‘Hunger Games’ star re­mains on top earn­ings list

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

Os­car-win­ning Jen­nifer Lawrence was named the world’s high­est-paid ac­tress for the sec­ond year run­ning on Au­gust 23, with es­ti­mated pre-tax earn­ings of US$46 mil­lion.

The 26-year-old Amer­i­can raked in the lion’s share from a profit share in the fi­nal Hunger Games movie, which grossed $650 mil­lion, Forbes mag­a­zine said.

An up­front fee for the forth­com­ing space thriller Passengers also helped the 26-year-old push her pay day above sec­ond-ranked Melissa McCarthy, who pock­eted $33 mil­lion.

The world’s 10 high­est-paid ac­tresses made a com­bined $205 mil­lion in the 12 months from June 1, 2015 be­fore fees and taxes, said Forbes.

But the ac­tors’ list due to be pub­lished to­day is ex­pected to show once again men bank­ing far more than their fe­male coun­ter­parts.

The is­sue of pay dis­par­ity grabbed head­lines in 2014 af­ter a leak of stolen emails from Sony Pic­tures En­ter­tain­ment showed that Lawrence was paid less than her male co-stars in the hit movie Amer­i­can Hus­tle.

Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette also railed against the in­dus­try’s gen­der-based wage gap dur­ing her ac­cep­tance speech af­ter win­ning a stat­uette at last year’s Academy Awards.

Lawrence, who took the best ac­tress Os­car for 2012 com­edy-drama Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook, is down from $52 mil­lion in last year’s list, although she is still con­sid­ered Hol­ly­wood’s hottest prop­erty by some dis­tance.

McCarthy, 45, earned $10 mil­lion more than the 2015 es­ti­mate thanks to a re­ported eight-fig­ure pay­day for Ghost­busters.

Peren­nial A-list dar­ling Scar­lett Jo­hans­son came in third with $25 mil­lion, while Jen­nifer Anis­ton, who makes most of her cash through en­dorse­ments, bagged $21 mil­lion.

Fan Bing­bing of China, a rel­a­tive un­known in Hol­ly­wood, rounded out the top five, mak­ing the list for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year with $17 mil­lion. In­dia’s Deepika Padukone – who made $10 mil­lion – was the only other ac­tress from out­side Hol­ly­wood to fea­ture in the rank­ings.

The 30-year-old, who came 10th, earns far less than her Tin­sel­town coun­ter­parts for her Bol­ly­wood roles, but com­pen­sates with more than a dozen lu­cra­tive en­dorse­ments, Forbes said.

Four women, up from three in 2015, banked more than $20 mil­lion com­pared with 18 of the world’s lead­ing men, Forbes said. –

Photo: AFP

Jen­nifer Lawrence has the most valu­able smile in Hol­ly­wood, at least for a woman – the list for ac­tors, to be re­leased to­day, is ex­pected to show a wide pay gap across gen­ders.

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