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Dwayne Johnson again tops Forbes' list of highest-paid actors

Dwayne Johnson in December in London.

Dwayne Johnson in December in London. Credit: Getty Images/Stuart C. Wilson

For a second year running, action star Dwayne Johnson toplines Forbes magazine's annual list of highest-paid actors.

With "Jumanji: The Next Level" and "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" among his movies last year, and a $23.5 million payday for the upcoming Netflix film "Red Notice" co-starring him, the 48-year-old actor, producer and former WWE champion earned an estimated $87.5 million during the year that began June 1, 2019. Also contributing was his line of athletic wear from Under Armour, Project Rock.

No. 2 is his "Red Notice" co-star Ryan Reynolds, 43, making the list for the first time since hitting No. 15 in 2017, the last year Forbes ranked 20 rather than 10 stars. As with most actors on the list, Netflix is responsible for much of the earnings, paying him $20 million each for "Red Notice" and last year's "6 Underground" on his way to an estimated total of $71.5 million. He additionally has upcoming films including "Free Guy" and "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard."

Mark Wahlberg, 49, returns for the first time since placing first in 2017. He made $58 million to snag third place — largely on the strength of his Netflix movie "Spenser Confidential," which Forbes called the third-most-watched original film on the streaming service when it was released in March. Wahlberg also is a prolific producer, with the HBO documentary series "McMillions," the upcoming HBO Max reality show "Wahl Street" and other programs.

Rounding out the top five are Ben Affleck with $55 million, nosing out Vin Diesel's $54 million. Both have Netflix projects among their recent work, with Affleck, who turns 48 on Saturday, starring opposite Anne Hathaway in February's "The Last Thing He Wanted," and Diesel, 53, serving as an executive producer on last year's animated series "Fast & Furious Spy Racers."

Also on the list, in order, are Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, 52, who has been in the top 10 every year since 2015; newcomer Lin-Manuel Miranda, 40; Will Smith, 51, for the third year in a row; Netflix hit-maker Adam Sandler, 53, for his fourth consecutive year; and Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, still going strong at 66 and on the list for a sixth straight time.

Forbes bases its pre-tax gross estimates on data from Box Office Mojo, ComScore, Internet Movie Database and Nielsen, plus interviews with industry insiders. Agent, manager and attorney percentages are not deducted.

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