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JOHN WAYNE ALL TIME TOP MONEY-MAKING STAR  
Using data from 75 years of Quigley Publishing Company’s annual Top Ten Money-Making Star Poll of motion picture exhibitors, John Wayne has been named the All-Time Top Money- Maker. The Quigley Poll, conducted every year since 1932, is an annual survey of motion picture exhibitors, which asks them to vote for the ten stars that generated the most box-office revenue in the preceding year for their theatres. Long regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a Star’s box-office draw, the Quigley Poll has been cited in hundreds of publications and appears annually in Quigley Publishing Company’s International Motion Picture Almanac. During this motion picture awards season, it is interesting to see who theatre owners and operators believe really have meant something at their box-office. During his 50-year career John Wayne appeared in over 150 films, including classics such as, The Quiet Man, The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, but only won one Academy Award for True Grit.

To come up with a weighted score, an actor received 10 points for a first place finish, nine for a second place finish, etc. The total score was determined by adding up the weighted scores from each year that the actor was voted on the list. A weighted value for number of times a star was voted into the poll, combined with how they placed in the poll yielded the All Time Top Money Makers list. John Wayne’s appearance 25 times in the poll survey from 1949 to 1974 yielded 172 points versus 165 points for second place Clint Eastwood, who has been on the list 21 times. Tom Cruise placed third with 143.5 points combining seven first place finishes with 18 appearances on the QP poll.

The rest of the Quigley Top Ten All-Time Money Makers are Bing Crosby #4, Gary Cooper #5, Clark Gable #6 and Burt Reynolds & Tom Hanks tie at #7, Bob Hope is #9 and Paul Newman was #10.

Of the current active stars, it appears that only Clint Eastwood and Tom Cruise have a reasonable chance of overtaking John Wayne in the future.

Perhaps reflecting shorter careers in Hollywood than men, no women made it into the Top Ten but Doris Day #11, Julia Roberts #13, Betty Grable #16 and Elizabeth Taylor #25 all were in the Top Twenty FIve.
   
