The Numbers Bankability Index™

The Numbers Bankability Index estimates how much someone adds in value to the film industry each year based on analysis of the Hollywood Creative Graph™, a network of over 80,000 people with over 3 million connections that represent all the films they have worked on together. By using an analytical technique called graph analysis, the Bankability Index measures the influence of each person in the Hollywood Creative Graph, which we translate below into an estimate of the annual value added by the 21 biggest players in the industry today. In simple terms, if the film business returned to the studio system that existed in the 1950s, this is how much we would pay everyone each year.

The Numbers Bankability Index Top 250

The complete top 250 people, ranked by worldwide and domestic box office, and by the value they bring to each movie. See our Top 250 Edition page for more details and to manage your subscription.

This chart is based on the worldwide box office earnings for every film a person has worked on, adjusted to reflect their performance over roughly the past decade. It is therefore a reflection of the most consistent performers over time. We have other versions of the Index that reflect more recent performance at the box office. Please contact us research@the-numbers.com for more details.

Does the Index suggest that people are overpaid?

Not exactly. The fundamental goal behind building The Numbers Bankability Index is to assess the value someone would bring to an average non-franchise film — regardless of whether they are in a lead role, or even an acting role. It looks at the value each person brings to a film as part of a team.

This is different from deciding how much they should be paid for a specific role, particularly in established franchises. Johnny Depp, for example, is measured as being worth about $7.4 million to an average movie (like, for example, The Rum Diary), but is clearly worth far more playing Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. Our Under the Covers article shows how we go about assessing the value of Johnny Depp playing Jack Sparrow.

The system can be applied to any segment of the movie industry: domestic box office, indie films, specific genres and budget ranges, and to individual film projects. For example, we can provide an analysis of the technical people who have the most success in a particular budget range, the "hot" actors and actresses who have been driving domestic box office results over the past 3 years, or screenwriters who specialize in a particular genre. The list is virtually limitless, and we will be happy to discuss the specifics of your project and see how we can help. For more information, see

- Introducing The Numbers Bankability Index
- Analysis: The Numbers Bankability Index Under the Covers
- Bankability Index Top 250 Edition
- Analysis: DiCaprio and Lasseter Big Gainers in February Bankability Index
- Analysis: Sandra Bullock is Hollywood's Top Actress

In the Press:
- USA Today
- Variety
- TIME

For more information, email us at research@the-numbers.com.

Bankability Index for October, 2014

  1
Steven Spielberg
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 42 films, with $10,477,836,399 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #5)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Executive Producer), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Executive Producer), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Director), Transformers: Age of Extinction (Executive Producer), Transformers (Executive Producer)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Famous Director (Austin Powers in Goldmember), Popcorn-Eating Man (The Lost World: Jurassic Park), Himself (Paul), Man in electric wheelchair (Gremlins), Cook County Clerk (The Blues Brothers)
Most productive collaborators: Kathleen Kennedy, Tom Cruise, John Williams, Michael Kahn, Gerald R. Molen

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$28,040,909

2.8 movies/year
$10,014,610/movie
+0.60% from last month

 
  2
Samuel L. Jackson
Best known as a Supporting Actor based on credits in that role in 50 films, with $9,344,883,177 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #2)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Nick Fury (The Avengers), Nick Fury (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Nick Fury (Iron Man 2), Mace Windu (Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith), Mace Windu (Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Eve's Bayou (Producer), The Caveman's Valentine (Executive Producer), The Samaritan (Executive Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Chris Evans, Stan Lee, Robert Downey, Jr., Louis D'Esposito, Joss Whedon

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$22,761,093

4.7 movies/year
$4,842,786/movie
+0.78% from last month

 
  3
Tom Cruise
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 29 films, with $6,410,927,032 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #4)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Ethan Hunt (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Ray Ferier (War of the Worlds), Famous Austin Powers (Austin Powers in Goldmember), Ethan Hunt (Mission: Impossible 2), Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Edge of Tomorrow)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Producer), Mission: Impossible 2 (Producer), Mission: Impossible III (Producer), Jack Reacher (Producer), Mission: Impossible (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Christopher McQuarrie, Steven Spielberg, Paula Wagner, Doug Liman, Joseph Kosinski

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$22,405,198

1.2 movies/year
$18,670,998/movie
+0.46% from last month

 
  4
Johnny Depp
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 32 films, with $6,136,990,582 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #6)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland), Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End), Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
Best-Known Technical Roles: The Lone Ranger (Executive Producer), Dark Shadows (Producer), Hugo (Producer), The Rum Diary (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Tim Burton, Gore Verbinski, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard D. Zanuck, Mia Wasikowska

