Robert Downey Jr. Is Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actor
Fans and studio executives love Robert Downey Jr. - but for two different reasons. Cinemagoers love him for his boisterous on-screen personas. Filmmakers love him because he brings in a lot of money. Tons of it.
His most recent films - "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3" - each earned over $1 billion worldwide. So it's no surpise that the actor just topped Forbes' Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors list. He earned approximately $75 million between June 2012 and June 2013.
Downey Jr. is a comeback king. He fell from grace after struggling with a drug addiction, and most movie studios found him un-insurable. Miraculously, he was given another chance with 2008's "Iron Man," and the rest is history. The "Iron Man" franchise has made a whopping $2.4 billion. And he's reaped the rewards of such an empire.
Don't forget to add in "The Avengers," which is the third highest-grossing film of all time. It made $1.5 billion at the box office. Downey Jr. took home a large part of the film's profits and was paid the highest salary on set. Of course he's starring in the sequel, which begins filming next year.
Tatum made approximately $60 million between June 2012 and June 2013. He has some brains behind his brawn. People's Sexiest Man Alive and director Steven Soderberg financed stripper flick "Magic Mike." It took $7 million to make and earned $167 million at the box office. You do the math.
Jackman earned an estimated $55 million over the past year. Much of his worth is due to his role as Wolverine in the "X-Men" films. The sixth movie in the franchise, "The Wolverine," opens in theaters later this month.
Wahlberg comes in fourth with $52 million in earnings (way up from the $27 million he pocketed in 2011). He and Seth MacFarlane made "Ted," which cost $50 million and earned $550 million. That's a heck of a profit.
Wrester-turned-actor Johnson earned approximately $46 million. He starred in "Fast & Furious 6," which earned $695 million on a budget of $160 million.
Check out the entire list at Forbes.
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