The Quigley Poll, conducted each year since 1932, is an annual survey of motion picture theatre owners and film buyers, which asks them to vote for the ten stars that they believe generated the most box-office revenue for their theatres during the year. It has been long regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a Star's real box-office draw because the selections are done by people whose livelihood depends on choosing the films that will bring audiences to their theatres.
Ms Bullock won because she appeared in three films this year: "The Proposal," "The Blind Side," and "All About Steve." "The Proposal" made just over $163M according to wikipedia, which is a decent amount of money. "The Blind Side" is still in release, and has just passed $200M. That is also a decent amount of money.
I admit I had not heard of "All About Steve." Apparently it made about $34M.
So her movies made $400M this year, and counting. Sounds like a good choice for number one. What about number two?
Johnny Depp placed second this year based on "Public Enemies" and a small role in "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus."
Wait-- what? "Public Enemies" and "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus"? "PE" made less than $100M domestic, and "TIODP" has made less than $125,000. No, that is not a misprint. Less than $125,000 total. So Mr. Depp's two films together made less than one-fourth what Ms. Bullock's did.
That's a big drop from number one to number two. What about number three?
Matt Damon made his second appearance in the survey, placing #3 with 2009 roles in "Invictus" and "The Informant!"
Matt Damon for "Invictus" and "The Informant!"? "TI!" made about $33M, while "Invictus" has made about $27M. About $60M total. Another big drop.
Although George Clooney, placing #4, has never won in his seven mentions in the Poll, he had an extremely productive year with "Up in the Air," "The Men Who Stare at Goats" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox"(voice).
"Up in the Air" has made about $31M and looks like it will probably be an Academy Awards contender, which will likely push its "cume" all the higher. "The Men Who Stare at Goats" made about $32M, and "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" has made about $19M. That's $82M as of right now, and "Up in the Air" is going to make more.
Robert Downey Jr.'s performances in "Sherlock Holmes" and "The Soloist" helped him place #5.
"Sherlock Holmes" has passed $100M in less than ten days. I have no idea what "The Soloist" is, but it made about $32M. So Mr. Downey is at $135M and counting, and he's number five?
The choice of Bullock at number one makes sense. The rest of them, I just don't understand. Shouldn't it be either Downey or Clooney in number two, Depp four, and Damon five?
What about Mr. Avatar, James Cameron? That movie is making a lot of money.
Anyway on a semi-related note, I would like to name Erin Andrews the top page-view destination for my blog for 2009. I had three posts about her and they all got literally tens of thousands of hits. Thanks, Erin!
Erin Andrews pic source.
All About Steve pic source.