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Highest-grossing actors under the age of 30

Highest-grossing actors under the age of 30
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Highest-grossing actors under the age of 30

There are plenty of actors under the age of 30 who have made an impact in the world of film, and grossed a huge amount of money in the process. Some are still making movies, while others have transitioned into other careers (one person who made our list actually works in politics now). A number of these actors landed in career-defining roles with no prior screen experience.

Stacker analyzed data from the-numbers.com to compile a list of the 50 highest-grossing actors younger than 30. For these purposes, “total box office earnings” is defined as the total amount of money a movie that the actor had a leading role in.

Some actors are as young as 10, while a few 29-year-olds just made the cut. Have any guesses as to who made the list? Read on to see if your predictions hold true.

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#50. Karen Fukuhara
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#50. Karen Fukuhara

Total box office earnings: $325,100,054

Movies with a leading role: 1

Age: 26

This Los Angeles-born actor made her film debut in “Suicide Squad” after working extensively in television. But there’s much more to Fukuhara than acting: The Japanese-American is fluent in English and Japanese, has a degree in sociology and has a brown belt in Kyokushin karate.

 

 

#49. Bill Skarsgård
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#49. Bill Skarsgård

Total box office earnings: $327,631,857

Movies with a leading role: 4

Age: 27

Skarsgård is a Swedish-born actor with an intimidating acting portfolio that includes starring roles in “It” (2017), “Allegiant” (2016) and “Deadpool 2” (2018). In “It” he played horror villain Pennywise the Dancing Clown, a role he will reprise for the sequel in 2019.

 

#48. Jaeden Lieberher
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#48. Jaeden Lieberher

Total box office earnings: $331,769,852

Movies with a leading role: 3

Age: 15

Lieberher is a Philly native best-known for his leading role as Bill Denbrough in the horror remake of “It” in 2017. He got his big break at the age of 9 in his portrayal of a young Chris Evans in "Playing it Cool," directed by Justin Reardon. Lieberher also starred in “St. Vincent” alongside Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts.

 

#47. Alicia Vikander
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#47. Alicia Vikander

Total box office earnings: $335,255,508

Movies with a leading role: 10

Age: 29

Vikander, a Swedish-born actor, won the Academy Award for her role in “The Danish Girl.” She also starred in the “Tomb Raider” remake. She’s one of six children, and trained as a ballet dancer.

 

 

#46. Dylan O’Brien
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#46. Dylan O’Brien

Total box office earnings: $339,857,759

Movies with a leading role: 8

Age: 26

O’Brien got his start on the MTV series “Teen Wolf” (2011), where he played the role of Tyler Posey’s goofy sidekick, Stiles. His first lead role came a year later when O’Brien portrayed Dave in “The First Time,” a teen romance about two high-schoolers who fall in love over the course of a weekend.

 

#45. Freddie Highmore
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#45. Freddie Highmore

Total box office earnings: $345,432,362

Movies with a leading role: 8

Age: 26

Born in London, Highmore was just seven years old when he landed his first role. He’s since secured starring roles in “Finding Neverland” (2004), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005) and “The Spiderwick Chronicles” (2008).

#44. AnnaSophia Robb
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#44. AnnaSophia Robb

Total box office earnings: $354,067,545

Movies with a leading role: 7

Age: 24

Robb is a Denver native who hit the ground running with parts in “Because of Winn-Dixie,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Race to Witch Mountain,” “Soul Surfer” and “The Way, Way Back.” Her dreams of becoming an actor started early: Robb was just five when she performed on a church stage in her town in front of 500 people.

#43. Hailee Steinfeld
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#43. Hailee Steinfeld

Total box office earnings: $354,090,370

Movies with a leading role: 11

Age: 21

Steinfeld’s breakout role was as a teenager tracking down her father's murderer in the Coen brothers film “True Grit.” The portrayal earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Steinfeld’s extensive portfolio also includes roles in “Ender's Game,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “Begin Again” and “3 Days to Kill.” Steinfeld sings, too, and put her vocals to good use in “Pitch Perfect 2” and "Pitch Perfect 3."

