Angelina Jolie is the top-earning actress for 2013, thanks to ‘Maleficent’ money

Are these the new (and first) posters for Disney’s Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent? No, I don’t think they are. The photo agency WENN made these available yesterday, but I know at least one of them (the one with Angelina borrowing Lady Gaga’s old Born This Way cheek attachments) is just some fan-made thing. If the “drawn” one is fan-made, then I think that one is my favorite. Whoever did that is really talented.

Maleficent isn’t due out until summer 2014, so… is it early to be seeing the posters? That’s another thing that makes me wonder. Anyway, this movie is probably going to be WAY too scary for little kids. The cartoon version of Sleeping Beauty is kind of too scary for little kids too, just because Maleficent truly is terrifying. I can’t wait for the trailer! Maleficent is also the reason why Angelina Jolie was named #1 on Forbes’ list of highest-earning actresses from June 2012 to June 2013. Angelina made $33 million over that one year period, and the bulk of that money was her paycheck from Maleficent.

When it comes to earnings, Angelina Jolie is Hollywood’s queen. Forbes has named Jolie, 38, the highest-earning actress from June 2012 to June 2013, even though she hasn’t starred in a major film in three years and took time off for her elective double mastectomy.

The magazine released its list of highest-paid actresses on Monday and credits Jolie’s star turn in the upcoming film Maleficent for helping her secure the top spot, with an impressive $33 million in overall entertainment-related earnings. (Forbes estimates she took home at least $15 million for the role.)

The Disney film, a retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty story from the perspective of the evil queen (played by Jolie), hits theaters next summer and marks her first return to a big-budget film since appearing alongside Johnny Depp in The Tourist in December 2010.

Jolie beat out recent Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence for the top spot by a wide margin. Forbes estimates Lawrence took home about $26 million in the past year, but with plenty of room to grow: the next installment in The Hunger Games franchise is set for release in November.

Kristen Stewart came in third with $22 million, and is still cashing in on the Twilight series, although the magazine wonders for how much longer.

Jennifer Aniston came in fourth with $20 million, and reportedly takes pay cuts to appear in films like We’re The Millers and Horrible Bosses, which it says seems to appeal to her fun, comedic side.

Rounding out the top ten are Emma Stone, Charlize Theron, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Julia Roberts.

[From People]

Forbes generally totals up what celebrities earn from their modeling and endorsement deals too, which is why I guess Angelina made so much money last year – she’s still getting paid from several side-deals, like Louis Vuitton, The Style of Jolie jewelry (although the proceeds go to charity, they still count on Forbes’ list) and maybe even the Chateau Miraval wine.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. xboxsucks says:

    our queen,she deserved all that money!

  2. Tapioca says:

    So I see this year’s list has an actual “actress” at the top, instead of a plank of wood from a lame vampire pentology. Well done Hollywood!

    I wondering how well Maleficent will do though, considering how the all the other “twisted fairytales” (except for SWATH) kinda crashed and burned…

    • KarenLi says:

      You’re right Tapioca! and technically with it’s marketing budget + 170 million production budget, SWATH made about the same profit as Jolie’s the Tourist did.

      And yeah people seem to be tired of all these fairytale remakes.

      Also, a lot of minivan moms won’t take their kids to watch a Jolie film because they hate her stealing Brad from Jen and Maleficent is definitely a family film.

  3. menlisa says:

    Dear God that is one stunning woman!

  4. lady mary. says:

    maleficient looks interesting ,who’s playing sleeping beauty?

    • lenje says:

      Elle Fanning plays the Sleeping Beauty.

      • lady mary. says:

        thanks lenje ,cant picture her as a sleeping beauty though,i would have preferred Dakota over her

      • Bijlee says:

        Honestly the fact that she plays sleeping beauty is all kinds of gross. Her prince phillip is like 24 and she’s like 15. I mean I get it Phillip was probably 7 or 8 when he first saw aurora in the original animation ( I always put him at 5), but they don’t NEED to have an actual 15 year old girl play the 16 year old princess. Especially considering she was probably younger than 15 when she filmed the movie. Gross. They could have gone for Mia Wasikowski who can easily pass for a teenager or someone else older as well. She seems to have no problem doing Disney films.

        But then again I don’t know how much Aurora and Phillip are really in the film since it is about Maleficent.

      • lenje says:

        @Bijlee: Elle convincingly plays a 17 year old in “Ginger & Rosa”, and iirc she also plays a highschooler in “Super8″, both shot when she was 13-14.

      • Bijlee says:

        @lenje that’s not my point. And sorry that’s STILL gross. It’s not like there are a dearth of actresses that can play 17-18 year olds convincingly without being that young. I’m not snarking on her talent in any way whatsoever. I’m annoyed with casting and writers and people who approve of this nonsense. She’s a blonde, blue eyed child, and young…it’s skeevy.

  5. Eleonor says:

    I am totally going to see this movie!

