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Akshay Kumar is the only Indian actor in Forbes annual best-paid actor list, Dwayne Johnson tops

File images of Akshay Kumar and Dwayne Johnson. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Dehi Aug 22, 2019, 07.52 AM (IST)

Akshay Kumar is the only Indian actor to feature in Forbes annual list of best-paid actors.  Kumar takes the fourth position in the list as he raked in $65 million in the past one year. 

Kumar, whose latest film, 'Mission Mangal' is doing great business at the box office has been delivering blockbusters this past year with almost all his films earning Rs 100 crores and more at the box office. 

The list, though, is lead by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson who has reclaimed his position as the world's highest-paid actor, according to the rich list otherwise dominated by the cast of Marvel's record-breaking 'Avengers' films.

Former professional wrestler Johnson raked in $89.4 million over 12 months, rising back to the number-one spot he last held in 2016. He placed second in both of the last two years.

The prolific actor, 47, scored a major hit with family-friendly reboot 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' -- a sequel is on the way -- and has starred in multiple 'Fast and Furious' films including this month's 'Hobbs & Shaw.'

"He has just become the go-to bankable star," said Comscore analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "And he's always working -- he's relentless."

Using his A-list clout to secure lucrative profit-sharing movie deals on top of eight-figure fees, Johnson also appears on HBO television show 'Ballers,' hosts NBC game show 'Titan Games' and has his own lucrative line of fitness clothing, among other endorsements. 

"He's a multi-platform, cross-promoted brand unto himself like no other," added Dergarabedian.

Chris Hemsworth took second place with $76.4 million -- one of several actors from Marvel's superhero universe to appear in the top 10.

The list covers the period June 2018 to June 2019, during which Marvel Studios released 'Avengers: Endgame,' the highest-grossing film of all time.

Hemsworth, who plays fan-favourite Thor, is followed by Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man) in third, Bradley Cooper (Rocket) in sixth, Chris Evans (Captain America) in eighth and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) in ninth.

However, most of Cooper's $57 million payday came from producing, directing and starring alongside Lady Gaga in musical drama 'A Star is Born,' Forbes said. 

Kumar, in fact, is a perennial fixtures on the list along with Jackie Chan, Will Smith, Adam Sandler.

But last year's number one George Clooney dropped out of the top 10, having banked his $1 billion deal for his tequila company the previous year. 

Here's the top 10 list: 

1. Dwayne Johnson ($89.4 million)
2. Chris Hemsworth ($76.4 million)
3. Robert Downey Jr. ($66 million)
4. Akshay Kumar ($65 million)
5. Jackie Chan ($58 million)
6. Bradley Cooper ($57 million)
7. Adam Sandler ($57 million)
8. Chris Evans ($43.5 million)
9. Paul Rudd ($41 million)
10. Will Smith ($35 million)

( With inputs from AFP)

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Former professional wrestler Johnson raked in $89.4 million over 12 months, rising back to the number-one spot he last held in 2016. He placed second in both of the last two years.