#42. Alexis Knapp
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#42. Alexis Knapp

Total box office earnings: $354,194,853

Movies with a leading role: 5

Age: 29

Knapp moved to Los Angeles when she turned 18 with dreams of making it big. A former model, she is known for her portrayal of Stacie Conrad in the “Pitch Perfect” musical comedy franchise, and her starring role as Alexis in the party film “Project X.” Knapp has one child with her ex, Ryan Phillippe.

#41. Will Poulter
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#41. Will Poulter

Total box office earnings: $357,208,931

Movies with a leading role: 4

Age: 25

This “Maze Runner” actor was born in England and educated at The Harrodian School, where he was active in drama. Poulter is widely known for his work in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and “We're the Millers.”

#40. Dakota Fanning
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#40. Dakota Fanning

Total box office earnings: $361,920,614

Movies with a leading role: 16

Age: 24

The daughter of a professional tennis player, Fanning was just eight when she snagged the role of Lucy Dawson in the drama “I Am Sam” about a mentally challenged father raising his daughter. She received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for that portrayal, and has since expanded her portfolio with films such as “Now Is Good,” “Night Moves,” “Very Good Girls” and “Ocean’s 8.”

#39. Neel Sethi
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#39. Neel Sethi

Total box office earnings: $364,001,123

Movies with a leading role: 1

Age: 14

Indian-American Neel Sethi catapulted into the spotlight with his portrayal of Mowgli in Jon Favreau's 2016 take on the classic children’s tale “The Jungle Book.” Sethi also starred in the short film “Diwali.”

#38. Abigail Breslin
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#38. Abigail Breslin

Total box office earnings: $366,840,346

Movies with a leading role: 13

Age: 22

Breslin is most often recognized for her Academy Award-nominated role as in “Little Miss Sunshine” as Olive, an ambitious child obsessed with winning a beauty pageant. Breslin also starred alongside Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County.”

#37. Karan Soni
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#37. Karan Soni

Total box office earnings: $376,495,483

Movies with a leading role: 3

Age: 29

Soni is best known for his roles in “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Deadpool,” and “Deadpool 2.” Born in India, he graduated from USC School of Dramatic Arts and has an extensive portfolio of television appearances, including a number of funny AT&T commercials and recurring roles on “The Goldbergs.”

#36. Lily James
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#36. Lily James

Total box office earnings: $393,720,323

Movies with a leading role: 5

Age: 29

James became a household name for her role on the popular English TV show “Downton Abbey.” Her film breakthrough came in 2015 when she scored the leading role in “Cinderella.” James’ most recent performance was in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”

#35. Cara Delevingne
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#35. Cara Delevingne

Total box office earnings: $397,579,728

Movies with a leading role: 4

Age: 25

Cara Delevingne got her start as a model, earning the distinction of “Model of the Year” at the British Fashion Awards in 2014. Her first major acting role was as Margo Roth Spiegelman in the romantic mystery film “Paper Towns.” Delevingne starred in 2017's “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

#34. Jaden Smith
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#34. Jaden Smith

Total box office earnings: $399,699,751

Movies with a leading role: 4

Age: 20

The son of Hollywood royalty Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith's first movie role was alongside his father in “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Other films include the 2008 remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and the 2010 remake of the 80s martial arts classic “The Karate Kid.”

#33. Nick Jonas
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#33. Nick Jonas

Total box office earnings: $423,671,656

Movies with a leading role: 3

Age: 25

Jonas was made famous alongside his siblings in American pop band The Jonas Brothers. He went on to appear in the musical television film “Camp Rock” and its sequel, “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.” Jonas, who owns 16 guitars, also appeared alongside his family members in “Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream” and Disney’s “Jonas.”

