Mark Wahlberg has been named the highest paid actor for this year by Forbes magazine, edging out last year’s top-earning star, Dwayne Johnson.
According to the publication, Mark earned a whopping US $68 million after appearing in films such as Transformers: The Last Knight and the upcoming Daddy’s Home 2.
Dwayne Johnson moves down to second place in this year’s rankings with a still-impressive $65 million, thanks in large part to his work on Baywatch, the soon to be released Jumanji and HBO series Ballers. The rest of the top five is rounded out by Vin Diesel ($54.5 million), Adam Sandler ($50.5 million) and Jackie Chan ($49 million).
As a whole, Hollywood’s highest-earning actors have been paid significantly more than the industry’s female stars.
Together, the top 10 earned a total of $488.5 million – almost three times the $172.5 million brought in by the 10 highest-paid women.
What’s more, Mark’s $68 million payday was significantly higher than number one-ranked actress Emma Stone, who earned $26 million. Emma’s co-star in La La Land, Ryan Gosling, also earned more than her with a total of $29 million (placing him 14th in the list overall).
According to Forbes, the disparity in earnings can partly be attributed to the current studio glut of superhero movies and other franchise-friendly blockbuster films, which typically offer more parts for men than they do for women.
Emma, who plays tennis star Billie Jean King in the upcoming movie Battle of the Sexes, told OUT Magazine that some of her male co-stars have chosen to take a pay cut in order to bring their earnings to an equal level.
“They do it for me because they feel it’s what’s right and what’s fair,” she told the publication.
“If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life.”
Watch: Emma Stone wins the Best Actress Oscar for her role in La La Land.
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