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Analysis: Sandra Bullock is Hollywood’s Top Actress

June 30th, 2014

With the recent weak performance of films such as Transcendence and Edge of Tomorrow at the box office, there’s been a lot of talk recently about how much actors and actresses are really worth to a film. The poor performance of these films hasn’t come as a huge surprise to followers of the Bankability Index, which produces valuations considerably below the $20 million that Johnny Depp reportedly earned from his lead role in Transcendence, and we thought this is a good opportunity to look at what the Index says about the most valuable actors and actresses in the business.

With Angelina Jolie making headlines for all the right reasons for her starring role in Maleficent, it seemed only fitting to start with an analysis of the most valuable actresses in Hollywood. For this chart, we’ve taken each star’s worldwide Bankability Index and divided it by the number of films they make each year to get an estimate of the average value they bring to a film, as of June, 2014.

Sandra Bullock tops the chart, which isn’t surprising given her stellar record over the past few years. The diversity of roles she’s taken on helps move her clear of the field by an impressive margin: she’s more than $2 million ahead of second-placed Angelina Jolie, although Jolie is closing the gap as Maleficent plays out.

Helena Bonham Carter is something of a surprise at number three, but her many collaborations with partner Tim Burton and her diverse roles, from the Harry Potter franchise to Les Miserables by way of Terminator Salvation, gives her the edge.

Cameron Diaz is less of a surprise in fourth place, while Michelle Rodriguez gets a significant boost from her role in Avatar to place fifth.

The full list of the top 100 actresses is in this month's full Bankability Index Report, which can be purchased below.

Top Actresses in Hollywood
Overall ValueMovies/YearValue/Movie
1 Sandra Bullock $11,574,395 1.1 $9,645,329
2 Angelina Jolie $13,737,752 1.8 $7,632,084
3 Helena Bonham Carter $14,682,667 2.0 $7,341,334
4 Cameron Diaz $9,982,675 1.4 $7,130,482
5 Michelle Rodriguez $9,055,858 1.3 $6,966,045
6 Gwyneth Paltrow $8,544,551 1.3 $6,572,732
7 Michelle Pfeiffer $3,955,685 0.7 $5,650,979
8 Emma Watson $6,046,117 1.1 $5,496,470
9 Julia Roberts $8,209,817 1.5 $5,473,211
10 Mila Kunis $6,364,143 1.2 $5,303,453

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Filed under: Analysis, Edge of Tomorrow, Maleficent, Transcendence, Harry Potter, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton, Mila Kunis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michelle Rodriguez, Emma Watson