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$22,343,937

3.2 movies/year
$6,982,480/movie
+0.86% from last month

 
  5
Brad Pitt
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 28 films, with $4,949,584,669 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #13)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Gerry Lane (World War Z), John Smith (Mr. And Mrs. Smith), Metro Man (Megamind), Benjamin Button (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Lt. Aldo Raine (Inglourious Basterds)
Best-Known Technical Roles: World War Z (Producer), The Departed (Producer), Fury (Executive Producer), Eat Pray Love (Executive Producer), Moneyball (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Marc Forster, Mireille Enos, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Dede Gardner, James Badge Dale

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$22,241,523

2.3 movies/year
$9,670,227/movie
+0.68% from last month

 
  6
Tom Hanks
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 37 films, with $8,385,077,538 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Woody (Toy Story 3), Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code), Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump), The Conductor/Hero Boy/Father/Hobo/Scrooge/Santa Claus (The Polar Express), Chuck Noland (Cast Away)
Best-Known Technical Roles: My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Producer), Cast Away (Producer), The Polar Express (Executive Producer), Mamma Mia! (Executive Producer), Evan Almighty (Executive Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Ron Howard, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Gary Goetzman, Akiva Goldsman

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$22,111,783

2.3 movies/year
$9,613,819/movie
+0.25% from last month

 
  7
Hans Zimmer
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 88 films, with $24,346,932,242 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1)
Best-Known Technical Roles: The Dark Knight (Composer), The Dark Knight Rises (Composer), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Composer), Man of Steel (Composer), Inception (Composer)
Most productive collaborators: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Michael Caine, Thomas Tull, Lee Smith

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$21,639,642

4.2 movies/year
$5,152,296/movie
+0.33% from last month

 
  8
Adam Sandler
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 25 films, with $2,963,945,921 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #47)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Dracula (Hotel Transylvania), Lenny Feder (Grown Ups), Leonard (Grown Ups 2), Paul Crew (The Longest Yard), Michael Newman (Click)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Grown Ups (Screenwriter), Grown Ups (Producer), Grown Ups 2 (Producer), Grown Ups 2 (Screenwriter), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Dennis Dugan, Jack Giarraputo, Kevin James, Allen Covert, Barry Bernardi

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$20,548,281

2.3 movies/year
$8,934,035/movie
+0.44% from last month

 
  9
Leonardo DiCaprio
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 20 films, with $5,840,093,600 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #8)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Jack Dawson (Titanic), Cobb (Inception), Calvin Candie (Django Unchained), Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby), Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Best-Known Technical Roles: The Wolf of Wall Street (Producer), The Ides of March (Executive Producer), Red Riding Hood (Producer), Runner Runner (Producer), Out of the Furnace (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kate Winslet

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$20,385,955

2.0 movies/year
$10,192,978/movie
+0.62% from last month

 
10
Morgan Freeman
Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 73 films, with $9,482,898,683 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #11)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Lucius Fox (The Dark Knight Rises), Lucius Fox (The Dark Knight), Vitruvius (The Lego Movie), God (Bruce Almighty), Narrator (War of the Worlds)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Along Came a Spider (Executive Producer), Invictus (Executive Producer), Bopha! (Director)
Most productive collaborators: Luc Besson, Scarlett Johansson, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Choi Min-sik

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$19,514,623

3.8 movies/year
$5,135,427/movie
+2.78% from last month

 
11
Stan Lee
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 31 films, with $13,145,213,420 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1)
Best-Known Technical Roles: The Avengers (Story Creator), Iron Man 3 (Executive Producer), Guardians of the Galaxy (Executive Producer), Iron Man 2 (Executive Producer), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Executive Producer)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Himself (The Avengers), Xandarian Ladie's Man (Guardians of the Galaxy), Smithsonian Guard (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Himself (The Amazing Spider-Man), Himself (Iron Man 2)
Most productive collaborators: Kevin Feige, Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Louis D'Esposito, Joss Whedon

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$18,346,198

2.6 movies/year
$7,056,230/movie
+1.58% from last month

 
12
Robert Downey, Jr.
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 31 films, with $5,799,544,149 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #10)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Tony Stark/Iron Man (The Avengers), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Iron Man 3), Tony Stark (Iron Man 2), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Iron Man), Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes)
Best-Known Technical Roles: The Judge (Executive Producer), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Co-Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Joss Whedon, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Stan Lee, Zak Penn

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$18,342,498

2.6 movies/year
$7,054,807/movie
+2.26% from last month
+1 place from last month

 
13
John Lasseter
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 19 films, with $10,090,509,071 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #6)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Frozen (Executive Producer), Toy Story 3 (Executive Producer), Toy Story 3 (Story Creator), Monsters University (Executive Producer), Up (Executive Producer)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Himself (The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story)
Most productive collaborators: Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, Jennifer Lee, Brad Bird, Pete Docter

