The top 10 highest grossing actors of 2017 has sprung a few surprises to say the least
Whisper it quietly, but 2017 was kind of a really good year when it came to interesting fare at the cinema. The comic book movie gravy train showed no signs of slowing, with surprise hit Wonder Woman joining Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok as critical and commercial smashes.
Meanwhile, we were also treated to the Tommy Wiseau biopic The Disaster Artist, Jordan Peele's barnstorming directorial debut in Get Out as well as Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (whose fan backlash detracted from what was, overall, a pretty good film).
So when we look back at the last 12 months of film, how could we best assess the big winners? I think a very interesting way to look at the film trends of 2017 would be to look at the top 10 highest grossing actors and actresses from January to December, and there's a bit of a curious pick at number one.
When we think of actors who've become box office gold, is there any bigger (in terms of star power as well as sheer physical bulk) than the Rock? The lovable former wrestler (with an eyebrow that I swear can bench press 150 pounds all by itself) had a 2017 to remember, with his star turns in the Fast and Furious franchise as well as the long-awaited Baywatch and Jumanji movies.
A worthy holder of the title of 2017's Best Paid Actor, so it's a bit of a surprise to see Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson as number two in the official Forbes list with earnings of $1.5 billion. So who managed to keep the Rock at bay for the honour of being 2017's highest paid actor? Here's a hint: they actually starred together in a film made this year.
That's right: while the Rock was starring in the less-than-appreciated Baywatch and Jumanji films, Vin Diesel was killin' it in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I am Groot-ing his way to the number one spot with a whopping $1.6 billion. Box office juggernaut Chris Pratt also made up the top 10, while a wretched year for Johnny Depp was helped a little by all that Disney money he made from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Meanwhile, the rest of the list was made up by a group of up-and-comers who reflect which movies have done well this year. Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot is a surprise newcomer, and she consolidated her amazing 2017 by coming in third, beaten by only Vin Diesel and the Rock. Thor's Chris Hemsworth was the ninth best-paid actor from this year.
Coming in at number 10 was John Boyega with $815 million, who we all know as Finn from Star Wars, but also starred in the intense Kathryn Bigelow film Detroit. His Star Wars co-star Daisy Ridley came in at number six ($1.08 billion), helped in part by her role in Murder on the Orient Express, the Hercule Poirot film that was a lot better than expected.
Britain's best rising stars were well-represented this year: Tom Holland, your new Spider-Man, came in at number seven ($888 million), while Emma Watson had the Beauty and the Beast reboot to thank for her placing of fourth in Forbes' best-paid list.
Here's that list in full:
1. Vin Diesel ($1.6 billion)
2. Dwayne Johnson ($1.5 billion)
3. Gal Gadot ($1.4 billion)
4. Emma Watson ($1.3 billion)
5. Johnny Depp ($1.1 billion)
6. Daisy Ridley ($1.08 billion)
7. Tom Holland ($888 million)
8. Chris Pratt ($864 million)
9. Chris Hemsworth ($845 million)
10. John Boyega ($815 million)
What a strange and wonderful year it's been for film. Who knows which actors will be represented this time, next year?