Tom Cruise is world's highest-earning actor

by Bang
Jul 4, 2012
Tom Cruise topped the annual list by Forbes after earning $75 million between May 2011 and May 2012. Cruise enjoyed a successful year after Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol earned more than $700 million at global box offices.

Tom Cruise is the world's highest-earning actor.

The Rock of Ages star—whose third wife Katie Holmes filed for divorce from him last week after five years of marriage—topped the annual list by Forbes after earning $75 million between May 2011 and May 2012.

Cruise enjoyed a successful year after Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol earned more than $700 million at global box offices.

Leonardo DiCaprio—who was last year's top earner—came joint second with funnyman Adam Sandler, who both earned $37 million.

Former professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was in fourth, earning $36 million after one of his films Fast Five, took in an impressive $626 million at the box office.

Comedian Ben Stiller was at number five with $33 million, while Sacha Baron Cohen was just behind him, taking $30 million.

Others in the top 10 included Johnny Depp and Will Smith, while Taylor Lautner beat his Twilight Saga co-star Robert Pattinson into 11th place.

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In compiling the list, Forbes considers factors including upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

Forbes' top 10 highest earning actors from May 2011 to May 2012:

1 - Tom Cruise
2 = Leonardo DiCaprio
2 = Adam Sandler
4 - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
5 - Ben Stiller
6 - Sacha Baron Cohen
7 - Johnny Depp
8 - Will Smith
9 - Mark Wahlberg
10 - Taylor Lautner

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Tom Cruise topped the annual list by Forbes after earning $75 million between May 2011 and May 2012. Cruise enjoyed a successful year after Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol earned more than $700 million at global box offices.
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