Robert Downey Jr. proves that being Vulture Magazine’s Most Valuable Star of 2013 will boost your career and improve your income for future projects. The “Iron Man” star tops Forbes’ List of Top Earning Actors with a huge $75 million take. The earnings are calculated from June 2013 until June 2014. How valuable can one actor be if his chart topping earnings is due to backend income from a previous year? That’s right geeks, “Iron Man 3” was the highest-grossing movie of 2013 and it is still making Downey richer than he could ever imagine. Wow, he hasn’t even starrer in anything this year and he is till the top dog for a second year in a row. “Iron Man 3” has been a golden cow for Marvel, raking in over $1.2 billion in box office revenue.
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No wonder the studio is so generous with dishing out the Benjamins, who knows what “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will rake in? Marvel movies starring Downey have stacked up over $4 billion globally. Joss Whedon revealed that he would not have considered the directing gig for the “Avengers” franchise if Downey was not going to reprise his role as Tony Stark. The influence of star power on the general moviegoers is undeniable, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will definitely rake in the numbers on all playing fields.
The top 5 actors making up the list of top earners are Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in second place with an estimated income of $52 million. Johnson is also climbing the ladder to success with numerous acting roles under the belt which included a couple of producing gigs. Bradley Cooper is short on his heels in third place with an estimated $46 million due to his contributions in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” Leonardo DiCaprio secures the fourth spot with $39 million, thanks to “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Great Gatsby.” Downey’s onscreen superhero team member Chris Hemsworth finished off the top five with an estimated earning of $37 million. The Australian actor also reaped the benefits of suiting up for Marvel, he is best known for taking on the role as Thor in the comic book big screen adaptations.
Let’s check out the Top 10 Earning Actors in 2014
1. Robert Downey Jr. – $75 million
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – $52 million
3. Bradley Cooper – $46 million
4. Leonardo DiCaprio – $39 million
5. Chris Hemsworth – $37 million
6. Liam Neeson – $36 million
7. Ben Affleck – $35 million
8. Christian Bale – $35 million
9. Will Smith – $32 million
10. Mark Wahlberg – $32 million