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 count: one 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 qualifiers for 2011 as of January 19, 2012  ($100m or more movies are in bold, unreleased movies are in italics):

Ludacris: No Strings Attached, Fast Five

Natalie Portman: No Strings Attached, Thor

Johnny Depp: Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Timothy Olyphant: Rango, I Am Number Four

Bradley Cooper: The Hangover Part II, Limitless

Joe Nunez: Rango, Bridesmaids

Matt Lucas: Bridesmaids, Gnomeo & Juliet

Seth Rogen: Kung Fu Panda 2, The Green Hornet

James McAvoy: X-Men: First Class, Gnomeo & Juliet

Rose Byrne: X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids

January Jones: X-Men: First Class, Unknown

Geoffrey Rush: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Green Lantern

Michael Hitchcock: Bridesmaids, Super 8

Jason Flemyng: X-Men: First Class, Hanna

Tyrese Gibson: Fast Five, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Ken Jeong: The Hangover Part II, Zookeeper, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Owen Wilson: Cars 2, Hall Pass, Midnight in Paris

Michael Caine: Cars 2, Gnomeo & Juliet

John Turturro: Cars 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Clark Gregg: Thor, Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Jeffrey Tambor: The Hangover: Part II, Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Glenn Morshower: X-Men: First Class, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Moneyball

Jackie Sandler: Just Go with It, Zookeeper

Adam Sandler: Just Go with It, Zookeeper, Jack and Jill

Hugo Weaving: Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Captain America: The First Avenger, Happy Feet Two

Maya Rudolph: Bridesmaids, Zookeeper

Gary Oldman: Kung Fu Panda 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Clancy Brown: Green Lantern, Cowboys & Aliens

Jennifer Aniston: Just Go With It, Horrible Bosses

Tom Felton: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Kevin Bacon: X-Men: First Class, Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Hank Azaria: HopThe Smurfs

James Franco: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Green Hornet

Jamie Harris: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Green Hornet

David Oyelowo: Rise of the Planet of the ApesThe Help

James Franco: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Green Hornet

Emma Stone: The Help, Friends with Benefits, Crazy, Stupid, Love.

P.J. Byrne: Horrible Bosses, Final Destination 5

Cameron Diaz: Bad Teacher, The Green Hornet

Jason Segal: Bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits, The Muppets

Justin Timberlake: Bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits, In Time

Zach Galafianakis: The Hangover Part II,  Puss in Boots, The Muppets

Conrad Vernon: Kung Fu Panda 2 (not first billed)Puss in Boots

Nick Swardson: Just Go with It, Jack and Jill

Allen Covert: Just Go with It, Jack and Jill

Frieda Pinto: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Immortals

Kellan Lutz: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Immortals

Robert Pattinson: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Water for Elephants

James Pizzinato: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Jack Black: Kung Fu Panda 2, The Muppets

Michael AlbalaHorrible Bosses, The Muppets

Neil Patrick Harris: The Smurfs, The Muppets, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

Paul Giamatti: The Hangover Part II, The Ides of March

John Michael Higgins: Bad Teacher, We Bought a Zoo

Toby Jones: Captain America: The First Avenger, The Adventures of Tintin

Gil Birmingham: RangoThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Josh Duhamel: Transformers: Dark of the Moon, New Year’s Eve

Michael Sheen: Midnight in Paris, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Meg PhillipsThe Smurfs, New Year’s Eve

Daniel Craig: Cowboys & Aliens, The Adventures of Tintin, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

John Lithgow: Rise of the Planet of the ApesNew Year’s Eve

Ty Olsson: Rise of the Planet of the ApesThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Sofia Vergara: The Smurfs, New Year’s Eve, Happy Feet 2

Jeremy Renner: Mission Impossible; Ghost Protocol, Thor

Simon Pegg: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Adventures of Tintin

Léa Seydoux: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Midnight in Paris

Ilia Volok: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Water for Elephants

David Cross: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Kung Fu Panda 2

Alan Tudyk: Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 

Andy Buckley: Bridesmaids, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Projected:

Kaitlyn Dever: Bad Teacher,  J. Edgar (may still break 40m…especially with an Oscar nomination)

Why isn’t…

David Bradley on the list? After all, he returned to his role of Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movie. He had a pivotal part in Captain America. They both made well over a hundred million dollars domestically. Well, he wasn’t first-billed in either movie. I’m not saying he should talk to his agent, but…

Here’s the table as of February 11, 2012. While there are still movies from 2011 making money (we’ve presumed Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will get to $100m), it should give a pretty good idea of the rankings, at least at the top. We may adjust this later: for example, Hugo could get an Oscar bump.

