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We know what the biggest box office hits of 2012 were, but who were the biggest stars?

Not surprisingly, Forbes' list of highest-grossing stars of 2012 is led by the lead actors from those hits: "The Avengers'" Robert Downey Jr., "Breaking Dawn Part 2's" Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, "The Dark Knight Rises'" Christian Bale and "Skyfall's" Daniel Craig.

Forbes' slightly arbitrary qualification for making the list is being the "lead" performer in a film, hence Downey is singled out from among the "Avengers" ensemble, while the "Twilight" trio somehow all make the cut.

A handful of actors make the race a little more interestings thanks to multiple releases at multiplexes -- most notably Stewart who leaped ahead of her co-stars thanks to headlining a second hit movie, summer's "Snow White and the Huntsman." (Pity poor "Avengers" and "Huntsman" star Chris Hemsworth, who would've trumped Downey under different rules. »

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