The numbers are in – Israeli actress Gal Gadot is officially the highest-grossing actress of 2017, amassing $1.4 billion worldwide. She is also the third highest-grossing actor overall, according to Forbes’ latest report.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that 2017 was an action-packed year for the Wonder Woman star. Gadot played the same superhero twice in six months, turning herself into a household name and her character into a rejuvenated symbol of feminism and girl power for today’s audience.
“I feel that I’ve got the opportunity to set a great role model for girls to look up to a strong, active, compassionate, loving, positive woman and I think it’s so important,” Gadot told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s about time that somebody will do that and I’m very privileged and honored to be the one.”
Her breakout role as the Amazonian warrior heroine in Wonder Woman broke box-office records, bringing in $822 million, and making it the highest-grossing live narrative film ever directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins). Justice League, released six months later, wasn’t as well received but raked in another few millions in box-office money.
Rounding out the top three in Forbes’ list of highest earners are fellow action stars Vin Diesel, tallying $1.6 billion, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, at $1.5 billion. The actors co-starred in Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment of Fast and the Furious franchise.
To compile its annual list, Forbes used revenue tracker Box Office Mojo to add up global ticket sales of major actors’ films. Animated movies were not included.
Other actors featured on the list include: Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast), Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok), and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi).
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