Becoming a successful actor is a long shot at best, and parlaying that career into high-grossing box office stats seems like an impossible dream. But plenty of young movie stars have done just that, establishing themselves as next-level echelons in the film industry and making their mark long before they hit their mid-life years.
To determine who these Hollywood heavy hitters are and how they line up in the box office, Stacker looked at December 2022 data from The Numbers to rank the top 30 above-the-line actors under 30 according to total domestic box office earnings. In addition to the domestic box office, each actor's overall average box office earnings are listed.
Most of these actors started their careers as children, working in theater, commercials, and television, before landing breakout roles in films and film franchises that would go on to be worldwide hits. In addition to bringing box office gold to their respective films, these young artists have been nominated for and won multiple awards for their roles. Some have segued into producing and directing, proving that, despite their youth, they are serious players in the industry with skill sets beyond the stage and screen. Many are in their early to mid-20s now, while some have barely hit their teen years, but all have done incredibly well with their careers throughout a relatively short amount of time.
Look at this compilation of the film industry's highest-grossing actors under 30 and see how they got to where they are today, as well as some of the plans and projects they might have in the works.
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