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The Movie Stars With The Most To Gain (Or Lose) This Summer

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Summer means blockbuster movies with massive budgets and big stars. A hit can make an up-and-comers career. A big miss can do an equal amount of damage.

Our list of the 10 Stars With The Most at Stake This Summer is presented in order of when each star's big summer movie hits theaters.
Lifetime box office gross is global and comes from Box Office Mojo.



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Channing Tatum
Box Office Gross: $1.4 billion
Tatum is arguably the hottest star around. His romantic weepy The Vow was a surprise hit earning $195 million on a budget of $30 million. He followed that up with the successful comedy 21 Jump Street which brought in $190 million. His next film, Magic Mike is a risky bet though. It stars Tatum as a male stripper and is based on his life before he became a star. If the film is another hit, expect Tatum to start demanding much bigger paydays.

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Mark Wahlberg
Box Office Gross: $2.5 billion
Wahlberg is on fire professionally right now. His recent hits run the gamut from serious Oscar bait (The Fighter) to straight-up comedy (The Other Guys). He's also making a nice name for himself with genre films like Contraband. This summer's Ted will mark the first time Wahlberg has headlined a comedy solo. The film stars Wahlberg as a grown man whose teddy bear came to life when he was a child. The bear is voiced by the film's director, Seth MacFarlane.

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Andrew Garfield
Box Office Gross: $360 million
Garfield earned raves for his portrayal of Eduardo Saverin in 2010's The Social Network. This summer he'll have a chance to show that he can carry a major franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man. The film, which opens over the desirable 4th of July weekend, is reportedly on track for a $125 million opening weekend.

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Tom Hardy
Box Office Gross: $1.2 billion
Hardy has mostly been an impressive presence on the sidelines of films like Inception and Tinker,Tailor, Soldier, Spy. With this summer's The Dark Knight Rises, he's taking center stage as baddie Bane. It's a high-pressure role. The last villain Batman faced was Heath Ledger's The Joker. The actor won a posthumous Oscar for the role and helped The Dark Knight become one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

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Anne Hathaway
Box Office Gross: $3.2 billion
Hathaway is stepping into the enigmatic role of Catwoman in the latest Batman film, taking on a darker character and the action genre for the first time. If she fails, it could be back to rom-coms for her.

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Ben Stiller
Box Office Gross: $5.2 billion
With franchises like Meet the Parents and Night at the Museum, Stiller is a comedic hit-maker. But his last outing, Tower Heist, was a flop, bringing on only $152 million on a budget of $75 million. His latest film, The Watch, has already had marketing trouble. Originally titled Neighborhood Watch, Fox changed the name after Travon Martin was killed by a neighborhood watch member in Florida.

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Jeremy Renner
Box Office Gross: $2.6 billion
With Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol and The Avengers, Renner has appeared in two of the highest-grossing films of the last 12 months. But he has yet to headline a big film on his own. He'll get his chance in August when he takes over the Bourne franchise from Matt Damon with The Bourne Legacy.

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Will Ferrell
Box Office Gross: $1.9 billion
To put it bluntly, Ferrell could use a massive hit. His last big movie, The Other Guys, did OK, bringing in $170 million, but it cost an estimated $100 million to produce. Before that, he had the disastrous Land of the Lost, which earned only $69 million at the global box office. Ferrell's next film is the well-timed political comedy The Campaign , co-starring Zach Galfianakis.

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Meryl Streep
Box Office Gross: $2.8 billion
Streep has been on a roll lately, proving that despite what some studio executives seem to think, women are not box office poison. This summer, the three-time Oscar winner will flex her comedic muscles in Hope Springs opposite Steve Carell and Tommy Lee Jones. If the film is another hit, Streep will have a solid case for demanding a much higher paycheck.

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Shia LaBeouf
Box Office Gross: $4.7 billion
It's been four years since LaBeouf starred in a non-sequel movie. That was Eagle Eye, which grossed $180 million at the global box office. Now that he is reportedly done with Transformers movies, LaBeouf needs to prove that he can make his mark in a movie without relying on a known franchise. This August's Lawless is the perfect opportunity. LaBeouf plays a bootlegger in the period film based on the book The Wettest County in the World.


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