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We recently looked at the most profitable actors of all time domestically and drew to conclusion the Top 20 most profitable actors in the world. The problem is that movies aren’t just making money in North America; they play all over the world. And when you look at these numbers, the list changes.

Johnny Depp did not make it to the top 20 national rankings, despite the huge collection of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Top 20 most profitable actors in the world

Top 20 most profitable actors in the world

Tom Cruise hasn’t made it to the top 10 domestically, but he does when you factor in with box office fees from around the world. As with extensions, the key to making this list is undoubtedly a successful movie.

Actors from the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises dominate the list of highest grossing actors in the world. Bruce Willis remains in the top 10 with the worldwide performance of the 1999 film

The Sixth Sense, and Will Smith remains in the top 20 with the 1996 film Independence Day. Surprisingly, “Iron Man” and “Avengers” actor Robert Downey Jr. did not make the top twenty. It ranks 26th with a worldwide gross of $ 6.19 billion.

And just like with home boxing, you need a good-looking actor that audiences want to see in order to attract crowds to earn the insane amounts of money these actors have for the films they starred in. And finally, taking into account the worldwide fees. the film benefits studios and actors. A film that may have seemed mediocre in the US can double, triple, even quadruple their box office gross.

Let’s take a look at the actors and actresses that make up the Top 20 most profitable actors in the world:

  1. Ian McKellen

Worldwide Grosses: $9.12 billion

  1. Samuel L. Jackson

Worldwide Grosses: $8.63 billion

Highest Grossing Film: The Avengers

  1. Morgan Freeman

Worldwide Grosses: $8.55 billion

Highest Grossing Film: The Dark Knight

  1. Tom Hanks

Worldwide Gross: $8.42 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Toy Story 3

  1. Orlando Bloom

Worldwide Gross: $8.41 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

  1. Emma Watson

Worldwide Gross: $8.38 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

  1. Johnny Depp

Worldwide Gross: $8.36 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

  1. Tom Cruise

Worldwide Gross: $7.94 billion

Highest Grossing Film: War of the Worlds

  1. Bruce Willis

Worldwide Gross: $8.22 billion

Highest Grossing Film: The Sixth Sense

  1. Daniel Radcliffe

Worldwide Gross: $7.86 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

  1. Cate Blanchett

Worldwide Gross: $7.81 billion

Highest Grossing Film: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  1. Rupert Grint

Worldwide Gross: $7.72 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

  1. Helena Bonham Carter

Worldwide Gross: $7.59 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

  1. Ralph Fiennes

Worldwide Gross: $7.56 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

  1. Gary Oldman

Worldwide Gross: $7.32 billion

Highest Grossing Film: The Dark Knight

  1. Stellan Skarsgard

Worldwide Gross: $7.06 billion

Highest Grossing Film: The Avengers

 

  1. Cameron Diaz

Worldwide Gross: $7.05 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Shrek 2

  1. Brad Pitt

Worldwide Gross: $6.77 billion

Highest Grossing Film: World War Z

  1. Will Smith

Worldwide Gross: $6.73 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Independence Day

  1. Eddie Murphy

Worldwide Gross: $6.69 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Shrek 2

Highest Grossing Film: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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