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The List of Forbes 10 Highest Paid Actors Actually Had Some Turnover This Year

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 17, 2013 | Comments ()


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We’re accustomed to seeing essentially the same faces in Forbes annual list of the highest paid actors (male edition) and, for the most part, that’s what this year’s list is. But, there is a new number one in Robert Downey, Jr., and number two skyrocketed out of nowhere and into the position this year, thanks to a few big hits and to being one of the year’s most prolific actors. The list (with blurbs) is here, but below is the here’s the basics:

1. Robert Downey, Jr.: $75 million

2. Charming Potato: $60 million

3. Hugh Jackman: $55 million

4. Mark Wahlberg: $52 million

5. Dwayne Johnson: $46 million

6. Leonardo DiCaprio: $39 million

7. Adam Sandler: $37 million

8. Tom Cruise: $35 million

9. Denzel Washington: $33 million

10. Liam Neeson: $32 million



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  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm surprised by Dwayne Johnson on that list. Anyone else?

  • He makes a lot of movies. According to IMDb, he was attached to six in 2013, and that's not counting whatever it is that he makes from WWE appearances.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I suspect he's getting a healthy cut of the PPV revenue for any event he appears in.

  • Idle Primate

    Fast and furious is my guess

  • PDamian

    Wow. The last three Cruise movies (Rock of Ages, Jack Reacher, Oblivion) tanked, and it now appears that most people don't want to see him anymore outside of a Mission: Impossible movie. David Miscavige must be frantic with worry. I've read in several places that Cruise promised to fund several new Scientology buildings in new cities; wonder if that's still an option.

  • Arran

    Rock of Ages tanked. Jack Reacher and Oblivion did well worldwide. Aside from Rock of Ages—where the success or failure wasn't really on his head anyway—he hasn't had a legitimate flop in a looong time. Even the numbers on his films that were considered "disappointments" at the time look pretty good in retrospect (e.g., Far and Away made $140m worldwide, Eyes Wide Shut made $160m). Discounting a couple of "small" movies which were never going to be blockbusters in the first place (Lions For Lambs and Magnolia), you have to go back to Legend to find a real failure starring Cruise.

    I'm not a Cruise apologist, but he really does remain a consistent draw when you look at the global numbers.

    THIS HAS BEEN A PAID COMMERCIAL FOR SCIENTOLOGY.

    EDIT: I hope that didn't come across as "fuck yoo, tom crooze rulz"!

  • PDamian

    Upvoted for the edit, which made me laugh out loud.

    Still and all, $35 million is "only" $35 million, and -- I'm guessing
    -- not nearly what he used to pull. It certainly pales in comparison to the other actors on that list. Is it enough to build buildings for Scientology? Who knows?

  • kirbyjay

    If they are made out of a false façade, somewhat like Scientology itself

  • Arran

    I do wonder if that figure covers EVERYTHING or "just" his salaries, though—because he usually produces the stuff he's in and takes a big chunk of the back end. (Jack Reacher cost a relatively thrifty $60m, for example, so I doubt his upfront salary was that huge.) I remember reading ages ago that he had actually made something like $70m for the first M:I movie when everything was totted up.

    That'll pay for a new Celebrity Center or two.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I always wonder about the accuracy of these lists. It's darn difficult to verify. I mean, I know they make an obscene amount of money, but is it really pornographically obscene like this, or more accurately erotica-level obscenity?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    yeah, it must be difficult accounting - is it based on previous year's taxes? Is it just the base salaries for the year, or does it include royalty payouts from previous years...? There's a reason actors have so many accountants.

  • PDamian

    I'd settle for light-petting-in-the-back-seat-of-dad's-car obscene. One million ought to do it.

  • Idle Primate

    And you'd think johnny depp would be up there. Maybe he's on the lady list

  • Captain D

    These are all gross figures that account for expenditures on hats, scarves, and bangle bracelets. Channing Tatum saved a bundle on clothes this year.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    And bless him for that.

  • Guest

    ..

  • Idle Primate

    What's mark wahlberg been up to that he made 50 mil?

  • Maguita NYC

    I'm positive 70% of it is more for being executive producer than "actor".

  • BWeaves

    No women. Let me repeat, NO WOMEN.

  • pajiba

    It's the male list (the female list is separate). Sorry, i didn't specify.

  • Mariazinha

    Doesn't matter! We should go all feminist on Hollywood!!
    Number 1 on the actresses list is Kristen Stewart, and she got $34.5 million.
    Number 8 on the guys list earned that much!! And only her and number 2 (Cameron Diaz) would've made it into top 10 overall. And in the last 2 spots.

  • Captain D

    I'd like to reiterate a point I made a month or two back...Hollywood needs to stop casting Katherine Heigl, Cameron Diaz, and Kristen Stewart in movies that they want to be blockbusters. At this point you would think someone would be smart enough to put Melissa McCarthy on the top of any call sheet regardless the role.

  • BWeaves

    OK, then. I was about to go all feminist on Hollywood.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Which is kind of "I began to rage impotently, but the back of my thigh tightened and I was forced to sit." (Woody Allen. Sigh.)

  • John G.

    In America it's 'Bling-Bling', but out here it's 'Bling-Bang'.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    That guy is worth $40 million dollars?

  • PDamian

    He was paid $40 mil. He's worth far less. The most overrated actor in years, as far as I'm concerned.

  • Agreed.

  • IngridToday

    The only one I'm amazed by is Adam Sandler. Really?

  • Maguita NYC

    As if we needed more proof that we spend our money on shit.

  • Shouldn't be a surprise. Potato's always in demand. Ask the Irish.

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    I do wonder if that figure covers EVERYTHING or "just" his salaries,
    though—because he usually produces the stuff he's in and takes a big
    chunk of the back end. (Jack Reacher cost a relatively thrifty $60m, for
    example, so I doubt his upfront salary was that huge.) I remember
    reading ages ago that he had actually made something like $70m for the
    first M:I movie when everything was totted up.

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