But if you're a movie investor, and you want to make the most efficient use of your dollars, there's a different list you should care about more: The stars that bring in the most money.
It's no different than analyzing hedge fund managers or professional athletes — it's one thing to get paid a lot, but a whole other thing in assessing who really should be getting paid the most.
So far in 2016, the highest-grossing stars were Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Vin Diesel. That's according to The Numbers, a Hollywood-based data company run by Bruce Nash. His mathematical analysis of movies is information producers and investors pay a lot of money for, to help them make cost-efficient casting decisions and more accurately assess the value of a project.
Below are the top 20 highest-grossing stars of the past year, but notice how cracking the Forbes list isn't automatic: