Jennifer Lawrence is only 24 years old. She has an Academy Award, a song on the Billboard chart, numerous accolades and highly-praised film roles under her belt. Lawrence can now add another achievement to her long list of accomplishments: Forbes Magazine has named her the highest-grossing Hollywood actor in 2014. Her work in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Mockingjay helped both movies earn an accumulated gross of $1.4 million across the globe this year, a number expected to reach even higher with Mockingjay’s continued presence in theaters.
It does not appear as though this new distinction has affected Lawrence, who is beloved for her “real girl” charm. She was spotted on Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center to support her hometown basketball team, the Louisville Cardinals, who were playing an annual game against Kentucky. Lawrence, who was born and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, was spotted at the game wearing a Louisville t-shirt and making the “L” sign, displayed by true fans of the Cardinals.
Just a few days prior, on Christmas Eve, Lawrence made a surprise appearance at the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville in order to pay a visit to some of the patients. Lawrence visited the same hospital last year and, judging from the posts on social media that popped up on Christmas Day, her visit was the highlight of the year for some of the young patients.
With his turn in Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt earned second place on the list, grossing $1.2 million worldwide. The Marvel Comics-based movie is set to be the top money-earner in the U.S. this year. Pratt was also helped by his role in The Lego Movie. The actor is slated to star in an installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, called Jurassic World, in 2015.
Scarlett Johansson’s role as Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier helped her hit the third place on the list with a gross of $1.18 billion to her name. She was also helped by Lucy and Under the Skin.
Just one movie helped Mark Wahlberg capture the fourth spot on the list of highest grossing actors of 2014. His film, Transformers, took in $1 billion worldwide. Forbes compiled its list prior to the release of The Gambler.
Fifth place this year goes to Chris Evans, whose role in the Captain America film gave him a big boost in earnings. In addition, the movie Snowpiercer, in which Evans starred, may not have been widely released in U.S. theaters, but it took in millions on DVD sales. That, and the wider international release of the movie, helped the movie gross $86.7 million worldwide.
Claiming the top spot on the list is a stunning achievement for Lawrence, who only four years ago gave her breakout performance in Winter’s Bone. That movie grossed a mere $2 million dollars.
Although the Oscar winner’s turn as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games trilogy will end next year with the release of the last installment of the series, Lawrence will not suffer the same fate as stars of the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, who were forced to prove their acting chops in order to gain a firm hold in Hollywood. Throughout her work as Everdeen, Lawrence has racked up acclaimed performances in movies such as American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. Her next project is a movie called Joy, in which Lawrence will play a single mother in Long Island who manages to become successful in business. Joy’s director, David O. Russell, also directed American Hustle.
By Jennifer Pfalz
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