Robert Downey Jr. Is Forbes' Highest-Paid Actor Again But How Do His Peers Compare?

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr. attend 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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Just as it was last year, Robert Downey Jr. has been named Hollywood's highest-paid actor. Those Marvel movies, man — they pay well if you're Tony Stark. It was the pay-off from Iron Man 3 that raked in the whopping $75 million that made Downey Jr. top the list. So how does that compare to some of the other A-list names that circulate headlines and box office top-5s on the regular? 

There are plenty of categories of "star" in Hollywood these days. In Downey Jr.'s world of movie stardom, that includes peers like Angeline Jolie — Forbes' 2013 highest-paid actress. She, like Downey Jr., has been both a tabloid staple and a ruler of the box office. And she's not the only category of peer: Actors like Dwyane Johnson are frequently putting out major blockbuster action flicks specifically designed to crush the box office. And then there are the young'uns — actors like Jennifer Lawrence who've staked their claim on the box office early and often.

Context is everything, so let's take a look at what some other people in Hollywood are making compared to Downey's overwhelming haul.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

He was second on Forbes' list of highest-paid actors, with a $52 million haul. These all come from action flicks in the Hercules and Fast and Furious veign.

Angelina Jolie

The highest-paid actress according to Forbes' 2013 list. With Maleficent making its mark as the top-earning movie of Jolie's career, she'll likely make this year's list too. She made $15 million on Maleficent and $33 million total last year. Compare that to the $50 million Downey Jr. made on Iron Man 3 alone and you've got an, uh, interesting picture.

Jennifer Lawrence

Lawrence is the second-highest-paid lady in Hollywood — she made about $26 million last year. That's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, American Hustle, and X-Men: Days Of Future Past at work. For the record: Catching Fire out-earned Iron Man 3, and the Women's Media Center's annual report said that Lawrence makes $11 million less than Adam Sandler, Hollywood's most over-paid actor. Lawrence, too, topped Forbes' list of most-powerful actresses.


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