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Johnny Depp Was 2007's Top Money-Making Star

January 3rd, 2008 12:18pm EST favorite Add to My News
Johnny DeppJohnny Depp has been voted the "Top Money-Making Star of 2007" in Quigley Publishing Company's 76th Annual Poll. Depp, who starred in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in 2007, also placed first in 2006. He first appeared as #6 in 2003 and was second to Tom Cruise in 2005.

Will Smith, who starred in "I Am Legend," finished second in the voting followed by George Clooney ("Michael Clayton" and "Ocean's Thirteen") and Matt Damon ("The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Ocean's Thirteen.") Clooney has been in the poll five times to date. Somewhat surprisingly, this year is Matt Damon's first Top Ten mention. Denzel Washington ("The Great Debaters" and "American Gangster") was fifth and Russell Crowe ("American Gangster" and "3:10 to Yuma") was sixth.

Will SmithThe rest of the Top Ten in order were: Tom Cruise #7 ("Lions for Lambs,") Nicholas Cage #8 ("Ghost Rider" and "National Treasure: Book of Secrets,") Will Ferrell #9 ("Blades of Glory") and Tom Hanks #10 ("Charlie Wilson's War.") This is the first year in 24 years, since 1983, that exhibitors have not included a female star in the Top Ten.

Top Ten Money-Making Stars of 2007

1. Johnny Depp
2. Will Smith
3. George Clooney
4. Matt Damon
5. Denzel Washington
6. Russell Crowe
7. Tom Cruise
8. Nicholas Cage
9. Will Ferrell
10. Tom Hanks

George ClooneyThe 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 they believe 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 real box-office draw because the selections are done by people whose livelihood depends on choosing the films that will bring audiences to their theatres, the Quigley Poll appears annually in Quigley Publishing Company's International Motion Picture Almanac and at quigleypublishing.com.

Source: Quigley Publishing Company


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