Forbes releases the list of top 10 highest paid actors every year and 2015 is not short of surprises. These actors are in huge tentpole movies every year and they’ve been grossing a lot of wealth with their career in acting.
These stars are paid enormous amounts for their blockbusters and 2015 is no different for them. The list comprises of six actors from the US, and three from India.
Read through the Forbes list of 10 highest paid actors in the world in 2015.
10. Akshay Kumar – $35.5 Million
Believe it or not, but Akshay Kumar is a new entry in the list of highest paid actors in the world for 2015. He’s been raking in the money with roles in several Bollywood movies in India and has a fan base comparable to those of top actors in Hollywood.
India has a growing market and that’s what solves the problems of actors like Akshay Kumar in Bollywood who are looking forward to roles in domestic blockbusters, that makes them a lot of money.
9. Salman Khan – $37 Million
The Bollywood’s ‘Bad Guy’, Salman Khan is a commoner in the list of highest paid actors in the world. A talented actor, and a bachelor, Salman Khan has a unique perspective towards his roles in different movies, which despite a bad story, become blockbusters.
He has the largest fan base in India, and his recent movie ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ was a blockbuster. Ranked 9th, he is said to have been paid $33.5 million.
8. Shah Rukh Khan – $38 Million
Shah Rukh Khan has gone really far from being a darling to India. He is often called the King of Bollywood. His movies are some of the earliest romantic movies that exposed Bollywood to the world. He has starred in well over 80 movies and is not about to stop.
Khan makes much of what he is paid from his upfront fees for his starring roles in “Jab Harry met Sejal,” “Raees,” and “Tubelight” — and for hawking a ton of Indian brands that are most likely unknown to the average American consumer.
7. Tom Cruise – $43 Million
Quite surprisingly, Tom Cruise ranks sixth in Forbes’ list of highest paid actors in 2015, but that should probably be a result of the calculations of his recently released movie Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.
A drop-down in the list might probably have occurred after two flops in a row with Jack Reacher and Oblivion, but with the sequel already in theaters, he’s sure to make a jump next year.
6. Robert Downey Jr. – $48 Million
Robert Downey Jr. is a beast when it comes to blockbuster movies that garner an insane amount of money. Ranking on top of the list of highest paid actors in 2015, Robert Downey Jr.’s roles in movies like Iron Man and The Avengers: Age of Ultron is what earned him $80 million.
The Avengers movie earned $1.39 billion worldwide and there’s no doubt that he’s going to be on top of this list again in 2016, with Captain America: Civil War hitting theaters in 2016.
5. Jackie Chan – $49 Million
Many believe Jackie Chan’s career in Hollywood is dead and he’s not making any money from the show-biz industry. But, it’s really surprising to see Chan as the second highest paid actors in the world in 2015 with $50 million.
Jackie Chan has been working on foreign films in his country China, that holds the second largest movie market, one step ahead of Bollywood and behind Hollywood.
4. Adam Sandler – $50.5 Million
Day-in-day-out, Adam Sandler keeps surprising us with his ability to gross enormous amount of wealth despite series of awful movies. He must have some sort of spell on his audience that makes them stick to him as fans. He has a constant fanbase who watch his movies despite being terribly awful and his formula of making low-budget movies have always worked at the box office.
He was one of the highest paid actors in 2014 and there’ll be no surprise if he features on a similar list next year in 2016.
3. Vin Diesel – $54.5 Million
Vil Diesel is a heartthrob in Hollywood. He’s the most liked person on Facebook with 94 million fans all around the world and his Fast & Furious franchise is making a lot of money, despite Paul Walker’s death in a car crash in 2013.
Vin Diesel is surely going to be among the highest paid actors in Hollywood, again, by pulling in huge numbers with Furious 8 coming to theaters on April 14, 2017.
2. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) – $65 Million
The former boxing champion made a surprise appearance on the list. He now makes top dollar for his upfront movie fees. Johnson’s combined upfront fees from his films “Baywatch” and “Jumanji,” in addition to his salary from the HBO hit “Ballers,” put him in the run for the highest-paid actor in the world.
1. Mark Wahlberg- $68 Million
Mark Wahlberg has been doing pretty well for himself lately, with his roles in movies like Transformers: Age of Extinction, which was a box-office hit. Wahlberg is not that kind of actor who looks for serious roles hoping to become blockbusters, but he fits himself to smaller roles, like in The Fighter (2010) to make a name for himself.
He’s talented, handsome and has acting skills and it’s not just the money he works for. In fact, it’s money that follows him; as he’s a businessman as well. He’s not only stuck with a career in acting and maybe, we’ll get to see him again in the next Transformer’s movie.
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The show-business is one of the best growing industries around the world and there are lots of actors who’ve made their fortunes out of it. These highest paid actors in the world have put in a lot of effort in their work, day-after-day on several movie projects to entertain people on big and small screens.
So, did your favorite actor make this list? Let us know in the comments!