- Akshay Kumar rounded off the Top 10 list
- Amitabh Bachchan is missing from the list of highest paid actors
- Dwanye Johnson and Vin Diesel took #2 and #3 positions respectively
The highest ranked Indian actor is Shah Rukh Khan at #8, the same position he occupied last year. His stated earnings have risen from $33 million in 2016 to $38 million in 2017. Forbes summed up SRK's annual earnings from films and endorsements deals "of brands most Americans have likely never heard of" - this year, Shah Rukh Khan starred in Raees and Jab Harry Met Sejal, the last of which was a spectacular flop.
At ninth place is Salman Khan, several notched up from his 2016 ranking of #14. Salman, whose film Tubelight also tanked, took home $37 million - significantly more than the $28.5 million he made last year. "Khan still earns top rupee," says Forbes about the 51-year-old actor who counts hosting reality show Bigg Boss among his many high-paying gigs.
Akshay Kumar completes the top 10, a repeat of last year's list, with $35.5 million. He made $31.5 million last year. Akshay, referred to as "king of Bollywood box office for over a quarter of century" by Forbes, earned his millions from four films released in the scoring period which is June to June. His latest film, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, opened two weeks ago and has made over Rs 100 crore.
Forbes' highest paid actors list is topped by Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg at $68 million - courtesy of Daddy's Home 2, Transformers: The Last Knight and reality show Wahlbergers. Last year's topper Dwanye Johnson dropped a place. He took home a pay cheque of $65 million thanks to Baywatch, Jumanji and TV show Ballers. At #3 is actor Vin Diesel, whose earnings amount to $54.5 million.
Below the top 10 are several actors who play superheros - Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Pratt and Mark Ruffalo. Jeremy Renner makes it as well, although not for playing Hawkeye in the Avengers series. Ryan Gosling and Samuel L Jackson also make it.
The absence of Aamir Khan from the list is easily explained - he only makes one film in a year or two years and is similarly choosy about endorsements. Like Deepika Padukone, who dropped out of this year's list of highest paid actresses after being ranked #10 last time, superstar Amitabh Bachchan has had a slower year than previously. Aamir and Mr Bachchan are currently filming Thugs Of Hindostan together.
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