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Dwayne “The Rock” Tops List of World’s Highest-Paid Actors

Former pro-wrestler turned Hollywood superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a new title: world’s highest-paid actor. According to an article in Forbes, Johnson earned a staggering $64.5 million dollars last year, knocking Iron Man star Robert Downey, Jr. out of the top spot. The actor earned big paychecks for his upcoming roles in Baywatch and Fast 8, as well as his starring role in the HBO drama Ballers.

Second on the list this year is Jackie Chan, who made most of his money this year in China. Third is Matt Damon, who took home nearly $55 million, much of it for the smash hit sci-fi thriller, The Martian. Rounding out the top five is Tom Cruise at number four, who earned $53 million, and Johnny Depp with $48 million. Depp made headlines earlier this month after his ex-wife Amber Heard was awarded $7 million in a divorce settlement. Heard plans to donate the money to charity.

The top-earning actress this year is Jennifer Lawrence, who raked in $46 million thanks to the final Hunger Games installment and an up-front payment for the upcoming film Passengers. She narrowly bested Melissa McCarthy, who pocketed $33 million. Coming in third for female superstars is Scarlett Johansson, with $25 million, thanks in part to her role in Captain America: Civil War. Fourth and fifth on the list are Jennifer Aniston and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, who earned $21 million and $17 million respectively.