Meet the 19 highest paid Hollywood sci-fi power players of 2010

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Dec 14, 2012

As the entertainment industry takes one final look back at 2010—and stars' accountants start to prepare for Income Tax Day—we've got a survey of who made how much last year. And an iron man, a tawny werewolf and the king of the world made out pretty well.

In compiling lists like these, with figures like these, its important to realize that royalties, residuals and profit participation play a big role in what someone like Christopher Nolan, for example, takes home from writing, producing and directing Inception. He'll be making money off that one for years and years to come.

So, without further ado, the men and, well, woman who padded their bank accounts the most last year:


19. HUGH JACKMAN


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Actor: Reel Steel
Estimated 2010 earnings: $14 million


18. TOM CRUISE



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Actor, producer, writer: Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol
Estimated 2010 earnings: $14.5 million


17. SHIA LABEOUF



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Actor: Transformers: The Dark of the Moon
Estimated 2010 earnings: $16 million


16. DANIEL CRAIG



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Actor: Cowboys & Aliens, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Estimated 2010 earnings: $18 million


15. JOEL SILVER



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Producer: Sherlock Holmes
Estimated 2010 earnings: $21 million


14. NICOLAS CAGE



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Actor: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Drive Angry
Estimated 2010 earnings: $23.5 million


13. JON FAVREAU



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Director, producer: Iron Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens
Estimated 2010 earnings: $24 million


12. ROBERT PATTINSON


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Actor: The Twilight Saga
Estimated 2010 earnings: $27.5 million


11. JERRY BRUCKHEIMER


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Producer: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Estimated 2010 earnings: $27.5 million


10. KRISTEN STEWART


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Actress: The Twilight Saga
Estimated 2010 earnings: $28.5 million


9. WILL SMITH


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Actor, producer: Men in Black III, The Karate Kid
Estimated 2010 earnings: $29 million


8. ROBERT DOWNEY JR.


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Actor: Iron Man 2, Sherlock Holmes 2
Estimated 2010 earnings: $31.5 million


7. TAYLOR LAUTNER


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Actor: The Twilight Saga, Abduction
Estimated 2010 earnings: $33.5 million


6. TIM BURTON


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Director: Alice in Wonderland
Estimated 2010 earnings: $53 million


5. LEONARDO DICAPRIO


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Actor: Inception, Shutter Island
Estimated 2010 earnings: $62 million


4. CHRISTOPHER NOLAN


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Writer, director, producer: Inception
Estimated 2010 earnings: $71.5 million


3. STEVEN SPIELBERG


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Director, producer, consultant: War Horse, Universal theme parks
Estimated 2010 earnings: $80 million


2. JOHNNY DEPP


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Actor: Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Tourist
Estimated 2010 earnings: $100 million


1. JAMES CAMERON


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Writer, director, producer: Avatar
Estimated 2010 earnings: 
$257 million


For the rest of the top 40 money-makers of 2010—as well as a more detailed breakdown of who made what and how—head over to Vanity Fair.