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If someone were to ask you: "Hey, who do you think is the top-grossing actress of the past decade?" you'd probably answer along the lines of Jennifer Aniston or Julia Roberts. Right? But you'd be wrong.
According to the Guinness World Records, the actress who brought in the most box-office dollars this decade was (drumroll, please): Emma Watson. Yep, because of her presence in the Harry Potter franchise, Emma's name was attached to over $5 billion in movie-ticket sales.
While Emma might not seem to have the same marquee appeal of her paparazzi-magnet peers, her world-record status isn't so hard to believe given that she starred in the movie with the top-grossing opening weekend in film history. When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince brought in $394 million on its opening weekend earlier this year, it bested the previous world-record box-office takes of comic-book action movies like Spider-Man and Batman Begins.
Another shocker? Samuel L. Jackson is the highest-grossing actor of all time. According to Guinness World Records' math, with his roles in movies like Pulp Fiction and the Star Wars franchise, plus many voiceover jobs, the Oscar nominee's projects have made more than $7 billion over the course of his career.
Guinness doesn't list a male counterpart to Emma's decade-winning gross, but Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog did some handy number-crunching and figured out that another not-so-Hollywood star is at the top: Alan Rickman. Rickman has appeared alongside Emma Watson in the Harry Potter series, and because he's also starred in Love, Actually and Sweeney Todd, the 63-year-old Brit takes the box-office cake.
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