Jennifer Lawrence has topped the 2014 Forbes chart for acting in movies that generated the highest gross takings for the year. Starring in films like Mockingjay and X-Men: Days of Future Past, she helped to produce an amazing $1.4 billion at the box office worldwide.
Lawrence will also appear in the final part of The Hunger Games franchise due for release next year. Dorothy Pomerantz wrote in Forbes that this could prove a difficult time for Jennifer, as she considers what to do next in her career.
She points out that when actors like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson reached the end of the franchises that made them stars, they had to prove to Hollywood that they were more than just lucky beneficiaries of can’t-miss roles.
Forbes compiles its list of the highest-grossing movies by using figures provided by Box Office Mojo. They simply add each actor’s grosses for the year to come up with their final list.
Next on the list after Jennifer was Chris Pratt with $1.2 billion gross sales.
He starred in Guardians of the Galaxy, which was based on Marvel Comics characters not widely known by fans, Nevertheless, the film generated $772 million in global sales, and its success means that a sequel is now being prepared.
Scarlett Johansson was in third place, and very close to Chris with $1.18 billion. Most of that money came from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which grossed $714 million worldwide.
Johansson’s role as Black Widow in the movie gave a softer feel to the Captain America series. However, Marvel has given no indication that she will be repeating the role any time soon. The remainder of her gross comes from Lucy and Under the Skin, the latter in which she played a hungry alien.
Mark Wahlberg had the highest ranking on the list based on only one movie, Transformers. Many people wondered why Wahlberg agreed to star in the film at all, since he has a reputation for trying to make quality films, and the Transformers movies hardly fit in that category. It seems he just wanted to work with director Michael Bay again, after starring in another of Bay’s films, Pain & Gain.
Coming in at number five was Chris Evans. Most of his gross comes from the latest Captain America movie, with the balance coming from one of the most interesting releases of the year, Snowpiercer.
It will be interesting to see what Jennifer Lawrence decides to do next. Doubtless, her ambition is to top the 2015 list.