This year’s list of Forbes’ Top 10 of Highest Paid Actress is in! And the actress who came in first is someone who has been criticized for her underwhelming acting. Here’s an excerpt from the news posted by Dorothy Pomerantz of Forbes.com:
Studios are notoriously stingy when it comes to paying young actors for the first film in a planned franchise. Forget about the $10 million they would have had to shell out to get a big name — an up-and-comer is lucky to get $800,000.
That changes dramatically when it comes to the third and fourth films in a series. Suddenly, the star becomes indispensable and the studio has to pay up. That’s whyKristen Stewart has vaulted to the top of our annual list of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.
At this point, could anyone else play Bella Swan inTwilight? Probably not; if the studio tried to switch in another actress, fans would revolt. So for the last twoTwilight films, Stewart has been able to demand an estimated $12.5 million per film, plus a share of the profits.
Her two co-stars, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, get paid the same, but Stewart earned more than them this year because of Snow White and the Huntsman. Stewart’s earnings between May 2011 and May 2012 totaled $34.5 million, helping her rank 43rd on our Celebrity 100 list. (The list measures a combination of money and fame.)
At 22, Stewart is the youngest woman on our list by 16 years. The next youngest is Kristen Wiig who is 38. Last year Stewart ranked 5th on our list of the Highest-Paid Actresses tied with Julia Roberts. This year Roberts ranked 6th.
Women are still paid less than men in the movie business. The 10 actresses who make up our list earned a total $200 million compared to the $361 million brought in by our top 10 men.
Source: Enzo Fornino/LFI/Newscom
With the cult-like success of the Twilight Saga (with Snow White And The Huntsman on the side), Kristen Stewart is at the top of the list! And she has not shown any improvement in her acting! It goes to show that superior acting prowess can get you somewhere (Oscars, Golden Globes, etc. ), but choosing the best roles, or to be a part of a MAJOR movie franchise (and of course with a bit of luck) can make you the highest paid actress. Here’s the rest of the list:
Forbes’ Highest Paid Top 10 Actresses For 2012
- 1. Kristen Stewart, $34.5 million
- 2. Cameron Diaz, $34 million
- 3. Sandra Bullock, $25 million
- 4. Angelina Jolie, $20 million
- 5. Charlize Theron, $18 million
- 6. Julia Roberts, $16 million
- 7. Sarah Jessica Parker, $15 million
- 8. Meryl Streep, $12 million
- 9. Kristen Wiig, $12 million
- 10. Jennifer Aniston, $11 million
Final thoughts: What more if Kristen Stewart can REALLY ACT? Peace to all die-hard fans.