LOS ANGELES: Three Bollywood actors made their way to the world’s 10 highest paid actors list, released by Forbes on Tuesday.
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The actors include Bollywood’s ‘King Khan’ Shah Rukh Khan, ‘Dabangg Khan’ Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar with an estimated income of $38 million, $37 million and $35.5 million allotted to them respectively.
Rapper-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg was named the world’s highest-paid actor, with earnings of an estimated $68 million before taxes over the past 12 months – thanks to cash inflow from movies such as Transformers: The Last Knight and comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2, due to be out in November.
“The former may have scored a miserable 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the lowest gross of the franchise to date, but Wahlberg need not worry – fixed compensation means he benefits even when movies don’t do well,” said Forbes.
Dwayne Johnson, who bagged the number one spot in 2016, jumped down to second place with $65 million, after starring in action-comedy Baywatch and HBO comedy Ballers.
Vin Diesel, who appears as co-star with Johnson in the Fast and Furious franchise, came in on third on the men’s list with $54.5 million accredited to his name, just one place ahead of comedy actor Adam Sandler who made $50.5 million through a major deal with Netflix that allows him to produce his own movies.
Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, still hugely popular in China, rounds out the top five with $49.5 million over the last 12 months.
Robert Downey Jr and Tom Cruise were amongst the remaining actors who rounded out the top ten.