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The World’s Highest-Paid Actors And Actresses 2017

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Emma Stone speaking at the 2012 WonderCon in Anaheim, California. (Image: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

A gender pay gap persists in Hollywood, even among elite earners: The top 10 actors banked a cumulative $488.5 million–nearly three times the $172.5 million combined total of the 10 top-earning women. While only three actresses made more than $20 million in 12 months, 16 actors broached the mark.

This pay disparity is due, in part, to roles: There are simply fewer main female characters in the superhero movies and blockbusters that pay the sizeable backend profits that result in leading men’s large paydays, or the franchise sequels that permit aggressive negotiation for future installments. According to a 2016 study, women comprise just 28.7% of all speaking roles in movies.

In order to visualize the difference in paychecks, we combined our lists of highest-paid actors and actresses. Emma Stone, who was this year’s top-ranked actress, lands at No. 15 when stacked up with the men. Mark Wahlberg, the highest-paid actor, made more than 2.5 times her $26 million pretax take-home. Melissa McCarthy, ranked No. 4 among actresses with $18 million, ties for No. 21 with Chris Evans.

Forbes, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Aug. 23, 2017

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