Jul 23, 2014

    Downey Jr is highest-paid actor again


    ROBERT Downey Jr, the star of Disney's Marvel superhero film franchises Iron Man and The Avengers, is Hollywood's highest-paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of US$75 million (S$93 million), according to

    The 49-year-old star made most of his money from June last year to June this year from Iron Man 3, which made US$1.2 billion at the box office and assured him the top spot again in the annual ranking.

    "As Iron Man, he's the driving force behind four of Marvel's biggest hits, including The Avengers," Forbes said.

    Former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, 42, who starred in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the Fast And Furious films, jumped to second place this year from fifth last year with earnings of US$52 million, followed by Hangover star Bradley Cooper, 39, with US$46 million.

    "His work in the lucrative Hangover franchise has given him the ability to take risks with smaller films like Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle," Forbes said about Cooper.

    The Wolf Of Wall Street star Leonardo DiCaprio, 39, also had a lucrative year with two hit films and came in fourth with US$39 million in earnings, while Thor actor Chris Hemsworth rounded out the top five with US$37 million.

    Mark Wahlberg, 43, who was in fourth place last year thanks to the hit comedy Ted, just made the top 10 this year, along with Will Smith, 45. The two actors earned an estimated US$32 million each.