Scarlett Johansson Is 2016’s Top-Grossing Actor, But Why Isn’t She The Highest Paid?

Scarlett Johansson Is 2016 S Top Grossing Actor

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Scarlett Johansson is known for kicking ass on-screen in films like Lucy , The Avengers , and Captain America: The Winter Soldier . But this year, her box-office brawn earned her the coveted title of 2016's top-grossing actor , taking down several of her fellow Avengers in the process.

Johansson's two films this year, Captain America: Civil War and Hail, Caesar! (the list did not count her voice work in box-office stunner The Jungle Book ), brought in a combined .2 billion at the global box office, Forbes reports. She edged out her Civil War co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., who tied for second place with .15 billion each.

Forbes calculated the annual ranking using global ticket sales, so when you consider that Captain America: Civil War was the year's top-grossing film globally, it's easy to see how Johansson clinched the top spot. Still, the actress's status as a box-office force to be reckoned with can't be dismissed. She's arguably our fiercest female action hero.

Joining Johansson in the Top 10 list are first-timer Margot Robbie (at No. 4), whose electric performance in Suicide Squad was a shining bright spot in an otherwise muddled mess; Amy Adams (at No. 5), with both Arrival and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice under her belt; and Felicity Jones (at No. 9), who scored a massive box-office hit with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story .

Of course, the actors who ranked among the Top 10 highest-grossing stars of 2016 weren't necessarily the highest paid: Johansson didn't even rank among the highest-paid actors , a list topped by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Jackie Chan, and Matt Damon. In fact, only two women made that list: Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa McCarthy.

So despite the fact that women kick ass at the box office, there's still a lot of work to be done to lessen the Hollywood wage gap .