Mark Wahlberg soared to the top of the world's highest paid actors on an annual Forbes magazine list that highlighted a huge disparity between male and female Hollywood stars. Photograph: (AFP)
Mark Wahlberg has been named by Forbes magazine as the world's highest paid actor after the rapper-turned actor hit the jackpot with Transformers: The Last Knight" and comedy sequel "Daddy's Home 2," due out in November.
The 46-year-old star made it to the elite Forbes list after the magazine estimated he earned $68 million before taxes over the past 12 months.
"The former may have scored a miserable 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the lowest gross of the franchise to date, but Wahlberg need not worry -- fixed compensation means he benefits even when movies don't do well," said Forbes.
Dwayne Johnson dropped from the top of the Forbes chart to land in second place with $65 million, after starring in "Baywatch" and HBO comedy "Ballers."
The top-10 men continue to earn more than female stars with men earning $488.5 million compared with just $172.5 million earned by female leads.
Last week Forbes had released its annual list of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses naming Oscar-winning actress of "La La Land" fame, Emma Stone at the top of the list earning $26 million.