Jennifer Lawrence dubbed Forbes’ highest grossing actor of 2014
Lawrence, with Evan Peters, suited up to play Mystique a third time in Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.”(Alan Markfield / AP)
It’s good to be Katniss Everdeen... and Mystique: Jennifer Lawrence has officially been named this year’s most bankable box office star.
The Oscar winner earned Forbes’ lofty title of highest-grossing film star of the year thanks to her genre blockbusters “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” the latter of which is still in theaters and still earning her a pretty penny.
The 24-year-old’s films are believed to have grossed $1.4 billion at the box office worldwide this calendar year, the magazine said, citing global movie grosses from Box Office Mojo and summing up the earnings from each actor’s films for the year.
Meanwhile, the goofy “It” girl came in second after Sandra Bullock on the financial magazine’s list of highest-paid actresses, pulling in $34 million from June 2013 to June 2014.
The nominal honor also comes in the same year that she was the target of a nude photo scandal as well as it being revealed that she and co-star Amy Adams were paid less than their male co-stars in “American Hustle” -- that latter tidbit came via leaked emails revealed in the massive Sony Studios cyber attack.
Last year, Lawrence landed the 10th spot on the top-grossing actors list by earning an estimated $700 million. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was the magazine’s 2013 box office champ, raking in $1.3 billion, but he isn’t among this year’s top 10. However, Lawrence’s “X-Men” co-stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman are.
In 2014’s No. 2 spot is actor Chris Pratt, whose films “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Lego Movie” grossed an estimated $1.2 billion globally. Marvel’s comic book-inspired “Guardians” is on track to be the year’s highest grossing film domestically.
Scarlett Johansson ranked third, earning $1.18 billion at the global box office mainly due to “The Avengers” franchise’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The first-time mom also starred in smaller sci-fi thrillers “Lucy” and “Under the Skin.”
“Transformers” star Mark Wahlberg and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” Chris Evans landed the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
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