Robert Downey, Jr. tops Forbes' list of highest paid actors once again

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Robert Downey, Jr. continues to prove that playing Tony Stark pays almost as well as being Tony Stark. The Iron Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron star earned an estimated $75 million in the last year, putting him at the top of Forbes’s annual ranking of the highest paid actors for the second year in a row.

Downey’s success is all the more remarkable considering that, over the June 2013 to June 2014 timeline which Forbes used to measure wealth, the actor only released one movie: Jon Favreau’s festival film Chef. So most of Downey’s money comes from the backend of the incredibly successful Iron Man 3—the highest grossing movie of 2013 with a $1.2 billion box office—and a reported pay hike for Avengers: Age of Ultron (because we know Iron Man’s got a big role in that).

Dwayne Johnson (of The Fast & The Furious movies, Hercules, and being called “The Rock”) came in second with a $52 million year that combined earnings from acting roles as well as producing gigs, such as HBO’s football comedy Ballers. Bradley Cooper ($46 million), Leonardo DiCaprio ($29 million), and Chris Hemsworth ($37 million) rounded out the top 5.

In less glamorous news, the top five actors (excepting Downey, who kept it cool at $75 million) all made less than their counterparts on the list last year: Channing Tatum ($60 million), Hugh Jackman ($55 million), Mark Wahlberg ($52 million), and Johnson (who upped his earnings 6 million from $46 million).  Also, perennial favorites Johnny Deep, Brad Pitt, and even Tom Cruise (who opened The Edge of Tomorrow to limited success) all failed to make it into the top 10.


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