Marvel actors steal the top position as Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr named top-grossing actors 2016

Scarlett Johansson topped 2016’s list of high-grossing actors, with her films raking in $1.2 billion at ticket booths around the globe.

The 34-year-old actress narrowly edged out her Captain America co-stars, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, whose films earned $1.15 billion a piece.

The box office collection of Captain America: Civil War and Hail Caesar has resulted in Scarlett Johansson becoming the top-grossing actor of 2016.

The recognition was given to the actress by Forbes after both of Johansson’s movies earned a collective 1.2bn (£978m) globally.

Released in May and featuring a conflict between Marvel comic book heroes like Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow and Ant Man, Walt Disney Co’s “Captain America” was the biggest earner worldwide in 2016, according to data from Boxofficemojo.com.

Australian actress Margot Robbie, who enjoyed a break-out year, placed fourth with $1.1 billion thanks to roles in two Warner Bros movies “Suicide Squad” and “The Legend of Tarzan.”

Rounding out the top five is Amy Adams. Though Arrival is still playing in theatres, its incomplete total, combined with a part as Lois Lane in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is still enough to nab Adams a spot on the list.

To compile the list, Forbes added up the 2016 global ticket sales of top actors’ films released in 2016, using data from Box Office Mojo as of December 27, 2016.

But the actors ranked among the top 10 highest grossing stars weren’t necessarily the highest paid: Ms. Johansson didn’t rank among the 10 highest paid actors, a list that was topped by Dwayne Johnson, Jackie Chan, and Matt Damon. That group boasted only two women, Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa McCarthy, highlighting the discrepancies in pay between female and male actors in Hollywood.