This list is compiled using the most successful film actors in world history, emphasis being on the money they made on films they starred in.
10. Robin Williams (U.S. Gross – $3,177,675,199, Worldwide Gross – $5,749,935,745)
Robin Williams is a storied comedic actor who became an international celebrity and movie star in the 1980’s. He has won six Golden Globes and three Grammy Awards in his career. Robin William’s average film gross is $59,956,136 million dollars per movie.
Most Successful Films: Night at the Museum, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Happy Feet
9. Will Smith (U.S. Gross – $2,542,908,988, Worldwide Gross – $5,771,022,176)
Will Smith is widely regarded as the most successful actor making films today.
His movies have an average gross of $127,145,449 million dollars, which is the highest among lead actors. He is the only actor in history to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in box office sales. Will Smith has also had eight consecutive films open at the #1 spot.
Most Successful Films: Independence Day, Hancock, Men in Black, I Am Legend, seven pounds
8. Morgan Freeman (U.S. Gross – $3,138,301,600, Worldwide Gross – $5, 851,042,99)
Morgan Freeman is one of the greatest character actors of all time. Rarely the leading man in films, his role always stands out and is vital to the movies’ success. He has one of the most dominant and recognizable voices in Hollywood. He has an average gross of $64,046,971 million dollars.
Most Successful Films: The Dark Knight, The War of the Worlds (Narrator), Bruce Almighty, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Wanted.
7. Eddie Murphy (U.S. Gross – $3,470,799,901, Worldwide Gross – $6,211,397,821)
Eddie Murphy is undoubtedly the most successful comedic actor of all time. His films have an average gross of $99,165,711 million dollars. Eddie Murphy began his career as an edgy comedian and performance actor.
Most Successful Films: Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America
6. Bruce Willis (U.S. Gross – $3,045,317,743, Worldwide Gross – $ 6,432,992,990)
Bruce Willis is a true action hero. He has appeared in over sixty films and usually plays the title role in his movies. His films have an average gross of $51,615,555 million dollars per movie.
Most Successful Films: The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, Live Free or Die Hard
5. Tom Cruise (U.S. Gross – $3,274,294,878, Worldwide Gross – $6,642,337,497)
Tom Cruise is a true international celebrity. Cruise is widely considered one of the most powerful celebrities in the world. His films have an average gross of $96,302,791 million dollars.
Most Successful Films: The War of the Worlds, Mission Impossible 2, The Last Samurai, Rain Man, Knight and Day
4. Orlando Bloom (U.S. Gross – $2,390,308,637, Worldwide Gross – $6,554,217,251)
Orlando Bloom is an English actor and the youngest on this list. Orlando Bloom has an average film gross of $183,869,895 million dollars per movie. Bloom’s first main title role was Kingdom of Heaven, which made $211,398,413 million dollars worldwide.
Most Successful Films: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Troy
3. Harrison Ford (U.S. Gross – $3,630,449,689, Worldwide Gross – $6,657,454,464)
Harrison Ford was once the highest grossing actor in the world, but has recently fallen to number three. Ford was popular during the 1970’s and 80’s when box-office sales were not as extravagant. His films have an average gross of $98,120,262 million dollars.
Most Successful Films: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the Fugitive
2. Tom Hanks (U.S. Gross – $3,985,186,565, World Gross – $8,007,367,700)
Tom Hanks is the most successful lead actor in cinema history with his films grossing over $8 billion dollars worldwide.
He is averaging a gross of $94,885,394 million dollars per film. Tom Hanks has starred in over 50 movies and 19 of them made over $100 million dollars at the worldwide box office.
Most Successful Films: The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, Toy Story 3
1. Samuel L Jackson (U.S. Gross – $4,458,983,764, Worldwide Gross – $8,640,150,950)
Samuel L Jackson is the world’s highest grossing actor and his movies have made over $8.5 billion dollars worldwide.
You may argue that he doesn’t deserve the top spot over leading actors who have appeared in fewer films. He has been the busiest man in Hollywood over the last twenty years, staring in over 70 productions. Movies that he has appeared in have an average gross of $57,166,459 million dollars.
Most Successful Films: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, The Incredible, Iron Man, Iron Man 2.