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.
How did Sandler beat Smith when all of his movies bombed??
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!
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.
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?
firstname.lastname@example.org-Money,MONEY hmmmm, is great to be an actor
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, THE RICH MAN CAN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT.....
Tracie you can fart on your own face!
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!!
Please pop a fart in my face!!
Man , Leo is only 3 days older than me but he looks 10 years older .
Sandler did that movie with Jennifer aniston and Brooklyn Decker most recently.
@peace these guys wouldnt know poor even if they ate cut up hot dogs and eggs for dinner. ooh my eggs are done..
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?
Stupid post – Very few of them started out with loads of money.
Those "poor" people, absolutely can not afford to pay more taxes. I feel so bad for them. *sigh*
Amen! But then tea partiers probably don't watch this blog
The majority of Hollywood are very liberal, so I am quite sure they don't mind contributing to the revenue enhancement
Bravo Leo i love u so much
Wow Frederico, you must have a teeny weenie.
I just got out of the swimming pool
How in the world did sandler make this list? Did he even have a movie last year?
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.
You forgot about just go with it costarring Jennifer aniston.
How come Dustin Diamond isn't on the list?
Because that would require him to be a REAL actor.!
I likes me a little Leo DeCap!!
50 from me (I went back 5 times)
She's got great hands
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