Every year, Forbes ranks the highest paid actors and actresses from across the globe, and while Hollywood usually wins out, each year more and more international performers are being added to the list after huge gains in China, Bollywood, and elsewhere. This year, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes the throne from last year’s winner Robert Downey, Jr., while Jennifer Lawrence remains in the top actress spot for a second time.
Johnson told Forbes that, “I can kick ass better than anyone on the planet. And I have a decent smile.” Apparently it’s working for him. According to the new list, Johnson charted with $64.5 million with films like Central Intelligence and Fast 8 (he’s also, of course, starring in his own HBO series Ballers and Disney’s upcoming Moana). He was only a few million (“only”) ahead of second place, where Jackie Chan amassed $61 million with movies in China. Matt Damon came in third with $55 mostly from The Martian, while Tom Cruise ($53 million) and Johnny Depp ($48 million) rounded out the top five. Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan was close behind with $33 million.
For the women, Lawrence is taking home $46 million (well, pre-tax so, not exactly) from the final Hunger Games movie and the upcoming Passengers, which actually puts her below her $52 million earnings in 2015. Second place finisher Melissa McCarthy notched $33 million this year, up $10 million from the previous year. Scarlett Johansson has come in third with $25 million, all of which shows that there’s still a huge gap between men and women’s paychecks not just among those scrapping to get by, but the 1% of the 1% as well.
Forbes also cited the statistic that women are more like to be shown partially or fully nude in movies — $27.5% of the time — three times more than their male counterparts, which points out even further disparity.
But bottom line: everybody is making way more money than we’ll ever see!