Forbes today revealed the list of the highest paid actresses in the world.Leading the bunch is Scarlett Johansson who brought in a whooping $40.5 million in pretax earnings between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, making her acting’s top-earning female.The beauty quadrupled her 2017 earnings thanks to her role as Black widow in Marvel’s Avengers.
Taking second place is Angelina Jolie who was paid 28 million upfront for her role in Maleficent 2. Jennifer Aniston took third place with $19.5 million thanks to Friends reruns and doing endorsement deals for Emirates,Smartwater and Aveeno. Her paycheck is expected to grow next year when production ends for her forthcoming Apple series with Reese Witherspoon for which the pair will receive an estimated $1.25 million per episode.
Jennifer Lawrence returns to the list earning from show reruns and demanding big bucks for her turn to X-Men. She also has a high-paying contract with Dior.Reese Witherspoon took fifth place earning $16.5 million for her role in A Wrinkle In Time,Her Pacific Standard production company and Hello Sunshine media house.
Australian Cate Blanchett took eighth place bringing in $12.5 million while Israeli Gal Gadot took tenth place bringing in $10 million for her role as Wonder Woman and is the only newcomer on the list. Her six figure earnings for the first installment of the sequel and Revlon endorsement launched her among the highest-paid in the world.
Together, the world’s 10 highest-paid actresses tallied a combined $186 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, before fees and taxes. Overall, the cumulative total is up 16% from $172.5 million in 2017.This year, only two women broached the $20 million mark, down from three in 2017 and four in 2016. Notably absent were Amy Adams, Emma Watson, Charlize Theron and last year’s top-ranked Emma Stone, who all failed to earn above the $10 million cut off for this year’s list and dropped off the ranking.