Forbes has released their annual list of the highest paid actors and, not surprisingly, Robert Downey Jr. has topped the list for the third consecutive year. With an annual paycheck of $80 million, Downey leads by a landslide, which is expected when you take into account the huge success of his Iron Man appearance in the new Marvel flick Avengers: Age of Ultron, which grossed almost $1.4 billion worldwide this year.

However, what’s really interesting to note about this year’s Forbes list is the second highest paid actor, Jackie Chan, who earned $50 million. It might be surprising for some people to see his name on this list, since the 61-year-old action star hasn’t really been seen in a major Hollywood role for several years. But for the first time, Forbes widened the scope of this year’s list to include international actors, and Jackie Chan is still bagging roles left, right, and center in Chinese blockbusters.

In fact, while North American box office numbers dropped five percent between 2013 and 2014, China’s film market grew by 34%. China also played a big part in helping Vin Diesel secure his spot as this year’s third highest paid actor—his new Fast and Furious movie, Furious 7, pulled in $1.5 billion worldwide, with $400 million coming from China alone.


Because of the new format of the list, this year’s top 10 highest-paid actors actually include four international stars, Jackie Chan plus four Bollywood actors. Here are the top 10 names on this year’s list (on a side note, they’re all over the age of 35):

  1. Robert Downey Jr. ($80 million)
  2. Jackie Chan ($50 million)
  3. Vin Diesel ($47 million)
  4. Bradley Cooper ($41.5 million)
  5. Adam Sandler ($41 million)
  6. Tom Cruise ($40 million)
  7. Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan (tied with $33.5 million)
  8. Akshay Kumar ($32.5 million)
  9. Mark Wahlberg ($32 million)
  10. Dwayne Johnson ($31.5 million)

Robehmed, N., “The World’s Highest-Paid Actors 2015: Robert Downey Jr. Leads With $80 Million Haul,” Forbes web site, August 4, 2015;
“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Box Office Mojo web site;, last accessed August 6, 2015.

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