On paper, the movie Gravity seemed like a crazy risk. The effects-heavy movie cost upward of $100 million to produce and instead of comic book heroes fighting it out, the film featured one woman floating in space for almost the entire 90-minute running time.
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Despite the odds, Gravity turned out to be one of the highest-grossing movies of 2013 bringing in $716 million at the global box office. The film was the rare commercial and critical success. Gravity earned 10 Oscar nomination and won seven gold statues.
Gravity star Sandra Bullock didn’t win for Best Actress this year (though she did in 2010 for The Blind Side) but she did walk away with a ton of money. Thanks mostly to Gravity, Bullock tops the 2014 list of the highest-earnings actress with an estimated $51 million in earnings between June 2013 and June 2014.
Despite Bullock’s impressive showing, women are still earning less than men in Hollywood. The ten top earning actors brought in a combined $419 million during the time frame while the top ten actresses brought in just a little over half of that — $226 million.
Hopefully the women on the list can start to change that as female-led blockbusters bring in just as much money as action films starring men.
The fact that The Hunger Games franchise stars a woman hasn’t stopped fans from spending millions of dollars on the movies. Star Jennifer Lawrence earned less than $1 million upfront for the first movie. Now she’s in a position to demand top dollar for future Hunger Games movies as well as a share of the backend. Forbes estimates that Lawrence earned $34 million between June 2013 and June 2014 ranking her second on the earnings list. Lawrence ranked 12th overall on the Celebrity 100 list which measures a mix of earnings and fame.
To come up with the earnings estimates they talked to agents, producers, lawyers and other in-the-know folks to figure out how much each celebrity earned from entertainment-related work during our 12 month time period. They didn’t deduct for taxes, agent fees or the other costs of being a celebrity reports Forbes.