Most people have not pegged the Pirates of the Caribbean Johnny Depp to become the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. The first Pirates brought in $ 654 million at the global box office and 3-D update of Alice in Wonderland has grossed $ 1 billion at the box office. This means that studios are willing to give big paycheck to get a bit of the Depp magic. Ben Stiller with $ 53 million grabbed the second position, earning big bucks for “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian”. Tom Hanks took the third place while Adam Sander ranks fourth with $ 40 million. George Clooney is grieved with 10th place. The ranks of highest-paid actors in Hollywood are based on estimate of each star’s earning from films and endorsements from June 2009 to June 2010.
Johnny Depp’s role in 3-D update of Alice in Wonderland helped this Disney film gross $ 1 billion at the global box offices. Depp, best known for starring in offbeat movies like the film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Tim Burton\’s Ed Wood, is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day. He was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood between June 2009 and June 2010, getting big bucks.
Johnny Depp: $ 75 million
George Clooney gained fame and recognition by portraying Dr. Douglas “Doug” Ross on the long-running medical drama ER. During the drama from 1994-1999, he began attracting a variety of leading roles in films like “Batman & Robin” and “Out of Sight”. “Up in the Air” grossed $ 163 million on an estimated budget of $ 25 million and helped him earn an Oscar nomination.
George Clooney: $ 19 million
Ben Stiller’s films have brought in over $ 2.1 billion in United States. He saw a nice upfront paycheck for the third installment of the “Meet the Parents” which was well-received by critics, grossing more than $ 330 million worldwide. He had planned to voice a character in MegaMind.
Ben Stiller: $ 53 million
Leonardo DiCaprio rose to international fame with his role in James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) which has been the highest-grossing film for over 12 years until 2010. His latest films Shutter Island (2010) and Inception (2010) rank among the biggest commercial successes of his career “Shutter Island” proved his big paycheck again, grossing $ 300 million at the global box office while “Inception” brought in $ 700 million at the global box office.
Leonardo DiCaprio: $ 28 million
Daniel Radcliffe proved his big paycheck by Harry Potter series which is slated to end in 2011 with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. Harry Potter films have grossed $ 5.4 billion at the global box office.
Daniel Radcliffe: $ 25 million
“Iron Man” movies which brought in more than $ 1 billion at the worldwide box-office helps Robert Downey’s paycheck creep up. Downey\’s performance in the film received rave reviews.
Robert Downey Jr.: $ 22 million
A role in “Inglourious Basterds” which grossed $ 314 million at the worldwide box office helped Brad Pitt earn a pretty amount of money. With a high-profile relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actress Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt has gained publicity magnet thanks to his relationship with Angelina Jolie.
Brad Pitt: $ 20 million
Tom Hanks got big bucks in 2009 film Angels & Demons which grossed $ 485 million at the global box office. He also achieved success as a dramatic actor in some notable roles including Andrew Beckett in “Philadelphia” and the title role in “Forrest Gump”.
Tom Hanks: $ 45 million
Adam Sandler is famous for his comedic riles in “Billy Madison”, “Happy Gilmore”, “Big Daddy” and “Mr. Deeds”. His profit magnet has helped him demand a paycheck north of $ 15 million.
Adam Sandler: $ 40 million
Tom Cruise made a string of hits, which helps him earn big money. However, his career has been rocky recently, with underperformance of “Knight and Day”.
Tom Cruise: $ 22 million
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