QP All Time Weighted Top Ten Stars
Position

Score

1 John Wayne 172
2 Clint Eastwood 165
3 Tom Cruise 150.5
4 Bing Crosby 111
5 Gary Cooper 106.5
6 Tom Hanks 96
7 Clark Gable 95
8 Burt Reynolds 90
9 Bob Hope 83
10 Paul Newman 76
11 Doris Day 72
12 Rock Hudson 69
13 Jerry Lewis (Tie) 68
  Julia Roberts (Tie) 68
15 Eddie Murphy 67
16 Betty Grable 66
17 Cary Grant (Tie) 62
  Harrison Ford (Tie) 62
19 Dean Martin 58
20 Abbott & Costello 57
21 James Stewart 56
22 Mel Gibson 55.5
23 Robert Redford 55
24 Arnold Schwarzenegger 53
25 Elizabeth Taylor 52
26 Sylvester Stallone 50
27 Jim Carrey (Tie) 49
  Shirley Temple (Tie) 49
  Will Smith (Tie) 49
30 Barbra Streisand (Tie) 48
  Robin Williams (Tie) 48
  Johnny Depp (Tie) 48
33 Spencer Tracy (Tie) 47
  Steve McQueen (Tie) 47
35 Mickey Rooney 46
  George Clooney 45
37 Dustin Hoffman (Tie) 42
  Jack Nicholson (Tie) 42
39 Jack Lemmon 40
  Leonardo DiCaprio (Tie) 39
41 John Travolta 37
42 Sean Connery 36
43 Julie Andrews 35
44 Humphrey Bogart 33.5
45 William Holden 33
46 Kevin Costner 32.5
47 Will Rogers 30
48 Elvis Presley 29
49 Jane Fonda 28
50 Denzel Washington 27
51 Janet Gaynor 25
52 Michael Douglas 24.5
53 Greer Garson (Tie) 24
  Joan Crawford (Tie) 24
54 Wallace Beery (Tie) 23
  Brad Pitt (Tie) 23
56 Marie Dressler (Tie) 22
  Woody Allen (Tie) 22
  Russell Crowe (Tie) 22
  Sandra Bullock 22
60 Glenn Ford 21
61 Lee Marvin (Tie) 20
  Michael J. Fox (Tie) 20
  Nicole Kidman (Tie) 20
  Paul Hogan (Tie) 20
  Robert Taylor (Tie) 20
  Adam Sandler 20
67 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (Tie) 19
  Marlon Brando (Tie) 19
  Sidney Poitier (Tie) 19
70 Frank Sinatra (Tie) 18
  Ingrid Bergman (Tie) 18
  James Cagney (Tie) 18
73 Al Pacino (Tie) 17
  Van Johnson (Tie) 17
75 Gene Autry (Tie) 16
  Tyrone Power (Tie) 16
77 Bruce Willis (Tie) 15
  Charles Bronson (Tie) 15
  Dudley Moore (Tie) 15
  George C. Scott (Tie) 15
  Matt Damon (Tie) 15
  Robert Downey, Jr. (Tie) 15
83 Marilyn Monroe 14
  Mike Myers 14
  Sandra Dee 14
  Reese Witherspoon 14
87 Alan Ladd 13
88 Debbie Reynolds (Tie) 12
  Dolly Parton (Tie) 12
  Macaulay Culkin (Tie) 12
  Sonja Henie (Tie) 12
92 Bette Davis (Tie) 11
  Mel Brooks (Tie) 11
94 Bette Midler (Tie) 10
  Bill Murray (Tie) 10
  Claudette Colbert (Tie) 10
  Sally Field (Tie) 10
  Whoopi Goldberg (Tie) 10
  Nicholas Cage (Tie) 10
  Angelina Jolie (Tie) 10
101 Dick Powell 9
  Gene Hackman 9
  Grace Kelly 9
  Joe E. Brown 9
  Mae West 9
  Richard Burton 9
  Ryan O’Neal 9
  Shia La Beouf 9
109 Burt Lancaster 8
  Chevy Chase 8
  Jane Withers 8
  Jodie Foster 8
  Meg Ryan 8
  Norma Shearer 8
  Pat Boone 8
  Richard Dreyfuss 8
  Christian Bale 8
  Will Ferrell 8
119 Charles Farrell 7
  Eddie Cantor 7
  Randolph Scott 7
  Richard Gere 7
  Rodney Dangerfield 7
  Tony Curtis 7
  Warren Beatty 7
126 Alice Faye 6
  Diane Keaton 6
  Elliott Gould 6
  Esther Williams 6
  Gregory Peck 6
  Greta Garbo 6
  Richard Pryor 6
  Vince Vaughn 6
  William Powell 6
  Meryl Streep 6
136 Danny De Vito 5
  Jean Harlow 5
  Myrna Loy 5
  Susan Hayward 5
  Tim Allen 5
  Walter Matthau 5
142 Alan Alda 4
  Billy Crystal 4
  Bridgitte Bardot 4
  Catherine Zeta-Jones 4
  Chuck Norris 4
  Clifton Webb 4
  Glenn Close 4
  Judy Garland 4
  Margaret O’Brien 4
  Martin Lawrence 4
  Patrick Swayze 4
  Shirley MacLaine 4
  Yul Brynner 4
155 Ali MacGraw 3
  Ann-Margret 3
  Bo Derek 3
  Demi Moore 3
  Errol Flynn 3
  Goldie Hawn 3
  Jill Clayburgh 3
  Kathleen Turner 3
  Prince 3
  Robert De Niro 3
  Sissy Spacek 3
  Tatum O’Neal 3
167 Ben Affleck 2
  Cameron Diaz 2
  Cher 2
  Dakota Fanning 2
  Dan Aykroyd 2
  Jane Wyman 2
  Jeanette MacDonald 2
  June Allyson 2
  Katharine Hepburn 2
  Kim Novak 2
  Peter Sellers 2
  Roger Moore 2
  Steven Seagal 2
  Tom Selleck 2
  Tommy Lee Jones 2
182 Jackie Chan 1
  Michelle Pfeiffer 1
  Renee Zellweger 1
  Roy Rogers 1
  Sacha Baron Cohen 1
  Steve Martin 1
  Vin Diesel 1
  Daniel Craig 1

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