Scarlett Johansson Makes History as Highest Grossing Actress Ever
The gender wage gap is apparent in Hollywood as the list of highest grossing actors of all-time is dominated by male actors—Samuel L. Jackson ($4.6 billion), Tom Hanks ($4.3 billion), Harrison Ford ($4.9 billion). But Scarlett Johansson is proving she too is a box office draw.
Box Office Mojo, the online tracking site of box office earnings, revealed its list of highest-grossing actors, and Johansson—the only woman—cracked the top ten with a total gross of $3.3 billion, beating out Matt Damon, Bruce Willis, and Robert De Niro.
A fixture in Marvel movies has contributed to Johansson’s ranking. She’s appeared in five Marvel films, including 2010’s “Iron Man 2” ($312.4 million), 2012’s “The Avengers” ($623.4 million), 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ($259.8 million), 2015’s “Age of Ultron” ($459 million) and latest release “Captain America: Civil War” ($403.9 million and counting).
Johansson’s roles in Hollywood include films beyond those in the superhero business. She’s found great success with “Lucy” ($126 million) and Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book.”
The 43-year-old actress is slated to star as Major Motoko Kusanagi in the upcoming film, “Ghost in the Shell.” The controversial casting left fans questioning why “Ghost in the Shell,” a Japanese anime, would cast a white actress rather than an Asian actress as Kusanagi.
The discussion of gender wage gap in Hollywood is a hot topic. Actress Robin Wright who plays Claire Underwood on the popular series, “House of Cards” demanded that she and co-star Kevin Spacey are paid equally.
“I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin,'” said Wright at a Rockefeller Foundation event titled “Working Towards Global Equality” on May 17, which was documented on Twitter with the #RFDialogues hashtag. “I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time.”
Wright continued: “So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.'” Wright and Spacey are paid exactly the same—a rarity in Hollywood.