Forbes recently gave out a list of world’s highest paid actors of the year 2017. Forbes which is an American business magazine is published bi-weekly. It features articles on finance, technology, marketing, science, law etc. The magazine is best known for its lists and rankings gave a ranking of world’s highest paid actors. The list to everyone’s surprise was topped by Mark Wahlberg and had no female actors while 2016 had 2, Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa McCarthy. And there was only one Indian actor who is popularly known as ‘The King of Romance’ in Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan in the year 2016 but this time it comprises of 2 more actors. Let us find out that who made it to the top 10 of the world’s highest paid actors of 2017.
#1. Mark Wahlberg, $68 M
This man will probably be called Richie rich now by removing The Rock from top. The former rapper had his highest ever payday thanks to his high fees for movies such as “Daddy’s Home 2” and “Transformers: The Last Knight”. The movies in which he has worked have grossed $5.3 billion worldwide. He also appears on A+E network with his family, a reality show based on their fast food restaurants.
#2. Dwayne Johnson, $65 M
The Rock! Yes, Dwayne Johnson is 2nd on the list of world’s highest paid actors. In the year 2015 he was on 11th, then on 1st in 2016 and now on 2nd. One can easily find out the reason for this growth as his box office stats are just amazing. He commanded eight figures of upfront fees for movies such as Jumanji and Baywatch. “I can kick ass better than anyone on the planet,” He once told FORBES. “And I have a decent smile.”
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#3. Vin Diesel, $54.5 M
This deep-voiced actor made to this list for the fourth time and this time with even better stats. All because of the success of eighth installment of “Fast and the Furious” which grossed $1.2 billion at the global box office. He has 100 million Facebook fans and he is also a key user of Facebook’s live feature. An estimated cut of profit from “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” boosted his bottom-line.
#4. Adam Sandler, $50.5 M
The recent Netflix deal which provided him an estimate of $250 million to make four original movies for the streaming service proved to be a boon. “The Ridiculous Six” went on to become the most-watched movie on Netflix in its first month. The streaming service(Netflix) has now signed Sandler for another four movies!
#5. Jackie Chan, $49 M
The world’s no.2 in the highest paid actors list in 2016 is now on 5th. But he is undoubtedly the king of Chinese box office. He makes most of his money on mainland movies that one probably has never heard of, for example “Kung Fu Yoga”. He also benefits from government censors looking kindly on his movies.
#6. Robert Downey Jr., $48 M
Though he lost his place to Dwayne Johnson in 2016, Iron Man continues to make millions with high upfront fees for super hero films. Everyone is just waiting to see him in action in the much awaited “Avengers: Infinity Warfare”. Even if he was not in a lead role in “Spiderman: Homecoming”, his work was praised and the film did pretty well grossing $737 million worldwide.
#7. Tom Cruise, $43 M
At 55 this young lad is still making headlines with his looks and jumping off buildings. Hollywood’s favorite scientologist had a big paycheck for “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and also with “Jack Reacher”. His latest was “The Mummy” which did well on box office. Cruise’s success as agent Ethan Hunt in the five-part M: I series has nearly grossed $2.8 billion worldwide. Look out for him in the sixth installment of Mission: Impossible.
#8. Shah Rukh Khan, $38 M
Khan continues to rule the Bollywood’s box office starring in films such as “Raees” and earning multimillion dollar upfront fees and also a cut at the back-end for his efforts. He is ahead of the likes of Hollywood’s top actors which includes Matt Damon, Chris Pratt and Brad Pitt. Khan also has endorsement deals with dozens of brands.
#9. Salman Khan, $37 M
Salman Khan is well known for his work since he made his debut in 1989 with “Maine Pyaar Kiya”. Khan stills earns top money with hits like “Sultan” which became the second highest grossing movie of Bollywood in 2016. He still remains one of India’s biggest stars despite controversies.
#10. Akshay Kumar, $35.5 M
Akshay Kumar who is a king at Bollywood’s box office for over a quarter of a century, makes millions with both starring and ensemble roles. He still keeps busy, starring in four movies while in Forbes scoring period. From deodorants to Eveready batteries, Kumar also makes a lot from these.