We just waved g'bye to the end of another year, and as we did, the Quigley Publishing Company released their annual list of Hollywood's top money-making stars. But wait -- it's not a list based on box office success. Every year Quigley polls theater owners about which stars pull in the most revenue for their theaters. The big winner for 2009 was Sandra Bullock, whose top spot was matched with news that she is the only actress "to have a film marketed with her name solely above the title (i.e. based on her star power alone, and not a franchise or tentpole picture) pass the $200 million mark in domestic gross."
Alongside the news of the increasing power of Bullock's name, the Quigley achievement seems notable -- like something we should all raise a glass to, even if it is, as Melissa Silverstein notes: "a sad testament to how far we have to go." But if you look back over the history of Quigley Top Tens, a rather surprising trend emerges -- female star power is not how it once was, when you go by Quigley's numbers. While many sites might note that Bullock is the first woman to grab the top spot since Julia Roberts in 1999, it's simply more of the lesser same, an achievement that doesn't begin to compare to those that came before it.