Markie Mark is officially Richie Rich: The former rapper-turned-actor is Hollywood’s highest-paid leading man, earning $68 million pretax in our 12 month scoring period.
The Boston native recorded his highest-ever payday thanks to soaring fees for movies such as Transformers: The Last Knight and the forthcoming Daddy’s Home 2. The former may have scored a miserable 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the lowest gross of the franchise to date, but Wahlberg need not worry–fixed compensation means he benefits even when movies don’t do well.
Wahlberg elbows out last year’s top-ranked star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (No. 2; $65 million). Johnson continues to rake in top dollar for parts in Baywatch and the upcoming Jumanji, earning $50 million more than his 2016 total. While the lifeguard reboot failed to make a splash at the box office, The Rock’s checking account remains solid thanks to his lucrative role in HBO’s Ballers–and a popularity that pegged him likely to beat President Trump in a prospective 2020 election, per a 2017 poll.
“I can kick *ss better than anyone on the planet,” he once told FORBES. “And I have a decent smile.”
Johnson edges The Fate of the Furious costar Vin Diesel (No. 3; $54.5 million), who saw his earnings leap 55% thanks to paychecks from the turbo-charged franchise, in addition to roles in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and Marvel’s hit sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Rounding out the top five is Adam Sandler (No. 4; $50.5 million) and Jackie Chan (No. 5; $49 million). Sandler returns to the list thanks to a lucrative deal with Netflix that allows him to produce his own movies for the platform; Chan continues to make bank in China.
FULL report: Forbes