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Highest-grossing Rappers at the Hollywood Box Office: Will Smith, Queen Latifah, & More

In the wide world of rappers turned actors, who are the most successful of all on the silver screen? Boardroom has the full rundown.

In 1983, Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style became what is now widely regarded as the first feature film of the hip-hop era. Featuring the likes of Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Flash, and the Cold Crush Brothers, it was far from a box office hit but nevertheless marks a key moment in the mainstream acceptance of rap music and culture.

In the 40 years since, hip-hop figures have gone on not just to write, direct, and star in major Hollywood films, but several of them have achieved all-time icon status with billion in box office dollars to their name.

So, of all the rappers turned actors who went on to achieve silver-screen success, who sits alone at the top of the heap?

From the Fresh Prince and Marky Mark to Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, and Common, let’s roll through the highest-grossing rappers of all time at the Hollywood box office.

Highest-grossing Rappers Turned Actors: Total Box Office Gross

All box office figures via The Numbers.

1. Will Smith$6.57B$2.96B$9.54B
2. Mark Wahlberg$5.38B$1.42B$6.8B
3. LudacrisN/A$6.56B$6.56B
4. Queen Latifah$1.96B$2.96B$4.92B
5. Donald GloverN/A$3.9B$3.9B
6. Awkwafina$142.8M$3.05B$3.19B
7. RZA$73.4M$3.41B$3.49B
8. Common$93.7M$3.32B$3.41B
9. Ice Cube$1.09B$961M$2.05B
10. will.i.amN/A$1.95B$1.95B

Hollywood’s Highest-grossing Rappers: Lead Roles Only

1. Will Smith$6.57B
2. Mark Wahlberg$5.38B
3. Queen Latifah$1.96B
4. Ice Cube$1.09B
5. Jaden Smith$910.6M
6. Awkwafina$142.8M
7. André 3000$120.9M
8. Eminem$116.7M
9. T.I.$91.7M
10. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)$65.6M

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Sam Dunn is the Managing Editor of Boardroom. Before joining the team, he was an editor and multimedia talent for several sports and culture verticals at Minute Media and an editor, reporter, and site manager at SB Nation. A specialist in content strategy, copywriting, and SEO, he has additionally worked as a digital consultant in the corporate services, retail, and tech industries. He cannot be expected to be impartial on any matter regarding the Florida Gators or Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter @RealFakeSamDunn.