Action star Vin Diesel has been named by Forbes as the top-grossing actor of 2017, beating out the superheroes and sci-fi stars so bring in a mind-boggling $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion) in global ticketing receipts.
The actor has been raking in the money for years as the face of the Fast and the Furious franchise, with this year’s commercially successful eighth instalment – Fate of the Furious – hitting cinemas in April 2017. He’s also recently starred in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.
But hot on his heels comes his pal and co-star Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock), in second place with $1.5 billion.
This year’s top ten features only three female actors. Wonder Woman Gal Gadot comes in third place, bringing in $1.4 billion – despite a row over the gender pay gap in the summer when it emerged she was earning a base salary of just $300,000 for the superhero movie. Beauty and the Beast’s Emma Watson follows close behind with $1.3 billion.
There is also good news for the new generation of British Star Wars actors: Daisy Ridley is at number six with $1.08 billion, while John Boyega raked in $845 million.
Forbes calculates the top-grossing actors by adding together the global ticket sales of each year’s movies, excluding animated titles where we only hear the stars’ voices and only including top-billed actors (so bit-parts and cameos don’t really count).
Last year’s top-grossing actor was Scarlett Johansson, who had a great year as Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War, followed by her co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. All three seem to be taking a break from this year’s list.
The full list of this year’s top ten:
1. Vin Diesel ($1.6 billion)
2. Dwayne Johnson ($1.5 billion)
3. Gal Gadot ($1.4 billion)
4. Emma Watson ($1.3 billion)
5. Johnny Depp ($1.1 billion)
6. Daisy Ridley ($1.08 billion)
7. Tom Holland ($888 million)
8. Chris Pratt ($864 million)
9. Chris Hemsworth ($845 million)
10. John Boyega ($815 million)
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