There’s been a lot of great movies released over the last 365 days… Hell, even Adam Sandler had a rare critically acclaimed release with The Meyerowitz Stories. However, it’s that time of the year again where we finally get to find out how much money our favorite actors took home.
Every year, American business magazine Forbes reveals their list of the highest earning actors of that respective year, and 2017 has revealed some shocking truths about the gender pay gap in Hollywood. Despite movies like Wonder Woman and Beauty and the Beast having female lead-roles and grossing huge numbers worldwide, there is still no doubt that women are falling WAY behind when it comes to paycheques.
In the last 12 months, a total of 16 actors earned over $20 million for their blockbuster roles, but, as you’re about to see from the list, only THREE of them were women.
Considering that we’re living in the 21st century, this shocking truth is testament to the fact that there’s still a lot work to be done in achieving total quality between genders. No one should take home a smaller paycheque because they have a different set of genitals between their legs.
So, which actor came out at number one with the biggest paycheque? And how did the women really match up against the men?
See the full list on the next page…
As you can see from the following full list taken from the official Forbes website, Emma Stone, winner of the Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2017 Academy Awards, came out on top as the highest paid actress, raking in an impressive $26 million. But despite the fact that Stone’s role as Mia in the hit musical, La La Land, placed her as the highest earning actress, she still came 15th overall.
That’s 14 male actors earning more than the highest paid female. The full list is below:
1. Mark Wahlberg, $68 million
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $65 million
3. Vin Diesel, $54.5 million
4. Adam Sandler, $50.5 million
5. Jackie Chan, $49 million
6. Robert Downey, Jr., $48 million
7. Tom Cruise, $43 million
8. Shah Rukh Khan, $38 million
9. Salman Khan, $37 million
10. Akshay Kumar, $35.5 million
11. Chris Hemsworth, $31.5 million
12. Tom Hanks, $31 million
13. Samuel L. Jackson, $30.5 million
14. Ryan Gosling, $29 million
15. Emma Stone, $26 million
16. Jennifer Aniston, $25.5 million
17. Jennifer Lawrence, $24 million
18. Ryan Reynolds, $21.5 million
19. Matt Damon, $21 million
20. Jeremy Renner, $19 million
21. Chris Evans, $18 million
21. Melissa McCarthy, $18 million
23. Chris Pratt, $17 million
24. Mila Kunis, $15.5 million
25. Emma Watson, $14 million
26. Mark Ruffalo, $13 million
27. Cate Blanchett, $12 million
28. Julia Roberts, $12 million
29. Amy Adams, $11.5 million
Mark Wahlberg may seem like a surprising number one, but that’s only because you’ve tried your hardest to forget all about the fifth instalment of the Transformer franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight. Yes, they may be awful films, but they’re ever so popular amongst the 2-5 year-olds, and it’s the parents who are forced to pay for the movie theater tickets.
But let’s put the highest earning male and females into consideration. The highest earning male, Mark Wahlberg, earned an astonishing 2.5 times more than the highest earning female, Emma Stone. And seriously, in what world does this year’s best actress earn $23 million LESS than Jackie Chan!?
In fact, to help visualize the disparity even further, the top 10 highest paid actors took home a cumulative $488.5 million! Whereas the total earned by the top 10 females was nearly three times less than that, at a very eye-opening $172.5 million.
Is there still a gender discrimination in Hollywood? Well, Forbes seem to have an answer.
“This pay disparity is due, in part, to roles: There are simply fewer main female characters in the superhero movies and blockbusters that pay the sizeable backend profits that result in leading men’s large paydays, or the franchise sequels that permit aggressive negotiation for future installments.
According to a 2016 study, women comprise just 28.7% of all speaking roles in movies.”
It’s true. Superhero movies are a huge part of Hollywood these days, and many big production companies are still relying on rehashing male-dominated franchises. Then again, the most entertaining movie DC have put out since The Dark Knight Trilogy has been Wonder Woman – but I guess Gal Gadot was just too new to the movie scene to demand a big pay day.
With global franchises like Star Wars putting female leads at the forefront of their movies (Daisy Ridley in the new trilogy and Felicity Jones in Rogue One), it’s safe to say that a shift is definitely being made in Tinsel Town. But these new figures clearly show that it isn’t enough.
Well, there’s always next year…