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The Rock is officially the highest paid actor – but who is Hollywood’s Top 20?

By Alex Wiggan

For a while now there’s been a long running joke that goes, if you’re a movie producer and you want to increase the fortunes of your ailing franchise, you simply cast The Rock in your movie and you’ll suddenly see an upturn in profit. Well, it would appear that this is no longer a joke.

According to Forbes, Dwayne Johnson is officially the highest paid actor on the planet! The 44-year old actor, famous for starting his career as a WWE Wrestler, took the top spot on Forbes’ annual list of highest paid actors and is the most bankable star in showbiz.

Thanks to appearances in the Fast and the Furious franchise, as well as recent hits such as Central Intelligence and San Andreas, Johnson has accumulated $64.5 million dollars between 2015 and 2016. This figure places Johnson $3.5 million above his nearest rival, Jackie Chan and almost $10 million ahead of Jason Bourne star, Matt Damon.

Speaking via Twitter about his status as the world’s highest paid actor, Dwayne Johnson, said:

“Want to say two things about this. I started w/ $7 bucks. If I can overcome, so can you. Waffle House on me!!”

With even more films in the pipeline, including Jumanji, Baywatch and The Fast and the Furious 8, it is likely that Johnson will hold onto this title for some time to come. However, with Jackie Chan’s continued appeal to the ever-growing Chinese market, he certainly has stiff competition.

So, who rounds out the Top Ten, we hear you ask?

Well, Forbes has compiled a list of both the highest paid actors and the highest paid actresses, to show who is currently at the top of the charts according to gender. For ease, and because we want to highlight the huge pay difference between the sexes, we’ve combined the list to provide the ultimate Top Ten of 2015-2016. Well, Top Eleven (you’ll see why in a moment).

1) Dwayne Johnson = $64.5 million

2) Jackie Chan = $61 million

3) Matt Damon = $55 million

4) Tom Cruise = $53 million

5) Johnny Depp = $48 million

6) Jennifer Lawrence = $46 million

7) Ben Affleck = $43 million

8) Vin Diesel = $35 million

9) Melissa McCarthy = $33 million (joint ninth)

9) Shah Rukh Khan = $33 million (joint ninth)

9) Robert Downey Jr = $33 million (joint ninth)

Now as you can see, there is a tie in ninth place, putting Ghostbusters actress Melissa McCarthy, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and Marvel star Robert Downey Jr, all at level pegging. We kind of expected RDJ to factor higher on this list, but as his Marvel appearances have been a little more spread out as of late, it’s not that surprising he’s not banking as much money this year.

And now let’s address the gender inequality here. It is worth highlighting that Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa McCarthy are the only two actresses to appear within the Top Eleven. And although Jennifer Lawrence sits sixth on the list, above the likes of Ben Affleck and Vin Diesel, it is easy to see what the financial difference is between the highest paid actor and the highest paid actress on the list. Come on Hollywood, sort it out please.

So that’s the Top Eleven, now here’s numbers 12 to 20:

12) Akshay Kumar = $31.5 million

13) Brad Pitt = $31.5 million

14) Adam Sandler = $30 million (joint 14th)

14) Mark Wahlberg = $30 million (joint 14th)

16) Salman Kahn = $28.5 million

17) Leonardo DiCaprio = $27 million

18) Chris Pratt = $26 million

19) Scarlett Johansson = $25 million

20) Jennifer Aniston = $21 million

So what do you think? Are you surprised with the names that appear within the Top 20 or did you expect to see these actors and actresses reaping the rewards this year? Also, are you happy that Dwayne Johnson is at number one? Let us know your thoughts.




About the author: Alex Wiggan has written blog posts for Honcho-SFX blog since October 2014. He likes writing, eating pizza and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sometimes in that order.


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