Leonardo DiCaprio Is Hollywood's Most Bankable Actor

In February, I wrote that Leonardo DiCaprio's voice hurts his gravitas on screen. Evidently, it doesn't hurt his bankability. Leo is 2010's top-grossing actor according to Forbes magazine.

[Leonardo DiCaprio's] films "Inception" and "Shutter Island" were both box office hits and cumulatively earned $1.1 billion around the world this year.

In second place was actress Mia Wasikowska, the star of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland."

More telling than the actors on this list (Mia Wasikowska?) are the movies, the clear majority of which are remakes, movies based on books, or sequels to remakes or movies based on books. To understand why, read Edward Jay Epstein's great essay on why TV is replacing Hollywood as elite entertainment. To see the rest of list, read the full story in Forbes.

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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