Top 10 highest paid actors

02:41, Jul 22 2014
robert downey jr
1. Robert Downey Jr: $US75 million
Dwayne Johnson
2. Dwayne Johnson: $US52 million
Bradley Cooper
3. Bradley Cooper: $US46million
leonardo dicaprio
4. Leonardo DiCaprio: $US39 million
chris hemsworth
5. Chris Hemsworth: $US37 million
liam neeson
6. Liam Neeson: $US36 million
ben affleck
7. Ben Affleck: $US35 million
christian bale
8. Christian Bale: $US35 million
will smith
9. Will Smith: $US32 million
mark wahlberg
10. Mark Wahlberg: $US32 million

Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney's Marvel superhero film franchises Iron Man, and The Avengers, is Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of US$75 million (NZ$86 million), according to Forbes.com.

The 49-year-old star made most of his money from June 2013 to June 2014 from Iron Man 3, which made US$1.2 billion at the box office and assured him the top spot again in the annual ranking.

"As Iron Man, he's the driving force behind four of Marvel's biggest hits, including The Avengers," Forbes.com said.

Former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, 42, who starred in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and the Fast and Furious, films, jumped into second place this year from fifth in 2013 with earnings of US$52 million, followed by Hangover, star Bradley Cooper, 39, with US$46 million.

"His work in the lucrative Hangover, franchise has given him the ability to take risks with smaller films like Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle," Forbes said about Cooper.

The Wolf of Wall Street star Leonardo DiCaprio, 39, had a lucrative year with two hit films and came in fourth at US$39 million in earnings, while Australian Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, rounded out the top five with US$37 million.

Advertisement

DiCaprio was a driving force behind The Wolf of Wall Street, which made $395 million worldwide and he also starred in The Great Gatsby, which took in US$351 million globally.

Mark Wahlberg, 43, who was in fourth place last year thanks to the comedy hit Ted, just made the top 10 this year along with actor Will Smith, 45. Each actor earned an estimated US$32 million.

Forbes.com compiled the rankings and estimated earnings by talking to managers, producers and agents.

1. Robert Downey Jr (US$75 million)

2. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (US$52 million)

3. Bradley Cooper (US$46 million)

4. Leonardo DiCaprio (US$39 million)

5. Chris Hemsworth (US$37 million)

6. Liam Neeson (US$36 million)

7. Ben Affleck (US$35 million)

8. Christian Bale (US$35 million)

9. Will Smith (US$32 million)

10. Mark Wahlberg (US$32 million)

Reuters