Scarlett Johansson Named Highest Grossing Female Actress in History

Who woulda thunk it? At just 31, American actress Scarlett Johansson is officially the highest grossing actress of all time with a cool $3.3 billion in box office bank.

In Box Office Mojo's recent ranking of the highest-grossing actors of all time, Scarlett comes in at a reputable 10th place and is by far the youngest of the top 10 by at least 20 years. Harrison Ford takes out the title overall, closely followed by the likes of Hollywood heavyweights Samuel L. Jackson (2), Morgan Freeman (3), Tom Hanks (4), Robert Downey Jr. (5), Eddie Murphy (6), Tom Cruise (7), Michael Caine (8) and Johnny Depp (9).

Despite her incredible acting chops, distinguishable husky voice and coveted sultry looks, her placing may come as a surprise considering who she knocked out to nab the number one spot among the girls. Cameron Diaz came in second at number 19, while Cate Blanchett (29),  Julia Roberts (30), Emma Watson (32) and Anne Hathaway (50) were considerably lower on the list.

With Scarlett being the only woman to grace the top 18, it does draw attention to the highly publicised issue of the gender pay gap in Hollywood and other industries around the world.

The Avengers actress recently spoke to Cosmopolitan about the issue.

“I am very fortunate, I make a really good living and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage… I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”

Proving to be a box office powerhouse, Scarlett has worked alongside a string of respected actors and directors, including Woody Allen, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Redford, and shows no signs of slowing down.

Scarlett is set to soar, yet again, after recently signing on for the lead role in the Japanese manga-based blockbuster, Ghost in the Shell, which is due to be released in 2017. The film’s casting famously sparked controversy earlier this year and has been accused of white washing and ethnicity shifting.

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