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Highest Paid Movie Stars 2010

Sep 27, 2010

Who are the highest paid movie stars of 2010? For the men, Johnny Depp is the highest earning actor in Hollywood. For the women, Sandra Bullock is the top earner for actresses.

More on the girls below. For the top earning leading men, Depp, the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star has made $75 million in the last 12 months, putting him at the top of the highest earning list compiled by business bible, 10 places higher than in the 2009 list.
Highest Paid Movie Stars 2010 - Johnny Depp Tops List.

Highest Paid Movie Stars 2010 - Johnny Depp Tops List.

An appearance as the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' and filming for new epic 'The Tourist' is thought to have pushed Depp's earnings to the high figure.

Comedy actor Ben Stiller came in second in the list, raking in $53 million at the box office between June 2009 and June 2010.

Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler and Leonardo DiCaprio make up the rest of the top five, earning $45 million, $40 million and $28 million respectively.

Daniel Radcliffe was the highest paid British actor in the list, coming in at sixth, earning $25 million - ahead of both Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.

In total the top ten highest-paid actors in Hollywood earned $349 million.

Last year's highest earning actor Harrison Ford was nowhere to be seen in the 2010 list.

Forbes' Highest Earning Actors of 2010 Top 10:

1. Johnny Depp - $75 million

2. Ben Stiller - $53 million

3. Tom Hanks - $45 million

4. Adam Sandler - $40 million

5. Leonardo DiCaprio - $28 million

6. Daniel Radcliffe - $25 million

7. Robert Downey Jr. - $22 million

8. Tom Cruise - $22 million

9. Brad Pitt - $20 million

10. George Clooney - $19 million


For the women, Sandra Bullock leads the 2010 Forbes magazine’s highest-paid actress list, topping other A-list actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston. The ex-wife of biker Jesse James is estimated to have earned about $56 million from June 2009 to June 2010.

Bullock's film The Proposal reportedly grossed $320 million at the box office, while The Blind Side made a massive $310 million and also earned Bullock an Oscar.

The actress beat off stiff competition from other American beauties Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz, who tied in second place on the list.

Forbes’ editors looked at income from film roles, as well as additional earnings from perfume, clothing lines and advert campaigns, to determine the list.

Jennifer Aniston ranks at number four, earning an estimated $27m, with Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker snapping at her heels with $25m, closely followed by Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie, who each earned an estimated $20m.


Keeping those two lists in mind, another has been released that is even more inclusive. James Cameron has been named the most powerful man in film. The Canadian director beat Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan in the list by the Guardian newspaper’s Film & Music supplement, which proclaimed him the most influential man in the movie world thanks to ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’.

It said: “Cameron occupies the top two spots in the list of the highest grossing movies of all time, with ‘Titanic’ (worldwide gross: $1.8 billion) second only to ‘Avatar’ ($2.7 billion). Those figures are so high that it seems scarcely worth mentioning that other of his films, ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’, stands in the lower reaches of the top 100 with takings of over $519 million; loose change, really.”

Discussing Spielberg, who entered the poll at number two – the panel highlighted he was an “undisputed giant of cinema” but noted critics had said he had created “amusement park movies” over classic American cinema.

The list – created by experts including the Guardian’s film editor Andrew Pulvor, studio executive Colin Vaines and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival Hannah McGill – also highlighted the importance of Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney in its top 10.

‘Star Trek’ director J. J. Abrams was placed at 13, with the panel noting his importance in “nerd culture”, while Ridley Scott – who made number 15 – was said to have his “glory days behind him”.

Angelina Jolie was the highest ranked woman in the list at number 18, while chief executive of Paramount Studios Brad Grey and Martin Scorsese were also given spots in the top 20.

Other notable entries in the top 100 include British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen at number 26, ‘Prince of Persia’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer at number 45 and ‘Kick-Ass’ screenwriter Jane Goldman at number 96.

The Film Power 100 by The Guardian newspaper’s Film & Music supplement, top 20:

1. James Cameron (director)

2. Steven Spielberg (director)

3. Leonardo DiCaprio (actor)

4. John Lasseter (director)

5. Brad Pitt (actor and producer)

6. Christopher Nolan (director)

7. Scott Rudin (producer)

8. Quentin Tarantino (director)

9. George Clooney (actor and director)

10. Ed Vaizey (UK government minister)

11. Johnny Depp (actor and producer)

12. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (producers)

13. J. J. Abrams (director and producer)

14. Alan F. Horn and Jeff Robinov (studio executives)

15. Ridley Scott (director)

16. Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos (studio executives)

17. Tim Burton (director)

18. Angelina Jolie (actress)

19. Brad Grey (studio executive)

20. Martin Scorsese (director)

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