Some of history’s top-grossing actresses ground out big returns slowly over the course of long careers. Others scored huge hits with recurring roles in franchises early on. Regardless, the actresses who bring home the big bucks are all but guaranteed fame and fortune in return.
But only a handful of actresses appeared on our list of the highest-grossing movie stars of all time. So we decided to take a look at the highest-grossing female movie stars of all time.
Gwyneth Paltrow: $8.77 billion
One of the first actors to gain from the popularity of the Marvel Comics Universe films was Gwyneth Paltrow, who gained roles in four other films after playing Pepper Potts in Iron Man. She may add box office hits like Se7en, Shakespeare in Love, and Shallow Hal to those, which propelled her to the top of the list of highest-grossing actresses in films.
Emma Watson - $9.68 billion
Emma Watson is, of course, a young actress who has only been in about 25 films, but some of them were blockbusters, like the eight Harry Potter films, which collectively brought in over $7.7 billion worldwide and reputedly paid her $60 million. She played Belle in the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast, which grossed more than $1.2 billion.
Cate Blanchett - $11.7 billion
Thanks to her role as Galadriel in the successful "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" trilogies, Cate Blanchett is the third-highest-grossing actress in the world.
She also starred in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," a movie that received mixed reviews but was a box office hit, grossing over $786 million globally.
Zoe Saldana - $12.2 billion
Zoe Saldana had a starring role in “Avatar,” the biggest movie of all time with $2.85 billion in earnings. Zoe Saldana's performance as Gamora in four MCU films contributed over $6 billion to her film grosses.
She played Nyota Uhura in the most recent "Star Trek" films, which raked in over $1 billion globally. That movie made over $2.78 billion at the box office.
Scarlett Johansson - $15.2 billion
The silver screen’s Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson has a long, impressive resume dating back more than two decades.
According to Forbes, Johansson earned $40.5 million for a single year's worth of work in 2017 and 2018, and her performance in "Avengers: Endgame" upped that sum for her earnings in 2019 to $56 million.
Johansson has had almost 40 box office appearances since making her acting debut in the comedy "North" in 1994 when she was just 10 years old.
These movies have made nearly $15.2 billion worldwide at the box office, and her impending solo Black Widow movie is anticipated to bring in hundreds of millions more.
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