The Most Famous Actors Who Have Tapped Into Blockbuster Franchises

film reviews | movies | features | BRWC The Most Famous Actors Who Have Tapped Into Blockbuster Franchises

By Alison O’Brien.

Film franchises gross billions of dollars each year, and draw in millions of viewers at the box office. They engage their audiences with spectacular effects and star-studded casts who play characters with richer backgrounds than your typical 90-minute flick. These actors and actresses deliver powerful performances and amass fans across the globe.

The celebrity experts at PrettyFamous, an entertainment research site part of the Graphiq network, ranked the actors and actresses who have tapped into blockbuster franchises. Using data from Box Office Mojo and Gracenote, PrettyFamous found the actors in each film from the 15 highest-grossing franchises. Then they ranked each actor by their “Actor Score” which is based on number of Wikipedia page views over the past 30 days, total number of award nominations, and total number of IMDb ratings for the movies and TV shows that they have been in. Actors and actresses who only appeared in one movie were excluded.

Note: Ties were awarded to the actor/actress with the most 30-day Wikipedia page views.

#10. James Franco

Actor Score: 94.3

Franchise: Spider-Man
Franchise Domestic Gross: $1.58 billion

James Franco gained worldwide recognition after appearing in “Spider-Man” as Harry Osborn. Since then, he has been cast in films of nearly every genre including “Pineapple Express,” “Milk” and “127 Hours,” for which he received multiple award nominations.

#9. Scarlett Johansson

Actor Score: 94.3

Franchise: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Franchise Domestic Gross: $3.98 billion

Scarlett Johansson is known for her role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. She also appears in “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “Don Jon.”

#8. Cameron Diaz

Actor Score: 94.7

Franchise: Shrek
Franchise Domestic Gross: $1.42 billion

Diaz is well-known for her roles in romantic comedies. She gained critical acclaim for her work in “There’s Something About Mary,” “Being John Malkovich” and “Vanilla Sky.” Her voiceover of Fiona in the “Shrek” franchise earns her the No. 8 spot on this list.

#7. Sally Field

Actor Score: 95.7

Franchise: Spider-Man
Franchise Domestic Gross: $1.58 billion

Sally Field had already completed a lifetime’s worth of filmography before her role as Aunt May in the “Spider-Man” franchise. Now, she is known for her performance in “Lincoln,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, as well as her appearance in “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

#6. Amy Adams

Actor Score: 95.7

Franchise: Superman
Franchise Domestic Gross: $1.14 billion

Amy Adams is a critically acclaimed actress known for her role in “Junebug,” from which she received an Oscar nomination. She appears in the “Superman” franchise as Lois Lane.

#5. Morgan Freeman

Actor Score: 96.3

Franchise: Batman
Franchise Domestic Gross: $2.23 billion

Morgan Freeman arguably has the world’s most sought after voice. He received an Academy Award for his performance in “Million Dollar Baby” and has been nominated for several other films. His portrayal of Lucius Fox in the “Batman” franchise solidifies his spot on this list.

#4. Tom Cruise

Actor Score: 96.3

Franchise: Mission: Impossible
Franchise Domestic Gross: $0.93 billion

Tom Cruise’s extensive filmography is impressive. Even more impressive is his versatility as an actor and a producer. Cruise starred in, and produced, films from the “Mission Impossible” franchise as well as “The Others” and “Vanilla Sky.”

#3. Christian Bale

Actor Score: 96.7

Franchise: Batman
Franchise Domestic Gross: $2.23 billion

Christian Bale gained commercial recognition for his portrayal of the brooding and conflicted Bruce Wayne in the “Batman” franchise. Bale is known for fully committing to his roles, and once lost 63 pounds for his part in “The Machinist.”

#2. Jennifer Lawrence

Actor Score: 97.3

Franchise: The Hunger Games
Franchise Domestic Gross: $1.45 billion

Franchise: X-Men
Franchise Domestic Gross: $1.78 billion

Despite her young age, Jennifer Lawrence has already proven herself to be an impressive force in Hollywood. She has appeared in two major franchises, “X-Men” and “The Hunger Games.” She has also gained critical acclaim for her performances in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.”

#1. Johnny Depp

Actor Score: 97.7

Franchise: Pirates of the Caribbean
Franchise Domestic Gross: $1.28 billion

Topping off our list is the one and only Johnny Depp. His portrayal of the eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean” catapulted him to worldwide superstar status. Despite the controversy surrounding Depp regarding domestic violence claims, he is still considered to be one of the world’s biggest film stars.

Research All Celebrities On PrettyFamous

We hope you're enjoying BRWC. You should check us out on our social channels, subscribe to our newsletter, and tell your friends. BRWC is short for battleroyalewithcheese.

Trending on BRWC:

Michael Mendelsohn: Interview 

Michael Mendelsohn: Interview 

By BRWC / 6th May 2024 / 1 Comment
Damaged: Review

Damaged: Review

By BRWC / 22nd April 2024 / 2 Comments
Velma Season 2: Review

Velma Season 2: Review

By BRWC / 9th May 2024 / 1 Comment
One Life: The BRWC Review

One Life: The BRWC Review

By BRWC / 24th April 2024
Infested – Review  

Infested – Review  

By BRWC / 5th May 2024 / 1 Comment

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

BRWC is short for battleroyalewithcheese, which is a blog about films.



This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.