Who are the top earners in Hollywood? (Hint, it’s not women)
Forbes Magazine has released both of their lists on the highest top paid actors and actresses in Hollywood, shining a light on major wage gaps in the entertainment industry.
Dwayne Johnson knocked out the competition coming in at first with a whopping $64.5 million a year.
He tweeted out his excitement about the news.
Want to say two things about this.
I started w/ $7 bucks. If I can overcome, so can you.
Waffle House on me!!??? https://t.co/r3UeQYaLmT
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 25, 2016
The men who trailed behind the Rock were:
- Jackie Chan with $61 million who is continuing to make movies in China that are widely popular
- Matt Damon at $55 million because of the success of The Martian
- Tom Cruise just trailing at $53 million
- Johnny Depp at $48 million.
On the women's side, Jennifer Lawrence (no surprise there -- it seems like she was in every blockbuster including the hugely successful Hunger Games franchise) came out on top, earning $46 million. Behind Lawrence are Melissa McCarthy at $33 million, Scarlett Johansson at $25 million, and then Mila Kunis coming in at $11 million.
"When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn't want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don't need."
JLaw's earnings, while exceeding those of her female counterparts, would only put her sixth on the list overall, earning 72% as much as Johnson.
The list shows that the top four women get over $20 million, but 18 of male actors get over $20 million. Hmm.
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