1) Leonardo DiCaprio: July 2010 to July 2011 Earnings: $77 million
After a string of fantastic film choices, Leonardo DiCaprio has gone from strength to strength. After cashing in on blockbusters such as Inception, Shutter Island and J. Edgar, in the future, expect to see him starring in big movies such as “The Great Gatsby” and “Creed of Violence”. In April 2012 he also has his original blockbuster Titanic being rereleased, to honour 100 years since the sinking.
2) Johnny Depp: July 2010 to July 2011 Earnings: $50 million
This hugely famous actor (and heart-throb) is another actor who has proved making wise career choices pays off. After raking in the money for films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango, The Tourist and Alice in Wonderland – you can expect far more from this actor in coming months. He’s set to pair up with his favourite director again this year in Dark Shadows, playing the part of Barnabas Collins – which should be a huge hit in the box office.
3) Adam Sandler: July 2010 to July 2011 Earnings: $40 million
Hollyood’s comic genius, this guy really raked in the money last year. With films such as “Just go with it” making a box-office fortune (although panned by critics) this guys can’t really do any wrong. He has two films in the pipeline for 2012, so keep an eye out.
4) Will Smith: July 2010 to July 2011 Earnings: $36 million
Will Smith has been concentrating on producing during the last few years but his acting roles still draw in big money and big success at the box office. Also keep an eye out for his come-back in the new Men in Black film this year – which is set to be a massive hit.
5) Tom Hanks: July 2010 to July 2011 Earnings: $35 million
Tom is one of Hollywood’s finest actors – with some of cinema’s most classic movies on his CV. His big earner this past year was voicing Woody in Toy Story but he’s also set to star in a rom-com with Sandra Bullock soon too.
6) Ben Stiller: July 2010 to July 2011 Earnings: $34 million
Another one of Hollywood’s big comedic stars, Ben Stiller has managed to get into the highest earning list this year. He even has some great franchises such as Night at the Museum and Meet the Parents under his belt – which he’s still making money through. His newest film Tower Heist is also set to make him a lot.
7) Robert Downey Jr: July 2010 to July 2011 Earnings: $31 million
Thanks to the great success of Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes – Robert Downey Jr is raking in the big bucks this year. He’s set to appear in The Avengers (released later this year) which is set to be one of the year’s biggest blockbusters. Expect to see him a little higher up this list next year.
8) Mark Wahlberg: July 2010 to July 2011 Earnings: $28 million
Thanks to his acting and producing skills, Wahlberg has set himself firmly in this list. Most of Wahlberg’s money has come from producing though as he is the man responsible for the hit show: Entourage. With Entourage being set to hit the big screens in 2012 as a movie – we can expect Wahlberg to move up the list in the future.
9) Tim Allen: July 2010 to July 2011 Earnings: $22 million
Like Tom Hanks, Tim Allen has raked in more than usual this year because of his vocal role in Toy Story (which was a huge box office success).
10) Tom Cruise: July 2010 to July 2011 Earnings: $22 million
Another high-earning Tom on the list! Tom Cruise doesn’t get around as much as he used to in the movie world but he is still making millions and much more than your average Hollywood actor. His hefty pay check this year is thanks to his new Mission Impossible film – which has done great and been praised by critics and audiences alike.
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