Quigley Publishing Company’s 81st Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors has named two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington as its top money making star of 2012.
The Quigley Poll, published annually in the company’s International Motion Picture Almanac, cited Washington as being responsible for increased attendance at movie theatres last year. The actor reportedly racked up a bigger audience than any other film star thanks to his roles in “Flight” and “Safe House”.
Washington has appeared on the Quigley Poll eight times since it started in 1932, however this is his first win. He is the fourth Black American actor to win the polls in its 81-year history. Will Smith won in 2005, Eddie Murphy in 1987 and Sidney Poitier who pioneered the distinction in 1968.