Sandra Bullock tops highest-earning actress list

Last updated 14:44 05/08/2014
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DISPARITY: Sandra Bullock earned astronomical money for the box office with Gravity but women still earn less than men in the movie industry.

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Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is Hollywood's highest paid actress with estimated earnings of $US51 million ($NZ59.9 million) over 12 months, followed by Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Aniston, Forbes magazine said on Monday.

Bullock, 50, had a big hit last year with the space thriller film Gravity, which won seven Academy Awards including best director for Alfonso Cuaron, and made more than $US716 million worldwide.

The best actress Oscar winner in 2010 for The Blind Side, Bullock jumped from seventh place on the previous Forbes earnings list to the top spot between June 2013 and June 2014.

"Gravity star Sandra Bullock didn't win best actress this year but she did walk away with a ton of money," according to Forbes.com.

Hunger Games actress Lawrence, 23, came in second for the second consecutive year with estimated earnings of $US34 million, while Aniston, 45, climbed one spot to No.3 with $US31 million.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen still has Bullock in her sights.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen still has Bullock in her sights.

Forbes compiled the list by estimating earnings from the actresses' film work, endorsements, residuals and advertising work, and by talking to agents, managers and lawyers.

Gwyneth Paltrow, 41, who made an estimated $US19 million, and Angelina Jolie, with $US18 million, rounded out the top five. Jolie, 39, dropped from No.1 last year.

Scarlett Johansson, the 29-year-old star of the sci-fi action thriller Lucy, came in seventh with $US17 million, and Twilight star Kristen Stewart, 24, fell from No.3 last year to 10th place with earnings of $US12 million.

Although all of the actresses pulled in hefty incomes, Forbes said women still earn less then men in Hollywood. While the 10 highest earning actors took home a combined total of $US419 million, Hollywood's 10 best paid actresses made a total of $US226 million during the same time period.

The complete list can be found here.

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