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Actors with the most moo-la-la

From Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to Jennifer Lawrence, these actors make the craziest amounts of money and the top 10 may surprise you.

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Mackenzie Krueger, Journalist

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1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson


Topping the leaderboard with a crazy $64.5 million dollars, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes the cake as the highest paid actor in America. He earned these big bucks by having rock solid box office numbers in his many movies over the years. He also began with launching the billion dollar Fast and Furious franchise which put tons of money in his pocket. Johnson has an upcoming role in the movie Baywatch.

2. Jackie Chan


Coming in second is the well know karate star, Jackie Chan with an earning of $61 million dollars. He hasn’t had a live-action movie in a very long time, but he still remains on the top ten list of highest paid actors. Chan has also become the King of China’s burgeoning box office due to a connection with Beijing. The last film he starred in was Monkey King and also several other Chinese films that were in post-production. Jackie Chan earns several benefits from government censors by being a producer, actor, and investor altogether.

3. Matt Damon


The actor formally known for his work in the Bourne series, Matt Damon comes in third place for the highest paid actors with an earning of $55 million dollars. His recent movie The Martian grossed $630.1 million dollars on a $108 million dollar budget. This sure put a ton of moola in his pocket. Damon even went on the win an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in The Martian. Even after this great win, he went on to continually make more money by returning to the Jason Bourne movies and the upcoming film Great Wall.

4. Tom Cruise


Tom Cruise

The well-known actor Tom Cruise, also known as Hollywood’s favorite Scientologist, comes in fourth place with an earning of $53 million dollars. Cruise earned a huge paycheck for his movies Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation, Jack Reacher the sequel and Mena. He happens to be 53 years old but still manages to play live action hero roles. Fun fact: Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible films grossed about $2.8 billion dollars globally.

5. Johnny Depp


America’s favorite pirate, Johnny Depp, takes fifth on the list with an earning of $48 million dollars. In contrast to the other actor’s earnings, Depp actually gained $7 million dollars for his divorce settlement with his wife. He also pocketed an estimated eight figures up front for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean installment. Depp’s movie Alice Through The Looking Glass blew up the box office and upped his earning even more. Unfortunately, it is likely that his earning will strongly decrease next year.

6. Jennifer Lawrence


The girl on fire makes an appearance on the highest paid actors in America list in 6th place. Her earning, $46 million dollars, puts her 6th on the list for all actors but in 1st place for the highest paid female actress. The Hunger Games series was obviously a huge success and her final film of the series grossed $ 653.4 million dollars. She is also expected to earn a huge upfront pay for her upcoming film Passengers starring Matt Damon. This has been Jennifer’s second consecutive year being the highest paid actress in America. Girl Power!

7. Ben Affleck


With an earning of $43 million dollars, Ben Affleck snatches the 7th place spot on the list. Affleck gained the best box office numbers in his life for his film Batman vs Superman. The movie also grossed over $870 million dollars. Not only did Affleck gain the best biggest box office numbers of his life, he also pocketed his highest annual paycheck ever.

8. Vin Diesel

Famous for his role in the Fast and Furious series, Vin Diesel ranks 8th in the list with an earning of $35 million dollars. He earned tons of money due to being paid with an upfront paycheck for his film Fast and Furious 8. Diesel also made tons of money for his voice-over role in the sequel to the Guardians of the Galaxy film. He is also a strong user of Facebook live where he has over 100 million follower and fans.

9. Melissa McCarthy


Coming in 9th place, Melissa McCarthy has a total earning of $33 million dollars. This also puts her in second place for the highest paid female actors in America. She made $10 million dollars from her movie Ghostbusters back in 2015. This year McCarthy received her biggest annual paycheck to date, putting her higher than Scarlett Johansson who is third on the list of highest paid female actors.

10. Shah Rukh Khan


Last on the list is Shah Rukh Khan, a Bollywood star with an earning of $33 million dollars. He is known to rule the Bollywood box office and snatched a lead role in the movie Dilwale along with several other actors. Rukh Khan gains tons of his money from endorsement deals for many popular brands.

 

 

 

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