I was just watching the new Blu-Ray of George Cukor's A Star Is Born (1954), in which James Mason plays the biggest star in Hollywood. Then I caught a bit of news about how Tom Cruise's new movie Knight and Day -- which I enjoyed, just by the way -- isn't doing so well. And it got met thinking. Who is the biggest star in Hollywood today? Not too long ago, the answer would have been Tom Cruise, but that's just not the case anymore. Sadly, he seems to have alienated about 95% of his fan club with his weird couch-relatd antics from a couple of years back.
Checking out Box Office Mojo, I found a helpful list of movie stars ranked in order of their total box office gross. Tom Hanks is #1 at the moment, but I'm not sure I'd consider him the biggest star. The two Da Vinci Code movies were just awful, and his last really good movie was all the way back in 2002, Catch Me If You Can, and in that one he took a back seat to Leonardo DiCaprio. In other words, his films make money, but does he have enthusiastic fans?