Forbes is well known for the various lists it puts out each year including the list of highest paid actors in Hollywood whose recently published 2011/2012 ranking caught my attention.
According to Forbes, here’s how the actors on this list are considered- “To determine who the highest-paid actors in Hollywood are, we considered upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work. We talked to manager, agents, lawyers and other in-the-know folks to come up with our estimates. We did not deduct for things like agent fees or the expenses related to being a celebrity.”
Tom Cruise who might be looking at a huge amount in divorce settlement real soon, managed to take the top spot this time around earning $75Million within the period in view May 2011-May 2012. The money includes his pay for last years blockbuster Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (yeah it made that much) and pay for his upcoming movie Oblivion. What a birthday gift wouldn’t you agree, being named the highest paid actor on the same day he turns 50.
The next spots are occupied by the Leonardo DiCaprio, who topped the list last year, and Adam Sandler (If you’re thinking how did the guy from Jack & Jill get on the list, i’m sure others are asking the same thing). The two actors, DiCaprio and Sandler, earned an estimated sum of $37Million apiece despite their recent movies J.Edgar and Jack & Jill not doing too good with critics and being panned by the media most especially Adam Sandlers movie Jack and Jill.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson comes in at #4 with an estimated $36 thanks to his role in the high grossing Fast Five and Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, while Ben Stiller (Madagascar) takes #5 spot with an estimated $33Million.
Other actors on the list are Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dicatator) with $30 million, Johnny Depp (Dark Shadows) with $30 million, Will Smith (Men In Black 3) with $30 million, Mark Wahlberg (Contraband) with $27 million, Taylor Lautner (Abduction, The Twilight Saga) with $26.5 million and Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) with $26.5 million