Vulture has released its annual list of the “100 Most Valuable Stars,” using a proprietary algorithm that takes into account factors like box office, media coverage, Twitter chatter (newly added in 2013), reviews and knowledge from a tribunal of studio execs. Robert Downey Jr. has nabbed the top spot for a second year in a row. Check out the other names in the top ten, below.
Leonardo DiCaprio, having headlined “The Great Gatsby” and proving once again his star power and box office appeal, is in second place, with Jennifer Lawrence, who has the “Hunger Games” franchise and an Oscar win this year, close on his heels in third place. Sandra Bullock is next (“The Heat” was a hit, as is “Gravity,” the latter of which is earning Bullock some serious awards buzz), followed by Brad Pitt, whose troubled “World War Z” landed with both critics and audiences this past summer.
Despite “After Earth” flopping, Will Smith is in the sixth spot (down from last year’s second place). Christian Bale is next, with Vulture’s reasoning being “he doesn’t need Batman anymore.” Then comes Denzel Washington, who hasn’t had a movie open to less than $20 million in over a decade; Tom Hanks, whose “Captain Philips” has proved his star power again, despite previous box office misses; and Johnny Depp is in tenth place — this is down from third spot in 2012, no doubt with the much discussed and little seen “Lone Ranger” to thank for that.
So what defines a star? In light of “Gravity” and “Captain Philips” successes at the box office, and “The Fifth Estate” bombing (despite the popularity of leading man Benedict Cumberbatch), we recently discussed the tried and true stars vs. those who are still proving their audience pull here.
The entire list of Vulture’s 100 can be checked out here.