The 32-year-old actress' film credits this year included "Sing", "The Jungle Book", "Hail, Caesar!", and "Captain America: Civil War", but the latter—which grossed over $1.15 billion worldwide and became the top-grossing movie of the year—is what really boosted Johansson's star power.
Also part of the primary cast on "Captain America: Civil War", were Chris Evans (who plays the titular character in Marvel's Captain America series), and Robert Downey Jr. (otherwise known as Iron Man), who tied for second place with US$1.15 billion grossed worldwide.
Rounding out the top five were two more actresses—Australian Margot Robbie, who starred as Harley Quinn in this year's "Suicide Squad" film at US$1.1 billion, and Amy Adams, whose part in films such as "Batman v Superman: Dawn", and the recently released alien drama "Arrival" gives her an (as yet incomplete) total of US$1.04 billion.
Ben Affleck (US$102 billion), Henry Cavill (US$870 million), Ryan Reynolds (US$820 million), Felicity Jones (US$805 million), and Will Smith (US$775 million) rounded out the annual list of highest grossing actors, with each contender having starred in a DC comics-related film this year—other than Felicity Jones, who led the latest Star Wars saga instalment.