Top 10 Highest Paid Hollywood Actresses 2013

How much did the top actresses get paid this year?

Angelina Jolie Maleficent

Two weeks ago I revealed Top 10 Highest Paid Hollywood Actors in 2013, now its time for the girls!

Forbes has unveiled the top 10 paid actresses between June 2012 and June 2013 and it’s a bit of an uninspiring list with no real surprises.

This list is a lot more varied than the actors list which was dominated by franchise players. The actress list is generally more about actresses who have scored big pay days in individual projects.

Angelina Jolie tops the list though I can’t recall what films she was in over the past year. That’s not a good sign? Her leading roles in Disney’s big budget Maleficent next year will no doubt again push her towards the top of next years list too. It’s impressive to see that she has also diversified by directing and producing films which could pay off.

Also though there aren’t many franchise players are the male list, there are three here and they all feature prominently on the list.

Jennifer Lawrence has both the X-Men and Hungers Games franchise and with new installments of both series running through up to 2016 we can assume the Oscar winner star will rise even higher. And with that will come even bigger pay days.

Kristen Stewart on the other hand has now come to the end of the Twilight mega franchise and its uncertain whether a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel will happen (the first  one definitely underperformed).

Fan fave, Emma Stone looks likely to follow Jennifer Lawrence’s’ trajectory. She has her own franchise in Spider-Man, which has instalments planned for 2014, 2016 and 2018. Though as anyone who knows the history of her Gwen Stacy character she might not be around for all four… In any case she seems to have a lot of fans at both Sony and Warners and I can imagine her both leading her own franchise and winning an Oscar in the next few years.

Surprising that Jennifer Aniston is so high – there was a very strong perception (which may have been unfounded) a few years back that she was box office poison. She seems to have rebounded. Not that she needs the cash! All that Friends syndication money will keep her well fed for years to come.

Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman represent two established and rising stars who are starting to headline more films and play strong supporting roles in tentpoles (Thor, Oz etc.).

Sandra Bullock is also doing very well though I expected her to be a  lot higher considering  the killer run she has had over the past few years and one that looks set continue with Gravity this year.

I have no idea how Julia Roberts still makes so much money? This makes me wonder how much of this is to do with movie salaries or endorsements.

Another notable trend is that the women are paid a lot lower than the men. Note that the number 10 spot on the Actors list is Denzel Washington at $32m which is almost the same as the number 1 spot on the actors list for Angelina Jolie at $33m. That’s bad news but it points to the reality that most of Hollywood’s big tent pole blockbusters and franchise films are male lead. So props to Jennifer Lawrence especially for leading her own female lead franchise that appeals to both boys and girls.

Also shamefully every one of the top 10 highest paid actresses is white. Even the actors list had some diversity with The Rock & Denzel.

Utterly pathetic. 

Anyway here are the top 10 highest paid actress – who do you think will top the list next year?

  1. Angelina Jolie                   $33 million
  2. Jennifer Lawrence          $26 million
  3. Kristen Stewart               $22 million
  4. Jennifer Aniston              $20 million
  5. Emma Stone                    $16 million
  6. Charlize Theron              $15 million
  7. Sandra Bullock                $14 million
  8. Natalie Portman             $14 million
  9. Mila Kunis                         $11 million
  10. Julia Roberts                     $11 million

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