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These are the 10 highest-paid actors in the world


Mark Wahlberg is currently the highest-paid actor in the world, according to Forbes. Wahlberg took home $68 million this past year according to Forbes — his biggest yearly paycheck to date.

Wahlberg’s big financial gain this year comes from an assortment of projects. The Boston native was in two movies this year, “Daddy’s Home” and “Transformers: The Last Knight,” which grossed a combined $5.3 billion worldwide.

Wahlberg also took home paychecks from “Wahlburgers,” the reality show he produces with his family, and as a spokesperson for AT&T. But Wahlberg isn’t the only actor to take home an enormous paycheck this year.

These are the 10 highest-paid actors of 2017:

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 10. Ashkay Kumar ($35.5 Million)

10. Ashkay Kumar ($35.5 Million)

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Kumar may be unfamiliar to American audiences, but he’s been working in Bollywood for about 25 full years now. The star made four movies alone this year, while also raking in about seven figures selling a variety of product — everything from deodorant to batteries. 

9. Salman Khan ($37 Million)

9. Salman Khan ($37 Million)

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After making 85 movies since his first major role in “Main Pyar Kia” in 1989, Khan has secured his spot as one of India’s biggest Bollywood stars. Khan starred in “Tubelight,” and “Sultan” this year, bringing in the big bucks at the box office. 

8. Shah Rukh Khan ($38 million)

8. Shah Rukh Khan ($38 million)

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Khan made his cool $38 million this year from his upfront fees for his staring roles in “Jab Harry met Sejal,” “Raees,” and “Tubelight” — and for hawking a ton of Indian brands that are most likely unknown to the average American consumer.

7. Tom Cruise ($43 million)

7. Tom Cruise ($43 million)

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The action star’s combined paychecks from “The Mummy” and “Mission: Impossible 6” scored Cruise eight figures this year.

6. Robert Downey Jr. ($48 million)

6. Robert Downey Jr. ($48 million)

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Downey once held the title of highest-paid actor in Hollywood, but even though the actor is now sixth on the list, that doesn’t mean he’s not earning massive amounts of cash.

The action star made a huge amount of money from his upfront fees for his upcoming superhero film “Avengers: Infinity War.”

5. Jackie Chan ($49 Million)

5. Jackie Chan ($49 Million)

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Though some may not realize it, Chan never stopped making films — he just stopped making films in America. Chan made big bucks in China this past year, with his hits “Railroad Tiger” and “Kung Fu Yoga.”

4. Adam Sandler ($50.5 million)

4. Adam Sandler ($50.5 million)

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Sandler has been profiting greatly off of his Netflix deal. The success of Sandler’s Netflix films has the streaming site asking the comedian to produce an additional four films. 

3. Vin Diesel ($54.5 million)

3. Vin Diesel ($54.5 million)

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Action star Vin Diesel’s $54.5 million came from a bunch of different projects this year, including his role in “Fate of the Furious,” a portion of the profits from “XxX: The Return of Xander Cane,” and voicing the adorable baby Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($65 million)

2. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ($65 million)

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This former WWE champion now makes top dollar for his upfront movie fees. Johnson’s combined upfront fees from his films “Baywatch” and “Jumanji,” in addition to his salary from the HBO hit “Ballers,” put him in the running for the highest-paid actor in the world.

And, we’re sure he didn’t mind earning more than Vin Diesel this year. 

1. Mark Wahlberg ($68 million)

1. Mark Wahlberg ($68 million)

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Wahlberg made more than any actor in the world this year, earning money from his two films, “Daddy’s Home” and “Transformers: The Last Knight,” that grossed a combined $5.3 billion worldwide. Wahlberg also earned some cash for appearing in his family’s reality show “Wahlburgers,” and appearing in AT&T adds.

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