Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was the highest paid actor last year


Forbes released its highest paid actor list yesterday and the reigning king of Hollywood dollars is Dwayne The Rock Johnson. This is despite the fact that he earned $20M less than the year before, when he came in at #2. Poor kid, he’s going to have to find a way to get by on just $90M.

He climbed from his number two placing last year – despite his $89.4m (£73.6m) earnings actually being less than the $119m (£98.1m) he made in 2018.

The lists include celebrities’ overall earnings, including brand endorsements and don’t solely consist of payments for acting.

Johnson’s endorsements include sportswear firm Under Armour.

In the last year, he has starred in the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, Skyscraper and has produced films like Fighting with My Family and Shazam!.

Later this year, he will star in Jumanji: The Next Level alongside Kevin Hart and Jack Black.

[From BBC]

Well, now we know why Lauren finally agreed to marry him – I’M KIDDING! I actually did not know that their endorsement deals are included in their ranking numbers. It makes sense, I just didn’t know. It also clarifies why some outlets are saying DJ is the highest paid actor for the second year in a row. Technically, George Clooney was last’s year’s number one earner, but his numbers came from the $1B sale of Casamigos. But since George didn’t appear in any film, DJ was the top earner for acting. I’m not surprised by DJ’s coming out on top, action stars usually head these lists. I remember when Tom Cruise could not be toppled from them. Popcorn films pay off – for everyone, apparently. Forbes full Top Ten is as follows:

1. Dwayne Johnson – $89.4m (£73.6m)
2. Chris Hemsworth – $76.4m (£62.9m)
3. Robert Downey Jr – $66m (£54.4m)
4. Akshay Kumar – $65m (£53.5m)
5. Jackie Chan – $58m (£47.8m)
6. Bradley Cooper – $57m (£46.9m)
7. Adam Sandler – $57m (£46.9m)
8. Chris Evans – $43m (£35.4m)
9. Paul Rudd – $41m (£33.8m)
10. Will Smith – $35m (£28.8m)

If you want to know the Top Ten earning actresses, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Forbes releases the lists a few days apart. I assume this is so we will all forget how many zeros seem to be missing from the list of highly accomplished women’s earnings by the time it comes out.




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  1. Sierra says:

    This doesn’t seem right as RDJ earned almost 100 from Endgame.

  2. Mia4s says:

    Well if nothing else it’s clear they waaaaaay overpaid Hemsworth for that awful fail of an MIB movie! Oops!😂

    It still amazes and horrifies me when Adam Sandler still makes this list. Explains a lot about the state of the world. 🙄

    • weezle says:

      In defence of Adam Sandler, he has all of the residuals from some fantastic movies. It’s like the residuals for the cast of Friends (which I still haven’t watched).

  3. Alexandra says:

    Dwayne Johnson being the highest paid actor – that says a lot about the audience. and about the current state of the movie industry. Dumb entertainment sells well and pays well.

  4. ME says:

    That’s because this dude doesn’t rest. He does movie after movie and a lot of those movies are BAD. He does seem like a really nice guy though. I wish him well.

  5. J ferber says:

    I like him, but as for acting . . . I do get that in these uncertain and terrifying times, people are looking for comfort and some illusion of stability.

  6. BANANIE says:

    I’m happy for Jackie Chan! Love that guy, always have, always will.

  7. Case says:

    This list bums me out. I think RDJ is an excellent Tony Stark. Beyond that, none of these people are being paid for their brilliant acting skills, lol.

  8. Ferdinand says:

    I love Chris Hemsworth but the man can’t open a movie other than Marvel to save his life. Yet I always enjoy what he does. I even watched that not so good MIB flick.
    However he seems like a nice family guy. Don’t forget he also has his app Centr so I guess is paying well as well, and he had his contract renegotiated with Marvel so more power to him.