Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
We don’t know how much you made in the past year, but it’s probably a safe bet that it’s a lot less than these ten Hollywood actresses did. Sandra Bullock tops the list with an impressive $51 million, but numbers 2-10 didn’t do too badly for themselves either. Can you guess who they are? Find out who the 2013 top earning actresses are after the jump.
Here’s the full list of the year’s top earning actresses from Forbes.com. The figures next to each name are the star’s total estimated earnings between June 2013 and June 2014, including movie paychecks, endorsement deals, and more. “Taxes, agent fees or the other costs of being a celebrity” were not taken into account.
Forbes’ 2013 Top Earning Actresses
- Sandra Bullock – $51 million
- Jennifer Lawrence – $34 million
- Jennifer Aniston – $31 million
- Gwyneth Paltrow – $19 million
- Angelina Jolie – $18 million
- Cameron Diaz – $18 million
- Scarlett Johansson – $17 million
- Amy Adams – $13 million
- Natalie Portman – $13 million
- Kristen Stewart – $10 million
First off: Holy crap, that’s a lot of money. I could not hope to make in five lifetimes what Bullock did last year.
As big as these numbers are, though, they’re (sadly, predictably) smaller than the ones for Hollywood’s top-earning male actors. Were the lists merged, Bullock would be #3 — behind Dwayne Johnson ($52 million) and Robert Downey Jr. ($75 million) but ahead of Bradley Cooper ($46 million). Which doesn’t sound so bad, but the actress figures kind of fall off a cliff after that.
Second-place earner Jennifer Lawrence would rank just below Ben Affleck and Christian Bale, numbers 7 and 8 on the men’s list. None of the other top-10 female actresses would make the cut at all. Female #10 Kristen Stewart made $12 million last year, just a fraction of the business the male #10 Mark Wahlberg did ($32 million). In all, these ten women brought in $226 million against the men’s combined $419 million.
One thing the lists definitely have in common, though, is Marvel’s mighty presence. The men’s list included two Marvel stars and one (at the time) future Marvel star; the women’s includes three Marvel actresses. While the studio is notoriously cheap about some things, those Marvel contracts do pay off handsomely for the stars.
Still, those depressed by the male-centric, sequel-happy state of the modern blockbuster needn’t despair too much. Bullock made her $51 million in a large part by starring in Gravity — which was the eighth-highest grossing movie of last year despite being exactly the kind of movie “conventional wisdom” insists won’t make money.