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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson tops Forbes list of highest-paid actors

Dwayne Johnson elbowed Robert Downey Jr. aside to

Dwayne Johnson elbowed Robert Downey Jr. aside to become the highest-paid actor with a fast and furious income of $64.5 million, according to Forbes magazine. Credit: Getty Images / Jason Kempin

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the world’s highest-paid male movie star over the past year, according to the annual Forbes magazine list.

With $64.5 million in estimated gross earnings from June 1, 2015, to June 1, 2016, the wrestler-turned-actor and the star of films including “San Andreas,” “Central Intelligence” and the upcoming “Fast 8” and “Baywatch” more than doubled the $31.5 million that put him at No. 11 last year. He had reached No. 2 on the 2014 list, with $52 million.

“Want to say two things about this. I started w/ $7 bucks,” Johnson, 44, tweeted Thursday. “If I can overcome, so can you.” He added jokingly, “Waffle House on me!!”

In second place for a second year was Hong Kong-born action star Jackie Chan, 62, who despite no recent U.S. hits earned an estimated $61 million as the biggest draw in China and other Asian markets. At No. 3, jumping all the way from No. 20 last year, was Matt Damon, 45, with $55 million, largely on the strength of “The Martian” and upfront payments for “Jason Bourne.”

Tom Cruise (“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” the upcoming “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”), 54, went from No. 6 to No. 4, with $53 million. Completing the top five was Johnny Depp (“Alice Through the Looking Glass,” the upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”), 53, ascending from last year’s No. 12, with $48 million.

Last year’s top star, Marvel Cinematic Universe mainstay Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War”), 51, dropped to No. 8, with $33 million.

With a cutoff of $15 million, the list of 20 is down from last year’s 34, when Forbes began including international box-office draws without significant U.S. presence. Repeating from 2015 are stars of India’s “Bollywood” industry, whose films are widely popular across Asia and the Middle East: Shah Rukh Khan (No. 8, $33 million), Akshay Kumar (No. 10, $31.5 million), Salman Khan (No. 14, $28.5 million) and Amitabh Bachchan (No. 18, $20 million), an enduring Clint Eastwood / Harrison Ford-level star across decades.

Forbes noted that Bradley Cooper, Chris Hemsworth, Jonah Hill, Liam Neeson, Seth Rogen and Channing Tatum did not repeat this year.

The magazine derives its figures from speaking with agents, lawyers, producers and other industry professionals to estimate pretax gross income from acting, endorsements and other sources.


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