The Highest-Paid Actors Of 2016

By on September 1, 2016 in ArticlesEntertainment

For the first time in four years, Robert Downey Jr. is not the world's highest -paid actor. Instead, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is, with a whopping $64.5 million payday this past year. Move over Iron Man, it is The Rock's world now! Robert Downey Jr. dropped to eighth place.

This year's list highlights the large pay gap between actors and actresses. The highest-paid actress made $46 million, which would place her sixth on the actor's list. Also, eight actors made more than $20 million compared with just four actresses.

The figures were tallied using the actors' pre-tax income from June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016, before agent fees.

#10) tie Akshay Kumar – $32.5 million.

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar had his breakout role in 1992's Khiladi and since then has appeared in 150 films. Kumar also hosts the Indian reality TV show Dare 2 Dance, and has lucrative endorsement contracts.

#10) tie Brad Pitt – $32.5 million

Brad Pitt producers and acted in The Big Short, which won an Academy Award and brought in $133.3 million at the global box office. This is the first time since 2007 that Pitt's earnings topped $30 million.

#8) tie Robert Downey, Jr. – $33 million

Robert Downey Jr. was the highest-paid actor of 2013, 2014, and 2015. This past year has been quieter for the Iron Man star. He had just Captain America: Civil War released during the scoring period.

#8) tie Shah Rukh Khan – $33 million

Shah Rukh Kahn is one of Bollywood's biggest stars. He typically earns multi-million dollar upfront fees as well as a healthy cut of the back end profits.

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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

#7) Vin Diesel – $35 million

Vin Diesel ranks high on this year's list, thanks to his latest paycheck from Furious 8 and Guardians of the Galaxy. This is the third time he's made the highest-paid list.

#6) Ben Affleck – $43 million

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice may not have gotten good reviews, but it was Ben Affleck's biggest box office earner of hid career thanks to his salary plus back end deal.

#5) Johnny Depp – $48 million

Johnny Depp may have had a disastrous year in his love life, but he killed it at the box office, thanks to his latest turn as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

#4) Tom Cruise – $53 million

Tom Cruise nabbed his spot on this list thanks to 2015's Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. The five part film series has grossed nearly $2.8 billion worldwide.

#3) Matt Damon – $55 million

Matt Damon's turn in The Martian was his year's biggest success. The film grossed $630.1 million on a budget of $108. The return of Jason Bourne also helped Damon's bank account.

#2) Jackie Chan – $61 million

Jackie Chan hasn't made a hit U.S. film in years, but he is the king of China's growing box office. Chan starred in the latest installment of the Monkey King franchise.

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Sergi Alexander/Getty Images

#1) Dwayne Johnson – $64 million

The former professional wrestler turned actor is Hollywood's current go-to action hero. Thanks to the success of the latest Fast and Furious film as well as the surprise hit San Andreas, The Rock grabbed the top spot.

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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