Angelina Jolie is a money-maker


Angelina Jolie may have peaked for most of us years ago, but according to Forbes magazine, she’s still a “crucial” moneymaker in the movie industry. And with all those babies to support, she needs to be.

Jolie was the only woman to make it into the top ten list Forbes compiled to show who is bringing in the big money in Hollywood. Will Smith was the number one sure thing at the box office, and Angelina tied with Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and boyfriend Brad Pitt for a close second. Talk about a power couple.

“It’s an all-star cast that shows consistent muscle in attracting financing and generating global box office revenues,” according to Forbes. “They also have hefty celebrity personas that grab press attention, creating valuable awareness for their projects. There’s a considerable amount of acting talent there, too.”

Forbes sent a list of 1,400 working actors to “industry insiders” who voted based on who can ensure the financial — not critical — success of a film.

Jolie’s biggest box office hits were certainly not my favorite (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), but her films have made $2,467,206,866 globally.

Hollywood should just give proceeds from five Jolie movies to the federal government and solve many of our financial woes. I should be an economist!

While Angelina Jolie used to have me running for the theater on opening night, those days ended somewhere between her fourth child and dwindling down to 100 pounds. Maybe I’m shallow, but the spark that kept her posters mounted on my bedroom walls throughout high school has died for me.

The only other women that made it into the Forbes top 20 were Julia Roberts (11) and Meryl Streep (16). The rest of the list is made up of male actors, many of them known for comedies (Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, etc.).

All in all, it’s good to see that Angelina, who won my heart (and the hearts of all my friends) in Gia, Girl, Interrupted and Hackers, is almost on top of a pretty exclusive boys club.

Has all the media gossip tainted your love for Angelina?

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