Robert Downey, Jr. tops Forbes' list of highest paid actors once again
Robert Downey, Jr. continues to prove that playing Tony Stark pays almost as well as being Tony Stark. The Iron Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron star earned an estimated $75 million in the last year, putting him at the top of Forbes’s annual ranking of the highest paid actors for the second year in a row.
Downey’s success is all the more remarkable considering that, over the June 2013 to June 2014 timeline which Forbes used to measure wealth, the actor only released one movie: Jon Favreau’s festival film Chef. So most of Downey’s money comes from the backend of the incredibly successful Iron Man 3—the highest grossing movie of 2013 with a $1.2 billion box office—and a reported pay hike for Avengers: Age of Ultron (because we know Iron Man’s got a big role in that).
Dwayne Johnson (of The Fast & The Furious movies, Hercules, and being called “The Rock”) came in second with a $52 million year that combined earnings from acting roles as well as producing gigs, such as HBO’s football comedy Ballers. Bradley Cooper ($46 million), Leonardo DiCaprio ($29 million), and Chris Hemsworth ($37 million) rounded out the top 5.
In less glamorous news, the top five actors (excepting Downey, who kept it cool at $75 million) all made less than their counterparts on the list last year: Channing Tatum ($60 million), Hugh Jackman ($55 million), Mark Wahlberg ($52 million), and Johnson (who upped his earnings 6 million from $46 million). Also, perennial favorites Johnny Deep, Brad Pitt, and even Tom Cruise (who opened The Edge of Tomorrow to limited success) all failed to make it into the top 10.