Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reeled out reigning top-ranked Robert Downey Jr. to emerge the world’s highest-paid actor, 2016 and scored his biggest ever annual check in the process.
Dwayne Johnson’s $64.5 million payday doubled his 2015 earnings, making him 2016 biggest dollar earner. The erstwhile wrestler’s millions came from upfront fees for movies like fast 8 and Central Intelligence, as well as the forthcoming Baywatchin which he is set to play Mitch Buchannon. A staple of the fast and Furious franchise, the stellar box office performance of his recent films San Andreas have seen his quotes
“I can kick ass better than anyone on the earth,” Johnson told FORBES in 2012. “And I have a good smile.”
He bested second-ranked Jackie Chan ($61 million), who earns large figures with movies in China, and Matt Damon, who tallied $55 million mostly off the success of The Martian to spice up his earnings 120 year after year.
Rounding out the top 5 are Tom Cruise (No. 4, $53 million) and Johnny Depp (No. 5, $48 million), the latter of whom received a restricting order against him in May,2016 after his wife, Amber Heard, alleged he verbally and physically abused her. The couple reached a $7 million divorce settlement in August; Heard gave the money to charity. The damnatory accusations did not impact his earnings during our rating period–he pocketed an estimated eight figures upfront apiece for the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean installment and box office bomb Alice Through the looking Glass, but his paychecks look set to drop next year.
The only returnee to the ranking: Harrison Ford, who sneaks on with an outsized payday for his return as Han Solo in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He last made the list in 2009.
A quarter of this international list comes from outside the USA. Apart from Chan, four Bollywood stars returned to the ranking for the 2nd year in a row. Shah Rukh Khan ($33 million), the top-ranked Indian actor, banked as much as Downey Jr., whereas Akshay Kumar ($31.5 million) earned an equivalent as Brad Pitt in our rating period.
Almost universally, a gender pay inequality persists. The world’s highest-paid actress, Jennifer Lawrence ($46 million), earned 71 of Johnson’s $64.5 million. That ratio is a little less than the 79 cents a white woman is usually paid to every dollar a white man makes, but higher than the pay gap Hispanic or Black women usually face.