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Forbes have released a list of 2023’s highest paid actors – can you guess Hollywood’s top earning star?



Last year was an incredible year of cinema, giving us gems such as Past Lives, Poor things and of course Barbenhiemer. Since their releases on the same day in July, Oppenheimer and Barbie have dominated the box office as well as all the awards circuits, but neither Cillian Murphy or Margot Robbie were 2023’s highest paid actor.


The infamous business magazine released their list with Adam Sandler as the top earner. This may come as a shock to some, but Hollywood’s favourite comedian had huge success with his Netflix film Murder Mystery 2 and his stand-up comedy tour raking him in $73 million.

Unsurprisingly, Margot Robbie, the star of Barbie was the highest paid actress according to Forbes’ annual list with the 33-year-old A lister earning a huge $59 million last year, she is also the youngest on the list by over a decade. Greta Gerwig’s smash hit Barbie became a real phenomenon, making it the highest earning film of the year, making $1.4 billion globally.

As well as playing the starring role, Robbie co-produced the summer blockbuster with her production company, LuckyChap. It was also behind the most talked about film of the year, the dark hit thriller that is Saltburn.


Robbie’s co-star Ryan Gosling who played Ken also appeared on the top 10 list as fourth highest earning alongside Matt Damon who featured in ‘rival’ film Oppenheimer, with both stars earning $43 million each.


Mission Impossible’s main man Tom Cruise was still reaping the rewards from the 2022 film a year later with the stuntman earning $45 million placing him 3rd highest.


The final 5 highest earning actors:

Jenifer Aniston (The Morning Show and Murder Mystery 2) - $42 million

Leonardo DiCaprio (Killers of the Flower moon) - $41 million

Jason Statham (Expendibles) - $41 million

Ben Affleck (Hypnotic and Air) $38 million

Denzel Washington (The Equalizer 3) - $24 million


Written by Maddy Pigott


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