Scarlett Johansson leaps to top of Forbes' highest-paid actresses

Lawrence Kim
August 17, 2018

Scarlett Johansson's role as Marvel superhero Black Widow catapulted her to the top of Forbes' annual list of the world's highest-paid actresses on Thursday, landing her ahead of Angelina Jolie. She played the role in 'Avengers: Infinity War', which has been the highest grossing film of the year so far, and will reprise the part in the film's second part, which is out next year.

The actress has also been surrounded in controversy as of late as she was set to take on a transgender role of a man for the Rub & Tug movie, but following the liberal backlash (because she's not transender), she withdrew from the role, and since her production company was going to fund the flick, now it's not happening.

Jolie, 43, earned US$28 million, largely thanks to a payment for the film "Maleficent 2", scheduled for 2020. She also received money from endorsements of products including Coca-Cola Co's Smartwater brand and Johnson & Johnson's Aveeno.

After Johansson, Angelina Jolie had the second highest earnings for an actress over the a year ago.

The amount was her total earnings before taxes from June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2018. Her USD 18 million income was USD 6 million less than the prior year.

The rest of the top 10 were Mila Kunis, Cate Blanchett, Melissa McCarthy and Gal Gadot.

"La La Land" star Emma Stone, who earned $26 million to top the list in 2017, tumbled out of the top 10, Reuters noted.

Jennifer Lawrence tailed behind in at number four with Reese Witherspoon just behind her with $16.5 million (£14 million) from recent success in producing and starring in Big Little Lies.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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