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Forbes names the Top Grossing Actors of 2012, based on the global box office take of their films. Robert Downey Jr. takes the top spot; Forbes credits the worldwide success of "The Avengers" ($1.5 billion) to his "charm and humor" while noting that he'll be walking away with more money than his co-superheroes. As to be expected, the rest of the top ten includes other superheroes--from Christian Bale's Batman to Andrew Garfield's "Spider-Man"-- vampires (the stars of "Twilight"), Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen of "The Hunger Games," Will Smith's return to "Men in Black" and Britain's Bond, James Bond. The most earth-bound entry on the list is #10 -- Mark Wahlberg for "Ted" and "Contraband." Check out Forbes' stats below. Only one of these stars can also expect an Oscar nomination this year: Lawrence. Robert Downey Jr. - $1.5 billion 
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