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Dwayne Johnson highest paid actor; Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar also in top 10

Dwayne Johnson topped the Forbes list of highest paid actors in the world while Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar stood eighth and tenth respectively.

hollywood Updated: Aug 25, 2016 19:13 IST
Dwayne Johnson topped the Forbes list of highest paid actors in the world while Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar stood eighth and tenth respectively.
Dwayne Johnson topped the Forbes list of highest paid actors in the world while Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar stood eighth and tenth respectively.

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million. He knocked Robert Downey Jr. off the top spot who is now eighth on the list, tied with Shah Rukh Khan.

Johnson more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy Central Intelligence. Johnson, known as The Rock during his wrestling career, also collected advance fees from the eighth installment of the popular Fast and Furious movie franchise.

The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood. Earlier this week the magazine named Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence the world’s highest paid actress for a second straight year, with an estimated 2016 take of $46 million.

Forbes said 18 actors banked more than $20 million in its June 2015-June 2016 scoring period, compared with four actresses.

Jackie Chan, who has not had a big U.S. box office hit for years but is a prolific actor and producer in the burgeoning Chinese entertainment market, was second on the list with $61 million. Matt Damon came in third with $55 million, largely due to the success of his 2015 space film The Martian.

Matt Damon in a still from The Martian.

Iron Man Downey fell from top spot, despite reprising his comic book hero role in Captain America: Civil War. He ranked eighth, tied with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, with $33 million.

Harrison Ford crept onto the list for the first time since 2009 thanks to his return as Han Solo in the blockbuster new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie and video game. Ford, who also is to reprise his role as adventurer Indiana Jones in 2019, ranked 20th with earnings of about $15 million.

Harrison Ford and Daisey Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Forbes estimates earnings, before taxes and management fees, from movies, TV and commercial endorsements.

The rest of the Top 10 were:

4. Tom Cruise - $53 million

Tom Cruise will be seen next in Mission Impossible 6. (AP)

5. Johnny Depp - $48 million

Johnny Depp had a rough year with his wife Amber Heard accusing him of domestic violence and a divorce settlement that cost him $7 million. (AP)

6. Ben Affleck - $43 million

Ben Affleck was seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this year and will be seen next in Justice League. (Reuters)

7. Vin Diesel - $35 million

Vin Diesel will be seen next in xXx: Return of Xander Cage with Deepika Padukone and Fast 8. (Reuters)

8. Shah Rukh Khan - $33 million

Shah Rukh Khan was seen in Fan this year and will be seen next in Gauri Shinde’s next with Alia Bhatt, Dear Zindagi. (AP)

8. Robert Downey Jr. - $33 million

Robert Downey Jr. starred in Captain America: Civil War this year. (Reuters)

10. Akshay Kumar - $31 million

Akshay Kumar had three releases this year, Housefull 3, Airlift and Rustom. (IANS)

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