Whenever Forbes releases its latest list of the top earners among actors, it gives us pause to realize that we made these rich people’s dreams come true! Congratulations on helping fund villas and yachts — they’ve earned it! So, let’s take a look at the top 10 according to the good people at Forbes magazine. Be sure not to get caught reading this by your boss; you’ve got to buy Jaden Smith a new scooter or help Ben Affleck provide new maids for his kids! (Before you call hater on me, you know all of us would live it up, too. I’d have a different driver for each car and a separate personal chefs for every meal type.)
Forbes 2014 Highest-Paid Actors List
(All numbers are estimates and do not reflect actual figures. Forbes calls upon directors, producers, agents and other knowledgeable insiders to provide the dollar amounts mentioned in their report and our recap below. Movie information provided by IMDB.)
#10. Mark Wahlberg $32 million
Upcoming 2014 Movie: Mojave
Chance of a Return Next Year: With his acting and producing work, Wahlberg is a lock for the next few years.
#9. Will Smith $32 million
Upcoming 2014 Movies: none; 3 slated for 2015
Chance of a Return Next Year: Even when he is missing from the screen, he still makes bank — all signs point to a return in 2015.
#8. Christian Bale $35 million
Upcoming 2014 Movies: Knight of Cups and Exodus: Gods and Kings
Chance of a Return Next Year: Without a doubt; he is in demand and quite selective, so he’ll be back.
#7. Ben Affleck $35 million
Upcoming 2014 Movies: Gone Girl
Chance of a Return Next Year: He may fall this year, but expect him back when the Batman money starts rolling in.
#6. Liam Neeson $36 million
Upcoming 2014 Movies: A Walk Among the Tombstones
Chance of a Return Next Year: He has several projects making their way on the screen over the next 12 months, so the outlook is pretty good.
#5. Chris Hemsworth $37 million
Upcoming 2014 Movies: none; 3 movies expected to be released in 2015
Chance of a Return Next Year: Avengers: Age of Ultron guarantees it.
#4. Leonardo DiCaprio $39 million
Upcoming 2014 Movies: none; 1 readying for 2015
Chance of a Return Next Year: Low; he is on a bit of a hiatus that might knock him off the list for a year or two.
#3. Bradley Cooper $46 million
Upcoming 2014 Movies: Serena
Chance of a Return Next Year: With multiple movies coming out, and his bankability on the rise, he will be on the list, but maybe a little lower than 2014.
#2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson $52 million
Upcoming 2014 Movies: Hercules
Chance of a Return Next Year: Chances are for the weak, and the Rock is anything but — he’s got several franchise movies on tap and more to follow; he could make a run for #1.
#1. Robert Downey, Jr. $75 million
Upcoming 2014 Movies: The Judge
Chance of a Return Next Year: 100% lock for #1 next year. The top Avenger will make even more with the latest addition to the series.