Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes Highest Paid Actors list… as streaming giant Netflix makes up a QUARTER of the group’s combined $545.5million earnings
- The actor earned $87.5million, $23.5m of which came from Netflix
- The streaming giant shelled out $140.5million to just six of the top 10
- Also earning big were Ryan Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg, and Ben Affleck
- Representing Bollywood was Akshay Kumar at number six with $48.5m
- Lin-Manuel Miranda made his debut at number seven, earning $45.5m
- Adam Sandler had the biggest paycheck from Netflix, earning $31million of his $41million yearly take from the platform
Dwayne Johnson has topped Forbes magazine’s list of Hollywood’s highest paid actors for the second year in a row.
The wrestler-turned-actor bested the competition by taking home $87.5million.
Hefty paychecks from Netflix helped these A-listers earn big, according to Forbes. The streaming giant shelled out a combined $140.5 for six of the actors gracing the top 10.
Number one: Dwayne Johnson topped Forbes magazine’s Highest Paid Actors list. He’s seen in December 2019 above
Netflix checks make up 25% of the $545.5 million made by the group as a whole.
Payday: Netflix checks make up 25% of the $545.5 million made by the group as a whole
The actor formerly known as The Rock’s bottom line got a boost courtesy of a $23.5million payday from Netflix for the upcoming Red Notice. His Under Armour line Project Rock has also been profitable.
Ryan Reynolds hit number two, taking home $71.5million. The charming Canadian received a hearty chunk of change for his Netflix work, making more than $20million each for Six Underground and Red Notice. Netflix announced they were making another Reynolds movie in July, meaning he can only expect another big payday.
Mark Wahlberg took the third spot with $58million. His action comedy Spenser Confidential was a giant hit on Netflix, becoming the third most-watched original film on the platform. Behind the scenes Wahlberg made big bucks as the producer of the docuseries McMillions and Wahl Street.
Ben Affleck joined at number four, earning $55million. The Oscar-winner returned to the big screen with The Way Back earlier this year. He also appeared in Netflix’s The Last Thing He Wanted.
Big bucks: Ryan Reynolds hit number two, taking home $71.5million. Over $40million of that came from Netflix. He’s seen in May 2019 above
Next in line: Mark Wahlberg took the third spot with $58million while Ben Affleck followed with $55million
Revving engines: Vin Diesel earned $54million despite his guaranteed blockbuster F9’s release being postponed. He’s seen in March 2020 above
Vin Diesel is just behind with $54million annually, putting him at number five. Though he’ll have to postpone his massive backend payday for F9 after the film’s release was pushed to April 2021, he cashed in on the franchise as producer on the animated Netflix series Fast & Furious Spy Races.
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar made it to number six with $48.5million. While he earned some of that sweet streaming cash from The End for Amazon Prime, a majority of his checks come from his wide range of endorsement deals.
Lin-Manuel Miranda made his list debut at number seven, earning $45.5million. Disney snagged the worldwide movie rights to his Broadway superhit Hamilton for a whopping $75million earlier this year. He’s primed for another big success next year when the adaptation of In The Heights comes out.
International appeal: Bollywood star Akshay Kumar made it to number six with $48.5million
Music to my ears: Lin-Manuel made $45.5million, largely from Disney’s $75million purchase for the movie rights to Hamilton. He’s seen in January 2020 above
On the list: Will Smith came in at number eight with $44.5million while Adam Sandler earned $41million, largely from his deal with Netflix
Veteran: International icon Jackie Chan earned $40million. He’s a dedicated worker, still producing about five movies a year. He’s seen in Decemebr 2019 in Beijing above
Will Smith came in at number eight with $44.5million. While he still commands high fees for acting, he also rakes in money with his social media and digital content, running a new Snapchat series and popular Instagram account.
Adam Sandler ranked nine with $41million. He is a bona fide Netflix darling, earning $31 million — 75% of what he made all year— as part of his four-film, $250 million deal signed in 2014. He plans on riding that momentum, signing another four-movie deal with the platform in January. And for his critically-acclaimed turn in Uncut Gems, he added $5million to his coffers.
Rounding out the top 10 is international icon Jackie Chan, who earned $40million. He keeps things consistent, releasing on average five films a year. Endorsement and licensing deals help flesh out those numbers.
Forbes Highest-Paid Actors 2020
1. Dwayne Johnson – $87.5million
2. Ryan Reynolds – $71.5million
3. Mark Wahlberg – $58million
4. Ben Affleck – $55million
5. Vin Diesel – $54million
6. Akshay Kumar – $48.5million
7. Lin-Manuel Miranda
8. Will Smith – $44.5million
9. Adam Sandler – $41million
10. Jackie Chan – $40million