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It's a little shocking to think that Black Panther only came out in 2018, because the year was about 10 decades long, but we've seen the film's influence all over the place. And thankfully for that, it's given Letitia Wright a well-deserved place in the Hollywood spotlight. There's no question that 2018 has been her year–with her sharp wit on display as Shuri, princess of Wakanda in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, her turn as Jules Skateboarder in The Commuter, stealing the screen in Ready Player One—the Guyanese actress absolutely killed it in 2018.
In fact, she did so much that Fandango (opens in new tab) crowned her the Highest Box Office Earning Actor of 2018. That's more than her Black Panther co-stars, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Pratt, and Josh Brolin.
The list was compiled based on domestic box office earnings, and Wright ran away with the title with an easy $1.55 billion in revenue. That's Billion. With a B.
Need further proof? Check these numbers:
That's... a lot of money. And rightfully so, Wright suggested someone cut her a check on Twitter:
But before you ask, Wright may be the highest box-office earning actor, but unfortunately, she's not the highest paid. (We can only wish.) Neither are her counterparts on the Box Office earning list: According to Forbes (opens in new tab), the title of highest paid actor goes to George Clooney, who didn't even star in a movie this year and made $239 million when he sold tequila company Casamigos and did Nespresso ads, and that made him the highest paid in Hollywood.
You're still the queen of my heart, Letitia. Let's get you that money you deserve!
Amanda Mitchell is a writer and podcaster with bylines at Marie Claire, OprahMag, Allure, Byrdie, Stylecaster, Bon Appetit, and more. Her work exists at the apex of beauty, pop culture, and absurdity. A human Funfetti cake, she watches too much television, and her favorite season is awards season. You can read more of her work at amandaelizabethmitchell.com or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @lochnessmanda.
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