Mark Wahlberg Is Hollywood’s Highest Earning Actor
Mark Wahlberg is the world’s highest paid actor of 2017!
The former-rapper-turned actor earned a whopping $68 million pretax in Forbes’ 12-month scoring period.
The Boston native recorded his highest-ever payday thanks to soaring fees for movies such as Transformers: The Last Knight and the forthcoming Daddy’s Home 2. The former 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.
Wahlberg elbows out last year’s top-ranked star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (No. 2; $65 million). Johnson continues to rake in top dollar for parts in Baywatch and the upcoming Jumanji, earning $50 million more than his 2016 total. While the lifeguard reboot failed to make a splash at the box office, The Rock’s checking account remains solid thanks to his lucrative role in HBO’s Ballers–and a popularity that pegged him likely to beat President Trump in a prospective 2020 election, per a 2017 poll.
Dwayne Johnson is the second highest paid actor with $65 million between Baywatch, Jumanji, and HBO’s “Ballers.”
Vin Diesel rounds out the top 3 with $54.5 thanks to Fate of the Furious, xXx, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Let me go shoot Mark a “Hey Big Head” text right quick!