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January 27th, 2006 2:45pm EST
Tom CruiseWar of the Worlds star Tom Cruise has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2005 in Quigley Publishing Company’s 74th Annual Top Ten Money-Making Stars Poll. Cruise has won the poll seven times, the most of any actor since 1932, and has placed in the Top Ten 18 times. This was his first top finish since 2001 when he starred with Penelope Cruz in Vanilla Sky.

The Quigley Poll, conducted every year since 1932, is an annual survey of motion picture exhibitors, which asks them to vote for the ten stars that generated the most box-office revenue in the preceding year for their theatres. Long regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a Star’s box-office draw, the Quigley Poll appears annually in Quigley Publishing Company’s International Motion Picture Almanac.

Johnny Depp finished second in the voting and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt tied for third based on Mr. & Mrs. Smith. This is Angelina Jolie’s first appearance in the poll and Brad Pitt’s fourth. Vince Vaughn made his first appearance in the poll at #5 acting in Wedding Crashers, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Be Cool and Thumbsucker, all released in 2005.

The rest of the Top Ten in order were: George Clooney #6, Will Smith #7, Reese Witherspoon #8, Adam Sandler #9 and last year’s winner, Tom Hanks, was #10. Although Polar Express opened in 2004, it played in theatres throughout 2005 and was re-released in 3-D in November.

Five on last year’s list who did not make it in 2005 were Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicholas Cage, Denzel Washington, Jim Carrey and Julia Roberts.