Every year, Forbes breaks down the highest-paid movie stars in the world, and in recent years the lists they produce are almost always packed with genre stars. We've already seen this year's highest-paid actors list (Robert Downey Jr. was at the top, unsurprisingly), and now the actresses get their turn. If you've been paying attention to the blockbuster landscape over the last couple of years, you won't be surprised at who came out on top.
Jennifer Lawrence, who commands big payouts thanks to the X-Men and Hunger Games franchises, topped the list this year with $52 million, $1 million more than last year's top actress, Sandra Bullock, earned. Lawrence still has the final Hunger Games film, X-Men: Apocalypse, and the sci-fi drama Passengers coming up, so she'll remain a major player for some time. Coming in second is Avengers star Scarlett Johansson with $35.5 million, a number that could very well go up as she keeps working with Marvel Studios.
Other genre stars on the list include Chinese superstar Bingbing Fan (who appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past) with $21 million, Dark Knight Rises co-star Anne Hathaway and Twilight star Kristen Stewart with $12 million each, and Pepper Potts herself, Gwyneth Paltrow, with $9 million.
Of course, when you compare these numbers to the highest-paid actors list, the numbers are rather low, even though many of the highest-paid actors and actresses were co-stars in the same movies. The Mary Sue breaks down the numbers, which reveal that only two of the actresses on Forbes' list are among the top 10 actors in the world. Now, could we argue that Robert Downey Jr. is a bigger movie star than Jennifer Lawrence? Of course, but that doesn't change the realities of the Hollywood pay gap. Even as actresses keep fighting that battle, though, it's clear that many of them are becoming box-office powerhouses at the same time.