#32. Chloë Grace Moretz
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#32. Chloë Grace Moretz

Total box office earnings: $431,263,844

Movies with a leading role: 19

Age: 21

Born in Atlanta, Moretz's breakthrough role came in 2010 with her role as Hit-Girl in the superhero film “Kick-Ass.” She also starred in its 2013 sequel “Kick-Ass 2.” She has had plenty of roles since, including “Hugo,” “Dark Shadows” and “Carrie.” Her latest film is “The Miseducation of Cameron Post." 

#31. Anna Popplewell
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#31. Anna Popplewell

Total box office earnings: $433,332,447

Movies with a leading role: 2

Age: 29

Popplewell was born in London and is known primarily for her role as Susan Pevensie in the 2005 adaptation of the classic children’s fairy tale “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” She also starred in “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” and “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.”

#30. Anton Yelchin
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#30. Anton Yelchin

Total box office earnings: $448,240,768

Movies with a leading role: 13

Age: 27 (deceased)

Yelchin was born in the Soviet Union, but his parents relocated to the U.S. when he was young. He was still a teenager when his film career took off, with a portfolio that today includes his roles as Bobby in “Hearts in Atlantis,” Pavel Chekov in three “Star Trek” reboots, Charlie Brewster in the 2011 remake of “Fright Night,” and Jacob in “Like Crazy.” Yelchin’s career was cut tragically short in 2016 when he died in a car accident.

#29. Jake Lloyd
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#29. Jake Lloyd

Total box office earnings: $474,544,677

Movies with a leading role: 1

Age: 29

Jake Lloyd got his start as a child star, making a name for himself as young Anakin Skywalker on “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” “Jingle All the Way” and the video game “Star Wars: Episode I – Racer.” Lloyd was arrested in 2015 in South Carolina for reckless driving and taken into custody after leading police on a high-speed chase. A year later he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and retired from acting.

#28. Ezra Miller
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#28. Ezra Miller

Total box office earnings: $483,202,320

Movies with a leading role: 9

Age: 25

Miller portrayed the lead role in the drama “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” a film about a school massacre. He also co-starred in the film adaptation of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and appeared in the Judd Apatow comedy “Trainwreck.”

#27. Dakota Johnson
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#27. Dakota Johnson

Total box office earnings: $492,452,290

Movies with a leading role: 11

Age: 28

The daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith debuted in the 1999 film “Crazy in Alabama.” Johnson has since appeared in dozens of movies, including “The Social Network” and “How to Be Single.” Her leading roles in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film franchise adaptation of E.L. James’ novels, about a man and young woman who embark on a risque love affair, made her an internationally recognized Hollywood starlet.

#26. Josh Hutcherson
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#26. Josh Hutcherson

Total box office earnings: $503,109,344

Movies with a leading role: 9

Age: 25

This Kentucky native enjoyed minor film roles before his big break as Peeta Mellark in the film series “The Hunger Games,” about a girl trying to survive in a dystopian world. He also had a lead role in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” and a voice role in the animated film “Epic.”

#25. Zendaya
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#25. Zendaya

Total box office earnings: $508,541,314

Movies with a leading role: 3

Age: 21

Zendaya was born in California and got her start as a child model for Macy's, Mervyns and Old Navy. She later became widely known for her role as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom “Shake It Up” and scored a coveted role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” She also stars in the soon-to-be-released HBO teen drama series “Euphoria,” executive produced by Drake.

#24. Christopher Mintz-Plasse
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#24. Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Total box office earnings: $510,969,566

Movies with a leading role: 8

Age: 29

Mintz-Plasse was thrust into movie stardom with his breakthrough role as McLovin in 2007’s runaway hit “Superbad,” a coming-of-age buddy comedy. His other films include “Role Models,” “Kick-Ass,” “Kick-Ass 2” and the animated film “How to Train Your Dragon.” Mintz-Plasse also plays bass in a California-based band called MainMan.

#23. Selena Gomez
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#23. Selena Gomez

Total box office earnings: $513,035,294

Movies with a leading role: 9

Age: 26

Gomez is best-known for her singing career, but has had plenty of on-screen credits, as well. She got her film start when she was much younger, in the movie “Another Cinderella Story.” Gomez also voiced the character of Mavis in the successful “Hotel Transylvania” animated franchise.

