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THR's Women in Entertainment 2012: Power 100

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart and Meryl Streep
    The Box-Office Queens

    The 22-year-old Lawrence -- bursting on the scene two years ago with an Oscar nom for tiny indie drama Winter’s Bone -- can do more than open a movie or get one greenlighted: She can command an enviable $10 million salary for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which hits theaters in November 2013. In March, the first Hunger Games sealed her fate when it opened to $152.2 million, the fifth-best debut of all time, and ultimately grossed $686.5 million worldwide (she got paid a mere $500,000 for that film). And if her good fortune continues, she could soon end up collecting an Oscar nom for Silver Linings Playbook, a critical darling.

    Stewart, 22, changed the Hollywood status quo when the Twilight franchise proved that females have as much clout as fanboys. The five films, including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, now in theaters, have grossed more than $3.1 billion worldwide to date. And, like Lawrence, she has greenlight power. Stewart’s other 2012 film, Snow White and the Huntsman, earned $400.3 million worldwide thanks in part to the support of her Twilight fans. She’s next in theaters in the Walter Salles indie On the Road, which opens in select theaters Dec. 21.

    Streep, 63, continues to be a huge box-office draw, with her 51 films earning north of $3.67 billion worldwide. She straddles the independent and studio worlds and is a frequent Oscar contender (though not this year). Her films can even overcome middling reviews and become awards darlings -- last year’s The Iron Lady grossed $114 million worldwide, a strong number for an independent historical biopic, and her performance as Margaret Thatcher earned her the Academy Award for best actress. She recently wrapped production on John Wells’ August: Osage County, starring opposite Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Sam Shepard.

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