Vin Diesel Is The Top-Grossing Actor Of 2017
Superheroes and jedis might appear to rule the box office, but action stars still pack a punch: Vin Diesel is this year's top-grossing actor with $1.6 billion in global ticketing receipts, thanks largely to the mammoth success of Fate of the Furious.
The eighth installment of the Diesel-fueled Fast and the Furious franchise became the second-best performer in the series, topping $1.2 billion at the global box office. Action flick xXx: The Return of Xander Cage boosted his tally.
"The whole point [of The Fast and the Furious] was to diversify Hollywood and in some ways change the face of Hollywood," Diesel told Forbes in 2015, referring to the car saga's multicultural ensemble cast.
Johnson once credited his box office might to two assets: "I can kick ass better than anyone on the planet," Johnson told Forbes in 2012. "And I have a decent smile."
Rounding out the top three is Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, whose movies amassed $1.4 billion worldwide. Her debut as the Amazonian warrior god in Patty Jenkins' superhero flick tallied $822 million worldwide to become the highest-grossing live-action movie ever directed by a woman. The ensemble under-performer Justice League added millions more to Gadot's score.