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$18,055,769

1.9 movies/year
$9,503,036/movie
+0.65% from last month
-1 place from last month

 
14
Will Smith
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 18 films, with $5,692,059,835 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #11)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Robert Neville (I am Legend), John Hancock (Hancock), Agent J (Men in Black 3), Captain Steven Hiller (Independence Day), Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Hitch)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Hancock (Producer), Hitch (Producer), The Pursuit of Happyness (Producer), I, Robot (Executive Producer), After Earth (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: James Lassiter, Akiva Goldsman, Peter Berg, Charlize Theron, Jaden Smith

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$16,771,034

1.4 movies/year
$11,979,310/movie
+0.55% from last month

 
15
Kathleen Kennedy
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 31 films, with $5,254,626,107 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #12)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Executive Producer), Lincoln (Producer), War of the Worlds (Producer), The Sixth Sense (Producer), Jurassic Park (Producer)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Herself (Contact)
Most productive collaborators: Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Michael Kahn, John Williams, Colin Wilson

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$16,664,402

1.4 movies/year
$11,903,144/movie
+0.36% from last month

 
16
Harvey Weinstein
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 153 films, with $11,247,394,203 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #4)
Best-Known Technical Roles: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Executive Producer), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Executive Producer), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Executive Producer), Django Unchained (Executive Producer), Silver Linings Playbook (Executive Producer)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Sam Rizzo (An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn)
Most productive collaborators: Bob Weinstein, Quentin Tarantino, Geoffrey Rush, Christoph Waltz, Elijah Wood

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$16,351,974

10.7 movies/year
$1,528,222/movie
+26.08% from last month
+20 places from last month

 
17
Angelina Jolie
Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 14 films, with $3,062,212,019 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #46)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Maleficent (Maleficent), Tigress (Kung Fu Panda), Tigress (Kung Fu Panda 2), Jane Smith (Mr. And Mrs. Smith), Fox (Wanted)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Maleficent (Executive Producer), In The Land of Blood and Honey (Director), In The Land of Blood and Honey (Screenwriter)
Most productive collaborators: Robert Stromberg, Sharlto Copley, Linda Woolverton, Elle Fanning, Joe Roth

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$16,256,078

2.0 movies/year
$8,128,039/movie
+1.85% from last month
-1 place from last month

 
18
Mark Wahlberg
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 19 films, with $3,428,026,157 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #36)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Cade Yeager (Transformers: Age of Extinction), John Bennett (Ted), Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor), Terry Hoitz (The Other Guys), Leo Davidson (Planet of the Apes)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Lone Survivor (Producer), The Fighter (Producer), Contraband (Producer), Prisoners (Executive Producer), We Own the Night (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Michael Bay, Alec Sulkin, Baltasar Kormakur

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$16,129,005

2.3 movies/year
$7,012,611/movie
+4.55% from last month
-1 place from last month

 
19
James Newton Howard
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 105 films, with $15,008,352,739 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #3)
Best-Known Technical Roles: The Dark Knight (Composer), The Hunger Games (Composer), Maleficent (Composer), I am Legend (Composer), The Sixth Sense (Composer)
Most productive collaborators: Angelina Jolie, M. Night Shyamalan, Sam Mercer, Joe Roth, Palak Patel

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$15,714,461

3.2 movies/year
$4,910,769/movie
+2.99% from last month
-1 place from last month

 
20
Bruce Berman
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 71 films, with $11,973,682,280 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #2)
Best-Known Technical Roles: The Lego Movie (Executive Producer), I am Legend (Executive Producer), The Matrix Reloaded (Executive Producer), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Executive Producer), The Great Gatsby (Executive Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Johnny Depp, Dana Goldberg, Hugh Grant, Erwin Stoff, Tim Burton

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$15,692,088

4.1 movies/year
$3,827,339/movie
+3.48% from last month

 
21
George Clooney
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 24 films, with $3,075,143,248 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #42)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Matt Kowalski (Gravity), Danny Ocean (Ocean's Eleven), Captain Billy Tyne (The Perfect Storm), Danny Ocean (Ocean's Thirteen), Frank Stokes (The Monuments Men)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Argo (Producer), The Monuments Men (Director), The Monuments Men (Producer), The Monuments Men (Screenwriter), The Ides of March (Director)
Most productive collaborators: Sandra Bullock, Alfonso Cuarón, Matt Damon, Grant Heslov, Steven Soderbergh

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$15,574,587

2.5 movies/year
$6,229,835/movie
+2.33% from last month
-2 places from last month

 

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Adam Sandler: Angela George [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Stan Lee: By Edward Liu (Stan "The Man" Lee) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Harvey Weinstein: By David Shankbone (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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