We all like movies. We enjoy sitting up at the couch wrapped in a warm blanket and with popcorn in hand as we watch some of the best movies to be produced. Some of us are such big fans that we queue up at movie theaters so that we can see the movie on big screen the minute it premiers. Movie producers make a killing on such shows with some movies reporting hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of ticket sales on the opening night only. This has prompted movies producers to get the best actors in their movies and this does not come cheap. These movie actors are paid a lot of money to appear in films and this piece examines the Top 10 highest paid actors in Hollywood.
10. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most beautiful ladies in Hollywood. At just 25 years, she has starred in some of the best movies since the turn of the millennium. Her cute smile and nice figure make her a huge hit among the male viewers. Some of the films she has starred include the 2016 blockbuster X-men Apocalypse, the 2015 film Joy as well as the featuring in X-men First Class in 2010 and Silver Linings Playbook of 2012. She shot to fame with her starring role as a mutant turtle Mystique in the 2010 X-men movie First Class. She has not looked back ever since and she has gone to become one of the most paid actors in Hollywood.
9. Angelina Jolie
She is pretty. She is sexy. She got swag and she is charitable. All these attributes make Angelina Jolie a darling to movie producers. She has starred in block buster films such as Salt, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Maleficent. She is married to one of the best actors of our time in Brad Pitt and together they form one of the most powerful Hollywood couple. She has a won a couple of awards most notably the Oscars for her role in the movie Girl Interrupted. She is paid handsomely for these roles and she therefore takes her place as one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood.
8. Julia Roberts
This 48 year old mother of three is one of the pioneer female actors in Hollywood. She is loved and adored in equal measure by her legion of fans. She started acting in the early 90s and she has never looked back. Some of the movies she has starred in include Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding and the 2010 blockbuster Eat Pray Love. She has received numerous awards during her illustrious acting career most notably an Oscar award she won in 1991 in the Best Actress in a leading role category for the movie Pretty Woman.
7. Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan is China’s biggest export to the Hollywood movie industry. His films include Dragon Blade, which made close to $120 million in China alone, Drunken Master and Rush Hour. His easy to go attitude has made him a fan favorite and movie makers are scrambling to have him feature in their films. In 2015 he made close to $50 million making him one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood.
6. Scarlett Johansson
Beauty plays a big role in the movie career of any female actor and Scarlett Johansson is as pretty as they can get. At 31 years of age, she is at her prime and all movie producers want her in their films. She has starred in movies such as Lucy, Avengers age of Ultron and Captain America.
5. Tom Cruise
I think we have all seen a Tom Cruise movie at some point in our life. This speaks volume of his attraction to movie producers. He is the star actor of the iconic Mission Impossible series of production. He plays the good guy in most of his films and he is good at it. He was paid $ 40 million alone for the 2015 film Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Other films from which he has earned major bucks include Edge of Tomorrow and Oblivion. He therefore makes it in the list of the Top 10 highest paid actors in Hollywood.
4. Adam Sandler
His movies are funny and witty making them really popular for family movie nights. He started doing comedy in his teen years and his passion for this art made him one of the best comedy actors of our time. Hardly a year passes without an Adam Sandler movie hitting the big screen. Some of the block buster movies he has featured in include Pixels, Blended and You don’t mess with the Zohan.
3. Vin Diesel
He does not feature in a lot of movies but the one movie in which he stars makes big money through movie ticket sales and online disc purchases. He stars as Dominic Toretto in the Fast and Furious franchise that has 7 releases by now with each release being way better than the previous one. In the latest release, Fast and Furious 7, he made approximately $47 million making him one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood.
2. Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper is an all-round actor capable acting in a chill go-easy production such as Aloha and taking up the lead role in the Award winning movie American Sniper. He is not only hot and handsome but he also has acting skills to rival the best in the business. He was voted “Sexiest Man Alive 2011” by the People Magazine. Some the famous movies in which he has starred include Hangover 1,2 & 3, Burnt and Limitless.
1. Robert Downey Jr.
At the top of the list of the top 10 highest paid actors in Hollywood is Robert Downey Jr. He is the star in the blockbuster franchise “Iron Man”, “Sherlock Holmes” and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also the star in the yet to be released movie Captain America: Civil War. All these movies have made a lot of money through ticket sales both in America and other parts of the world and as the lead actor in all of them, he has reaped healthy financial returns from their success. He is therefore the top 10 highest paid actors in Hollywood.
Top 10 Highest Paid Actors in Hollywood.
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Bradley Cooper
- Vin Diesel
- Adam Sandler
- Tom Cruise
- Scarlett Johansson
- Jackie Chan
- Julia Roberts
- Angelina Jolie
- WhJennifer Lawrence