Forbes lists world’s highest-paid actors

Posted: August 1, 2013 in general

denzel washingtonRobert Downey Jr, star of The Avengers as well as Iron Man 3, has topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid actors, with estimated earnings of $75 million.

Both Marvel superhero films featuring the 48-year-old took more than $1 billion at the box office.

In second place is new father, Channing Tatum, who financed and starred in Magic Mike, about male strippers. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, it made $167 million, contributing to the actor’s $60 million pay.

Completing the top three is Australian actor Hugh Jackman, whose new film The Wolverine is about to open in the United Kingdom. He is thought to have earned $55 million in the same period – June 2012 to June 2013.

Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington are due to co-star in 2 Guns

Other stars in the top 10 include Mark Wahlberg, star of comedy film Ted, who earned $52 million and Adam Sandler with $37 million.

Denzel Washington, who is in ninth place, earned approximately $33 million. He took a pay cut for the film Flight in exchange for a share of the profits. The film ended up making $162 million.

Last year, 51-year-old Tom Cruise topped the list with earnings of $75 million. This year he dropped to eighth place with $35 million, gained largely from his international audience, Forbes said.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Liam Neeson complete the top 10 with earnings of $39 million and $32 million respectively.

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