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Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Real Life Events Movies


See also: Domestic Leading Original Screenplay Stars - Domestic Leading Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Stars - Domestic Leading Based on Comic/Graphic Novel Stars - Domestic Leading Remake Stars - Domestic Leading Based on TV Stars - Domestic Leading Based on Factual Book/Article Stars - Domestic Leading Based on Play Stars - International Leading Based on Real Life Events Stars - Worldwide Leading Based on Real Life Events Stars

This chart contains the top 100 stars based on the cumulative domestic box office of all the Based on Real Life Events movies a star has had a leading role in over their lifetime.

Roles in animated movies and other voice-only roles are included in the calculations in this chart.

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Tom Hanks
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 44 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Captain Phillips ($107,136,417 in 2013), Saving Mr. Banks ($83,299,761 in 2013), The Post ($81,903,458 in 2017), The Terminal ($77,073,959 in 2004), You Are My Friend ($0 in 2019)

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Kate Beckinsale
Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 19 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Pearl Harbor ($198,539,855 in 2001), The Aviator ($102,608,827 in 2004), The Disappointments Room ($2,423,467 in 2016), Nothing But the Truth ($3,500 in 2008)

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Denzel Washington
Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 43 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Remember the Titans ($115,654,751 in 2000), Unstoppable ($81,562,942 in 2010), The Hurricane ($50,699,241 in 1999), The Great Debaters ($30,226,144 in 2007), Antwone Fisher ($21,078,145 in 2002)

