Jennifer Lawrence tops Forbes’ highest-grossing actor list with US$1.4 billion

LOS ANGELES - NOV 17:  Jennifer Lawrence at the The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence at the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Premiere at the Nokia Theater on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA

NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday December 31, 2014 – At the age of 24, Jennifer Lawrence already has an Oscar and has aced several leading roles in major motion pictures. She recently scored her first Billboard chart hit with “Hanging Tree” and now brings down the curtain on 2014 as Forbes magazine’s highest-grossing actor in Hollywood.

Between “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Lawrence’s movies have grossed US$1.4 billion at the box office worldwide this year and are predicted to climb even higher with “Mockingjay” still raking in the loot.

Next year could well see Lawrence bagging a similar spot on Forbes’ list as she reprises her role as Katniss in the final instalment of “The Hunger Games” series.

Her first post-Hunger Games movie will reunite her with “American Hustle” director David O. Russell. Titled “Joy,” the film is based on the true story of a Long Island single mother who becomes a successful entrepreneur.

Chris Pratt, 35, finished in second place with $1.2 billion in global grosses. “Guardians of the Galaxy” was probably the biggest surprise hit of the year, and could have turned out to be Marvel’s first flop, according to Forbes. Instead, it seems that “Guardians” will be this year’s highest-grossing film in the US with $333 million, and $772 million at the box office globally.

As rogue good guy Peter Quill, Pratt is credited with helping to raise the film above the level of a typical superhero flick. A sequel is already in the works.

Pratt’s ranking also comes from another surprise hit: “The Lego Movie.” The animated film grossed $468 million at the box office worldwide and prompted a sequel slated for 2018, as well as a Batman spin-off that should hit theatres in 2017.

Pratt could also feature on Forbes’ list again next year thanks to his starring role in the new Jurassic Park movie. The film, titled “Jurassic World,” is scheduled for release on June 12.

Scarlett Johansson snagged third place on Forbes’ list with $1.18 billion, mostly derived from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which grossed $714 million worldwide. Johansson reprised her “Avengers” role as Black Widow for the movie and is credited with bringing a much-needed light touch to the Captain America series.

The rest of 30-year-old Johansson’s gross came from “Lucy” and “Under the Skin,” in which she played a hungry alien.

In fourth place, 43-year-old Mark Wahlberg was the highest-ranking star to make Forbes’ list with just one movie: “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

While the “Transformers” movies are almost universally hated by critics, audiences love them, with the most recent film grossing $1 billion at the global box office.

Chris Evans, 33, rounded out the top five. Like Scarlett Johansson, most of Evans’ gross came from the latest “Captain America” movie, but he also starred in the sci-fi action film “Snowpiercer.”

A post-apocalyptic movie about humanity’s survivors living on a massive train travelling a global track, “Snowpiercer” was released in only a few theatre in the US but earned millions on home video. The film had a wider release internationally, which helped it bring in $86.7 million at the global box office.

Emma Stone, Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman rounded out the top 10.

To compile the list, Forbes looked at the top-grossing actors at the box office. The magazine added up the global box office numbers (from Box Office Mojo) of each star’s 2014 movies and then ranked the actors.

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