Making money is the name of the game in Hollywood. If you're out there making duds, your time underneath the bright lights will be cut short. Movie studios thrive when they attach big names to their projects. Some of the hottest actors in the game right now have been doing this for decades. Others have only blown up recently, but are making the most of it.
From some mighty Avengers to a former World Heavyweight champion, a large list of actors have been bringing home some seriously huge paychecks. Here's a list of some of this year's highest-paid actors.
1. Guardian Of The Box Office
This year, Chris Pratt reprised his role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which earned $863 million worldwide. With personal earnings of $17 million, the actor is likely to stick around in his Marvel gig for a while. Next summer, he'll be pulling double duty promoting both Avengers: Infinity War and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
2. The Bourne Paycheck
2017 was a producitve year for Matt Damon. The actor, who earned $21 million, had leading roles in Downsizing and Suburbicon. He also lent his voice to the racing video game Need for Speed Payback.
3. City Of Stars
Ryan Gosling earned accolades for his performance in La La Land. Making $29 million for the year, the actor capped things off with a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.
4. One Of The Good Guys
Beloved actor Tom Hanks earned praise for his performance as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in Sully. Other films such as The Circle and A Hologram for the King helped earn the star $31 million.
5. Cruising To The Bank
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At 55, Tom Cruise is still one of the most prolific action stars on the planet. This year, he earned his biggest global debut yet with The Mummy. His bank account is feeling just fine with an additional $43 million.
6. The Continuing Success Of This Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. is the fifth-highest grossing U.S. star of all time, and there's no denying his star power. Aside from his work as Iron Man, he runs a production company with his wife titled Team Downey. The star earned $48 million this year.
7. Marky Mark's Millions
This year, Mark Wahlberg enjoyed box office success with Transformers: The Last Knight. His reality show Wahlburgers also reached its eighth season on A&E. He's earned a cool $68 million for his work.
8. The People's Champion
Dwayne Johnson has been a titan in the box office. 2017 brought him $65 million for performances in The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch, and Jumanji. You can expect this number to grow with his forthcoming Fast and Furious spinoff movie.
9. Box Office Powerhouse
2017 was three times the action for Vin Diesel. The star made $54 million for his work in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, The Fate of the Furious, and as the voice of Groot Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
10. Chan's The Man
Outside of Kung Fu Panda, Jackie Chan hasn't landed many roles in the U.S. market in recent years. He's still a box office giant in China, however, with roles in Kung Fu Yoga and Railroad Tigers. The actor earned $49 million this year.
11. Bollywood At The Bank
Outside of movies, Indian actor Akshay Kumar has earned millions as a spokesperson for various products. The Bollywood star, who brought in big bucks with Jolly LLB 2 and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, has earned $35 million.
12. What's In Your Wallet?
It was business as usual for iconic actor Samuel L. Jackson, who earned $30 million. The star was featured in the blockbusters xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Kong: Skull Island.
13. Ryan's Big Payday
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A 12-year work in progress turned into big bucks for Ryan Reynolds. The actor, who made $21.5 million, earned accolades for his work as Deadpool. This year, he continued his box office dominance with the comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard.
14. In Dollar Signs We Trust
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Chris Evans has earned a cool $18 million for his work as Captain America. Outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he appeared in the drama film The Gifted.
15. Ruffalo Smash
Mark Ruffalo has been earning a hefty paycheck ($13 million) portraying The Hulk. He's set to appear in next year's Avengers: Infinity War.
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