In an annual Quigley Publishing Company list, Sandra Bullock was named the top box office draw of 2009. The list is not based on strict box office numbers, but on exhibitor polling of what stars they perceive as the biggest theatrical draws. The theatre owners gave the nod to Bullock based on the success of The Proposal (which grossed $315 million worldwide) and The Blind Side (whose domestic take is at $190 million and counting).
It's a strong comeback for the 45-year old actress, whose drawing power has been spotty over the past ten years. Her last starring role before 2009's triple-header (which also included the bomb All About Steve) was in 2007's Premonition, which opened to lukewarm numbers.
Sandra Bullock is the first woman to top the list since 1999, when Julia Roberts took the number one spot. Bullock is followed on the list, in order, by Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Denzel Washington. Washington seems like an odd choice to close out the list, seeing as how poorly received his The Taking of Pelham 123 was, but again, the list is based on perception of stardom -- not hard numbers.
(via Hollywood Reporter)