2019 The Measured Circle's Box Office MVPs

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Who are the Most Valuable Players in the movies?

What actors generate the most American domestic gross (dogro)?

There are a lot of ways to measure this, and The Measured Circle has our own (begun with movies released in 2010).

Here are our rules:

1. You must have been first-billed in a movie that makes at least $100 million dogro in the year in question

2. You must have appeared in at least one other movie that dogroed at least $40 million in the year in question (but you do not have to have been first-billed)

3. Voice roles count: one of the reasons they cast big names in animated features is that they attract audiences

4. Since we base it on release year, it may be well into the following year until the standings are final. We do not count re-releases that do not happen in the same year as the initial release.

Movies in which the actor appeared and earned at least $40 million in the year in question may appear in the description for the actor.

Added in 2016 (starting with our 2015 MVPs): the "On a roll" designation. It's perhaps surprisingly difficult for an actor to repeat on our list two years in a row...and even harder to do it for three or more. We will now recognize that two-in-a-row achievement in The Measured Circle's MVP list.


Projected (we expect that at least one of the movies listed for the actor will break $100m domestically, and that the other will make at least $40m domestically):

* Lupita Nyong'o: Us ($100m+); Star Wars: Episode IX * Danny DeVito: Dumbo ($100m+); Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2 * Jack Dylan Grazer: Shazam! ($100m+); It: Chapter Two * Karen Gillan: Avengers: Endgame ($100m+); Spies in Disguise; Welcome to the Jungle 2 * Tom Holland: Avengers: Endgame ($100m+); Spies in Disguise * Vera Farmiga: Godzilla: King of the Monsters ($100m+); Annabelle Comes Home * Thomas Middleditch: Godzilla: King of the Monsters ($100m+); Zombieland: Double Tap

Possible (in these cases, we are not as confident that either of the movies will get to $100m, and that the other one will get to $40m):

* Anya Taylor-Joy: Glass ($100m+); The New Mutants; Playmobil: The Movie * Sarah Paulson: Glass ($100m+); The Goldfinch * Nicole Kidman: The Upside ($100m+); The Goldfinch; Untitled Roger Ailes project * Ben Mendelsohn: Captain Marvel ($100m+); Spies in Disguise * Douglas Reith: Dumbo ($100m+); Downton Abbey * Ian Chen: Shazam! ($100m+); A Dog's Journey

Why isn't...on the list?

1. Cobie Smulders

Actress | The Avengers

Cobie Smulders was born on April 3, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. As a girl, Cobie had set her sights on becoming a doctor or a marine biologist. In fact, it wasn't until high school that Cobie started to explore acting after appearing in several ...

Spider-Man: Far From Home ($385.9m); The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (not first billed) ($105.8m); Avengers: Endgame (not first billed) ($858.4m)

Tentative total: $1,350.1m

2. Brie Larson

Actress | Room

Brie Larson has built an impressive career as an acclaimed television actress, rising feature film star and emerging recording artist. A native of Sacramento, Brie started studying drama at the early age of 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco...

Captain Marvel ($426.8m); Avengers: Endgame ($858.4m)

Tentative total: $1,285.2m

3. Chris Evans

Actor | The Avengers

Christopher Robert Evans began his acting career in typical fashion: performing in school productions and community theatre.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Lisa (Capuano), who worked at the Concord Youth Theatre, and G. Robert Evans III, a dentist. His uncle is congressman Mike ...

Avengers: Endgame ($858.4m); Captain Marvel (not 1st billed) ($426.8m)

Tentative total: $1,285.2m

4. Scarlett Johansson

Actress | Her

Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from a Jewish family from the Bronx, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter ...

Avengers: Endgame ($858.4m); Captain Marvel (not 1st billed) ($426.8m)

Tentative total: $1,285.2m

5. Mark Ruffalo

Actor | The Kids Are All Right

Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Marie Rose (Hebert), a stylist and hairdresser, and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo, a construction painter. His father's ancestry is Italian, and his mother is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Mark moved with his family to Virginia Beach, ...

