Scarlett Johansson is 2016's top-grossing movie star

Scarlett Johansson is 2016's top-grossing movie star
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NEW YORK - Scarlett Johansson was named the top-grossing actor of 2016 on Tuesday (Dec 27), thanks to her roles in the superhero movie Captain America: Civil War and the Hollywood satire Hail Caesar.

Forbes said Johansson just edged out her Captain America co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey with the box-office earnings of her second 2016 movie, Hail Caesar.

Scarlett Johansson​ in  Hail Caesar​Photo: Universal Pictures

Johansson's movies grossed a leading US$1.2 billion (S$1.7 billion) at the worldwide box office this year, compared with US$1.15 billion for Captain America: Civil War.

Released in May and featuring a conflict between Marvel comic book heroes like Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow and Ant Man, Walt Disney's Captain America was the biggest earner worldwide in 2016, according to data from Box Office Mojo.

Margot Robbie​ in Suicide Squad​Photo: Warner Bros

Australian actress Margot Robbie, who enjoyed a breakout year, placed fourth with US$1.1 billion thanks to roles in two Warner Bros movies Suicide Squad and The Legend Of Tarzan.

The Forbes list was dominated by superhero and comic book movies, including Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Deadpool.

Britain's Felicity Jones entered the Forbes list for the first time, with roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the thriller Inferno and the magical children's story A Monster Calls. She came in ninth with US$805 million.

Star Wars Rogue One premiere

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    The "Storm Troopers" arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    General view of members of the crowd, some wearing costumes, as they await arrivals on the red carpet at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    The "Storm Troopers" arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    General view of fans, some wearing costumes, as they await arrivals on the red carpet at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    General view of an "X-wing fighter" on the red carpet during arrivals at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actor Peter Mayhew, who has played the role of "Chewbacca" in previous "Star Wars" movies, arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Director Gareth Edwards arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Director Gareth Edwards dons a "Storm Trooper" helmet as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Director Gareth Edwards arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Fans wearing costumes await arrivals on the red carpet at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    General view of the red carpet arrivals area, with an "X-wing fighter" in the background, at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actress Felicity Jones signs autographs as she arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actor Diego Luna arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actress Felicity Jones signs an autograph as she arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actress Felicity Jones poses with fans as she arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actress Felicity Jones chats with fans as she arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actors Felecity Jones and Diego Luna pose as they arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actor Terry Crews poses next to an "X-wing fighter" on the red carpet as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actor Donnie Yen poses next to an "X-wing fighter" on the red carpet as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actor Diego Luna arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actor Donnie Yen signs an autograph as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actor Donnie Yen poses with a fan as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actor Diego Luna poses next to an "X-wing fighter" on the red carpet as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Musician Moby arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actor Donnie Yen poses next to an "X-wing fighter" on the red carpet as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actors Alan Tudyk (L), Diego Luna and Donnie Yen (R) arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016

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    Actor Donnie Yen arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actors Diego Luna and Felicity Jones pose as they arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actor Alan Tudyk poses for a photo as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actors Mads Mikkelsen and Felicity Jones arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Musician Ricky Martin (L) and guests arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Chairman of Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn and actress Felicity Jones arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Chief Executive Officer of Disney Bob Iger, producer Kathleen Kennedy, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn and President The Walt Disney Studios Alan Bergman (L to R) arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actress Felicity Jones and Chief Executive Officer of Disney Bob Iger arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actress Felicity Jones arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    Actors Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk and Donnie Yen (L to R) arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    The cast and crew pose on the red carpet as they arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

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    The cast poses on the red carpet as they arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.

Forbes made its calculations based on global ticket sales from the films of top Hollywood actors, but it did not count animated movies such as Disney's Finding Dory, the second biggest release of 2016 with US$1.02 billion.

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