These are the world's highest-paid actors in 2017

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If you’re an actor, you quickly learn that certain roles are financially more rewarding than others. In recent years, getting the lead in an action flick or donning tights for a superhero franchise can mean an exorbitant payday.

Forbes has released its annual list of highest-paid actors in the world, and cumulatively, these 10 actors earned an incredible $720 million between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017. The earnings are based on estimates established via data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders, and are all before taxes and fees.

While the list is traditionally dominated by American actors, this year’s list has four names from overseas that are making a big splash on the silver screen.

Click through to see who makes the big bucks in Hollywood and Bollywood. All figures in USD.

Highest paid actors in 2017

Being a superhero will certainly net you an impressive pay day, but it’s not quite enough to get you the biggest paycheque in Hollywood. (Marvel Studios / Paramount Pictures).

Highest paid actors in 2017

No. 10: Akshay Kumar
Past year’s earnings: $35.5 million
This Bollywood heavyweight drew in some big bucks with the four films he appeared in during the period Forbes tracked. He’s likely to fare well on next year’s list, too, thanks to the recently released Toilet – Ek Prem Katha, screening both in India and theatres across North America, that has grossed $22.7 million in two weeks.
(Yahoo Celebrity India)

Highest paid actors in 2017

No. 9: Salman Khan
Past year’s earnings: $37 million
Khan starred in the second-highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2016, Sultan. He’s appeared in over 85 movies since his career took off in 1989, and continues to earn top-dollar, despite recent criminal allegations.
(Reuters)

Highest paid actors in 2017

No. 8: Shah Rukh Khan
Past year’s earnings: $38 million
Known to his fans as “King Khan,” this star appeared in popular films like this year’s Raees. It also helps that King Khan is also the king of endorsements overseas.
(Yahoo Celebrity India)

Highest paid actors in 2017

No. 7: Tom Cruise
Past year’s earnings: $43 million
Action movies helped Cruise continue to net millions in the past year, particularly with the latest iteration of the Mission Impossible series coming next year.
(Reuters)

Highest paid actors in 2017

No. 6: Robert Downey Jr.
Past year’s earnings: $48 million
Even Tony Stark would be pleased with the paydays that Downey saw in the last year. Formerly the highest-earning star, an appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming and a lead role in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War helped keep him in the top 10.
(Reuters)

Highest paid actors in 2017

No. 5: Jackie Chan
Past year’s earnings: $49 million
Chan continues to be one of the hottest stars in China’s film scene, and is no slouch in the rest of the world, either. Most of this year’s income came from movies in Mainland China, like Railroad Tigers and Kung Fu Yoga.
(Reuters)

Highest paid actors in 2017

No. 4: Adam Sandler
Past year’s earnings: $50.5 million
A lucrative deal with Netflix continues to result in a hefty payday for Sandler. Despite being poorly rated on Rotten Tomatoes (a resounding 0 per cent), Sandler’s The Ridiculous 6 became the most-watched movie on Netflix in its first month. Maybe that estimated $250 million he’s been given for four films may be worth it after all.
(Getty Images)

Highest paid actors in 2017

No. 3: Vin Diesel
Past year’s earnings: $54.5 million
Both of Diesel’s action film series got installments in the past year, with xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and The Fate of the Furious both becoming hits with audiences worldwide. And fear not, fellow Vin fans: there are already two more Fast and Furious films planned for 2019 and 2021. Oh, and don’t forget that Diesel is also the voice of Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
(Agence France-Presse)

Highest paid actors in 2017

No. 2: Dwayne Johnson
Past year’s earnings: $65 million
Better known as The Rock, this wrestler-turned-actor took home eight figures upfront for his roles in Baywatch and Jumanji, Forbes reports. The 45-year-old also takes home a healthy paycheck from HBO’s Ballers, a comedy-drama about football players in Miami, which he stars in and also serves as executive producer on.
(Yahoo)

Highest paid actors in 2017

No. 1: Mark Wahlberg
Past year’s earnings: $68 million
This year’s top dog is one-time rapper and Calvin Klein underwear model Marky Mark. Forbes reports that fees for his roles in Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight catapulted him to the top of the list. His income is supplemeted by AT&T endorsements and earnings from A+E reality show Wahlburgers, based on his family’s fast-food restaurants.
(Reuters)