Where Does The Rock Place on Highest Paid Actors List?

Where Does The Rock Place on Highest Paid Actors List?

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is earning a bucketload from his acting career. So much, that he’s placed very highly on the annual Forbes Highest Paid Actors list.

The former WWE Champion nearly doubled his 2017 earnings, coming in second to George Clooney on the 2018 top earners rankings.

The Rock made $119m (£92m) thanks mainly to box office smashes including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Skyscraper, Baywatch and Fast & Furious 8.

This means he’s earned more dosh than Hollywood heavyweights such as Will Smith (6th) and Tom Cruise (not even placed).

Forbes cited Johnson’s large social media following (he has 12.8m Twitter followers) as a major reason for his financial pulling power as it enables him to negotiate “seven figures atop his standard contract for promotion”.

The Rock says (ah, that takes me back):

“Social media has become the most critical element of marketing a movie for me.

“I have established a social media equity with an audience around the world that there’s a value in what I’m delivering to them.”

(And technically The Rock was number one, because Clooney’s cash came mainly from striking a deal to sell his own brand of Casamigos tequila – potentially worth up to $1bn. He hasn’t had a movie hit for years.)

The full Forbes Annual High Earners list is as follows:


  1. George Clooney – $239m
  2. Dwayne Johnson – $119m
  3. Robert Downey Jr – $79m
  4. Chris Hemsworth – $64.5m
  5. Jackie Chan -$45.5m
  6. Will Smith – $42m
  7. Akshay Kumar -$40.5m
  8. Adam Sandler – $39.5m
  9. Chris Evans – $34m
  10. Salman Khan – $33.5m


  1. Scarlett Johansson – $40.5m
  2. Angelina Jolie – $28m
  3. Jennifer Aniston – $19.5m
  4. Jennifer Lawrence – $18m
  5. Reese Witherspoon – $16.5m
  6. Mila Kunis – $16m
  7. Julia Roberts – $13m
  8. Cate Blanchett – $12.5m
  9. Melissa McCarthy – $12m
  10. Gal Gadot – $10m

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6 years ago by Wrestle Talk


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