highest paid actresses

The 10 women making the big bucks from acting in movies across all the worldwide international movie industries have a combined $172.5 million between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, before fees and taxes. So who are the world’s highest-paid actresses for 2017? Check them out below.

Forbes which released the list scoured stars from around the globe, scouring Bollywood and the burgeoning Chinese cinema industry. This time around, however, actresses from the U.S still took home a bulk of the money.

Jennifer Lawrence who was the world’s highest-paid actress for two years running was overtaken this year by two other talented women. Emma Stone claimed the top spot as the highest paid actress in the world. This was unsurprising after Emma Stone made an amazing $26 million in the past year. Her biggest earnings came, of course, from the Academy Award-winning hit “La La Land.”

Jennifer Lawrence, meanwhile, earned a still whopping $24 million from a Dior campaign contract and the films “mother!” and “Red Sparrow.”

The top ten highest paid actresses for 2016

No 1 – Emma Stone

Emma Stone who starred in the Academy Award-winning “La La Land” took Jennifer Lawrence’s place as the top paid actress with a whopping $26 million in total earnings for 2017. La la land did, of course, contribute massively to her earnings.

No 2 – Jennifer Aniston ($25.5 million)

highest paid actresses

Jennifer Aniston also overtook Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa McCarthy this year to claim the number two spot. In 2016, her major earnings came from various endorsements and advertisements for Emirates airlines, Smartwater, Aveeno, and Living Proof, bringing her total earnings up to $21 million. In 2017 the actress earned $25.5 million much the same way with endorsements but also thanks to roles in movies such as The Yellow Birds.

No 3 – Jennifer Lawrence:

In 2016 Jennifer Lawrence had total earnings of $46 million. The Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence remained ‘Number 1’ for the second year running, although her earnings are lower than they were the previous year when she was tagged at $52 million. She could not hold on to the title this year but still made it to the top three with $24 million from a Dior campaign contract and two main films; “mother!” and “Red Sparrow.”

No 4 – Melissa McCarthy:

The Ghostbusters actress came in second on the 2016 list with $33 million. In 2017 her total earnings were still a sizeable $18 million coming from movies like “Life of the Party,” even after she said goodbye to her TV show “Mike and Molly.”

No 5 – Mila Kunis

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Mila Kunis was 16th on the 2015 list, and she keeps climbing as her money keeps growing. Now at a whopping $15 million. The actress who is married to Ashton Kutcher with whom she has 2 kids is certainly contributing a lot to the family wealth.

No 6 – Emma Watson ($14 million)

Emma Watson is sixth on the list of top paid actresses for 2017 with the help of Beauty and the Beast and the Circle. Her total earnings for the year amounted to $14 million and with the $1.26 billion gross of Beauty and the Beast the actress can probably look forward to more roles.

No 7 – Charlize Theron ($14 million)

highest paid actresses

Charlize Theron made her first showing to the highest paid actresses list in 2013. In 2017, her Atomic Blonde film which she spent time developing for five years underperformed at the box office. The actress, however, made enough in upfront fees and her Dior contract to pull in total earnings of $14 million.

No 8 – Cate Blanchett ($12 million)

With Thor: Ragnarok and Carol the actress managed to pull in total earnings of $12 million, returning to the highest paid actresses list for the first time since 2009.

No 9 – Julia Roberts ($12 million)

highest paid actresses

Julia Roberts two recent films; Mother’s Day and Money Monster, may not have done too well at the box office but she still has $12 million to soften the blow.

No 10 – Amy Adams ($11.5 million)

The American actress is one of the highest paid actresses right now. She often takes roles where she is an innocent, young and optimistic woman and her formula seems to be working for her since she is carting away the big bucks as well as being a five-time Oscar nominee.

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