Million dollar additions

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Aug 2018 10:29:31


Bollywood superstars Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan have secured a spot in Forbes magazine’s World’s Highest Paid Actors 2018 list, topped by Hollywood ace George Clooney. Akshay, known lately for his socially conscious roles in films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Pad Man, is in the seventh spot with earnings of USD 40.5 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. He minted millions from backend profits and endorsing some 20 brands, including Tata and Eveready, Forbes said.

Salman also remains one of India’s top earners with USD38.5 million, with hits such as Tiger Zinda Hai and by cashing in on backend profits, coupled with a slew of endorsements from Suzuki motorcycles to Chlormint gum.

Clooney, 57, is at the top of the list with USD239 million despite not having helmed a hit in years. His earnings are thanks to the up to USD1 billion purchase of his Casamigos Tequila. The list tallies both onscreen and extracurricular earnings in the 12-month scoring frame. Earning estimates are based on data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders. All figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted.

Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson banked USD124 million pretax to rank number 2 in the highest paid actors list. Rounding out the top three is Robert Downey Jr, who pocketed $81 million. His Avengers: Infinity War co-star Chris Hemsworth, with USD64.5 million, scored a career best thanks to his cut from Marvel movies such as Thor: Ragnarok.

China’s top movie star Jackie Chan scored the fifth spot with USD45.5 million, followed by Will Smith on number 6 with USD42 million. In the eighth position is Adam Sandler with USD39.5 million, while Chris Evans completes top 10 list with USD34 million. Together, the world’s ten highest paid actors tallied USD748.5 million.

The salaries of top-earning male leads dwarf those of the world’s highest paid actresses, who earned a cumulative USD 186 million in same period, or just one quarter of the men’s earnings -- highlighting gender pay gap issue.