Forbes magazine has released its 2016 list of highest-paid actors.
If you’re a Bollywood fan, you already know the man who comes in at No. 10: Akshay Kumar, who logged three bona-fide box-office hits during the Forbes scoring period, earning him $31.5 million.
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Akshay Kumar: Bollywood hot rod
Kumar reportedly supplements his earnings with lucrative endorsements for companies such as Honda motorcycles.
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9. Robert Downey Jr.
Cry not for Iron Man. Yes, the actor’s earnings dropped 58 percent compared with the same period last year. But last year’s highest earner still brought home $33 million.
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Robert Downey Jr.: Iron is still gold
Downey still earns plenty of money from his past turns as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also endorses a smartphone company in Asia.
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8. Shah Rukh Khan
If you haven’t yet met the reigning king of the Bollywood box office, here’s your introduction. This actor raked in $33 million in Forbes’s latest survey.
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Shah Rukh Khan: Mega-endorser
Along with his hit films (for which he is known for charging large up-front fees) he reportedly endorses dozens of brands.
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7. Vin Diesel
A Facebook following of more than 100 million illustrates just how popular this actor is. So does his latest earnings figure: $35 million.
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Vin Diesel: Franchise-fueled
Diesel’s success is powered in large part by the ongoing success of the Fast and Furious franchise ... as well as a certain wildly popular, tree-like character he voiced for “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
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6. Ben Affleck
So “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” may have been savaged by critics, but the reviews haven’t hurt Ben Affleck’s wallet one bit: He made $43 million during the Forbes survey period.
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Ben Affleck: Superhero-sized payday
Just how much did “Batman v Superman” make worldwide? More than $870 million–not a misprint–and Affleck reportedly earned both upfront fees and backend profits from that one film.
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5. Johnny Depp
Damning accusations from Amber Heard (and a reported $7 million divorce settlement) have done little to dent Depp’s bank account. He earned $48 million during Forbes’s survey period.
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Johnny Depp: Pirate booty
An eight-figure up-front fee for his next “Pirates of the Caribbean” adventure (and the second installment of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland franchise) reportedly kept Depp among the top Hollywood earners.
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4. Tom Cruise
The “Mission Impossible” franchise continues to fuel Cruise’s income, which is estimated at $53 million during the latest Forbes survey.
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Tom Cruise: Mission not-so-impossible
Just how big is his M:I franchise? It’s made a staggering $2.8 billion worldwide.
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3. Matt Damon
Yes, you may partially credit the return of Jason Bourne for Damon’s reported $55 million year. But let’s not forget the planet-sized payday of another recent hit, too ...
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3. Matt Damon: A paycheck the size of Mars
... and that movie is “The Martian,” a film so popular it grossed a hefty $630.1 million on an asteroid-sized budget of $108 million.
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2. Jackie Chan
Chan’s $61 million income further indicates what moviemakers worldwide already know: that Chinese ticket-buyers are enjoying increasing influence.
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Jackie Chan: Behind-the-camera success
Yes, Chan earns big bank thanks to his action films, but his role as a producer is also keeping him in the black.
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1. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
You’re looking at the Hollywood action hero of the 21st century ... at least, so far. The former wrestler earned a stunning $64.5 million during the latest Forbes survey period.
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Dwayne Johnson: Rock-solid bank account
Up next for the prolific Johnson is (yes, really) an action-comedy movie version of the ‘90s TV hit “Baywatch.”