Robert Downey Jr has topped the Forbes list of highest-paid actors in the world with a cool $US80 million ($A108.40 million) in earnings, but Aussies Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe have all made it in to the top 30.
It’s Downey Jr’s third year at the top, helped along by his role as Iron Man in the high-grossing comic book movies such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
Martial arts star Jackie Chan is a surprising second with $US50 million after the magazine’s annual who’s who of wealthy actors expanded to include those working outside the US movie industry.
Fast and Furious’ Vin Diesel at No.3 with $US47 million.
The first Australian showing in the list is Hemsworth, who pulled in $US27 million to land himself a spot at number 15.
His running role as Thor in the Marvel movies and his return to his role as Eric the Huntsman in forthcoming Snow White spin-off The Huntsman, have kept him in the top 20 highest earning actors.
Fellow Aussie actor, and Marvel mate, Hugh Jackman is at No. 21 with $US23 million. Jackman starred in Chappie and will appear in upcoming film Pan, and also launched his own coffee line this year.
Russell Crowe is at No. 24 with $US18 million after his biblical epic Noah grossed $US362 million at the box office.
The top ten includes Hollywood’s heavy hitters Bradley Cooper (even though he was in the widely panned film Aloha) who runs a production company with Hangover director Todd Phillips.
Comedian Adam Sandler edged ahead of Tom Cruise on the list at five and six. And for the first time, the rich list includes actors who work outside the US film industry, with Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar placing in the top 10.
At No.10 is Mark Wahlberg thanks to his comedy Ted 2 which grossed $US168 million. He also topped up his earnings from films The Gambler and Transformers: Age of Extinction and from his prodcution company which was behind the Entourage movie.
*The world’s highest paid actors according to Forbes:
1. Robert Downey Jr – $US80 million
2. Jackie Chan – $US50 milion
3. Vin Diesel – $US47 million
4. Bradley Cooper – $US41.5 million
5. Adam Sandler – $US41 million
6. Tom Cruise – $US40 million
7. Amitabh Bachchan – $US33.5 million
7. Salman Khan – $US33.5 million
9. Akshay Kumar – $US 32.5 million
10. Mark Wahlberg – $US32 million
11. Dwayne Johnson – $US31.5 million
12. Johnny Depp – $US30 milion
13. Leonardo DiCaprio – $US29 million
13. Channing Tatum – $US29 million
15. Chris Hemsworth – $US27 million
15. Daniel Craig – $US27 million
17. Matthew McConaughey – $US26.5 million
18. Shah Rukh Khan – $US26 million
18. Will Smith – $US26 million
20. Matt Damon – $US25 million
21. Hugh Jackman – $US23 million
22. Ben Affleck – $US19.5 million
22. Liam Neeson – $US19.5 million
24. Chow Yun-fat – $US18 million
24. Russell Crowe $US18 million
26. Seth Rogen – $US17 million
27. George Clooney – $US16.5 million
28. Brad Pitt – $US16 million
28. Jonah Hill – $US16 million
30. Will Ferrell – $US15 million