These are Canada's most profitable movie stars

May 24 2017, 3:30 pm

While everyone knows Ryan Reynolds is Canadian, many may not be aware that Canadian movie star exports are some of the most profitable celebrities in Hollywood.

And while Reynolds is a household name, he does not make the top three for the recent lists of most bankable Canadian actor accumulated by The 10 and 3.

The website looked at the total box office draw, actors’ box office gross when they appear in a leading role, and box office draw of actors in leading roles on a per film basis. And their lists, which are accurate as of April 2017, may surprise many of you.

Total Box Office Earnings

The first aspect considered is the total box office draw (domestic and international) for every film that an actor has appeared in, whether in a leading, ensemble or supporting role. Will Arnet takes an unexpected lead on this list (thanks to his turn in the LEGO movies), followed by Jim Carrey and Seth Rogan.

Box Office Earnings as Lead

This list shows the star power of a lead. When appearing in a leading role, Jim Carrey reigns followed by none-other-than Canadian comedy legend Mike Myers.

Box Office Earnings as Lead Per Film

Finally, these Canadian stars find their way on the top through the box office earnings as a lead per film. Kim Cattrall might be a surprise at second place, with only three films, but you can put that down to Sex and The City’s fame and success.


Data was provided by The Numbers, a comprehensive database of box office business, and is accurate as of April 2017. considered both domestic and international box office figures in their analysis.

To determine whether an actor has a leading role, The Numbers uses a simple rule: does the actor appear in the movie’s theatrical poster? If there are more than four cast members on the poster, then all actors are classified as being lead ensemble members, which did not count as leading in this analysis. Otherwise, the actor’s role is classified as being supporting, cameo or other.

Finally, a comprehensive list of Canadian actors was drawn from IMDB, with some manual curation to fix a small number of errors among the the highest grossing actors.

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