#22. Taron Egerton
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#22. Taron Egerton

Total box office earnings: $516,437,246

Movies with a leading role: 9

Age: 28

Egerton is a Welsh actor and singer starring in the upcoming action-adventure “Robin Hood.” He also starred in the action spy comedy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” “Eddie the Eagle,” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

#21. Shailene Woodley
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#21. Shailene Woodley

Total box office earnings: $532,082,749

Movies with a leading role: 9

Age: 26

This “Big Little Lies” star had a supporting role in “The Descendants,” a film about a family torn apart after a death; and “The Spectacular Now,” for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. Woodley also starred in “The Fault in Our Stars” and the “Divergent” series.

#20. Elizabeth Debicki
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#20. Elizabeth Debicki

Total box office earnings: $534,690,629

Movies with a leading role: 4

Age: 27

Debicki is an Australian actor born in Paris to two dancers. She studied ballet from a young age until switching her focus to the theater. Debicki’s varied acting career includes credits in the 2013 remake of “The Great Gatsby,” “Macbeth,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

#19. Skandar Keynes
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#19. Skandar Keynes

Total box office earnings: $537,719,397

Movies with a leading role: 3

Age: 26

Keynes is an English actor who starred as Edmund Pevensie in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series. He left acting to study at Cambridge, and eventually became a political adviser to Emily Blunt’s uncle, Crispin Blunt.

#18. Georgie Henley
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#18. Georgie Henley

Total box office earnings: $537,726,267

Movies with a leading role: 5

Age: 23

Henley is best known for her portrayal of Lucy Pevensie in “The Chronicles of Narnia” movies, which debuted in 2005 when she was just 10 years old. The casting director for the film picked Henley from thousands of girls to play the part after just one audition.

#17. Margot Robbie
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#17. Margot Robbie

Total box office earnings: $558,825,407

Movies with a leading role: 8

Age: 28

Robbie is an Australian actor who started her acting career when she was 17. She’s since appeared in a number of critically acclaimed movies, including “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” “Peter Rabbit” and “Suicide Squad.” Her 2017 portrayal of figure skater Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya” earned her more than two dozen award nominations.

#16. Huck Milner
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#16. Huck Milner

Total box office earnings: $572,880,761

Movies with a leading role: 1

Age: 10

He might be young, but Milner is already a widely respected actor. He joined ranks with big names for a coveted role on the animated sequel “Incredibles 2” as Dash, a boy with lightning speed.

#15. Kelly Marie Tran
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#15. Kelly Marie Tran

Total box office earnings: $620,181,382

Movies with a leading role: 1

Age: 29

Tran was born in the United States to Vietnamese parents. Her first film credit was for a student movie shot at San Diego State University. Tran got her big break when she landed the role of Rose Tico in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi,” and has been signed for “Star Wars: Episode IX” being released in 2019.

#14. Aaron Taylor-Johnson
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#14. Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Total box office earnings: $810,600,479

Movies with a leading role: 9

Age: 28

Taylor-Johnson is best-known for his work as the title character of unlikely superhero movie “Kick-Ass,” but began performing when he was six years old. His first American film was “Shanghai Knights,” in which he played a child version of Charlie Chaplin. Taylor-Johnson also starred in “The Illusionist,” playing a young version of Edward Norton's character, Eisenheim.

#13. Emma Stone
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#13. Emma Stone

Total box office earnings: $867,741,171

Movies with a leading role: 16

Age: 29

Stone played quirky Gwen Stacy in the 2012 superhero film “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and starred in the sequel. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a recovering drug addict in “Birdman,” which also starred Michael Keaton. Stone finally won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of an aspiring actor in the highly successful musical “La La Land.”

#12. Daniel Kaluuya
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#12. Daniel Kaluuya

Total box office earnings: $875,995,600

Movies with a leading role: 3

Age: 29

Kaluuya earned widespread acclaim—and an Academy Award nomination—for his portrayal of Chris Washington in the thriller “Get Out.” He also played W'Kabi in the Marvel Studios film “Black Panther.”

