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Dwayne Johnson named highest-paid actor by Forbes, while Hong Kong’s Jackie Chan comes in second

Robert Downey Jnr fell from top spot last year to eighth position on Forbes list

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 August, 2016, 9:15pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 August, 2016, 9:16pm

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s highest-paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 windfall of US$64.5 million.

Johnson, 44, knocked Robert Downey Jnr off the top spot and 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 instalment of the popular Fast and Furious racing 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 US$46 million.

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

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

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 US$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 US$15 million.

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

The Top 10

1. Dwayne Johnson – US$64.5 million

2. Jackie Chan – US$61 million

3. Matt Damon – US$55 million

4. Tom Cruise – US$53 million

5. Johnny Depp – US$48 million

6. Ben Affleck – US$43 million

7. Vin Diesel – US$35 million

8. Shah Rukh Khan – US$33 million

8. Robert Downey Jnr – US$33 million

10. Kumar Akshay – US$31 million