ByCouchTomato, writer at
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According to Box Office Mojo, Scarlett Johansson is the highest grossing actress of all time! Her recent triumph shows that women make just as much as men for Hollywood and proves that women should make just as much as men from Hollywood. Popular actresses have lobbied for equal pay in Tinseltown and now that Scarlett Johansson has cracked the top 10 box office power rankings, it's obvious that women can drive tickets sales as well as any male actor on the marquee. Also, increase female wages would benefit both the studios and actresses. Johansson is single-handedly tipping the scales of equality in the film industry.

Box Office Mojo's Highest Grossing Actors List
Box Office Mojo's Highest Grossing Actors List

Girl Power At The Box Office!

The MPAA reported that women make up over 50% of the average moviegoing audience and it’s no surprise female movie buffs are spending their dollars on characters they can relate to. Eight out of the top 50 actors on the list were female and this seems like a landslide at first glance, but with a closer look, no actress on the list has been appearing in cinema for longer than two decades. On the other hand, the male dominated list includes numerous actors who’ve been in their profession since the 1960s (I’m looking at you Michael Caine, Dustin Hoffman and Harrison Ford). Other high profile actress to crack the top 50 include Cameron Diaz, Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth Banks, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter. These superstars show that there’s been a changing of the guard started in the 1980s and more moviegoers are lining up to see their favorite actresses on the silver screen.

Girl Power In A Blockbuster Franchise!

In addition, equal pay in Hollywood would have a positive impact for the studios as well as the thespians. Fair opportunities in major motion pictures creates a comfortable working environment for the actresses and opens the door to the possibility of the actress returning as a staple in a popular franchise. A large portion of Johansson’s ticket sales derive from the MCU films where she starred as Black Widow, an original member of the Avengers. Disney raked in billions of dollars from the Marvel movies films like The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron, helped make Scarlett Johansson a household name. Disney isn’t the only studio that benefits from featuring strong female leads in their MCU, but Warner Bros. Pictures also saw a big pay day after casting Emma Watson and Helena Bonham Carter in the Harry Potter franchise and Cate Blanchett in the Lord of the Rings movies. Happy actress, happy studio, happy viewer! Equal pay is a win-win-win for all parties involved.

All in all, Scarlett Johansson’s top 10 ranking is a historical feat that shows that the movie industry is definitely changing. First, theater patrons are lining up see their favorite actresses on the big screen and secondly, the studios that offer a comfortable working environment for the female employees are seeing massive box office success. Superstars like Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Diaz, Sandra Bullock, and Emma Watson are just a few names that have been making waves at the box office over the years and their accomplishments should warrant a more open and inclusive culture in show business.


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