Moviegoers flocked to see Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman in 2003, making them last year’s two No. 1 box-office stars, according to a poll of theater owners.
Variety reports that the pair were followed on the list by (in order) Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Renee Zellweger. Ashton Kutcher and Scarlett Johansson were also selected as the future stars of tomorrow.
The box-office Top 10 comes from a poll of representatives from the major theater chains, as well as smaller independents. The survey was conducted by the Massachusetts-based Quigley Publishing, which has been surveying North American exhibitors since 1932, says the trade paper.
Carrey, 41, has hovered in the Top 10 since 1998, but this marks his first time at the head of the list. Kidman, 35, who won an Oscar for “The Hours” last year, makes her third appearance on the roster — while her ex-husband, Tom Cruise, who has been No. 1 a record six times, ended up in fourth place in the new count.
As Variety notes, perennial favorite Tom Hanks managed to retain a spot on the list although his last two movies, “Road to Perdition” and “Catch Me if You Can,” were officially released in 2002 but remained in circulation through the early part of 2003.