More mind-bog­gling Hol­ly­wood num­bers

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You’ve prob­a­bly seen the pre­dictably bland cover of Van­ity’s Fair’s an­nual Hol­ly­wood is­sue lurk­ing be­side Ire­land’s Own and the RTÉ Guide in your lo­cal newsagent. How does An­nie Lei­bovitz man­age to make Carey Mul­li­gan, Ab­bie Cor­nish and Kris­ten Ste­wart look so un­in­ter­est­ingly pal­lid?

Any­way, there is some gen­uinely di­vert­ing – if faintly ter­ri­fy­ing – news within the mag­a­zine. Which Hol­ly­wood player made the most money in 2009? Avatar didn’t prop­erly get go­ing un­til af­ter Christ­mas, so we shouldn’t be sur­prised that James Cameron only made it to No 4 in the glossy’s chart. More star­tling is the fact that Steven Spiel­berg stays so solid at No 2. Sure, he has in­ter­ests in theme parks and, yes, he re­cently took sev­eral pro­duc­ing cred­its, but he didn’t ac­tu­ally di­rect a film last year.

The top green­back shov­eller turns out to have been the grue­some Michael Bay. About $115 mil­lion of his $125 mil­lion tak­ings came from pro­duc­ing and di­rect­ing Trans­form­ers: Re­venge of the Fallen.

The real shocker, how­ever, lurks among the ac­tors. Which woman made more than any other in Hol­ly­wood last year? It wasn’t San­dra Bul­lock. No, it’s not some ob­scure ex­ec­u­tive. At just 19, Emma Wat­son, star of the up­com­ing clos­ing Harry Pot­ter films, se­cured the No 14 spot with a whop­ping $60 mil­lion in fees. It’s a strange, strange world.

Hey presto! Emma Wat­son earned $60 mil­lion in 2009

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