Avengers: Endgame ($858.4m); Captain Marvel (not 1st billed) ($426.8m)

Tentative total: $1,285.2m

6. Don Cheadle

Actor | Crash

Donald Frank Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1964. His childhood found him moving from city to city with his family: mother Bettye (North), a teacher, father Donald Frank Cheadle, Sr., a clinical psychologist, sister Dawn, and brother Colin. After graduating high school in...

Avengers: Endgame ($858.4m); Captain Marvel (not 1st billed) ($426.8m)

Tentative total: $1,285.2m

7. Jon Favreau

Producer | Chef

Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director.

The amiable, husky-framed actor with the ...

Spider-Man: Far From Home ($385.9m; Avengers: Endgame (not first billed) ($858.4m)

Tentative total: $1,244.3m

8. Marisa Tomei

Actress | My Cousin Vinny

Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, to Patricia "Addie" (Bianchi), a teacher of English, and Gary Tomei, a lawyer, both of Italian descent. Marisa has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy ...

Spider-Man: Far From Home ($385.9 m); Avengers: Endgame (not first billed) ($858.4m)

Tentative total: $1,244.3m

9. Jacob Batalon

Actor | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Jacob Batalon was born on October 9, 1996 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He is an actor, known for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

Spider-Man: Far From Home ($385.9m); Avengers: Endgame (not first billed) ($858.4m)

Tentative total: $1,244.3m

10. Winston Duke

Actor | Black Panther

Winston Duke is an actor and producer, known for Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Person of Interest (2011).

Us ($175.0m); Avengers: Endgame ($858.4m)

Tentative total: $1,033.4m

On a roll: 2018 ($1,378.9m)

11. Keegan-Michael Key

Actor | Keanu

Keegan-Michael Key was born in Southfield, Michigan and raised in Detroit. He was adopted as a child by a black father and a white mother. In 1989, he graduated from Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. Key attended the University of Detroit Mercy as an undergraduate and earned his ...

Toy Story 4 ($430.5m); The Lion King ($523.5m)

Tentative total: $954.0m

On a roll: 2018 ($218.5m)

12. Chris Hemsworth

Actor | The Avengers

Chris Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Leonie (van Os), a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. His brothers are actors Liam Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. He is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal grandfather), Irish, English, Scottish, and German ...

Avengers: Endgame ($858.4m); Men in Black International ($79.7m)

Tentative total: $938.1m

13. Shahadi Wright Joseph

Actress | Us

Shahadi Wright Joseph is an actress, known for Us (2019), The Lion King (2019) and Hairspray Live! (2016).

Us ($175.0m); The Lion King ($523.5m)

Tentative total: $698.5m

14. John Oliver

Writer | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver was born on April 23, 1977 in Birmingham, England as John William Oliver. He is a writer and producer, known for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014), The Lion King (2019) and The Smurfs (2011). He has been married to Kate Norley since October 2011. They have two children.

The Lion King ($523.5m); Wonder Park ($45.2m)

Tentative total: $568.7m

15. Djimon Hounsou

Actor | Blood Diamond

Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, in west Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was thirteen. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator (2000) ...

Captain Marvel ($426.8m); Shazam! ($140.4m)

Tentative total: $567.2m

16. JD McCrary

Actor | The Lion King

JD McCrary is an actor, known for The Lion King (2019), Atom: The Misadventures of a Real Super Hero (2014) and K.C. Undercover (2015).

The Lion King ($523.5m); Little ($40.7m)

Tentative total: $564.2m

17. Samuel L. Jackson

Actor | Pulp Fiction

Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), Formula 51 (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), ...

