The Top Ten Canadian Box Office Draws Prove That The Era Of The Canadian Superstar Is Dead
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The Top Ten Canadian Box Office Draws Prove That The Era Of The Canadian Superstar Is Dead

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | July 1, 2013 | Comments ()


There was awhile there in the 90s and early aughts when Canadians were all the rage. They populated our blockbusters and dominated our music charts. But a quick look at the top box office draws paints a bleaker picture. You have to scroll own pretty far on the list to get to even your first Canadian and once you get there, the names seem woefully out of date. Even your most Pajiba-approved export, doesn't crop up in the top ten Canadians and ranks #456 overall. Your artistic geniuses, boy wonders and would-be action figures only rank #605, #423 and #444 respectively. You could argue that box office draw does not a superstar make. But that's naive and wishful Pajiba-thinking folks. Here are your most popular (franchise-inhabiting) Canadians. Look on their work and despair.

10. Carrie-Anne Moss
Overall Ranking: #284
Total Gross: $826.8 million


9. Hayden Christensen
Overall Ranking: #274
Total Gross: $862.8 million
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8. Brendan Fraser
Overall Ranking: #214
Total Gross: $1,039.8 million

7. Kiefer Sutherland
Overall Ranking: #211
Total Gross: $1,047.3 million

6. Ryan Reynolds
Overall Ranking: #202
Total Gross: $1,102.5 million


5. Rachel McAdams (There's Hope!)
Overall Ranking: #171
Total Gross: $1,240.9 million
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4. Seth Rogen (Still More!)
Overall Ranking: #123
Total Gross: $1,452.4 million

3. Keanu Reeves
Overall Ranking: #62
Total Gross: $1,784.3 million

2. Mike Myers
Overall Ranking: #36
Total Gross: $2,211.4 million

1. Jim Carrey
Overall Ranking: #23
Total Gross: $2,430.2 million


Ranking based on Box Office Mojo and income represent US Dollars. No loonies and toonies need apply.

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  • Mark DeVillier

    Jim Carrey's rank is 23... What are the odds?

  • Strand

    Australia happened. Sure there was always an old guard (Kidman, Crowe, Blanchett, Jackman, Pearce, Weaving.) but there's a raft of up-and-comers like Hemsworth, Edgerton, Wasikowska.

  • ishyaboy



  • kirbyjay

    Keanu- #1 on a seriously random list for "when beards go bad"
    Carrie Ann Moss - #1 on a seriously random list for "hot double amputees"

  • ZizoAH

    Shania Twain is the true and only Canadian Queen.

  • Uriah_Creep

    No loonies and toonies need apply.

    What about our new plastic $20 bills? Can we use those?

  • Greatest category on MTVs Remote Control: Dead or Canadian?

  • Space Raptor

    What about Dan Aykroyd? He's worth 1.08 Billion.
    Jay Baruchel's getting there too.

    Happy Canada Day!

  • apsutter

    Well I think these things are cyclical anyways. I don't think its that much of a problem that they don't have "superstars" because there is still so many Canadian entertainers out there

  • Anthony

    Bring back the Trailer Park Boys

  • Green Lantern

    Not listed - William Shatner.

    This list is invalid.

  • Considering Canadian independence only happened after the UK 'encouraged' them to 'take it from here', the notion of superstar probably may be a concept too far. Consider some of the talent that is just coasting along - yes, I'm talking to you, Reynolds, MacAdams, Fillion. At least Rogen is co-writing his own silly stuff. Maybe the best thing would be to reprint the Moss picture again and again and again, cuz that's superstardom!

  • llp

    I was going to express surprise about Michael J. Fox's absence, but I now realize this is not his era. But still - Michael J. FoxandRickMoranisandJohnCandy. Child of the 80s, yo.

  • luthien26

    The more the years go by, the more I appreciate how awesome Michael J. Fox is. I always get a kick when I got to Burnaby, B.C. and pass by the Michael J. Fox Theatre!

  • TheOtherGreg

    There are a lot of Canadians on TV, though - in shows like Hannibal, Orphan Black, Continuum. even Warehouse 13.

  • TheOtherGreg

    Consider these, from some Pajiba favourite shows:
    Anna Paquin
    Cobie Smulders
    Nathan Fillion
    Joshua Jackson
    Tatiana Maslany
    Elisha Cuthbert
    Will Arnett
    Jewel Staite

  • toblerone


  • TheOtherGreg

    Yes, Newfoundland is Canadian.