  6. abbie246 says:

    These lists are kind of meaningless. They use odd dates and miscellaneous stats like endorsements that skew what top earners make. That’s why Jennifer Aniston is always near the top. She only makes $5-$8 million a film but makes a ton from endorsements and residuals.

    • V4Real says:

      @abbie I was thinking the same thing. The total from Forbes doesn’t just seems to include their acting gigs but also endorsements. If Angie made 15 mil from Maleficent, then the rest came from endorsements. I know they have to break it down by categories but it should just say the highest paid celebrities.

      How do they categorize someone who’s an actress as well as singer; let’s say JLo for instance who makes much more from her music than she does her acting. JLo is an actress/singer so if she did a movie during that time frame plus went on tour and made 50 million, how would they categorize her?

    • KarenLi says:

      I’m not sure the metric they use but they only include people who make the bulk of their money from acting.

      Once you pass the standards they set, then the money CAN come from singing, endorsements, etc.

      For example, Sofia Vergara made about 30 million too last year, but she’s not included because about 25 million came from the 10′s of advertisements and endorsements she does world wide.

    • T.C. says:

      Is that why Emma Stone is so high on the list?

    • Jospehina says:

      It takes Aniston 4 movies in one year to make 20 million while it only takes Jolie 1 movie and she receives 33 million while obviousle very busy with her family and in her role as U.S. Special Envoy to the UNHCF. And Maleficient has not been RELEASED yet!

      Now that’s star power!!!

      • mslewis says:

        Angelina also gets “back-end” from her movies. Meaning, when the movie breaks even and reaches a certain profit level, Angelina will get a percentage. Since she is a worldwide star and her movies do so well overseas, she almost always makes more money on them than just her salary.

        Having said that, I really don’t pay much attention to these Forbes, or any other lists, because they are only guessing. They have no clue how much any actress actually earns per movie or endorsement. It’s not a matter of public record so no one really knows and the studios don’t always tell the truth.

    • Annie says:

      I’d agree they are kind of meaningless. Jolie’s total this year includes the $10 million from LV. Jolie’s total last year also included the $10 million from LV. It’s a good thing the tax people don’t calculate people’s incomes the way Forbes does.

  7. Andrew says:

    The posters are totally fake…definitely not official posters. Anyway, can’t wait!

  8. pretty says:

    wow. face-shape is so important. she has perfect beautiful eyes and nose and lips but disney made her cheekbones ridiculous and fat like a moon-face, she looks totally different.

    i guess that is why people are literally shaving off their jaw bones and cheekbones to make their faces narrow and oval. at least in korea where i live.

    • energydrink says:

      She naturally has a square jaw with prominent cheekbones( though they are emphasized here).

      It’s the main reason I will never find her perfect (besides her figure which was never my cup of tea). Her other facial features, such as eyes and lips are beautiful though.

  9. Maya says:

    I love this woman and I cannot wait to see this movie. Its been 3 years since her last and we have to wait another year as well. Not fair Angelina:(

  10. KarenLi says:

    I’m pretty sure Angelina did not pull in 18 million from endorsements + wine, or whatever, since the most she’s ever gotten from endorsements is 10 million and that was last year for LV which was a one print, one year thing.

    I’m pretty sure she probably haggled her way to 25-30 million from Maleficent, which would be the highest actress upfront salary ever, which is why Forbes won’t print it, since movie studios would not appreciate that.

    Why? Because it makes it easier for other actresses to demand more money, like makes it easier for S. Bullock to say “Hey, I want 20 million if Angelina Jolie can be paid 25-30 million”.

    The reason Jolie can demand so much for Maleficent is because she’s also executive producer for this film and she may be waiving backend from the film.

    • lisa2 says:

      YOU act like she had to beg to do Maleficent. It was HER movie and only HER movie. She was the only choice. So that being said Disney wanted her and would pay what they needed to have her in the role. Just like when she turned down a boat load of money twice to do Gravity.

      You may or may not like her, but the people that love to claim she is not a HUGE deal need to get a grip. Her jewelry line sold well. So well she was able to build a school. She never had to do an ad or interview to promote it. And those pieces sold. Just like the wine from Brad and Her.. sold with them having to do a thing.

    • La jolie says:

      KarenLi you need to get a grip! It seems you don’t just like jolie! Its not her fault she has got So much star power… Learn to live with it!!!

      • V4Real says:

        Guys cool down on KarenLi. I love Jolie too but stop putting this woman on a pedalstool. People are going to throw shade at Angie like they do all other celebs on this site. Angie is amazing but she’s not perfect. She is not exempt from ridicule or dislike no more than Goop, Beyonce or Riri. Calm it down.

    • The Original G says:

      Why would Forbes care what other actresses might ask for a film?

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Correct me if I’m wrong (anyone, really), but I always heard that an executive producer was like a vanity credit, essentially-especially when they give it to the celebrities. Does anyone know what a executive producer does?

