Pitt Is Top Money-Making Star Of 2011

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December 30, 2011 | 2:15pm EST

Brad Pitt has been named the Top Money-Making Star of 2011, according to an annual survey of movie theater owners.
Bosses at Quigley Publishing Company have asked theater owners and film buyers to vote for their top 10 box office generators and this year exhibitors credited Pitt with bringing in more traffic than any other celebrity due to his acting and/or vocal appearances in Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and Happy Feet Two.

Coming in at number two was Pitt’s pal George Clooney for both The Ides of March and The Descendants, and last year’s winner, Johnny Depp, fell to third with The Rum Diary, Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Rounding out the group were Leonardo DiCaprio at four with J. Edgar and Matt Damon at five.

Also making the list, in ranking order, were Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Robert Downey, Jr., Meryl Streep and Ben Stiller.