Celeb Careers That Keep Getting Hotter

Many years have passed since these leading ladies booked their first blockbusters—and today, their careers are hotter than ever. Here, 11 actresses who are still reigning queens at the box office*

 

*Lifetime grosses have been adjusted for ticket price inflation, courtesy of IMDB/Box Office Mojo

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Gwyneth Paltrow

September 1995

The Hit: Seven

Gross: $179,785,800

AP Images

May 2010

The Hit: Iron Man 2

Gross: $307,717,400

Years Passed: 15

% Increase: 71

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Sandra Bullock

June 1994

The Hit: Speed

Gross: $227,122,700

Amazon

November 2009

The Hit: The Blind Side

Gross: $260,745,400

Years Passed: 15

% Increase: 15

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Halle Berry

July 1992

The Hit:Boomerang

Gross: $132,171,200

Amazon

May 2006

The Hit: X-Men: The Last Stand

Gross: $280,161,500

Years Passed: 14

% Increase: 112

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Charlize Theron

December 1999

The Hit: The Cider House Rules

Gross: $83,830,500

Amazon

July 2008

The Hit: Hancock

Gross: $248,582,100

Years Passed:

% Increase: 197

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Penelope Cruz

Dec 2001

The Hit: Vanilla Sky

Gross: $137,566,900

Amazon

May 2011

The Hit: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Gross: $234,332,400

Years Passed: 10

% Increase: 70

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Sigourney Weaver

June 1984

The Hit: Ghostbusters

Gross: $553,820,700

Sony Pictures

December 2009

The Hit: Avatar

Gross: $761,508,800

Years Passed: 15

% Increase: 38

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Rachel McAdams

June 2004

The Hit: The Notebook

Gross: $102,132,700

New Line Cinema

February 2012

The Hit: The Vow

Gross: $123,041,900

Years Passed: 8

% Increase: 20

Amazon

Winona Ryder

December 1990

The Hit: Edward Scissorhands

Gross: $104,667,800

Amazon

December 2010

The Hit: Black Swan

Gross: $105,820,300

Years Passed: 20

% Increase: 1.1

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Cate Blanchett

December 1999

The Hit: The Talented Mr. Ripley

Gross: $120,528,700

AP Images

December 2008

The Hit: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Gross: $139,052,600

Years Passed: 9

% Increase: 15

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Helen Mirren

April 1981

The Hit: Excalibur

Gross: $98,487,400

Amazon

December 2007

The Hit: National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Gross: $244,081,000

Years Passed: 16

% Increase: 147

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Anne Hathaway

August 2001

The Hit: The Princess Diaries

Gross: $149,746,200

Amazon

March 2010

The Hit: Alice in Wonderland

Gross: $329,146,700

Years Passed: 9

% Increase: 119

 

 

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First Published April 2, 2012

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