#11. Tom Holland
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#11. Tom Holland

Total box office earnings: $1,055,803,866

Movies with a leading role: 7

Age: 22

Holland is an English actor best known for playing Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” Holland previously appeared on stage in the title role of “Billy Elliot: the Musical” in London's West End.

#10. Letitia Wright
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#10. Letitia Wright

Total box office earnings: $1,377,517,021

Movies with a leading role: 3

Age: 24

Wright’s career soared with her roles as Shuri in the box office blockbuster “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” The British-Guyanese actor additionally starred in this year’s films “The Commuter” and “Ready Player One.”

#9. Taylor Lautner
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#9. Taylor Lautner

Total box office earnings: $1,541,289,602

Movies with a leading role: 10

Age: 26

Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and became a teen idol when he landed the role of Jacob Black in the “Twilight” films. To look the part, he transformed his body to become fit for the role, packing on 30 pounds of lean muscle.

#8. Elizabeth Olsen
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#8. Elizabeth Olsen

Total box office earnings: $1,598,550,708

Movies with a leading role: 13

Age: 29

The younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen got her cinematic breakthrough in 2011 when she starred in “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” She has also appeared in the “Avengers” movies and “Captain America: Civil War.”

#7. Kristen Stewart
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#7. Kristen Stewart

Total box office earnings: $1,614,775,505

Movies with a leading role: 23

Age: 28

The “Twilight” movies made Kristen Stewart a big box office star. For most of the films, Bella (played by Stewart) contemplates becoming a vampire and faces the choice of either Edward or Jacob. The franchise took in around $3.3 billion at the box office.

#6. John Boyega
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#6. John Boyega

Total box office earnings: $1,633,843,636

Movies with a leading role: 6

Age: 26

Boyega is a British actor known for playing Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the seventh film in the series. He also starred in “The Circle” and “Detroit.”

#5. Daisy Ridley
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#5. Daisy Ridley

Total box office earnings: $1,660,123,391

Movies with a leading role: 7

Age: 26

Ridley is an English actor who had a number of roles in television and short films before getting her breakout role as Rey in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy. She also starred in “Murder on the Orient Express,” a 2017 film adaptation of one of Agatha Christie's detective novels.

#4. Rupert Grint
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#4. Rupert Grint

Total box office earnings: $2,390,423,881

Movies with a leading role: 13

Age: 29

Grint’s career took off when he landed the role of Ron Weasley, one of the three main characters in the “Harry Potter” films. Grint performed hip-hop lyrics that he wrote himself for that audition tape, which helped turn him from theater troupe member and high-school play performer to big-league superstar.

#3. Daniel Radcliffe
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#3. Daniel Radcliffe

Total box office earnings: $2,524,202,140

Movies with a leading role: 19

Age: 29

Securing the lead role as a boy wizard in the “Harry Potter” movies (eight in total) changed Radcliffe’s life. Post-Harry Potter, Radcliffe has played a variety of parts, including American poet Allen Ginsberg in the thriller drama “Kill Your Darlings.” He also starred as Igor in the horror film “Victor Frankenstein.”

#2. Jennifer Lawrence
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#2. Jennifer Lawrence

Total box office earnings: $2,528,981,869

Movies with a leading role: 19

Age: 27

Jennifer Lawrence saw her star status soar when she secured the lead role in “The Hunger Games” series. In her acting tenure, she’s earned an Oscar for her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” alongside Bradley Cooper, and been nominated for another for her role as the wacky wife of Christian Bale in “American Hustle”—a film nominated for 10 Oscars.

#1. Emma Watson
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#1. Emma Watson

Total box office earnings: $2,938,245,314

Movies with a leading role: 14

Age: 28

No role was more pivotal to Watson’s career than that of Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” film series. Prior to landing the part, she had only acted in school plays. Watson appeared in all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011. More recently, she starred as Belle in a revival of “Beauty and the Beast.”

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