DALLAS, Jan 4, 2009 / FW/ — Will Smith has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2008 in Quigley Publishing Company’s 77th Annual Poll.
Smith who released two blockbuster movies in 2008 – “Hancock” and “Seven Pounds” is the second black American to win, since Sidney Poitier was first in 1968.
Conducted each year since 1932, the Quigley Poll 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 theaters during the year.
According to the poll, the Top Ten Money-Making Stars for 2008 are:
1. Will Smith
2. Robert Downey, Jr.
3. Christian Bale
4. Shia LaBeouf
5. Harrison Ford
6. Adam Sandler
7. Reese Witherspoon
8. George Clooney
9. Angelina Jolie
10. Daniel Craig
The same poll also asked theatre owners and film buyers to name the Stars of Tomorrow for 2008: one actor and one actress who they feel will be Top Money-Makers in the years to come.
The 2008 winners are Anne Hathaway who starred in “Get Smart,” “Rachel Getting Married” and “Passengers” and Chris Pine who had a breakthrough performance in “Bottle Shock ” in 2008 and will be Captain Kirk in next year’s “Star Trek.”
As usual in Hollywood, these two young stars, Anne Hathaway and Chris Pine had worked together. In the movie “Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement”, Chris Pine played Nicholas Devereaux, who is a love interest of Anne Hathaway’s character.