The highest-ranking comedy stars on the list are Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, duh), Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up, 27 Dresses), Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada), and Seth Rogen (come on, you know what Seth Rogen is in). Macaulay Culkin is the only real comedy franchise star, and go-to comic actress Cameron Diaz’s big live-action franchise is, well, an action franchise with Charlie’s Angels.
What does this mean? That the world is a cold, unforgiving place, mostly. Just kidding, it means some high-grossing comedies are animated — we were only counting live-action movies — and also that generally, comedies don’t rake in the dough the same way action or fantasy movies do.
Draw your own conclusions, PopWatchers: Why aren’t there more comedy franchises for stars under 40?