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Complete List

Rank Name Domestic
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Tom Hanks $349,413,595 5 $69,882,719
2 Kate Beckinsale $303,575,649 4 $75,893,912
3 Denzel Washington $299,221,223 5 $59,844,245
4 Mark Wahlberg $294,619,140 5 $58,923,828
5 Christian Bale $253,242,848 5 $50,648,570
6 Will Smith $220,770,002 2 $110,385,001
7 Mel Gibson $217,125,420 2 $108,562,710
8 Kurt Russell $215,338,971 5 $43,067,794
9 Jennifer Lawrence $206,569,039 2 $103,284,520
10 Bradley Cooper $206,569,039 2 $103,284,520
11 Josh Hartnett $198,539,855 2 $99,269,928
12 Ben Affleck $198,539,855 1 $198,539,855
13 Hugh Jackman $189,736,523 3 $63,245,508
14 Michelle Williams $188,544,539 2 $94,272,270
15 Jason Mitchell $177,987,924 2 $88,993,962
16 Zac Efron $173,947,134 1 $173,947,134
17 Rebecca Ferguson $173,947,134 1 $173,947,134
18 Zendaya $173,947,134 1 $173,947,134
19 Rachel McAdams $170,069,806 2 $85,034,903
20 Amy Adams $164,599,838 2 $82,299,919
21 Jaden Smith $162,586,036 1 $162,586,036
22 O'Shea Jackson, Jr. $161,197,785 1 $161,197,785
23 Neil Brown, Jr. $161,197,785 1 $161,197,785
24 Corey Hawkins $161,197,785 1 $161,197,785
25 Aldis Hodge $161,197,785 1 $161,197,785
26 Jeremy Renner $152,568,653 2 $76,284,327
27 Cuba Gooding, Jr. $151,029,328 4 $37,757,332
28 Liam Neeson $149,533,618 5 $29,906,724
29 Cate Blanchett $148,976,766 4 $37,244,192
30 Channing Tatum $148,026,074 3 $49,342,025
31 Forest Whitaker $146,858,239 3 $48,952,746
32 Robin Williams $142,851,361 2 $71,425,681
33 Leonardo DiCaprio $140,254,746 4 $35,063,687
34 Meryl Streep $139,277,255 5 $27,855,451
35 Matthew McConaughey $135,866,277 4 $33,966,569
36 Chadwick Boseman $135,641,807 3 $45,213,936
37 Tom Cruise $134,449,829 2 $67,224,915
38 Robert De Niro $133,359,136 4 $33,339,784
39 Kevin Costner $125,670,210 4 $31,417,553
40 Julia Roberts $125,548,685 1 $125,548,685
41 Helen Mirren $120,540,769 5 $24,108,154
42 Joaquin Phoenix $119,519,402 2 $59,759,701
43 Reese Witherspoon $119,519,402 1 $119,519,402
44 Morgan Freeman $116,499,371 2 $58,249,686
45 Chris Pine $109,132,500 2 $54,566,250
46 Harrison Ford $107,502,954 2 $53,751,477
47 Jamie Foxx $107,159,579 2 $53,579,790
48 David Oyelowo $105,855,470 3 $35,285,157
49 Johnny Knoxville $102,003,019 1 $102,003,019
50 Jackson Nicoll $102,003,019 1 $102,003,019
51 Jesse Eisenberg $96,962,694 2 $48,481,347
52 Jessica Chastain $95,720,716 2 $47,860,358
53 Anthony Hopkins $92,178,032 3 $30,726,011
54 Dwayne Johnson $88,308,114 2 $44,154,057
55 Michelle Pfeiffer $84,919,401 1 $84,919,401
56 Emma Thompson $83,299,761 2 $41,649,881
57 Diane Lane $81,983,505 3 $27,327,835
58 Michael Peña $75,850,390 2 $37,925,195
59 Jim Carrey $72,290,660 4 $18,072,665
60 Cozi Zuehlsdorff $72,286,779 1 $72,286,779
61 Kris Kristofferson $72,286,779 1 $72,286,779
62 Ashley Judd $72,286,779 1 $72,286,779
63 Nathan Gamble $72,286,779 1 $72,286,779
64 Harry Connick, Jr. $72,286,779 1 $72,286,779
65 Nicolas Cage $70,553,893 3 $23,517,964
66 Andrew Garfield $67,698,937 2 $33,849,469
67 Anthony Mackie $66,665,430 2 $33,332,715
68 Nate Parker $65,737,943 2 $32,868,972
69 Miley Cyrus $65,281,781 1 $65,281,781
70 Angelina Jolie Pitt $63,168,381 2 $31,584,191
71 Derek Luke $62,221,600 3 $20,740,533
72 Russell Crowe $61,649,911 1 $61,649,911
73 John Malkovich $61,504,717 2 $30,752,359
74 Gina Rodriguez $61,433,527 1 $61,433,527
75 Dylan O’Brien $61,433,527 1 $61,433,527
76 Piper Perabo $60,840,971 2 $30,420,486
77 Maria Bello $60,786,269 1 $60,786,269
78 Tyra Banks $60,786,269 1 $60,786,269
79 Izabella Miko $60,786,269 1 $60,786,269
80 Bridget Moynahan $60,786,269 1 $60,786,269
81 Jason Clarke $60,664,737 3 $20,221,579
82 Matt Damon $59,908,565 1 $59,908,565
83 Michael Keaton $57,841,829 2 $28,920,915
84 Mark Ruffalo $57,152,076 2 $28,576,038
85 Terrence Howard $56,933,977 2 $28,466,989
86 Joseph Gordon-Levitt $56,093,045 3 $18,697,682
87 Kevin Hart $55,835,094 2 $27,917,547
88 Kyle Gallner $55,389,516 1 $55,389,516
89 Virginia Madsen $55,389,516 1 $55,389,516
90 Ben Kingsley $52,767,889 1 $52,767,889
91 Ed Harris $52,689,706 2 $26,344,853
92 Chris Hemsworth $51,968,382 2 $25,984,191
93 Jude Law $51,396,781 1 $51,396,781
94 Joseph Fiennes $51,396,781 1 $51,396,781
95 Drew Barrymore $49,938,753 3 $16,646,251
96 Marcus T. Paulk $49,876,377 1 $49,876,377
97 Ne-Yo $49,876,377 1 $49,876,377
98 Leslie Odom Jr. $49,876,377 1 $49,876,377
99 Elijah Kelley $49,876,377 1 $49,876,377
100 Tristan Wilds $49,876,377 1 $49,876,377

The Domestic Market is defined as the North American movie territory (consisting of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam).

This table is updated daily to reflect the latest studio reports.

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

Image attributions

Tom Hanks: By Yeoman 1st Class Donna Lou Morgan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Kate Beckinsale: By Gerald Geronimo (Uploaded to Flickr as Kate Beckinsale) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Denzel Washington: Falkenauge at the German language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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