Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds top paid actors in the world


Ka-ching! Thanks to deals with Netflix, Dwayne Johnson (left) and Ryan Reynolds are two of the top earners in Hollywood. Photo: Handout

Wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne Johnson clung to the top slot on the list of the world's highest-paid male actors for a second straight year, according to an annual tally released by Forbes magazine on Tuesday (Aug 11).

Johnson, also known by his ring name "The Rock", earned US$87.5mil from June 1,2019 to June 1, 2020, Forbes said, including US$23.5mil from Netflix Inc to star in movie thriller Red Notice. He also benefited from his Project Rock fitness wear line for Under Armour Inc.

However, this is a slight decrease from 2019, during which Johnson brought home US$89.4mil from starring in Jumanji: The Next Level, among other projects. Johnson first topped the list in 2016, with earnings totaling US$64.5mil.

Ryan Reynolds, who co-stars with Johnson in Red Notice, came in second in the Forbes ranking of male stars. He earned US$20mil for that film, plus another US$20mil for Netflix movie Six Underground, the magazine said, part of his US$71.5mil total for the one-year period. A third Netflix film starring Reynolds is also in the works, bringing another hefty paycheck.

Another Netflix favorite, Mark Wahlberg, came in third with US$58mil. His earnings come from the action comedy Spenser Confidential, as well as his production roles on documentaries like McMillions and Wahl Street. – Reuters

10 highest-paid actors of 2020:

  1. Dwayne Johnson – $87.5 million
  2. Ryan Reynolds – $71.5 million
  3. Mark Wahlberg – $58 million
  4. Ben Affleck – $55 million
  5. Vin Diesel – $54 million
  6. Akshay Kumar – $48.5 million
  7. Lin-Manuel Miranda – $45.5 million
  8. Will Smith – $44.5 million
  9. Adam Sandler – $41 million
  10. Jackie Chan – $40 million
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