And now, for your highest earning Hollywood actors...
August 2nd, 2011
11:56 AM ET

And now, for your highest earning Hollywood actors...

Another day, another Forbes list of who in Hollywood is likely making more money than you. This time, we're focusing on the actors.

Leonardo DiCaprio rose to the top of the heap this year, moving up from fifth place to first thanks to the estimated $77 million he earned between May 2010 and May 2011.

Forbes is pinning DiCaprio's success not on his ability to churn out blockbuster after blockbuster over the course of his career, but rather his reputation for doing solid work with strong directors.

His 2010 projects, "Shutter Island" (directed by Martin Scorsese) and "Inception" (Christopher Nolan) earned a combined total of $1.2 billion, and Forbes notes that DiCaprio also saw a nice amount of the profits.

His earnings in the past year also helped the actor unseat Johnny Depp from the No. 1 spot. The estimated $50 million Depp earned between May 2010 and May 2011 means he's dropped down to second place since last year's tally.

Depp's four "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies have so far earned a combined total of $3.7 billion globally, and Forbes says the actor is able to ask for a sizable payday with new projects.

Following Depp is Adam Sandler (an estimated $40 million between May 2010 and May 2011), Will Smith ($36 million) and Tom Hanks ($35 million).

Forbes figured out the estimated earnings by consulting those in the industry, such as agents, lawyers and producers. Earnings represent pretax gross income and don't include deductions for any agent, management or lawyer fees.


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  1. Tai

    How did Sandler beat Smith when all of his movies bombed??

    August 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Clayday

    These arrogant and ungrateful multi-millionaire actors and actresses are lucky I don't live in Hollywood...or there would be a lot of tomatoes thrown in their faces. Hey...it would make me feel better!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      What a jealous SOB you are. If you could be in their shoes you'd bust a gut... they got lucky, the rest of us didn't; that's life! You don't like the money they make, folks need to stop spending money on films. The cash comes from us... just like for athletics.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    Hey Leo, (or anyone else on the list)... Since it would be the equivelent to finding a quarter in your couch, would you mind paying off my car loan?

    August 3, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. kena305

    kena305@gmail.com-Money,MONEY hmmmm, is great to be an actor

    August 3, 2011 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. SKY

    MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, THE RICH MAN CAN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT.....

    August 3, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tracie

    Tracie you can fart on your own face!

    August 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. I am BROKE

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-0OltmCkZ0&w=640&h=390]

    August 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    Would some1 just fart on tracie so she can go away, already! I notice this list is curiously devoid of the excellent actresses! It is a shame that the women can't make as much as the dudes, but Leo & Johnny appeal to the dudes as manly & good actors & to women as hunks they want to fantasize about! I don't think the same can be said for Julia & Meryl! Women might identify with them, but most men want to fantasize about Jessica Alba or Emma Stone! That's the sad but true reality! Not feeling too sorry for them though, since they take home 20-25 mil per picture! I'd take that, & be happy!!

    August 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tracie

    Please pop a fart in my face!!

    August 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. brokenteeth

    Man , Leo is only 3 days older than me but he looks 10 years older .

    August 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Booo

    Sandler did that movie with Jennifer aniston and Brooklyn Decker most recently.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. itsamemario

    @peace these guys wouldnt know poor even if they ate cut up hot dogs and eggs for dinner. ooh my eggs are done..

    August 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      wow you can afford eggs? I buy cases of ramen noodles I can eat for about 24 dollars a month anyone got any cat food?

      August 3, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Stupid post – Very few of them started out with loads of money.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Peace

    Those "poor" people, absolutely can not afford to pay more taxes. I feel so bad for them. *sigh*

    August 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • jcroentgen

      Amen! But then tea partiers probably don't watch this blog

      August 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • cope

      The majority of Hollywood are very liberal, so I am quite sure they don't mind contributing to the revenue enhancement

      August 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tsion

    Bravo Leo i love u so much

    August 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hugh G. Rection

    Wow Frederico, you must have a teeny weenie.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Snarky

    How in the world did sandler make this list? Did he even have a movie last year?

    August 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Sandler gets on these lists (and into movies in the first place) because he also writes and produces (Happy Madison) pretty much anything he's in, which also drives up his cut. I think his only movie last year was Grown Ups, which was abysmal, but abysmal... all the way to the bank.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You forgot about just go with it costarring Jennifer aniston.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Cletus

    How come Dustin Diamond isn't on the list?

    August 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. LadyJ

    I likes me a little Leo DeCap!!

    August 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  19. jujubeans

    50 from me (I went back 5 times)

    August 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jujubeans

    She's got great hands

    August 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |

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