World's Highest-Paid Actor: Ex-WWE Star 'The Rock'

With $64.5M paycheck; Jennifer Lawrence tops women actors with $46M
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2016 11:21 AM CDT
World's Highest-Paid Actor: Ex-WWE Star 'The Rock'
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's cool $64.5 million paycheck makes him the highest-paid actor in the world.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

The Rock, Jackie Chan, and Matt Damon walk into a bar … and the Rock should probably pay for drinks, as the actor otherwise known as Dwayne Johnson has been named the world's highest-paid male actor by Forbes. Thanks to 2015 earnings of $64.5 million (his largest payday ever), Johnson knocked Robert Downey Jr. off the pay pedestal, helped along by upfront compensation from blockbusters such as this year's Central Intelligence and next year's Fast 8. Chan followed close behind on the Forbes list with $61 million, while Damon came in third with $55 million, boosted mainly by The Martian. Here, the top five and their 2015 earnings:

  1. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, $64.5 million
  2. Jackie Chan, $61 million,
  3. Matt Damon, $55 million
  4. Tom Cruise, $53 million
  5. Johnny Depp, $48 million

Forbes ranked actresses as well, with Jennifer Lawrence earning the No. 1 spot with $46 million, followed by Melissa McCarthy at $33 million and Scarlett Johansson at $25 million. The magazine notes that comparing the two sets of earnings underscores the gender pay gap that still exists, with top-earning Lawrence earning just 71% of Johnson's pay. The top 5 women actors and their 2015 earnings:

  1. Jennifer Lawrence, $46 million
  2. Melissa McCarthy, $33 million
  3. Scarlett Johansson, $25 million
  4. Jennifer Aniston, $21 million
  5. Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, $17 million
Check out the top breadwinners in both the men's and women's categories. (More actors stories.)

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