      And I agree with V4Real…people don’t need to completely freak out any time something negative is said about their favorite celebrity. Besides that, KarenLi’s comment was innocent…it was a valid comment/question.

      • LAK says:

        An executive producer is money. Ie either writes the check themselves or has access to people who can write the check. Definitely a vanity credit which is why it’s not accepted as part of any award show for the ‘best Film’ category which is given to producers.

  11. MeowuiRose says:

    I love her. She is beautiful and I think a great actress. Girl, Interrupted and Salt are two of my favorite movies with her. I rarely go to the theater to see movies (way too expensive and almost never worth the $$$ ) but I will make an exception for this movie….I’m a little concerned to hear Elle Fanning is attached to this. I don’t care for her and think she is riding on Dakota’s fame and success.

  12. Aud says:

    She looks like Geena Davis in the middle image. The final image indicates CGI animation or someone going overboard with Photoshop as it doesn’t even look like her. It doesn’t look that great actually – to be blunt.

  13. lucy2 says:

    That list is about what I’d expect. Not a fan of Jolie’s acting but Malificent was a good choice for her, and the pay seems about right for that kind of film.
    I think JLaw is going to be a mainstay on the list, if she continues to choose her roles well. I hope she got a huge raise for the next Hunger Games, because she got paid $1 mil for the first and that sucker grossed almost $700 million.

  14. Imogen says:

    Great news! Angelina is playing herself yet again. Evil, hateful, and vengeful. Sounds like an easy job.

  15. Bijlee says:

    I loved Sleeping Beauty as a child. I never cared for the beauty or the prince (he is super lame) but I loved the faeries and all their scenes are my favorite. They are the real heroes of that film. You know how everyone was talking about how older women disappear after a certain age a few days ago?

    Well whenever someone offers a critique for this film they never seem to acknowledge the vital role the faeries play. They pass right over them and talk about how Phillip is active and Aurora passive. These two aren’t even in the movie that long, nor do they have many speaking lines at all. I don’t know it just got me thinking. They are the ones that save everyone and basically the kingdoms last hope against another powerful woman who is evil while they are good. Age doesn’t stop any of them from being badasses. Without them, prince phillip was so useless.

    Although he does say one of my favorite lines when he tells his dad he’s marrying a commoner: “Now, father, you’re living in the past. This is the 14th century!”

    • Ducky la Rue says:

      @Bijlee – “Nowadays I’m still the King! And I command you to come to your senses!” I love that movie, too. :-D

      Your point about the fairies being overlooked is well taken, too. I certainly noticed that they carried most of the film (in fact, Prince Phillip’s last spoken line in the film is shortly after the exchange we’re quoting when he says “goodbye Father”), and yet I do hear more discussion on the passivity of Aurora vs Phillip, rather than focusing on the fact that the women are basically filling both the hero and villain roles in the film. Interesting food for thought!

      • Bijlee says:

        I never understood why people would get so mad at this film! Phillip is given so much agency and aurora isn’t given any. Not really Phillip can’t do anything without the faeries. THEY are the ones who slay the dragon, they are the ones who lead Phillip out of maleficents castle, they are the ones who save him, and help him through the thorny forest. All the males seem really powerless. There’s truth to the passivity of aurora but her fate in the film is far better than it was in the original story. Women of the past could go hand to hand with park chan wook in how twisted they were.

    • Mia says:

      I loved the faeries too! Bippity boppity boo! Lol. I wonder if the faeries are going to be in this film. Wasn’t Maleficent a faerie gone bad?

  16. Mia says:

    I really can’t wait to see this movie. Sleeping Beauty was always one of my favorite Disney movies growing up, and Maleficent my favorite villans. I wonder what this story is going to be. I wish it would come out sooner.

  17. skuddles says:

    It seems fitting that the woman who donates a great deal of money (and time and energy) to humanitarian causes is also the highest paid actress. That’s good karma for you :)

  18. LB says:

    Just… I’m watching Sleeping Beauty right now. It’s a gorgeous movie. I’ve seen a LOT of Disney lately and there’s something about the styling of Sleeping Beauty that is so beautiful.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      My favorite Disney movie is The Hunchback of Notre Dame…that’s probably the only one that I will ever watch over and over again…still do to this day. I love the old Disney movies…they’ve gone downhill since then.

      I think I will be seeing this, as it seems like it’ll be more adult in nature, kind of like SWATH w/Charlize Theron.

      • Bijlee says:

        That is my absolute favorite disney movie!!! That movie deserved a best picture oscar that year. Not Jerry Maguire blegh. THOND was just brilliant. From music to animation to voice acting to story to characters. Everything in that movie is amazing.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I will admit Biljee, that I thought Frollo, or rather Tony Jay who played as Frollo was hot (those scenes in the cathedral are a little pg and hot), ergo Frollo was hot, and I was gonna watch this movie forever. I still do watch it. Of course the storyline is amazing, despite making Phoebus into a good guy.

  19. bloom says:

    the last 2 pisc are ugly..bad photoshop..