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The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes (20 pics)

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Some of the actors and actresses on the list will surprise you.


Harrison Ford- $15 million

Thanks to his gigantic payday for rebooting Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ford is the oldest member of the ranking at 74.

Charlize Theron- $16.5 million

The Mad Max star is rumored to have made $10 million The Huntsman: Winter’s War alone, not to mention her gig as the face of Dior J’Adore perfume.

Matthew McConaughey- $18 million

McConaughey is set to star in 2017’s Stephen King film The Dark Tower, and those TV spots for Lincoln Motors we’ve all seen bring home the bacon.

Will Smith- $20.5 million

While Concussion may have almost missed the budget mark, Smith bounced back by earning almost $20 million for Suicide Squad.

Jennifer Aniston- $21 million

Although she’s still bringing home seven-figure upfront fees for movies like Office Christmas Party, Aniston makes most of her money off endorsements.

Scarlett Johannson- $25 million

Her controversial role in Ghost in the Shell reportedly scored her $17.5 million. She’s also got a Dolce & Gabbana deal to cushion her bank account.

Chris Pratt- $26 million

He doubled his 2015 earnings this year and landed a $12 million upfront fee for Passengers as well as a great deal for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Leonardo DiCaprio- $27 million

DiCaprio finally got his Oscar for The Revenant after being nominated several other times for movies such as Wolf of Wall Street and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

Mark Wahlberg- $30 million

Wahlberg made big bucks for movies such as Daddy’s Home and Deepwater Horizon this year.

Adam Sandler- $30 million

The upcoming Sandy Wexler will be three of four movies in Sandler’s deal with Netflix. In 2014 he signed a deal with them for $240 million that takes the cost of theatrical releases out of the equation and brings the movies directly to Sandler’s target audiences.

Brad Pitt- $31.5 million

Not only did Pitt act in The Big Short, he also produced the Oscar-winning film that made over $133.3 million worldwide. This is the first year since 2007 that he’s made over $30 million.

Melissa McCarthy- $33 million

McCarthy reportedly earned an eight-figure upfront fee to strap on a Proton Pack for the Ghostbusters remake this year. She also designs her own clothing line.

Robert Downey Jr.- $33 million

Last year’s highest paid actor, Downey toned it down a bit in 2016 with only Captain America: Civil War under his belt. He also pads his pockets with endorsements for Taiwanese smartphone dealer HTC.

Vin Diesel- $35 milion

Diesel got both an upfront paycheck for Furious 8 and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, putting him on the list for the third time.

Ben Affleck- $43 million

Say what you want about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it had the best box office results of Affleck’s career- grossing over $870 million worldwide. This is his highest annual paycheck yet.

Jennifer Lawrence- $46 million

For the second year in a row Lawrence is the highest-paid actress, and the youngest. The final installment of Hunger Games earned $653 million, landing her a nice paycheck.

Johnny Depp- $48 million

Depp pocketed an estimated eight figures for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Tom Cruise- $53 million

Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation landed Cruise a giant backend paycheck as well as upfront fees for an upcoming Jack Reacher sequel and Mena.

Matt Damon- $55 million

Damon not only got a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for The Martian, but he also got a hefty cut of the $630 million box office earnings. Add on the checks for his return as Jason Bourne and his upcoming film The Great Wall, and Damon is sitting mighty pretty.

Dwayne Johnson- $64 million

What’s Johnson’s excuse for being the highest-paid actor in the world? In his own words: “I can kick ass better than anyone on the planet, and I have a decent smile.”

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