9. Anne Hathaway
Earnings: $12 million
Anne Hathaway voiced Jewel in the animated movie “Rio 2” which grossed over 5 times its $100 million budget. She will be reprising her role as The White Queen in the upcoming sequel of “Alice In Wonderland”- “Alice Through The Looking Glass”. Her comedy film “The Intern” is to be released later this year.
8. Reese Witherspoon
Earnings: $15 million
Reese has made a comeback to the list since missing out in 2011, thanks to her brave take-on at producing movies with female lead roles, which began as a result of her disappointment in the dearth of high-paying roles for the female thespians. In collaboration with Bruna Papadena she produced “Gone Girl” which grossed $368 million. She also produced and starred in “Wild” and “Hot Pursuit” which grossed $52 million and $51.4 million respectively. Though the later was less of a success, the former was nominated twice for an Oscar.
7. Angelina Jolie
Earnings: $15 million
Good news for the fans who have been anticipating a second BraAngelina movie. The actress have been busy directing and writing a romantic drama “By The Sea” which she will star alongside husband Brad Pitt. The movie which is Angelina’s third directed movie will be released before the end of 2015.
6. Julia Roberts
Earnings: $16 million
Julia Roberts was at the peak of her career in the 90’s and early 20’s where she was once the highest-paid actress in the world. Though she is gradually wanning from the big screens, she continues to receive huge paychecks from endorsement deals with Givenchy, Lancôme, and Calzedonia. Recently, the actress has been starring in her choice of movies, one of which is “Secret In Her Eyes” to be released in November 2015. She will also star in 2016 movie “Mother’s Day” alongside Jennifer Aniston.
5. Jennifer Aniston
Earnings: $16.5 million
Thanks to her “Friends” TV Sitcom, Aniston continues to be a regular on the list, despite starring in few movies. “Horrible Bosses 2” which grossed a whopping $107.6 million sprouted her earnings. She endorses Living Proof SmartWater, and Aveeno.
4. Bingbing Fan
Earnings: $21 million
The Chinese actress, producer and pop singer is the only non-American to make the list. Her 2014 movie “The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom” was a hit in the Chinese market. She played a minor role in top grossing Hollywood movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. Her endorsements with L’Oreal and Chopard supplements her income.
3. Melissa McCarthy
Earnings: $23 million
Since her major breakthrough with “Bridesmaid” in 2011 the comedy film actress received the highest paycheck of her career for 2014 and 2015 comedy movies “Tammy” and “Spy” which grossed a total of $335 million at the global box office. In 2015 she launched a clothing line that caters majorly for the plus sized women. She will be starring in the 2016 supernatural comedy film “Ghostbusters”.
2. Scarlett Johansson
Earnings: $35.5 million
Scarlett seems to be at the peak of her career all thanks to her role in billion dollar grossing movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and lead role in sc-fi “Lucy” which grossed almost half a billion. The leading actress currently charges $10 million per movie. Reports speculate she could charge up to $17.5 million in the upcoming Rupert Sanders thriller “Ghost In The Shell”. Together with world’s highest paid actor Robert Downey Jnr. she will be starring in upcoming “Captain America: Civil War”. Further increasing her wealth are endorsements with Dolce & Gabbana and Sodastream.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
Earnings: $52 million
“The Hunger Games” trilogy’s worldwide populace and success made J-Law the highest paid actress in the world. The established female action hero continues to enjoy huge compensations from the movies’ recent profits. She will play the role of Joy Mangano in the biographical comedy drama “Joy” scheduled for release on this year’s Christmas day. The movie also stars Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. Her endorsement deal with Dior is highly lucrative.