Wednesday, December 22

Leonardo DiCaprio tops highest earning list

Leonardo DiCaprio - highest earning actorHollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio has topped Forbes magazine list of the highest grossing actors of 2010, thanks to hits like ‘Inception’ and ‘Shutter Island’. The 36-year-old starred in movies which made USD 1.1 billion at the global box office and DiCaprio took home a big pay cheque, earning USD 75 million for his work on ‘Inception’ alone. "The young actor has a habit of picking very adult films. These aren’t the kind of superhero/comic book films that usually top the box office. But DiCaprio is well on his way to becoming one of Hollywood’s best-paid actors," said the magazine. Tying for second place with co-star Johhny Depp, is the big surprise on the list, newcomer Mia Wasikowska, who played the titular role in ‘Alice in Wonderland’, which raked in USD 1.03 billion at the box office. "Just as surprising, she ties Depp in our ranking thanks to her other movie this year, The Kids Are All Right. That film has earned USD 29 million at the global box office, a healthy return considering the estimated USD 4 million production budget," said the magazine about the 21-year-old Australian actress.

Robert Downey Jr. ranks fourth with USD 808 million thanks to ‘Iron Man 2’ and the comedy ‘Due Date’. The top five was rounded off by young British actor Daniel Radcliffe who gained a spot thanks to his role as young wizard Harry Potter in the superhit fantasy franchise.

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’, which only opened a month ago, is already the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2010 with USD 780 million at the global box office.

‘Twilight’ heartthrob Robert Pattinson grabbed the sixth spot while while his co-star in the vampire franchise and real-life girlfriend Kristen Stewart came seventh.

‘Avatar’ actor Sam Worthington came eighth while Will Smith’s 12-year-old son Jaden Smith and his ‘Karate Kid’ co-star Jackie Chan rounded off the top ten.

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