Forbes has released its annual roundup of Hollywood’s leading female earners.
Hollywood’s leading actresses are banking big on their blockbuster appeal.
Forbes has published its annual list of the highest-paid female actresses from 2016–2017, and the top ten collectively took home earnings of $172.5 million. The magazine tallied its earnings estimates by compiling information from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo, IMDB, and industry experts.
Academy Award winner Emma Stone, star of La La Land, dethroned last year’s winner Jennifer Lawrence to take the No. 1 spot on the list. Stone, 28, was reportedly paid $26 million in the past year — in addition to a myriad of other achievements. She was also named Best Actress at this year’s Oscar ceremony for her leading performance in La La Land — a musical romcom that netted $445 million in ticket sales — and has signed on for several projects, including next year’s Cruella (a film about the notorious villain Cruella de Vil), which will be produced by Walt Disney Pictures.
Here are the top 10 highest-paid actresses from 2016-2017:
1. Emma Stone — $26 million
2. Jennifer Aniston — $25.5 million
3. Jennifer Lawrence — $24 million
4. Melissa McCarthy — $18 million
5. Mila Kunis — $15.5 million
6, 7. Charlize Theron & Emma Watson — $14 million each
8, 9. Julia Roberts & Cate Blanchett — $12 million each
10. Amy Adams — $11.5 million
The earnings of the highest-paid actresses are no doubt impressive, but they still trail those of Hollywood’s highest-earned men. While the 2016–2017 list of top-paid male actors has yet to be released (it will come out next week), in 2016 their combined earnings exceeded $703 million — a number that dwarfs the money made collectively by their female counterparts. Last year alone, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Hollywood’s leading man in terms of income, took home a staggering $64.5 million — almost triple what Stone made this year.
The gender-based wage gap in Hollywood is well-documented, and has received increased attention in recent years. In 2015, Jennifer Lawrence called out the issue firsthand, writing of her reaction to learning that Sony Pictures had compensated her less than her male costars in the film American Hustle: “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than [men], I didn’t get mad at Sony,” Lawrence wrote at the time. “I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early.”
As far as what Lawrence did earn this year, the No. 3 ranked actress saw a significant drop in her income, which previously peaked in 2016 at $46 million. Indeed, the past year didn’t coincide with a major moneymaker for her, like the Hunger Games from which she raked in $26 million. But she was buoyed by a lucrative three-year endorsement deal she had previously signed with French fashion house Christian Dior in 2014 (estimated at the time to be worth $15-20 million, according to Page Six).
Lawrence was also edged out by second-place earner Jennifer Aniston, who pocketed $25.5 million — even a decade after the end of her wildly popular NBC sitcom Friends. For Aniston, the bulk of her paycheck came from endorsements with brands like Emirates Airways and Aveeno, according to Forbes.
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