The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes

Some of the actors and actresses on the list will surprise you.

Harrison Ford- $15 million

Thanks to his gigantic payday for rebooting Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ford is the oldest member of the ranking at 74.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Charlize Theron- $16.5 million

The Mad Max star is rumored to have made $10 million The Huntsman: Winter’s War alone, not to mention her gig as the face of Dior J’Adore perfume.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Matthew McConaughey- $18 million

McConaughey is set to star in 2017’s Stephen King film The Dark Tower, and those TV spots for Lincoln Motors we’ve all seen bring home the bacon.
The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes

 

Will Smith- $20.5 million

While Concussion may have almost missed the budget mark, Smith bounced back by earning almost $20 million for Suicide Squad.
The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Jennifer Aniston- $21 million

Although she’s still bringing home seven-figure upfront fees for movies like Office Christmas Party, Aniston makes most of her money off endorsements.
The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Scarlett Johannson- $25 million

Her controversial role in Ghost in the Shell reportedly scored her $17.5 million. She’s also got a Dolce & Gabbana deal to cushion her bank account.
The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Chris Pratt- $26 million

He doubled his 2015 earnings this year and landed a $12 million upfront fee for Passengers as well as a great deal for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Leonardo DiCaprio- $27 million

DiCaprio finally got his Oscar for The Revenant after being nominated several other times for movies such as Wolf of Wall Street and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Mark Wahlberg- $30 million

Wahlberg made big bucks for movies such as Daddy’s Home and Deepwater Horizon this year.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Adam Sandler- $30 million

The upcoming Sandy Wexler will be three of four movies in Sandler’s deal with Netflix. In 2014 he signed a deal with them for $240 million that takes the cost of theatrical releases out of the equation and brings the movies directly to Sandler’s target audiences.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Brad Pitt- $31.5 million

Not only did Pitt act in The Big Short, he also produced the Oscar-winning film that made over $133.3 million worldwide. This is the first year since 2007 that he’s made over $30 million.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

 

Melissa McCarthy- $33 million

McCarthy reportedly earned an eight-figure upfront fee to strap on a Proton Pack for the Ghostbusters remake this year. She also designs her own clothing line.
The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Robert Downey Jr.- $33 million

Last year’s highest paid actor, Downey toned it down a bit in 2016 with only Captain America: Civil War under his belt. He also pads his pockets with endorsements for Taiwanese smartphone dealer HTC.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Vin Diesel- $35 milion

Diesel got both an upfront paycheck for Furious 8 and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, putting him on the list for the third time.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Ben Affleck- $43 million

Say what you want about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it had the best box office results of Affleck’s career- grossing over $870 million worldwide. This is his highest annual paycheck yet.
The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes

 

Jennifer Lawrence- $46 million

For the second year in a row Lawrence is the highest-paid actress, and the youngest. The final installment of Hunger Games earned $653 million, landing her a nice paycheck.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes

 

Johnny Depp- $48 million

Depp pocketed an estimated eight figures for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Tom Cruise- $53 million

Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation landed Cruise a giant backend paycheck as well as upfront fees for an upcoming Jack Reacher sequel and Mena.

The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
 

Matt Damon- $55 million

Damon not only got a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for The Martian, but he also got a hefty cut of the $630 million box office earnings. Add on the checks for his return as Jason Bourne and his upcoming film The Great Wall, and Damon is sitting mighty pretty.
The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes

 

Dwayne Johnson- $64 million

What’s Johnson’s excuse for being the highest-paid actor in the world? In his own words: “I can kick ass better than anyone on the planet, and I have a decent smile.”

20The Highest Paid Movie Stars In The US For 2016 According To Forbes
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