Published On: Wed, Aug 24th, 2016

Jennifer Lawrence ranked world’s highest paid-actress for 2nd year

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“Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence on Tuesday topped a Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest-paid actress for the second straight year, earning some $46 million, followed by Melissa McCarthy.

1: Jennifer Lawrence is again the world's highest-paid actress, according to the latest ranking from Forbes. The Hunger Games star earned $46 million over the past year.  REUTERS/Hannah McKay

1: Jennifer Lawrence is again the world’s highest-paid actress, according to the latest ranking from Forbes. The Hunger Games star earned $46 million over the past year. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Lawrence, 26, took the top spot largely through a slice of the profits from the final movie in the “Hunger Games” franchise, as well as a big upfront fee for her forthcoming space adventure movie “Passengers,” Forbes said.

Yet Lawrence’s estimated payday was likely well below that for Hollywood’s leading men, Forbes said, despite the actress sparking a debate about the gender pay gap last year. She declared she was “finished being adorable” when it came to negotiating better deals for herself.

Lawrence’s 2016 earnings dropped 11.5 percent from her 2015 total of $52 million. Forbes will release its list of the world’s highest-paid actors on Thursday. Last year Robert Downey Jr. topped the list with an estimated $80 million.

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Neither however came close to pop star Taylor Swift, who was named the top earning celebrity of 2016 earlier this year, pulling in an estimated $170 million from record sales and her world tour.

McCarthy took home $33 million in earnings, up $10 million from 2015 in part from her payday for the controversial female reboot of “Ghostbusters.”

Actress Melissa McCarthy poses for photographers on the red carpet as she arrives for the TIME 100 Gala in Manhattan, New York, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

Actress Melissa McCarthy poses for photographers on the red carpet as she arrives for the TIME 100 Gala in Manhattan, New York, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

It was the biggest annual paycheck to date for the star of television comedy “Mike and Molly.” McCarthy, 45, also launched a clothing line for sizes 4 to 28 after becoming frustrated at the outfits available for larger women.

Scarlett Johansson of “Captain America: Civil War” was third at $25 million, down nearly 30 percent from 2015.

3: Scarlett Johansson earned $25 million.   REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

3: Scarlett Johansson earned $25 million.
REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Together, the world’s 10 highest-paid actresses tallied a combined $205 million between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016, before management fees and taxes, Forbes said.

The estimates include earnings from movies, TV and endorsements from cosmetic and other companies. Bollywood star Deepika Padukone is the only newcomer on the list.

The rest of the top 10 2016 highest-paid actresses are:

4. Jennifer Aniston – $21 million

4: Jennifer Aniston earned $21 million.    REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

4: Jennifer Aniston earned $21 million. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

5. Fan Bingbing – $17 million

5: Chinese actress Fan Bingbing earned $17 million.  REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

5: Chinese actress Fan Bingbing earned $17 million. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

6. Charlize Theron – $16.5 million

6: Charlize Theron earned $16.5 million.   REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

6: Charlize Theron earned $16.5 million.
REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

7. Amy Adams – $13.5 million

7: Amy Adams earned $13.5 million.   REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

7: Amy Adams earned $13.5 million.
REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

8. Julia Roberts – $12 million

8: Julia Roberts earned $12 million.  REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

8: Julia Roberts earned $12 million.
REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

9. Mila Kunis – $11 million

9: Mila Kunis earned $11 million.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

9: Mila Kunis earned $11 million.
REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

10. Deepika Padukone – $10 million

10: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone earned $10 million.    REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

10: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone earned $10 million.
REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant and Ian Simpson; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Courtesy: Reuters

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- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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