Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are well aware of Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth, who respectively play the roles of Star-Lord, Captain America, and the God of Thunder Thor. While they are known for starring in the MCU movies, which often thrive at the box office, it is interesting to explore who among them has been able to create the most box-office appeal with their charm and wit, and has been able to outgrow others in terms of their movies’ financial performances.
Chris Pratt is the Highest Grossing ‘Chris’ of the MCU
Chris Pratt has evolved significantly since his days as Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation and is known as one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. Known for starring as Str-Lord in the MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy and Avengers: Infinity War, the actor has consistently delivered at the box office, with the latter grossing over $2 billion worldwide.
Apart from the superhero franchise, he is also known to portray the role of Owen Grady in the Jurassic World trilogy. Each installment, including Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom, and Jurassic World Dominion, surpassed the $1 billion mark globally, making $1.6 billion, $1.3 billion, and $1 billion at the box office, respectively.
His 2023 film, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has also grossed $1.3 billion worldwide. As per Statista and The Numbers, Pratt is the fourth highest-grossing actor in the industry, following his fellow Marvel stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., and Scarlett Johansson. Having an overall domestic box office collection of $5.26 billion, Pratt continues to solidify his status as a major player in the show business.
Chris Hemsworth’s Mighty Impact at the Box Office
Following the Guardians of the Galaxy star is the actor who has played the God of Thunder for over a decade in the MCU. The Australian actor Chris Hemsworth made his way to Hollywood after starring in multiple Australian TV shows. As he wanted to, he made a name for himself in the industry and has an overall domestic box office collection of $4.3 billion.
Hemsworth has performed significantly better at the box office, with his Thor film series collectively grossing over $2.7 billion. Some of his highest-grossing movies include The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Apart from Marvel ventures, Hemsworth has further solidified his standing with acclaimed performances in Netflix’s Extraction film series.
Chris Evans’ Journey Beyond the MCU
Following his several appearances in teen movies, Chris Evans gained recognition for portraying Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in Tim Story’s Fantastic Four movies. However, it was just the beginning of his Marvel journey, as he would go on to embody Captain America in the MCU.
Following his MCU debut with the 2011 film, he reprised his character several times, with Avengers: Endgame standing out as his highest-grossing movie and final appearance in the franchise. Beyond the MCU, he is known for his performance in movies like Knives Out and Snowpiercer.
While his movies like the Toy Story spin-off Lightyear faced challenges at the box office, Evans’ features have been doing pretty great in the streaming world, with movies like The Grey Man on Netflix and AppleTV+’s Ghosted, which also became the streamer’s most-watched film debut. His highest-grossing movies include Captain America: Civil War and the Avengers movies. The Captain America actor’s overall domestic grossing is $4.09 billion.
While their box office figures may vary, each of them is celebrated for their unique talent, delivering exceptional performances that go beyond the bounds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From the charismatic roles of Chris Pratt to the versatile performances of Chris Evans and the commanding presence of Chris Hemsworth, these actors have had a collective impact and have left an indelible mark on audiences around the world.