Celebrity Headliner Equations

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Thebenchwarmersposter_1 When Hollywood executives cast the leads in a movie, a lot of thought goes into who’s name will appear above the movie title. In order to make bank at the box office, movies must have anywhere from one major  star to multiple minor stars as headliners for the film. 

With the upcoming movie The Benchwarmers, it takes Jon Heder, David Spade and Rob Schneider’s name before the title to equal the box office weight of one Jim Carrey in Fun with Dick and Jane. With that in mind, we’ve put together a series of equations that show how star power matches up when it comes to headlining a movie. After the jump, find out who can carry a movie on their own and who needs the cushion of other stars to share a headline with…

  • Genre=Thriller
  • Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Clive Owen(Inside Man)= Harrison Ford and Paul Bettany (Firewall)= Natalie Portman(V for Vendetta)
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey=Steve Martin, Beyonce, Kevin Kline
  • Genre: Teen
  • Amanda Bynes (She’s the Man)=Emma Roberts, Sarah Paxton, Jo Jo (Aquamarine)
  • Genre: Family
  • Tim Allen (The Shaggy Dog)= Paul Walker and 8 snow dogs(Eight Below)
  • Genre: Period Piece
  • Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller(Casanova) = Johnny Depp (The Libertine)