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Bankability101
The Objective Star Power Ranking

The Top Stars of 2000

The following list ranks the movie stars according to their actual star power in 2000 or how well their pictures performed at the box office, and not according to the puff pieces so common in the media. The Bankability 101 rating is based primarily on opening weekend and total gross averages. Secondary considerations include number of pictures and supporting roles. To be eligible, an actor/actress has to have received top, above-the-title billing on at least one release that opened wide in calendar year 2000. The top star receives a 100-point rating, with the rest a percentage of that. Only domestic grosses are counted at this time since many pictures have yet to extensively play overseas. Please keep in mind that this list is not necessarily indicative of overall bankability, and that it is not about acting ability.

Updated 1/9/01

Rank

Star (Click to view track record)

Rating

Pictures*

Salary**

1

Mel Gibson

100.00

What Women Want, The Patriot

$25

2

Jim Carrey

95.97

The Grinch, Me, Myself & Irene

$20

3

Tom Cruise

67.84

Mission: Impossible 2, (Magnolia)

$20

4

Tom Hanks

65.83

Cast Away

$20

5

Bruce Willis

57.79

Unbreakable, The Kid, The Whole Nine Yards

$20

6

Julia Roberts

52.00

Erin Brockovich

$20

7

Eddie Murphy

51.95

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

$20

8

Robert DeNiro

50.54

Meet the Parents, Men of Honor, (Rocky & Bull.)

$15

9

Harrison Ford

50.04

What Lies Beneath

$20

10

Nicolas Cage

46.28

Gone in 60 Seconds, The Family Man

$20

11

Martin Lawrence

46.12

Big Momma's House

$12

12

Denzel Washington

44.56

Remember the Titans, The Hurricane

$12

* Parentheses indicate supporting roles.
** In millions. The salary reportedly earned for last picture. Not including perks or backend participation.

Most Bankable Director
Robert Zemeckis
What Lies Beneath, Cast Away

Most Bankable Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer
Remember the Titans, Gone in 60 Seconds, Coyote Ugly

Box Office Poison
John Travolta
Battlefield Earth, Lucky Numbers

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