Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen join global ‘Highest-Paid Actors’ list

Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen

For the first time ever, this year’s ranking of Highest-Paid Actors looks outside the U.S. to the create the first ever truly global dollar tally of film’s leading men. From India to Hong Kong, the World’s Highest-Paid Actors features 12 newcomers, five of whom made their fortunes in Bollywood.

The flushest foreigner is Jackie Chan, who banked $50 million, and is one of three Hong Kongers on the list. Chan ranks ahead of India’s Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan, who both earned $33.5 million. That’s just a million more than Akshay Kumar’s $32.5 million haul. Along with Shah Rukh Khan ($26 million) and Ranbir Kapoor ($15 million), these Bollywood stars continue to cash out thanks to deals which see them receive a cut of each ticket sale.

Hong Kong’s Chow Yun-Fat, best known for his role in 2000’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, makes the ranking with an estimated $18 million–the same amount at Russell Crowe. Fellow Hong Konger Andy Lau, an actor singer who starred alongside Chow in 2015′s From Vegas to Macau II, earned $13 million–the same as fellow newcomer Chris Pratt.

Closer to home, funnymen Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill also find themselves on the ranking for the first time. Rogen was paid an estimated $6.5 million upfront for his role in 2014’s controversial The Interview, banking $17 million before taxes and fees. Hill was able to command nearly $10 million for 2014’s 22 Jump Street, which grossed $331 million worldwide. His annual paycheck soared to $16 million.

Chris Evans isn’t paid that well for his Marvel movies, earning around $3 million upfront for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That’s small change compared to Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.’s $80 million payday. But Evans’ busy schedule, stacked with films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, means he makes the cut.

After a surprisingly wonderful turn in last summer’s surprise success Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt now looks set to become Hollywood’s next leading man, earning $13 million between June 2014 and June 2015. Though he likely earned less than $10 million for this summer’s smash hit Jurassic World, Pratt’s fee is on the rise: the movie grossed $1.6 billion worldwide. He’s reportedly pocketing $12 million for the forthcoming sci-fi, Passengers.

Our list measures money earned from June 1, 2014 to June 1, 2015 before subtracting management fees and taxes; figures are based on data from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with agents, managers, lawyers—and stars themselves.


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