Glass ($111.0m); Captain Marvel ($426.8m)

Tentative total: $537.8m

On a roll: 2018 ($1,287.4m); 2017 ($288.3m)

18. Michael Keaton

Actor | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Quirky, inventive and handsome American actor Michael Keaton first achieved major fame with his door-busting performance as fast-talking ideas man Bill Blazejowski, alongside a nerdish morgue attendant (Henry Winkler), in Night Shift (1982). He played further comedic roles in Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny...

Spider-Man: Far From Home (not first billed) ($385.9m); Dumbo ($114.8m)

Tentative total: $500.7m

19. Madeleine McGraw

Actress | American Sniper

Actress Madeleine McGraw has quickly made a name for herself as one of the most-watched young stars on the rise in the entertainment industry today. In 2016, Madeleine starred in the drama television series Outcast, which premiered on June 3rd 2016 on Cinemax/Fox International. From Robert Kirkman,...

Toy Story 4 ($430.5m); The Curse of La Llarona ($54.7m)

Tentative total: $485.2m

20. Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

Actor | Brigsby Bear

Jorge Lendeborg Jr. is an actor, known for Brigsby Bear (2017), The Land (2016) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).

Spider-Man: Far From Home ($385.9m); Alita: Battle Angel ($85.7m)

Tentative total: $471.6m

21. Tobias Segal

Actor | John Wick: Chapter 2

Tobias Segal is an actor, known for John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), Sneaky Pete (2015) and Mindhunter (2017).

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum ($170.9m); Glass ($111.0m)

Tentative total: $281.9m

22. Jonah Hill

Actor | 21 Jump Street

Jonah Hill was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of Sharon Feldstein (née Chalkin), a fashion designer and costume stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses. He is the brother of music manager Jordan Feldstein and actress Beanie Feldstein. He graduated from ...

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($160.8m); The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (not first billed) ($105.8m)

Tentative total: $266.6m

23. Kevin Hart

Actor | Ride Along

Kevin Hart was born on July 6, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kevin Darnell Hart. He is a producer and actor, known for Ride Along (2014), Central Intelligence (2016) and Grudge Match (2013). He has been married to Eniko Parrish since August 13, 2016. They have one child. He was ...

The Upside ($108.3m); The Secret Life of Pets 2 ($155.6m)

Tentative total: $263.9m

24. Tiffany Haddish

Actress | Girls Trip

Tiffany Haddish was born on December 3, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Tiffany Sarac Haddish. She is an actress and producer, known for Girls Trip (2017), Keanu (2016) and The Carmichael Show (2015). She was previously married to William Stewart.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($105.8m); The Secret Life of Pets 2 ($153.7m)

Tentative total: $259.5m

25. Ken Watanabe

Actor | The Last Samurai

Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Both of his parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24, when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was...

Pokémon Detective Pikachu ($144.0m); Godzilla: King of the Monsters ($110.2m)

Tentative total: $254.2m

26. Bruce Willis

Actor | Die Hard

Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.

Walter Bruce ...

Glass ($111.0m); The Lego Movie 2: The 2nd Part ($105.8m)

Tentative total: $216.8m

27. Lance Reddick

Actor | John Wick

Lance Reddick was born in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for John Wick (2014), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and White House Down (2013). He has been married to Stephanie Day since June 2011.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum ($170.9m); Angel Has Fallen ($43.6m)

Tentative total: $214.5m

28. Gerard Butler

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera

Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents ...

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($160.8m); Angel Has Fallen ($43.6m)

Tentative total: $204.4m

29. Tate Donovan

Actor | Argo

Tate Buckley Donovan began making television appearances while still in his teens, most often cast as angst-ridden high schoolers in such made-for-TV films such as Not My Kid (1985) and Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder (1987).

Donovan was born to a large family in Tenafly, New Jersey, the son...

The Upside ($108.3m); Rocketman ($95.6m)

Tentative total: $203.9m

30. James McAvoy

Actor | Split

McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 11. He ...

Glass ($111.0m); Dark Phoenix ($65.6m)

Tentative total: $176.6m

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