A New King of Hollywood


Mark Wahlberg introduces a clip from "Transformers" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Mark Wahlberg soared to the top of the world’s highest paid actors on an annual Forbes Magazine list that highlighted a huge disparity between male and female Hollywood stars.

Wahlberg, 46, earned an estimated $68 million in 2017 thanks to his pay days for movies Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight, according to the Forbes ranking released on Tuesday. The rapper-turned-actor knocked 2016 leader Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson into second place, with estimated 2017 earnings of $65 million. The Rock’s recent movies include Baywatch and he is also on HBO’s Ballers; next he will star in the Jumaji remake.

“I can kick ass better than anyone on the planet and I have a decent smile,” he told Forbes.

Vin Diesel came in at number three with $54.5m for films such as xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and Marvel’s hit sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Number four went to Adam Sandler with $50.5m because he has a lucrative deal with Netflix. And Jackie Chan grabbed the fifth spit with $49m. He makes film-after-film in China.

Forbes estimates earnings, before taxes and management fees, from movies, TV and commercial endorsements. The Forbes list again highlighted Hollywood’s gender pay gap. Last week, the magazine named La La Land and Oscar winner Emma Stone as the world’s highest paid actress with an estimated 2017 take of $26 million. Forbes said the 10 highest-paid leading men earned a combined $488.5 million before tax in its June 2016-June 2017 scoring period, nearly three times more than the $172.5 million earned by the top 10 scoring women.

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