Mark Wahlberg tops Forbes Magazine’s list of highest-paid actors for 2017 with $68 million (pretax), thanks to “Transformers: The Last Knight”; “Daddy’s Home 2,” arriving Nov. 10, with Will Ferrell and Mel Gibson; and the ironically titled “All the Money In the World,” with Michelle Williams and Kevin Spacey, due Dec. 8. This doesn’t include the fortune he’s making from Spectrum commercials and “Wahlburgers” (the series and the hamburger joints). He also makes big bucks for producing.
No. 2 is “The Rock,” Dwayne Johnson, up $50 million this year with $65 million from “Baywatch,” “Jumanji” (out Dec. 20), “Rampage” (coming April 20), “Skyscraper” (July 13 release) and “Fighting With My Family.” He also added coin for successfully producing.
Another actor producing for really big bucks is Vin Diesel, whose slice of the billion-dollar grosser “The Fate of the Furious,” made him No. 3 at $54 million, with help from “The Return of Xander Cage” and “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.”
Coming in at No. 4 is Adam Sandler, who went to Netflix this year in a big way and raked in $50 million for “Sandy Wexler,” with Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Terry Crews and Rob Schneider; “The Meyerowitz Stories,” with Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman; and “The Week Of” with Chris Rock and Rachel Dratch. Add monies for writing, producing and lending his voice to the animated “Hotel Transylvania 3,” and it stacks up big.
No. 5 Jackie Chan still is the top grosser in China, where he made seven films this year, as well as “Shanghai Dawn,” the sequel to “Shanghai Knights” (2003), again with Owen Wilson; and “The Foreigner,” with Pierce Brosnan, for a total of $49 million.
*** Remember Steve Howey of “Reba”? He’s gone to the dogs! His just-released film, shot in 2015, is “Unleashed,” in which a cosmic storm turns him (a dog) and the family cat into two perfect men who vie for dates with their mistress. When you watch the film, see if you can spot Kathy Garver, who played older sister Cissy in the 1960s sitcom “Family Affair.”
Brad Pitt is returning to acting in the sci-fi epic “Ad Astra,” with Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy and Ruth Negga, in which he searches the solar system for his missing father. Pitt has 35 projects optioned to produce and/or star in. That’s one way to get over a divorce!
Two-time Oscar winner Hillary Swank, now onscreen with Channing Tatum in the mediocre “Logan Lucky,” has completed “55 Steps,” with Helena Bonham Carter and Jeffrey Tambor; “What They Had,” with Michael Shannon, Robert Forster and Blythe Danner; and is executive producing and starring in “Intimate Strangers.” No doubt it will be a “Swank Production.”