Forbes launched the list of the highest paid actresses, covering the period between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018. The money they earned here is before fees and taxes and ten actresses that you will see on the list managed to gross $186 million. Let’s check it out.
10. Gal Gadot – $10 million
We start off this list with Gal Gadot who starred in Wonder Woman, one of the best superhero movies that came out recently. This is the first time the actress has made it to the list, and it is all thanks to the salary she received from the blockbuster and a recent Revlon endorsement.
9. Melissa McCarthy – $12 million
Even though Life of the Party failed to deliver, it didn’t prevent Melissa McCarthy to be among the highest paid actresses. She still picked up her paychecks thanks to The Happytime Murders and drama called Can You Ever Forgive Me?.
8. Cate Blanchett – $12.5 million
7. Julia Roberts – $13 million
Julia Roberts earned a bunch of cash thanks to Wonder, which grossed $310 million worldwide, even though the budget was only $20 million. And let’s not forget about her Lancome endorsement, which also brings money to her account.
6. Mila Kunis – $16 million
A Bad Moms Christmas managed to gross $130 million worldwide on a $28 million budget, making Mila Kunis very rich. Although she wasn’t as lucky with The Spy Who Dumped Me, the voice of Mag on Family Guy will have no regrets as she occupies the sixth spot on the list.
5. Reese Witherspoon – $16.5 million
Witherspoon earns $1 million per episode for Big Little Lies, which helped her overcome the disappointment of A Wrinkle in Time. Thus far, the actress had more luck on the small screen, but the movies still comprise half her income.
4. Jennifer Lawrence – $18 million
The Hunger Games star appeared in Mother! and Red Sparrow, which both failed to live up to the hype. However, Lawrence still had big bucks coming from the X-Men movies and a Dior endorsement contract.
3. Jennifer Aniston – $19.5 million
Aniston endorses Emirates airlines, Aveeno and Smartwater and this is where most of her earnings are coming from. For the upcoming Apple series with Witherspoon, the former Friends star is estimated to earn $1.25 million per episode, which means that her income will soar next year.
2. Angelina Jolie – $28 million
1. Scarlett Johansson – $40.5 million
This year’s ranking is led by Scarlett Johansson with incredible $40.5 million in pretax earnings, which makes her the highest-paid female star. One of her major roles was in Avengers where she played Black Widow, and she is expected to return for the fourth movie in the superhero franchise.
“The percent of budget cost have certainly skewed heavy, particularly on the Avengers movies, to cast now, whereas maybe in the early ones it was more visual effects or below the line,” said Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President and producer last year. “But that’s okay because [the actors] are the best effects.”
The role of women in movies is still questionable, and according to a 2016 study, female characters fill only 28.7% of all speaking roles in films. This means that men still do get much more attention, but this has been improving in the past years, and this list shows that women are on the right track to catch up.