This week, Forbes released its annual list of the highest-earning actors in Hollywood. By combining those rankings with the magazine’s roll call of the richest actresses from a month ago, we get this:
Hollywood’s Top 10 High Rollers
1. Leonardo DiCaprio ($77 million)
2. Johnny Depp ($50 million)
3. Adam Sandler ($40 million)
4. Will Smith ($36 million)
5. Tom Hanks ($35 million)
6. Ben Stiller ($34 million)
7. Robert Downey, Jr. ($31 million)
8. and 9. Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker ($30 million each)
10. TIE: Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston AND Reese Witherspoon ($28 million each)
Here’s what I think: Forget that “cool, laid-back dude” vibe that Leo’s always trying to give off. You know that he started jumping around on his bed, shouting “I really AM the King of the World!!!” when he found out that he’d finally topped this prestigious list. I mean, there’s $27 MILLION separating him from second-placer Captain Jack Sparrow, who’s 12 years his senior! If Depp added ALL of Tom Cruise’s yearly earnings ($22 million) to his own pile of pirate’s booty, he still wouldn’t have surpassed Leo’s haul this time around. Damn.
For anyone wondering how someone like Sarah Jessica Parker landed among these A-listers, I’ll remind you that Forbes estimated earnings from May 2010 until May of this year, and took into account all sources of income. On top of the SATC movies, SJP is still earning tons of cash from Sex and the City TV reruns (she was not only the lead actress on the show but also a producer), as well as her successful perfume and clothing lines.
Is all of this not depressing enough for you? Then may I present Architectural Digest‘s feature article (with slideshow!) on Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s 25,000-square-foot home in Malibu. Now please excuse me while I go call my upstairs neighbor to complain about hearing his puppy running around at all hours of the night and day. (Something tells me Will Smith—or anyone else on the list above, for that matter—hasn’t had to worry about those types of problems in a long, long, long time.)
Redbox movies from Hollywood’s top earners: