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Robert Downey Jr, Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sandra Bullock Top Vulture's 100 Most Valuable Stars of 2013

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 22, 2013 at 12:11PM

Vulture has released its annual list of the "100 Most Valuable Stars," using a proprietary algorithm that takes into account factors like box office, media coverage, Twitter chatter (newly added in 2013), reviews and knowledge from a tribunal of studio execs. Robert Downey Jr. has nabbed the top spot for a second year in a row. Check out the other names in the top ten, below.
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Robert Downey, Jr. in 'Iron Man 3'
Robert Downey, Jr. in 'Iron Man 3'

Vulture has released its annual list of the "100 Most Valuable Stars," using a proprietary algorithm that takes into account factors like box office, media coverage, Twitter chatter (newly added in 2013), reviews and knowledge from a tribunal of studio execs. Robert Downey Jr. has nabbed the top spot for a second year in a row. Check out the other names in the top ten, below.

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Great Gatsby.'
Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Great Gatsby.'

Leonardo DiCaprio, having headlined "The Great Gatsby" and proving once again his star power and box office appeal, is in second place, with Jennifer Lawrence, who has the "Hunger Games" franchise and an Oscar win this year, close on his heels in third place. Sandra Bullock is next ("The Heat" was a hit, as is "Gravity," the latter of which is earning Bullock some serious awards buzz), followed by Brad Pitt, whose troubled "World War Z" landed with both critics and audiences this past summer.

Despite "After Earth" flopping, Will Smith is in the sixth spot (down from last year's second place). Christian Bale is next, with Vulture's reasoning being "he doesn't need Batman anymore." Then comes Denzel Washington, who hasn't had a movie open to less than $20 million in over a decade; Tom Hanks, whose "Captain Philips" has proved his star power again, despite previous box office misses; and Johnny Depp is in tenth place -- this is down from third spot in 2012, no doubt with the much discussed and little seen "Lone Ranger" to thank for that.

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence

So what defines a star? In light of "Gravity" and "Captain Philips" successes at the box office, and "The Fifth Estate" bombing (despite the popularity of leading man Benedict Cumberbatch), we recently discussed the tried and true stars vs. those who are still proving their audience pull here.

The entire list of Vulture's 100 can be checked out here.

This article is related to: News, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio, Box Office, Twitter


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.