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.
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. Forbes
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.
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).
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 – , screening both in India and theatres across North America, that has grossed $22.7 million in two weeks. Ek Prem Katha (Yahoo Celebrity India)
No. 9: Salman Khan
Past year’s earnings: $37 million Khan starred in the second-highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2016, . He’s appeared in over 85 movies since his career took off in 1989, and continues to earn top-dollar, despite recent Sultan criminal allegations. (Reuters)
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 . It also helps that King Khan is also the king of endorsements overseas. Raees (Yahoo Celebrity India)
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)
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 and a lead role in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming helped keep him in the top 10. Avengers: Infinity War (Reuters)
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 and Railroad Tigers . Kung Fu Yoga (Reuters)
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 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. The Ridiculous 6 (Getty Images)
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 and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage 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 The Fate of the Furious . Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Agence France-Presse)
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)
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)