Jennifer Lawrence is Forbes’ top-grossing actor of 2014.
Throughout the year, Lawrence’s films — including blockbusters “Mockingjay” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” — have brought in $1.4 billion at the box office worldwide. According to Forbes, that number will grow even more as “Mockingjay” continues its theatrical run.
This is a big jump in the rankings for Lawrence, who last year snagged the final spot in the top ten with a gross of $700 million. The number one spot in 2013 was filled by Dwayne Johnson, who brought in $1.3 billion.
Next year, the last installment of The Hunger Games series hits theaters. For many actors, this would be a difficult career moment. 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. Lawrence won’t have that problem thanks to her strong performances in movies like X-Men, American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. Her first post-Hunger Games movie will reunite her with American Hustle director David O. Russell. Joy, about a Long Island single mother who becomes a successful entrepreneur, is based on a true story.
Ranking second with $1.2 billion in global grosses is Chris Pratt. Guardians of the Galaxy was probably the biggest surprise hit of the year. Based on comic book characters that most casual fans weren’t familiar with, the movie could have turned out to be Marvel’s first flop. Instead, it looks like Guardians will be the highest-grossing film domestically this year with $333 million, and $772 million at the box office globally. Pratt was a big part of the movie’s success. As rogue good guy Peter Quill, he brought tons of charm and emotion to the film and helped raise it above the level of your typical superhero flick. A sequel is already in the works.
Pratt’s total gross comes from adding in another surprise hit: The Lego Movie. The Warner Bros. flick may have been the world’s longest commercial but it was one of the most entertaining movies of the year. The animated film grossed $468 million at the box office worldwide and spawned a sequel, which is slated for 2018, as well as a Batman spin-off that should hit theaters in 2017. Pratt could end up on our list again next year thanks to his starring role in the new Jurassic Park movie. The film, titled Jurassic World, hits theaters June 12.
Scarlett Johansson lands in third place with $1.18 billion.
Mark Wahlberg – Global Box Office: $1 billion. Wahlberg surprised many people when he agreed to star in the fourth Transformers movie but fans were excited. Age of Extinction was a huge hit. Wahlberg could be back for the next installment.