By  on May 31, 2007

Actresses Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst and Natalie Portman have made the list of top-ranking actresses by box-office revenues, after appearing in megahits in which they don’t have title roles. Some who didn’t crack the top 10, but came close, were Meryl Streep, 11th, Jada Pinkett-Smith, 12th, and Sandra Bullock, 13th. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” co-star Keira Knightley, ranked 18th, continues to move up the charts based on that hit. What of the highest-ranked men? The top six by total domestic gross were: Eddie Murphy, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Robin Williams and Bruce Willis. Julia Roberts, the number-one female, ranked seventh overall. And by the way, the summer movie season has kicked off with a bang, and “Pirates,” “Spider-Man 3’’ and “Shrek the Third” are leading the charge.


Total gross domestic revenues: $2.2 billion

Total films to date: 31 Top-grossing film: “Ocean’s Eleven”

“Pretty Woman” boosted Julia Roberts to the top of the Hollywood heap, but it isn’t her top-grossing movie. Roberts played Tess Ocean, the wife of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean, in Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven.” With the exception of two animated movies in 2006 (“Ant Bully” and “Charlotte’s Web”), Roberts has not appeared on screen since 2004. She has been raising her twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus, with husband Danny Moder and is pregnant with their third child, due in June. Next year, Roberts will be seen in “Charlie Wilson’s War” alongside Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and in “Fireflies in the Garden” with Ryan Reynolds, Emily Watson and Carrie-Anne Moss.


Revenues: $2 billion

Films: 22 Top-grossing film: “Shrek 2”

Box-office revenues are on the rise for Californian Cameron Diaz, who is starring as Fiona in “Shrek the Third.” Other smashes for this red-carpet favorite were the “Charlie’s Angels” series, “There’s Something About Mary” and “Gangs of New York.” But her big break was at age 21 — while working as a model, she auditioned for a role in “The Mask.” She won the part, and starred alongside Jim Carrey. After a public split from pop superstar Justin Timberlake earlier this year, Diaz has been spotted hitting the town with illusionist Criss Angel.KIRSTEN DUNST

Revenues: $1.72 billion

Films: 23 Top-grossing film: “Spider-Man”

After her feature debut in Woody Allen’s 1989 film “New York Stories,” Dunst rose to stardom — at the age of 13 — in “Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles,” starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Dunst’s latest movie, “Spider-Man 3,” has raked in $309 million domestically at the box office so far. She portrays girl-next-door M.J. (short for Mary Jane), Spider-Man’s love interest throughout the series. Dunst has been in a string of films — “Marie Antoinette,” “Mona Lisa Smile” and “Wimbledon” — though not all were well-received. However, her work in “Virgin Suicides” and “Little Women” was critically acclaimed. Up next: “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People,” in 2008.


Revenues: $1.48 billion

Films: 22 Top-grossing film: “X-Men: The Last Stand”

Her string of big-budget films includes “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Die Another Day” and “Robots,” but Halle Berry received critical acclaim (and the Oscar for best actress) for her portrayal of Leticia Musgrove, a down-and-out waitress whose husband is executed, in the 2001 indie film “Monster’s Ball.” This September, Berry co-stars with Benicio Del Toro in the drama “Things We Lost in the Fire.” The story is about a widow who invites her husband’s troubled best friend to live with her family. Berry’s thriller, “Perfect Strangers,” opened in April but has been spurned by moviegoers.


Revenues: $1.424 billion

Films: 29 Top-grossing film: “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.”

It all started with Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster, “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.” Drew Barrymore was just seven years old in 1982 when she appeared as Gertie, the young hero Elliott’s sister. Barrymore carries on a family acting tradition. Her grandfather was the legendary John Barrymore. She has overcome a battle with substance abuse, is now a top-billed actress and has created her own production company, Flower Films, with business partner Nancy Junoven. The company has released the “Charlie’s Angels” movies, “Fever Pitch,” “Never Been Kissed” and “50 First Dates.” This year, Barrymore starred in “Music and Lyrics,” with Hugh Grant, and “Lucky You,” with Eric Bana.KATHY BATES

Revenues: $1.417 billion

Films: 32 Top-grossing film: “Titanic”

One of Bates’ most memorable roles was her Oscar-winning portrayal of Annie Wilkes, the psychotic loner who terrorizes a successful writer (James Caan) in the 1990 thriller “Misery,” based on a Stephen King novel. But it was her performance as Molly Brown in the blockbuster “Titanic” that drove box office revenues. This 1997 flick reeled in $600.8 million domestically, and won 11 Oscars. Bates has directed several TV shows, including 2005’s Emmy-nominated “Ambulance Girl.” Bates also received Oscar nominations for “About Schmidt” and “Primary Colors.”


Revenues: $1.35 billion

Films: 18 Top-grossing film: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

Portraying the beautiful Arwen in “The Lord of the Rings” series propelled Aerosmith front man Stephen Tyler’s daughter up the box-office revenue charts. Tyler, 29, who got her start in 1994 as one of the sexy bad girl teens in Aerosmith’s “Crazy” music video (Alicia Silverstone was her partner in crime), has also starred in the big-budget action film, “Armageddon,” “Dr. T. and the Women,” and “Inventing the Abbotts.” This year, Tyler is showing off her versatility in two movies: “Reign Over Me,” a drama about a man (Adam Sandler) who lost his family in the Sept. 11 attack, released in March, and “The Strangers,” a horror flick due out in July.


Revenues: $1.34 billion

Films: 12 Top-grossing film: “Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace”

Queen Padmé Amidala of “The Phantom Menace,” aka Natalie Portman, has chosen some notable and risqué parts. In Mike Nichols’ drama “Closer,” she was Alice, a stripper who marries a struggling writer. And in “V for Vendetta,” her character fights to save a futuristic Great Britain. But Portman continues to appeal to younger fans, too, showing her vulnerable side in movies such as “Where the Heart Is” and “Garden State.” This month, her latest, “My Blueberry Nights,” opened the 60th Cannes Film Festival.NICOLE KIDMAN

Revenues: $1.296 billion

Films: 27 Top-grossing film: “Happy Feet”

Her biggest hit wasn’t “Moulin Rouge,” “The Others,” “Cold Mountain” or even “The Hours,” for which Kidman won the Oscar for best actress. Kidman’s role as Norma Jean in the animated flick “Happy Feet” boosted her box-office revenue stats. The strawberry-blonde Aussie made a big impression in Hollywood almost 20 years ago with her performance in 1989’s “Dead Calm,” and, of course, her 1990 role in “Days of Thunder” with former husband Tom Cruise. She and Cruise wed in 1990 and were divorced in 2001. She is now married to country music star Keith Urban. Kidman can be seen this summer with Daniel Craig in “The Invasion” a sci-fi thriller due out in August.


Revenues: $1.295 billion

Films: 15 Top-grossing film: “Star Wars”

The Seventies and Eighties were good to Carrie Fisher. Since starring as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” trilogy, she has written several novels, including the semi-autobiographical “Postcards From the Edge” (she adapted the story into a 1990 screenplay, which starred Meryl Streep, Shirley Maclaine and Dennis Quaid), “The Best Awful,” “Surrender the Pink” and “Delusions of Grandma.” Fisher can now be seen as a judge on the FOX summer reality series “On the Lot,” which features wannabe film directors vying for a $1 million movie development deal with DreamWorks.

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