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Among Hollywood's Leading Ladies, ScarJo's Pay Trumps All

'Avengers' star brought in $40.5M last year before taxes
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2018 7:41 AM CDT
In this April 23, 2018, file photo, Scarlett Johansson arrives at the world premiere of "Avengers: Infinity War" in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Emma Stone ruled the roost last year, but this time around she's lost the No. 1 spot on the highest-paid actress list to the Black Widow. That would be Scarlett Johansson, whose annual paycheck is leaps and bounds ahead of the runner-up by more than $12 million, per Forbes: The Avengers star brought in $40.5 million pretax between June 1, 2017, and June 1 of this year. Forbes notes that the combined pay of the 10 top-paid actresses grossed $186 million, as well as another interesting tidbit on these high-paid Hollywooders: A full 60% of the women on this list are over the age of 40, turning the tables on the "young ingenue" routine that often relegates older women in Tinseltown to less-palatable roles. Rounding out the top five after Johansson:

  1. Scarlett Johansson, $40.5M
  2. Angelina Jolie, $28M
  3. Jennifer Aniston, $19.5M
  4. Jennifer Lawrence, $18M
  5. Reese Witherspoon, $16.5M
See who else made the list here. (There are zero women on this highest-paid athletes list.)

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