Forbes has published their annual World’s Most Powerful Celebrities list for 2013 and both The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins and Katniss Everdeen actress Jennifer Lawrence are placed on it. Both of them are newcomers this year.
Jennifer Lawrence lands on our list for the first time. The actress who ranks 49th with $26 million. It’s hard to think of an actress who had a better year than Lawrence. She started 2012 with The Hunger Games which grossed $690 million at the global box office making it one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. Lawrence was paid less than $1 million upfront for her work on the film but she made up for that with a much fatter paycheck to revisit the role of Katniss Everdeen for the sequel, Catching Fire.
Then she won her first Oscar as Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook (it was the 22-year-old’s second nomination). The smaller movie turned a nice profit off its own bringing in $236 million on a $20 million budget. Lawrence has a slew of blockbusters and art films on deck for the next year including X-Men: Days of Future Past and American Hustle from Silver Linings director David O. Russell and costarring Silver Linings star Bradley Cooper.
Suzanne made it to #87:
With the March 2012 release of the first movie based on Collins’ The Hunger Games series, her books found new life. Last year the trilogy sold 27.7 million copies, according to Publisher’s Weekly, 8.8 million of those books sold were expensive hard backs. With three more movies from her dystopian trilogy set for release, Collins should keep raking in the money for the next several years.
Congratulations to Suzanne and Jennifer!
Check out the full list over at Forbes.