Published: Wed, August 23, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Shah Rukh, Salman, Akshay among world's top 10 highest-paid actors

Shah Rukh, Salman, Akshay among world's top 10 highest-paid actors

Forbes has finally released the much-awaited list of world's top 20 highest paid actors, and to much of our delight it includes three Indian stars in the top 10 spot.

The top 20 icons in "The World's Highest-Paid Actors" 2017 list tallied a combined $720 million between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, before fees and taxes, Forbes revealed.

While Shah Rukh Khan is at number eight, followed by Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar at the ninth and tenth position respectively.

Forbes reveals that SRK is right next to Tom Cruise with total earning of previous year being $38 million (Rs 243.50 crore) approximately. The superstars are among the top 10 actors around the globe. But, what came as a big shock is that the name of superstar Aamir Khan was absent from the list. The stars are placed at the last three spots on 2017's list.

Interestingly, the list has come as a surprise for many given that Shah Rukh hasn't given a blockbuster in the a year ago. He was the victor of the box office last year and in fact, he is doing better than the Khans this year. Deepika too had made her worldwide debut this year, in the movie "xXx: Return of Xander Cage", but she too fails to be a part of the list. The earnings estimates have been based on data available on websites likes Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, interviews with film trade analysts and inside sources. The only explanation that can be given behind his absence is that he only makes one film in a year or two years and is quite choosy about endorsements. Last year's topper Dwanye Johnson dropped a place. Amitabh Bachchan, who made into the list a year ago, could not make through this time. He took home a 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.

Adam Sandler and Jackie Chan round up the top five followed by Robert Downey Jr and Tom Cruise.

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