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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.

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The Rock. (Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer/Flickr)

He tweeted out his excitement about the news.

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.

The lists, however, revealed the pay gap between men and women in the industry that Jennifer Lawrence herself acknowledged when she wrote an essay on the topic in 2015, writing:

"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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Who are the top earners in Hollywood? (Hint, it’s not women)

Allison Hollender

Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.

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