LOS ANGELES: -Rapper-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg was named the world´s highest paid actor on Tuesday, earning an estimated $68 million before taxes over the past 12 months.
The 46-year-old star won his place at the top of the list compiled by Forbes magazine, thanks to earnings from “Transformers: The Last Knight” and comedy sequel “Daddy´s Home 2,” due out in November.
“The former may have scored a miserable 15 percent 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,” said Forbes.
Dwayne Johnson, who placed first in 2016, is in second place with $65 million, after starring in the big screen reboot of lifeguard action-comedy “Baywatch” and starring in HBO comedy “Ballers.”
The former wrestler appears in fantasy adventure remake “Jumanji” in December and “Rampage,” a monster movie based on the 1980s arcade game, in April next year.
The top ten men continue to out-earn their female counterparts by a huge margin — $488.5 million compared with just $172.5 million — a disparity Forbes attributed in part to the preponderance of superhero movies and action blockbusters that offer few starring roles for women.
Oscar-winning Emma Stone, 28, topped the list of actresses published last week with a relatively modest $26 million.
Research by the University of Southern California´s journalism school found last year that women comprise just 28.7 percent of all speaking roles in Hollywood.
Vin Diesel, who co-stars with Johnson in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, came in third on men´s list with $54.5 million, just ahead of comedy actor Adam Sandler, who made $50.5 million, largely because of a deal with Netflix that allows him to produce his own movies.
Rounding out the top five is Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, still hugely popular in China, who made $49.5 million over the last 12 months.
Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise and Bollywood kings Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar rounded out the top ten.