Kristen Stewart Is The Highest-Paid Actress In Hollywood
Earlier this month Kristen Stewart finally proved she could carry a movie that didn't have Twilight in the title, when Snow White and the Huntsman opened to a surprisingly strong $56 million (it's gone on to make $248 million worldwide). Now it looks like she's being very, very well rewarded for her efforts. Forbes has done its annual survey of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, and for the first time Stewart tops the list, having made $34.5 million between May 2011 and May 2012. At 22 she's by far the youngest person on the list, but she also just barely squeezed past some pretty surprising competition: Cameron Diaz.
Yes, Cameron Diaz, who last starred in the underwhelming What To Expect When You're Expecting. Turns out her stellar earnings came largely from Bad Teacher, which was made for a paltry $20 million and which allowed Diaz some profit participation after she slashed her usual salary to make it; the summer comedy went on to make $216 million worldwide, which means Diaz's gamble paid off very, very well. That kind of profit participation also benefits the third-place earner, Sandra Bullock, who was only in one movie in the last year-- the small-scale drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close-- but who still brings in cash from her mega-hit The Blind Side. She also got a substantial check for her starring role in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, which won't be in theaters until next year.
Rounding out the list are a few more expected mega-stars-- Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts-- and then a few you might not expect, like Sarah Jessica Parker at #7. She had a huge flop with I Don't Know How She Does It, but she also still makes a ton of money from Sex and the City, the kind of hit that will probably pay off the rest of her life. And it's kind of spectacular to see who's tied for #8-- Meryl Streep, with a career going gangbusters in her 60s, and Kristen Wiig, who had such a huge hit with Bridesmaids that she's suddenly as rich as A-list movie stars who have been working in film for decades. That'll show you the power of a big hit.
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