Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hancock actor Will Smith take the top position on Forbes' List of best paid Hollywood actors

Will Smith, the rapper turned actor, made it to the top on Forbes’ List of highest paid Hollywood actors from June 2007 to June 2008. He earned $80 million in this period. Second place was acquired by Johnny Depp. He earned $72 million for his Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Will Smith is among those rare breed of actors who has 8 movies to his credits that earned $100 million. In total, male actors earned $487 million last year compared to $244.5 million by their female counter parts. For Will Smith’s heavy earning, male actors have taken the earning lead in Hollywood over females.

Let’s take a look at the other top earners:

  • Third place was taken jointly by Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy each earning $55 million.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes the fourth position with an earning of $45 million.
  • Bruce Willis took the fifth position by dint of his resurrected John McClane in Live Free or Die Hard (2007).
  • Comedy veteran Ben Stiller takes the sixth position earning $40 million.

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