Jim Carrey has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2003 in Quigley Publishing Company's 71st Annual Top Ten Money-Making Stars Poll. Carrey, who has placed in the Top Ten five times and been runner-up in three of those, had never won until this year. He finished ahead of all time boxoffice champion Tom Cruise, who has appeared on the list fifteen times and held the #1 position six times, and Tom Hanks who won in 2002 and who has had five wins in the nine years he has been voted into the Top Ten.
"Nicole Kidman, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress last year for "The Hours," and performed in The Human Stain" and "Cold Mountain" in 2003, finished second to Carrey. This is Kidman's third appearance in consecutive years. Jack Nicholson ranked third overall this year and Tom Cruise came in fourth. Surprisingly, Tom Hanks only dropped to eighth place, even though he was not in a film released in 2003. Both "Road to Perdition" and "Catch Me If You Can" were released in 2002.
The rest of the Top Ten in order were: Julia Roberts #5, Johnny Depp #6, Russell Crowe #7, Will Ferrell #9 and Renee Zellweger #10. This was the first year that Johnny Depp, Will Ferrell and Renee Zellweger finished in the Top Ten.
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.
To date, Tom Cruise has been voted number one six times. Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds and Bing Crosby have all won five times. John Wayne, Doris Day and Shirley Temple each finished first four times, but John Wayne was voted one of the Top Ten Money-Making Stars an astounding 25 times from 1949 to 1974. Exhibitors were also asked to name the Stars of
Tomorrow for 2003: one actor and one actress who they feel will be Top Money-Makers in the years to come. The 2003 winners are Ashton Kutcher who was in "Just Married" and "My Boss's Daughter" and Scarlett Johansson who was in "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "Lost in Translation."
Top Ten Money-Making Stars of 2003
1. Jim Carrey
2. Nicole Kidman
3. Jack Nicholson
4. Tom Cruise
5. Julia Roberts
6. Johnny Depp
7. Russell Crowe
8. Tom Hanks
9. Will Ferrell
10. Renee Zellweger
Stars of Tomorrow
Quigley Publishing Company was founded in 1915 and has published the International Motion Picture Almanac annually since 1930 and the International Television & Video Almanac since 1955. Historical data on the Top Ten Money- Making Star Poll dating back to 1932 is available in the 2004 edition of the International Motion Picture Almanac. More information is available at our web site: www.quigleypublishing.com
Source: Quigley Publishing Company