The Highest-Grossing Stars of the Year: DiCaprio’s King of the Box Office

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According to a new list by Forbes, Leonardo DiCaprio is a solid box-office bet.He’s #1 on the magazine’s rank of high-grossing movie stars of 2010, based on his lead roles in Inception and Shutter Island.

Forbes ranked the actors simply by how much money their films took in. For the sake of the list, they credited the actor with the film’s entire gross.

(See the top 10 movies of 2010.)

This formula led to one big surprise: Mia Wasikowska, who was nearly unknown before she was cast in Tim Burton’s megahit Alice in Wonderland. She also has a role in this year’s The Kids Are All Right, bumping her to the #2 spot along with costar Johnny Depp, who also took in cash from The Tourist.

(See the top 10 movie performances of 2010.)

See the top 5 earners below, and see the rest at Forbes.

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio, $1.1 billion
  2. Mia Wasikowska, $1.03 billion
  3. Johnny Depp, $1.03 billion
  4. Robert Downey Jr., $807 million
  5. Daniel Radcliffe, $780 million