The versatile Denzel Washington (who just turned 58) has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2012 in Quigley Publishing Company’s 81st Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors. He plays a wide variety of roles with ease and outside of acting, well, he’s pretty private and the tabloids don’t seem interested.
With Denzel the drama ends on screen. He has been happily married for 29 years. He’s also served as the national spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1993. So it’s pretty awesome that a good guy has come out on top.
This is Washington’s eighth appearance in the Quigley Poll, and his first win. Exhibitors felt Washington was responsible for more traffic to movie theatres than any other Hollywood star this year based on his performances in “Flight” and “Safe House.”
Top Ten Money-Making Stars of 2012
- Denzel Washington
- Anne Hathaway
- Hugh Jackman
- Mark Wahlberg
- Johnny Depp
- Daniel Craig
- Daniel Day-Lewis
- Brad Pitt
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Robert Downey, Jr.
The only woman in the Top Ten this year, Anne Hathaway, placed second with her roles in “Les Miserables” and as Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Hugh Jackman and Mark Wahlberg, both with their initial Poll appearance, were third and fourth respectively. Jackman was in “Les Miserables” and a voice talent in “Rise of the Guardians” and Wahlberg scored with “Contraband” and in the sleeper hit of the year, “Ted.” Johnny Depp was in “Dark Shadows” and had an uncredited role in “21 Jump Street,” but still managed a fifth this year. He has been in the Top Ten eight times, with wins in 2010, 2007 and 2006.
Daniel Craig made his second showing in the Top Ten in sixth place with “Skyfall” and Daniel Day-Lewis, playing “Lincoln,” had his debut in seventh place. Last year’s winner, Brad Pitt, made it seven years in the Poll and was voted into the eighth spot. Leonardo DiCaprio was ninth with a performance in “Django Unchained” and has been in the Quigley Poll eight times. Robert Downey, Jr. came in tenth with his performance in “The Avengers.”