It’s been a very successful year for Sandra Bullock, an actress whose career some thought peaked in the late nineties. In 2009 she headlined three films, The Proposal, All About Steve, and The Blind Side. Two out of three became box office successes, and earned the actress not one, but two Golden Globe nominations. That’s why it’s no surprise that theater owners all over the country have named Bullock the biggest star of the year.
Since 1932, the Quigley Publishing Company has released an annual list covering the top money making movie stars and Bullock has become the eighth female to earn their top honor. She beat out George Clooney and Denzel Washington thanks to her one two box office punch with The Blind Side and The Proposal. Quigley Publishing said the list does not rank stars only on how much cash their films made, but on what theater owners say about who attracts audiences on their star power alone.
The last woman to take the number one spot on their list was Julia Roberts back in 1999, but the actress failed to even crack this year’s top ten due to her box office bomb Duplicity. Bullock became an overnight sensation 15 years ago when she starred opposite Keanu Reeves in the action flick, Speed. Before her role in this year’s Proposal the actress hadn’t starred in a film since 2007. The rest of the list rounded out with Johnny Depp at number 2, followed by Matt Damon, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf and Denzel Washington.
Do you think Sandra Bullock deserved the number one spot for 2009?