Jewish-American Scarlett Johansson is 2016 top-grossing movie star

Scarlett Johansson was named the top-grossing actor of 2016 thanks to her roles in the superhero movie Captain America: Civil War and the Hollywood satire Hail Caesar.

Forbes magazine says Johansson just edged out her Captain America co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey with box-office earnings of her second 2016 movie, Hail Caesar.

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Johansson’s movies grossed a leading $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office this year, compared with $1.15 billion for Captain America: Civil War.

Australian actress Margot Robbie, who enjoyed a break-out year, placed fourth with $1.1 billion thanks to roles in two Warner Bros movies: Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan.

The list was dominated by superhero and comic book movies, including Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Deadpool.

Britain’s Felicity Jones entered the Forbes list for the first time with roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the magical children’s story A Monster Calls.

Jones came in ninth place with $805 million.

Forbes made its calculations based on global ticket sales from the films of top Hollywood actors, but it did not count animated movies such as Disney’s Finding Dory, the second biggest release of 2016 with $1.02 billion.

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