Forbes’ 2017 List of Highest-Paid Actors: Mark Wahlberg Shocks Emma Stone


Forbes has released its list of highest-paid actors, and the numbers show a huge disparity between men and women in Hollywood.

Mark Wahlberg was named the highest-paid actor on Forbes’ list, making $68 million between June 2016 and June 2017, which is more than 2.5 times the $26 million Emma Stone made.

With Wahlberg’s earnings, he edged out last year’s top earner, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The rapper-turned-actor earned his spot at the top of the list majorly due to earnings from “Transformers: The Last Knight” and comedy sequel “Daddy’s Home 2,” due out in November. Incidentally, his “Transformers” outing was the lowest-grossing film of the franchise to date.

Highest-paid actors
Mark Wahlberg

Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” dropped to second place with $65 million, after starring in the big screen reboot of lifeguard action-comedy “Baywatch” and starring in HBO comedy “Ballers.” The former wrestler earned $50 million more than his 2016 total due to his appearance in the upcoming “Jumanji” set for release in December.

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Vin Diesel, who co-stars with Johnson in Fast and Furious, came in third on men’s list with $54.5 million, just ahead of comedy actor Adam Sandler in the fourth spot who made $50.5 million, largely because of a deal with Netflix that allows him to produce his own movies.

Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan who is still hugely popular in China came in fifth with $49.5 million over the last 12 months.

The “Avengers” star, Robert Downey Jr. dropped to the sixth spot this year with $48 million. Tom Cruise and Bollywood kings Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar rounded out the top ten.

Unsurprisingly, the actors still significantly out-earn their female counterparts. In the recently released Forbes’ list of highest-paid actresses, “La La Land” star and Oscar winner Emma Stone topped the rankings but her $26 million earnings when compared with Wahlberg’s $68 million further highlights the wage gap in Hollywood.

Emma Stone, the top-earning actress 2017

The top 10 actors made a combined $488.5 million — almost triple what the top 10 actresses made with combined earnings of $172.5 million.

Full list:

1. Mark Wahlberg, $68 million

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $65 million

3. Vin Diesel, $54.5 million

4. Adam Sandler, $50.5 million

5. Jackie Chan, $49 million

6. Robert Downey, Jr., $48 million

7. Tom Cruise, $43 million

8. Shah Rukh Khan, $38 million

9. Salman Khan, $37 million

10. Akshay Kumar, $35.5 million

11. Chris Hemsworth, $31.5 million

12. Tom Hanks, $31 million

13. Samuel L. Jackson, $30.5 million

14. Ryan Gosling, $29 million

15. Emma Stone, $26 million

16. Jennifer Aniston, $25.5 million

17. Jennifer Lawrence, $24 million

18. Ryan Reynolds, $21.5 million

19. Matt Damon, $21 million

20. Jeremy Renner, $19 million

21. Chris Evans, $18 million

21. Melissa McCarthy, $18 million

23. Chris Pratt, $17 million

24. Mila Kunis, $15.5 million

25. Emma Watson, $14 million

25. Emma Watson, $14 million

27. Mark Ruffalo, $13 million

28. Cate Blanchett, $12 million

29. Julia Roberts, $12 million

30. Amy Adams, $11.5 million

However, on the list of highest-paid actresses — Emma Stone, “Hunger Games” and “X-Men” star; Jennifer Lawrence and “Friends” alum; Jennifer Aniston — were the only ones to pocket more than $20 million within a year. Meanwhile, 16 actors surpassed that mark on the highest-paid actors list.

The pay gap between Hollywood men and women has been an issue of concern. Forbes chalks the disparity up in part to the number and types of roles offered to women in Hollywood. Most of the highest-paying roles are in action and superhero blockbusters and franchise sequels like “The Fast and the Furious.” A 2016 study also noted that women comprise just over a quarter of all speaking roles in movies.

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Forbes tallies the estimated earnings based on data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo, IMDB and interviews with industry insiders. All figures are pretax and before fees for agents, managers and lawyers are deducted.