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Scarlett Johansson Is 2016’s Top Grossing Actor

Other superhero flick stars also made the list, but Johansson won thanks to The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War.


Most of us can agree that 2016 has been a 12-month long garbage fire, but for Scarlett Johansson, it seems like things turned out just fine. The actress’ long list of blockbusters has garnered her the top stop on Forbes list of the year’s highest grossing actors.

Forbes uses the annual ticket sales of each actors’ films to calculate their ranking. Johansson’s 2016 films—Hollywood flick Hair, Caesar!, live-action The Jungle Book, superhero epic Captain America: Civil War, and the animated Sing—brought in $1.2 billion globally this year. Her role as Black Widow was the real money maker, though; Captain America: Civil War was the highest grossing film of 2016.

Not surprisingly, comic book movies were the ticket to success this year. Following close behind Johansson are her Civil War co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr., who both tied for second place at 1.5 billion because of their respective roles as Captain America and Iron Man.

In the DC universe, Margot Robbie snagged the fourth spot for her performance of the mischievous Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, with her co-star Will Smith coming in at No. 10. The studio’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actors Amy Adams, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill came in close behind in fifth, sixth and seventh place, respectively. And at No. 8, Mavel’s Ryan Reynolds as the fast-talking antihero Deadpool rounds out the top super-powered earners.

In fact, Felicity Jones of the recently released Rouge One: A Star Wars Story, who came in ninth with $805 million, is the only actor on the list to not have a superhero credit to her name, though to be fair, she does have spaceships and plenty of firepower.

So what have we learned? It’s safe to say that accolades aside, super powers on screen equal super powerful earning potential at the bank for even for the biggest names in Hollywood.

Scarlett Johansson Has Always Been the Picture of Sophistication on the Red Carpet, Even In Her Ghost World Days

Even in 1999, with only a handful of movies under her belt, Scarlett Johansson was aware of the power of a little black dress. Basic as it was, this shiny knee-length number was a sign of good things to come.

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Perhaps taking a cue from her “Ghost World” character, Johansson added a gothic flare to another all-black ensemble. Better safe than sorry.

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Johansson stepped things up for the premiere of her 2003 breakout role in “Lost in Translation” in a crisp cream suit by Dolce & Gabbana—sans blouse—and a trendy (remember, this is 2003) shark tooth necklace. A fuchsia pump and clutch and babydoll makeup added a feminine touch to the men’s wear-inspired look.

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Continuing her rise to film and fashion stardom, Johansson stunned at the 2004 Met Gala in a yellow silk gown by Calvin Klein Collection.

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The actress was irresistible in red Valentino at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards—so irresistible, in fact, that designer Isaac Mizrahi memorably groped her on a red carpet TV show.

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The style chameleon celebrated her new film “He’s Just Not That Into You” in L.A. with a new brunette ‘do and a pretty floral gown by Oscar de la Renta.

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A futuristic white frock by Giorgio Armani—with coordinating glittery accessories—was just the ticket for the 2010 premiere of her new movie “Iron Man 2.”

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The actress shined in more ways than one at the 2012 Met Ball in this embellished gold gown by Dolce & Gabbana.

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Johansson premiered her new film “Under The Skin”—and one of her best looks to date—in 2013 in a black Atelier Versace gown and a multicolored Bulgari necklace.

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Scarlett Johansson attends the European Premiere of Marvel Studios’ Marvel’s Avengers Assemble held at the Vue Westfield on April 19, 2012 in London, England.

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Scarlett Johansson attends the Hitchcock New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on November 18, 2012 in New York City.

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VENICE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 03: Actress Scarlett Johansson attends ‘Under The Skin’ Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on September 3, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

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Scarlett Johansson, attends the TOM FORD Autumn/Winter 2015 Womenswear Collection Presentation at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on February 20, 2015.

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Scarlett Johansson attends The 2015 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Scarlett Johansson attends Her Premiere during The 8th Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on November 10, 2013 in Rome, Italy.

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Scarlett Johansson attends the Sing premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.

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Scarlett Johansson attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California

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Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 19th Annual amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on February 8, 2017 in New York City.

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Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Scarlett Johansson attends the Ghost In The Shell premiere hosted by Paramount Pictures & DreamWorks Pictures at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on March 29, 2017 in New York City.

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Scarlett Johansson attends the Paris Premiere of the Paramount Pictures release Ghost In The Shell at Le Grand Rex on March 21, 2017 in Paris, France.

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Scarlett Johansson attends the Rough Night New York Premeire at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on June 12, 2017 in New York City.

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