Dwayne Johnson becomes highest paid actor

NEW YORK – Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.
5 million.

Johnson,44,knockedRobertDowneyJr. off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy “Central Intelligence.
” Johnson, known as “The Rock” during his wrestling career, also collected advance fees from the eighth installment of the popular “Fast and Furious” racing movie franchise.

The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood.
Earlier this week the magazine named “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence the world’s highest paid actress for a second straight year, with an estimated 2016 take of $46 million.

Forbes said 18 actors banked more than $20 million in its June 2015-June 2016 scoring period, compared with four actresses.

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