The actor earned $68 million in the last year thanks to a big payday from “Transformers: The Last Knight” and the upcoming “Daddy’s Home 2,” according to Forbes magazine’s annual list.
Wahlberg beat Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who made $65 million — $50 million more than in 2016. That income came from his work on “Baywatch,” the upcoming “Jumanji” reboot and the HBO show “Ballers.”
It also helps to make it in Bollywood. Three of the top 10 hail from India: Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.
The world’s 20 highest-paid actors tallied a combined $720 million between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, before fees and taxes. The earnings estimates are taken from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, and interviews with industry insiders.
You’ll notice a disparity between the actors and actresses lists. Emma Stone became the highest-paid actress on Forbes list, released last week, but took in a $26 million yearly paycheck — significantly less than Wahlberg. In fact, Stone makes less than the top 14 earners, ranking under her “La La Land” co-star Ryan Gosling. Like Gosling, she earned a massive paycheck from the Oscar-winning film.
This year, three women surpassed the $20 million mark, one than in 2016. Together, the top 10 highest-paid actresses earned a combined $172.5 million while the comparable group of actors made $488.5 million.
Forbes attributes the wage gap to the lack of roles for women in major blockbusters, and movies in general.
“In release schedules dominated by superhero movies and brawny blockbusters, there are simply fewer parts for women that pay the sizeable back-end profits that result in leading men’s large paydays, or the franchise sequels that permit aggressive negotiation for favorable deals,” reporter Natalie Robehmed wrote.