  • kittennz

    Anna Paquin is from NZ though

  • TheOtherGreg

    Born in Canada, raised mostly in NZ.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    Her parents still run their talent agency out of Winnipeg, I believe...

  • pfeiffer87

    Isn't Gosling a Canadian?

  • JoannaRobinson

    Gosling is mentioned in the intro and, alarmingly, didn't come close to ranking.

  • linnyloo

    Whaaa? You mean Lars and the Real Girl and Blue Valentine and Drive didn't rake in bazillions?

  • Maud

    indeedo, thought exactly the same. and he is most probably rocking the box office, with him being all over the place right now...

  • PaddyDog

    It's a filthy rumour.

  • PaddyDog

    Forget movies. What has happened to all the Canadian hockey players? I was forced to watch parts of the NHL draft yesterday and it was all Czechs and Russians and Norwegians and Swiss. The Swiss thing really doesn't make sense to me: do they even know how to fight?

  • Some of the top prospects have been playing in Halifax. Remember that the population of Canada is very small.

  • kushiro -

    Don't worry. The people who run Canadian amateur hockey will just ban foreign players from playing in the CHL, and therefore they will no longer exist. Just makes sense.

  • DataAngel


  • kushiro -

    I am Canadian, and I have no problem saying that the presence or absence of Canadians in any aspect of the production of a movie or TV show has absolutely no bearing on whether or not I will be interested in it.

  • Mrs. Julien

    But it will cut down on the number of times I point Canadians out to my American husband (who now unconsciously tacks an "eh" on things every so often) while watching TV or a movie.
    And then I found $5.

  • llp

    And then I found $5, indeed.

  • John W

    Australians/New Zealanders are the new Canadians.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I think I would be very happy to receive a full, warm hug from Brendan Fraser.

  • Samantha Klein

    I miss Brendan Fraser.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I believe that Armie Hammer is Brendan Fraser 2.0.

  • AudioSuede

    Brendan Fraser was never in a movie as good as The Social Network.

  • AngelenoEwok

    There's also never been two of him. :-(

  • kushiro -

    Gods and Monsters may not be "as good as" The Social Network, but I know which one I prefer.

  • Samantha Klein

    YES. I have also made that observation. The other alternative (rather different) is James Spader, re: that voice and the sometimes haughty demeanor.

  • foolsage

    Don't aim for where he is; aim for where he will be.

  • Samantha Klein

    Ooh, fencing wisdom. Allow me to rephrase: I miss non-puffy, non-balding, Mummy or George of the Jungle-era Brendan Fraser. GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE.

  • apsutter

    Well, I think it was The Mummy that kind of ruined him. He insisted on doing his own stunts and was hurt pretty badly and then I believe he had some prescription pain med problems. One of my favorite guilty pleasure movies is still Blast From The Past.

  • tamatha_uhmelmahaye

    No need to feel guilty about that! Some of us own it on DVD.

  • foolsage

    He definitely came across as charming and likable, back then.

    I loved the scene in "George of the Jungle" where George is running with the horses, and all the ladies are watching him and swooning. One pretentious male character turns to another and says, "What is it with chicks and horses, huh?"

  • BWeaves

    My best friend dragged me to see George of the Jungle. I did not want to go. I enjoyed the hell out of that movie. That man was fine.

  • llp

    I think I have seen George of the Jungle eleventy million times. I wore out the tape (!!) from the rental store. Being Canadian, I AM sorry about that.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Sleep sweet, BWeaves.

  • Samantha Klein


  • Guest

    1. Are you a fencer? Do I know you??
    2. Allow me to rephrase: I miss non-puffy, non-balding, Mummy-era Brendan Fraser. OR George of the Jungle Brendan Fraser.

    3.YES, Armie Hammer IS BF2.0. I have made the same observation myself.

  • e jerry powell


    (And for the sake of the record, "puffy," "balding" Brendan Fraser is still light-years better than no Brendan Fraser at all. Choke on that for a few days.)

  • zeke_the_pig

    Indeed, but...well, they're probably pretty chill about the whole thing.

  • luthien26

    And they're really, really sorry about it too.

  • llp

    No, we're not.

  • BigBlueKY

    no need for any more comments on this story. you win zeke. you win.

  • Fredo

    That's because the Canadians dropped the ball and allowed the Brits to take over. Look at it this way:

    Movies: Christian Bale, Henry Cavill, Daniel Craig, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg.

    TV: Matt Smith, Karen Gillian, Idris Elba, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Charles Dance, Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Music: Adele, Mumford & Sons.

    The Englanders took the Canucks out back and slapped them down! Happy Canada Day!

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