Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Mark Wahlberg named world's highest-paid actor in 2017

Mark Wahlberg named world's highest-paid actor in 2017

Once known as the rapper Marky Mark, Wahlberg is without question the most successful musician-turned-actor working today, having amassed dozens of film credits since his debut in the Danny DeVito comedy drama Renaissance Man in 1994.

Wahlberg took home $68 million in pre-taxed earnings during Forbes' 12-month scoring period, dropping Dwayne Johnson down from No. 1 to second place - even though Johnson earned more than he did past year.

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The 46-year-old star won his place at the top of the list compiled by Forbes magazine, thanks to earnings from "Transformers: The Last Knight" and comedy sequel "Daddy's Home 2", due out in November.

The actor, who reprised his role as mechanic Cade Yeager in this year's blockbuster, knocked out Dwayne Johnson as the highest-paid actor on Forbes' annual list. His earnings have doubled compared to the $30m he made in 2016. Forbes pointed out, however, that Sandler has a lucrative deal with Netflix to produce his own movies, while Chan's earning mostly come from his productions in China.

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"Forbes said: "(The Last Knight) may have scored a miserable 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the lowest gross of the franchise to date, but Wahlberg need not worry - fixed compensation means he benefits even when movies don't do well". The numbers don't include fees for agents, managers and lawyers. With a combined $488.5 million, the top 10 actors on Forbes' list far outranked the top 10 actresses, who earned $172.5 million total.

According to Forbes' 2017 list of the world's highest-paid actors, the Boston-bred star is now the biggest money maker in Hollywood.

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Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise and Bollywood kings Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar rounded out the top ten.

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