Actor TTL AVG 100K+ 100K+
Dogro
40K+ 40K
Dogro
Hugo Weaving 592.4 296.2 Captain America: The First Avenger;
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
529 Happy Feet Two 63.4
Tyrese Gibson 562.0 281.0 Transformers: Dark of the Moon;
Fast Five
562
Tom Felton 558.0 279.0 Rise of the Planet of the Apes;
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
558
Gary Oldman 546.0 273.0 Kung Fu Panda 2;
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
546
Alan Tudyk 480.0 240.0 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked;
Tranformers: Dark of the Moon
480
John Hurt 464.5 232.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 381 Immortals 83.5
Ty Olsson 458.0 229.0 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1;
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
458
James Pizzinato 458.0 229.0 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1;
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
458
Rich Hutchman 436.2 218.1 Transformers: Dark of the Moon 352 Crazy, Stupid, Love 84.2
Gil Birmingham 404.0 202.0 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1;
Rango
404
Ken Jeong 772.7 193.2 Transformers: Dark of the Moon;
The Hangover Part II
605 Zookeeper;
The Muppets
167.7
Jeremy Renner 386.0 193.0 Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol;
Thor
386
Glenn Morshower 573.6 191.2 Transformers: Dark of the Moon;
X-Men: First Class
498 Moneyball 75.6
Tammy Hui 382.0 191.0 Rise of the Planet of the Apes;
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
382
Kellan Lutz 364.5 182.3 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 281 Immortals 83.5
Johnny Depp 364.0 182.0 Rango;
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
364
Geoffrey Rush 358.0 179.0 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 241 Green Lantern 117
Samuel L. Jackson 358.0 179.0 Thor;
Captain America: The First Avenger
358
John Turturro 352.0 176.0 Transformers: Dark of the Moon;
Cars 2
352
David Oyelowo 347.0 173.5 Rise of the Planet of the Apes;
The Help
347
Robert Pattinson 339.7 169.9 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 281 Water for Elephants 58.7
Bradley Cooper 333.2 166.6 The Hangover Part II 254 Limitless 79.2
Zach Galifianakis 489.3 163.1 The Hangover: Part II;
Puss in Boots
402 The Muppets 87.3
Jeffrey Tambor 322.2 161.1 The Hangover Part II 254 Mr. Popper’s Penguins 68.2
Jude Law 321.5 160.8 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 184 Contagion;
Hugo
137.5
Rose Byrne 315.0 157.5 Bridesmaids;
X-Men: First Class
315
Tom Hiddleston 314.8 157.4 Thor 181 Midnight in Paris;
War Horse
133.8
Hank Azaria 314.4 157.2 The Smurfs;
Hop
251 Happy Feet Two 63.4
Conrad Vernon 313.0 156.5 Puss in Boots;
Kung Fu Panda 2
313
Emma Stone 310.0 155.0 The Help 170 Friends with Benefits;
Crazy, Stupid, Love
140
Richard Griffiths 302.9 151.5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 241 Hugo 61.9
Andy Buckley 297.0 148.5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked;
Bridesmaids
297
Michael Hitchcock 296.0 148.0 Bridesmaids;
Super 8
296
Paul Gtamatti 295.0 147.5 The Hangover Part II 254 The Ides of March 41
David Cross 293.0 146.5 Kung Fu Panda 2;
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
293
Joe Nunez 292.0 146.0 Bridesmaids 169 Rango 123
James McAvoy 291.2 145.6 X-Men: First Class 146 Gnomeo & Juliet;
Arthur Christmas
145.2
Michael Caine 290.8 145.4 Cars 2 191 Gnomeo & Juliet 99.8
Geraldine James 284.0 142.0 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows;
