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Highest Paid Actors of hollywood in 2010

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Movie stars fall into that category of earners – and the term is used loosely here – that at times makes executive pay seem like a pittance. Whether they are truly worth all that money or not continues to be up for debate, just as sports fans will continually debate the salaries bestowed up professional athletes. What is certain, however, is that as long as people pay to watch movies and rent DVDs, movie stars are going to continue to earn big money. Many have such star power, sometimes even coupled with acting talent, they can single handedly make or break a film’s financial success. Here is a list of the ten highest paid male actors for 2010, how much they earned during the year and some of the movies that have helped to make them unimaginably wealthy. This list is based on earnings from film revenue from June, 2009 through June, 2010.

1) Jhonny Depp ($ 75 Million):

It turns out mixing Depp’s oddball performance tendencies with a big-budget Disney concept is a recipe for success. The first Pirates movie earned $654 million at the global box office. The franchise has gone on to earn a total of $2.7 billion, and a fourth film is slated for 2011 (in 3-D, natch). Depp’s most recent star turn for the studio, a 3-D update of Alice in Wonderland, has brought in $1 billion at the box office.

Mix Depp’s ability to portray just about any character with the clout of Disney, and you’ve got a recipe for earnings. Depp is now considered an automatic earner at the box office, and his roles in Alice in Wonderland and Public Enemies helped those films earn big.

 

 

 

2) Ben Stiller ($53 Million):

Ranking second behind Depp is Ben Stiller with $53 million. The comedian earns big bucks for films like Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and the upcoming third installment in the Meet the Parents franchise because those films pay out at the box office. But Stiller has also started doing smaller, more personal films. This year’s Greenberg, about a lonely man rapidly approaching middle age, earned only $6 million.

Despite that, he is still the second highest earner for 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Tom Hanks ($45 Million):

Tom Hanks. Between June 2009 and June 2010 the actor earned $45 million. Much of that came from movies like Angels & Demons and the upcoming Larry Crowne, which co-stars Julia Roberts. But Hanks also earns from films and TV shows he produces. He was behind HBO’s recent mini-series The Pacific and produced 2009’s Where The Wild Things Are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Adam Sandler ($40 Million):

Adam Sandler ranks fourth with $40 million. His most recent film, Grown Ups, started slow but is now Sandler’s third-highest-grossing film of all time at the box office with $230 million in ticket sales worldwide. The fact that his humor can bring in fans over time, in the U.S. and abroad, means studios are willing to pay him a hefty salary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Leonardo DiCaprio ($28 Million):

Leonardo DiCaprio ranks fifth with $28 million. The star went through a period with underperforming films like Body of Lies and Blood Diamond, making it increasingly difficult for DiCaprio to justify his large payday.

But he’s recently turned that around with Shutter Island and Inception. The latter (which hit theaters after our June deadline) is now DiCaprio’s second highest grossing film, behind Titanic, with $700 million so far. DiCaprio will end up making at least $50 million from the film, which should rank him much higher on next year’s list.

 

 

 

 

 

6) Daniel Radcliffe ($25 Million):

Daniel Radcliffe will forever be known as Harry Potter, even decades after that film franchise has drawn to a close. It may make it difficult for him to ever get the roles he desires in the future, but it has also made him a multi-millionaire even before he became an adult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Robert Downey Jr. ($22 million):

Iron Man has been Downey’s biggest film of late, but the actor, who has long had battles with alcohol and substance abuse, is a big draw and continues to make successful movies that show off his range. Due Date did average in Box Office

His “Untitled Sherlock Holmes” Sequel in 2011 and The Avengers in 2012 should definatly bring in huge returs to the actor

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Tom Cruise ($22 Million):

It seems like Tom Cruise has been a top earner for decades now, and the list of successful movies he’s been in is quite long.

His Knight and Day did average at the Box-Office in 2010

 

 

 

 

 

9) Brad Pitt ($20 Million):

Like Cruise, Pitt is an aging actor who relies primarily on his looks to land his roles. Despite that, he has begun taking to some offbeat and smaller roles here and there that more firmly cement him among legitimate actors, and he continues to be a big draw at the box office as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10) George Clooney ($19 Million):

Clooney’s films seem to do well regardless of quality, not that many of his films have actually been duds. He brings a certainty gravity to all of his roles, even those that are more comedic, that simply forces audiences to take the film seriously. It also leads to big money at the box office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: (Forbes “Highest Paid Actors Of 2010” )

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