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Ranking the Box-Office Average of 'Avengers' Actors Without Their Marvel Films

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | November 11, 2013 | Comments ()


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Box-office prognosticators are absolutely baffled this weekend after Thor: The Dark World managed to take the top spot with $86.1 million, instead of the predicted top film, Richard Curtis’ About Time, which ended up at number 9 with a little over $5 million. “This doesn’t make any damn sense whatsoever,” one studio executive remarked. “About Time had Domhnall Gleeson in the lead role. How could that miss?”

“Rachel McAdams in a sweet romantic comedy vs. Natalie Portman in a franchise blockbuster?” another confused studio executive asked. “It shouldn’t have even been a contest. I’m mystified by these box-office results.” Yet, Thor: The Dark World managed to squeak by, with a narrow $81 million gap. Even with the additional 2,600 screens for Thor: The Dark World, these results are confounding.

Hollywood is so unpredictable.

Anyway, each week for the last several years, I compile a box-office list each Monday, which basically means dissecting the numbers in (hopefully) interesting ways, and tying it back into the weekly box-office report. This week, let’s take a look at all the Avengers actors, whose box-office averages have been massively inflated by the success of the Marvel franchise. But what do those numbers look like without the box-office totals of The Avengers, the three Iron Man movies, the two Thor movies and Captain America?

Let’s take a look (average with Marvel films in parenthesis)

1. Chris Hemsworth: $47.4 million ($130 million)

2. Jeremy Renner: $47.1 million ($85 million)

3. Tom Hiddleston: $45.9 million ($171 million)

4. Sam Jackson: $38.3 million ($62 million)

5. Chris Evans: $32.8 milion ($73 million)

6. Robert Downey, Jr.: $29.7 million ($61 million)

7. Scarlett Johansson: $26.8 million ($58 million)

8. Mark Ruffalo: $25.5 million ($46 million)

9. Clark Gregg: $13.6 million ($106 million)

10. Gwyneth Paltrow: $5.8 million ($57 million)

What important information can we surmise from these results? Not much, really. It just means that actors like Hemsworth have benefited from other franchises (like a small role in Star Trek) while more veteran actors like Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo have taken a hit on their box-office averages because of all the low-budget films they’ve made. But don’t you feel smarter with this knowledge?

No?

Fine. See if I do anything for you again. UNGRATEFUL HELL MONSTERS.



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Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned


  • Uriah_Creep

    Oh please, Overlord Rowles, don't stop feeding us! We are ravenous UNGRATEFUL HELL MONSTERS.

  • John W

    1. 2. 3. Jazz hands everyone! Jazz hands!

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    The one that doesn't make sense is Sam Jackson - he gets to count the star wars prequels (AKA the movies that don't exist). Those unnamed movies made $2.4 Billion. He gets to count the first Jurassic Park, that had more than $1 Billion in global. He's also in the Incredibles, which had a worldwide of more than $600 million. And then he's got a several like "Die Hard: With a Vengeance","Jumper", and "Unbreakable" all of which had $200 million + worldwide gross.

    Quick back of the napkin suggests that even though Sam Jackson is pretty much in every movie made (a quick eyeball of his IMDB credits shows more than 85 actual movies), he still pulls in around 50 million average.

  • Captain D

    Interestingly, if you do the math it looks correct. According to boxofficemojo, he's been in 59 movies that opened in theaters which tallied $3,681,979,774.

    The five marvel movies he's been in tallied: $318,412,101, $181,030,624, $176,654,505, $623,357,910, and $312,433,331. Removing those nets $2,070,091,303 from his other 54 movies.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    This is the problem with domestic vs. International box office. I know we all love 'merica, but for many movies, the international haul is greater than the domestic. The latest official total for all Jackson movies is 7.4 Billion dollars (there were news stories about this, and I think Guinness certified it, whatever that means).

    In fact,on the same box office page that shows the tally you have (3,681,979,774), you can see that his international total is $7,337.7 million - or as we say $7.3 billion.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    What, that women might want to flock to a movie that provides them with kickass ladies AND delicious man candy instead of yet another disparaging Richard Curtis fare? I AM SHOCKED AND APPALLED. BAD LADY BITS.

  • Pawesl

    What the hell else has Hemsworth been in that would make his average so high? Snow White and 5 minutes in Star trek...really?

    And Hiddleston too. Did anyone even know who he was before Thor?

  • Aaron Schulz

    Star Trek did crazy well though, so i assume that just inflated it a lot.

  • bastich

    So is that the new name for us commenters, Dustin? If so, I like it.

    I've always felt intimidated in trying to live up to the "Eloquent" title, but I can do "UNGRATEFUL HELL MONSTER" in my sleep.

  • Rough night Mr. Rowles?

  • ed newman

    Something looks amiss. I don't know how to look it up, but Sam Jackson was in the Star Wars movies that I try to forget. He was also in Die Hard 3, The Incredibles, Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, and a host of other movies that made coin. I have heard mention that he is the all-time king of the box office when the tally is done. Are you sure you've done the math correctly?

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Ha! You and I think alike - without bothering to read the comments, I posted nearly they exact same list of Jackson movies with numbers. So .... Jinx I guess I owe you a Coke.

  • bastich

    I like the header gif.

    ("You mean you *actually* stayed to watch the after-credits scene in 'Avengers'?!? Sucker!")

  • $3647259

    I stayed to watch the after-credits scene, but there was none -- only the awesome mid-credits one. We (Brazilians) had the privilege of watching the movie a week before you guys did but there was no schwarma scene after those long ass credits so...double "wah-wah-waaaahhh" for me.

    I still want to live in that gif though.

  • Only 7/10 being white dudes. Progress, Hollywood. Well done

  • Maguita NYC

    I guess everyone of these actors must be very greateful for the big-office break and Marvel Universe. So greateful... that maybe Thor is self-congratulating himself right about now.

    *It's Monday morning people, just let me do whatever that makes me happy. Thks.

  • Ozioma

    There's a Doctor Horrible joke in there somewhere, but I'm not eloquent enough to say it out loud :(

  • Maguita NYC

    Give it a shot! Aim for snark, try not to land on douchebag. No one will judge (untrue), but we'll give you props for effort... And maybe a shirtless pic of your (my) favorite superhero.

  • bastich

    Do your best not to land on douchebag, lest you be subjected to Maguita's Picture Archive of Horrors.

  • Uriah_Creep

    TK's infamous basement has nothing on Maguita's evil Picture Archive of Horror.

  • Maguita NYC

    Hey, I heard that!!

  • Uriah_Creep

    Well you traumatized me with your creepy dolls, so you have to take responsibility.

  • Maguita NYC

    Those were meant to traumatize @Nateman! ... You're what war generals call "Collateral Damage".

    And I just made my self gag. Here's an apology to wash away the bitter taste:

  • bastich

    I'm betting, after a rigorous session of self-congratulation, some thorness may result.

  • Maguita NYC

    Maybe he can go see the Docthor then!

  • Repo

    Oh god, that's such a groaner. I adore it.

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