Forbes has released the highest paid actors in 2017. Here are the names of the stars who made the list.
1. Shah Rukh Khan
His name may not be known in American films because he is famous in Indian movies. He has received over 20 nominations and got 14 Filmfare Awards. He is known as the “King of Bollywood”. He earned $38M from blockbuster films and a lot of endorsements.
2. Tom Cruise
This American actor won three Golden Globe awards. He is considered the highest paid actor in the United States in 2012. His films grossed over $3.7 billion in the USA while over $9 billion all over the world. The amount that he received in 2017 was $43M. He earned it on “the Mummy” and “Mission Impossible 6”.
3. Robert Downey Jr.
He portrayed Tony Stark that is well-known as Iron Man at the beginning of 2008. He starred in Marvel Comics in the films Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron and other films. He earned $48 million in 2017 alone.
4. Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan introduced martial arts in his movies. He uses the unique style of fighting, improvised weapons, and stunts. He starred in Police Story 2, Drunken Master, The Foreigners, Rush Hour, and Bleeding Steel. He earned $49M and is still one of China’s biggest movie stars.
5. Adam Sandler
He is best known to make big films. He appeared in the Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, The Waterboy, Blended, Billy Madison and Mr. Deeds. He is also the actor behind the voice of Count Dracula in Hotel Transylvania Part 1 & 2. He earned $50.5 million. He still has a lucrative deal with Netflix that enables him to make his own movies.
6. Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel is popularly known for his role as Dominic Toretto in the Fast & the Furious Series. He is also the voice actor of Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. He also starred as Xander Cage in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. He will be back again in the Avengers: Infinity War as the voice of Groot and Untitled Avengers Film in 2019. He earned 54.4 M.
7. Dwayne Johnson
He is popularly known as “The Rock” of WWE Wrestling has earned $65M in 2017. He starred in several films including Rampage, Baywatch, Jumanji, and HBO series “Ballers”. He first appeared in Scorpion King in 2002. He also got prominent roles including Luke Hobbs in the Fast and the Furious series. His checking account is not going to go down soon due to his popularity.
8. Mark Wahlberg
He is an American actor known for his stage name Marky Mark. He has ventured into big movies such as The Italian Job and the Planet of the Apes. 2017 is his highest earning year because of Last Night, Daddy’s Home 2, and Transformers: The Last Knight. He also endorses AT & T. His family owns a chain of hamburgers called Wahlbergers. He earned 68 million of pretax dollars in 2017. Even though Transformers doesn’t have a good rating on Rotten Tomatoes, he still benefits in his movies by getting fixed compensations.
These actors earned a combined $720 million last year. They are estimates from Box Office Mojo, IMDB, ComScore, and Nielsen. Some of this year’s top-paying actors are from outside of US. Marvel movies continue their rising fees due to the popularity of their installments. Hollywood actors also continue to gain more than their female counterparts. This can be the result of the roles which are frequently dominated by superheroes in blockbuster movies.