The Top 10 Current Highest Paid Hollywood Actors and Actresses
Actors and actresses make some of the highest salaries in the entertainment industry, especially if you're someone like Marky Mark or The Rock. In fact, just last year, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson together made $133 million, making them the top two highest paid actors of the year, according to Forbes' "Highest-Paid Actors and Actresses 2017" list. However, it turns out, the entire list of the top 10 highest paid Hollywood actors and actresses are all male, making a cumulative $488.5 million in salaries, with names like Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise and Robert Downey, Jr.
And while Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson topped last year's list of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, their salaries were not quite comparable to that of their male counterparts. For instance, Stone, dubbed the highest paid female actress, made $26 million, which wasn't even close to the salaries of any of the top 10 actors'. In total, the salaries of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood was $172.5 combined, or about a third of what the men made.
Despite the major gender pay gap, many of these highly paid stars were featured in high-budget action-packed franchise movies like Marvel's Thor and The Fast and the Furious. Watson's role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, which made over $1 billion in box offices worldwide, helped land her on this year's list. And Melissa McCarthy's Emmy-winning Sean Spicer performance for SNL might have attributed to her success.
Curious who the highest paid actors and actresses of 2017 were? To learn more, check out these lists below.
Top 10 highest paid male actors
Mark Wahlberg, $68 million
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, $65 million
Vin Diesel, $54.4 million
While he starred in movies both onscreen and offscreen last year, Vin Diesel was a voice-over actor in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the leading character, Xander Cage, in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Of course, the famous celeb is also a part of The Fast and Furious franchise, starring in last year's film alongside The Rock, The Fate of the Furious. These blockbuster hits alone helped make Diesel the third-highest-paid actor of 2017, with a salary of $54.4 million.
Adam Sandler, $50.5 million
Jackie Chan, $49 million
Robert Downey, Jr., $48 million
Tom Cruise, $43 million
Chris Hemsworth, $31.5 million
Tom Hanks, $31 million
Samuel L. Jackson, $30.5 million
Landing 10th on the list of highest paid actors in 2017 is Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson earned $30.5 million last year for lots of hard work. In just those 365 days, Jackson was in five movies: Kong: Skull Island, Unicorn Store, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Blazing Samurai and xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
Top 10 highest paid female actresses
Emma Stone, $26 million
Jennifer Aniston, $25.5 million
Jennifer Lawrence, $24 million
Melissa McCarthy, $18 million
Actor and comedian McCarthy turned heads last year with her hilarious performance as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live, for which she received an Emmy Award. In 2017, McCarthy also produced a new comedy series, Nobodies, which helped contribute to her $18 million salary.