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
284
Stellan Skarsgård 281.0 140.5 Thor; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 281
Simon Pegg 280.3 140.2 Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol; 205 The Adventures of Tintin 75.3
James Franco 275.8 137.9 Rise of the Planet of the Apes 177 The Green Hornet 98.8
Jamie Harris 275.8 137.9 Rise of the Planet of the Apes 177 The Green Hornet 98.8
Matt Lucas 268.8 134.4 Bridesmaids 169 Gnomeo & Juliet 99.8
Seth Rogen 263.8 131.9 Kung Fu Panda 2 165 The Green Hornet 98.8
Ilia Volok 263.7 131.9 Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol 205 Water for Elephants 58.7
Jamie Foxx 262.0 131.0 Rio; Horrible Bosses 262
Léa Seydoux 261.5 130.8 Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol 205 Midnight in Paris 56.5
Eddie Marsan 261.3 130.7 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 184 War Horse 77.3
Sofia Vergara 260.8 130.4 The Smurfs 143 Happy Feet Two;
New Year’s Eve
117.8
Adam Sandler 257.0 128.5 Just Go With It 103 Zookeeper;
Jack and Jill
154
Emily Mortimer 252.9 126.5 Cars 2 191 Hugo 61.9
Toby Jones 252.3 126.2 Captain America: The First Avenger 177 The Adventures of Tintin 75.3
Jack Black 252.3 126.2 Kung Fu Panda 2 165 The Muppets 87.3
Natalie Portman 251.6 125.8 Thor 181 No Strings Attached 70.6
Maya Rudolph 249.4 124.7 Bridesmaids 169 Zookeeper 80.4
Clark Gregg 249.2 124.6 Thor 181 Mr. Popper’s Penguins 68.2
Rachel McAdams 240.5 120.3 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 184 Midnight in Paris 56.5
John Lithgow 231.4 115.7 Rise of the Planet of the Apes 177 New Year’s Eve 54.4
Kevin Bacon 230.2 115.1 X-Men: First Class 146 Crazy, Stupid, Love 84.2
Phyllis Smith 228.0 114.0 Bad Teacher;
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
228
Ludacris 335.0 111.7 Fast Five 210 No Strings Attached;
New Year’s Eve
125
Jennifer Aniston 221.0 110.5 Horrible Bosses;
Just Go with It
221
Michael Albala 205.3 102.7 Horrible Bosses 118 The Muppets 87.3
Clancy Brown 200.0 100.0 Green Lantern;
Cowboys & Aliens
200
Elle Fanning 199.7 99.9 Super 8 127 We Bought a Zoo 72.7
Cameron Diaz 198.8 99.4 Bad Teacher 100 The Green Hornet 98.8
Owen Wilson 292.5 97.5 Cars 2 191 Midnight in Paris;
Hall Pass
101.5
Jason Segel 187.3 93.7 Bad Teacher 100 The Muppets 87.3
Ray Winstone 184.9 92.5 Rango 123 Hugo 61.9
Daniel Craig 275.3 91.8 Cowboys & Aliens;
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
200 The Adventures of Tintin 75.3
Jackie Sandler 183.4 91.7 Just Go With It 103 Zookeeper 80.4
Dustin Ybarra 180.7 90.4 Hop 108 We Bought a Zoo 72.7
Timothy Olyphant 178.1 89.1 Rango 123 I Am Number Four 55.1
Abigail Breslin 177.4 88.7 Rango 123 New Year’s Eve 54.4
Nick Swardson 176.6 88.3 Just Go With It 103 Jack and Jill 73.6
Allen Covert 176.6 88.3 Just Go With It 103 Jack and Jill 73.6
Robin Wright 175.6 87.8 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 100 Moneyball 75.6
Christina Applegate 173.0 86.5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 128 Hall Pass 45
John Michael Higgins 172.7 86.4 Bad Teacher 100 We Bought a Zoo 72.7
Bill Nighy 169.4 84.7 Rango 123 Arthur Christmas 46.4
Jason Sudeikis 163.0 81.5 Horrible Bosses 118 Hall Pass 45
P.J. Byrne 160.6 80.3 Horrible Bosses 118 Final Destination 5 42.6
Justin Timberlake 155.8 77.9 Bad Teacher 100 Friends with Benefits 55.8
Hugh Laurie 154.4 77.2 Hop 108 Arthur Christmas 46.4

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

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