Tom Cruise named Hollywood’s highest paid actor

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Jul 4th, 2012
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Cast member Tom Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes arrive for the premiere of the film “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” in New York in this December 19, 2011 file photo.Hollywood superstar couple Cruise and Holmes are planning to divorce, People magazine reported, citing Holmes’ attorney. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files

Tom Cruise, who is reeling from wife Katie Holmes’ shocking Thursday divorce filing last week after five years of marriage, topped Forbes’ list of highest earning actors, after earning 75 million dollars between May 2011 and May 2012.

The actor who turned 50 on Tuesday, enjoyed a successful year after the flick ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ earned more than 700 million dollars at global box offices.

Leonardo DiCaprio – who was last year’s top earner – came joint second with comedian Adam Sandler, both of them earned 37 million-dollar, Contactmusic reported.

Former professional wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was placed in fourth position, earning 36 million dollars after one of his films ‘Fast Five’, raked in an impressive 626 million dollars at the box office.

Comedian Ben Stiller managed to be at number five with 33 million-dollar, while Sacha Baron Cohen was right behind him, earning 30 million dollars.

Others in the top 10 list included Johnny Depp and Will Smith, while Taylor Lautner beat his ‘Twilight Saga’ co-star Robert Pattinson into 11th place.

While compiling the list, Forbes considers factors including upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

Forbes’ top 10 highest earning actors from May 2011 to May 2012:

1 Tom Cruise

2 = Leonardo DiCaprio

2 Adam Sandler

4 Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

5 Ben Stiller

6 Sacha Baron Cohen

7 Johnny Depp

8 Will Smith

9 Mark Wahlberg

10 Taylor Lautner

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