‘The Rock’ tops Hollywood highest pay list

Source: AFP Published: 2020/8/13 18:48:40

The Chinese poster for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle starring Dwayne Johnson Photo: IC

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been named Hollywood's top-paid actor for a second-year running, heading a list dominated by Netflix contracts.

The former wrestler banked $87.5 million in the year ending June 2020, according to Forbes' annual ranking.

That figure - slightly down from 2019's $89.4 million haul, but comfortably ahead of second-placed Ryan Reynolds ($71.5 million) - was boosted by Johnson's $23.5 million fee for upcoming Netflix action flick Red Notice, as well as endorsements.

Netflix shelled out more than a quarter of all the paychecks collected by 2020's top 10.  

Others benefiting from the streaming giant's $140 million A-lister splurge included Reynolds (Six Underground and Red Notice), third-placed Mark Wahlberg (Spenser Confidential) and fourth-placed Ben Affleck (The Last Thing He Wanted.)

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made his debut on the list after Disney paid $75 million for the movie rights to the smash hit Broadway production, which soared on Disney+.

Perennials such as Bollywood's Akshay Kumar and martial arts legend Jackie Chan returned to the top 10.

Largely absent were the cast of Marvel's Avengers films - who dominated 2019 - with the record-breaking franchise taking an extended break.

But Vin Diesel, lynchpin of the ever-popular Fast & Furious franchise, returned at No.5 with $54 million.

The ranking does not include actresses, who will be featured in a separate list next month. 

The top 10:

1. Dwayne Johnson ($87.5 million)

2. Ryan Reynolds ($71.5 million)

3. Mark Wahlberg ($58 million)

4. Ben Affleck ($55 million)

5. Vin Diesel ($54 million)

6. Akshay Kumar ($48.5 million)

7. Lin-Manuel Miranda ($45.5 million)

8. Will Smith ($44.5 million)

9. Adam Sandler ($41 million)

10. Jackie Chan ($40 million)

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