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Scarlett Johansson Named 'World's Highest-Paid Actress' By Forbes

17 August 2018

Jolie, 43, earned US$28 million, largely thanks to a payment for the film "Maleficent 2", scheduled for 2020. The combined earnings of the top 10 women this year is Dollars 186 million.

Hollywood is teeming with incredible talent, but only one woman can claim the title of highest paid actress, and this year the honour goes to Scarlett Johansson . Jennifer Aniston sat at third place, thanks to royalties she still gets from the defunct TV series "Friends" and endorsement deals from companies like Emirates airlines. Her USD 18 million income was USD 6 million less than the prior year. Number 4 on the list is Jennifer Lawrence just ahead of Reese Witherspoon, who earned $16.5 million previous year.

Reese Witherspoon, 42, is at number five with Dollars 16.5 million. There's a comic book super villain in the rankings too: Cate Blanchett, who played Thor's nemesis in last year's Thor: Ragnorak, earned $12.5 million, good enough for eighth place.

Melissa McCarthy is in ninth place with $12 million for upcoming movies including The Happytime Murders and Can You Ever Forgive Me? She earned her spot due to a recent Revlon endorsement and with her salary for the Wonder Woman sequel, set to hit theatres in 2019 titled, Wonder Woman 1984.

Johansson surpassed last year's number 1 spot holder "La La Land" star Emma Stone, who failed to make the cut this year, earning less than $10 million. It's actually rumored that Marvel Studios is going to be dropping the X-Men actors due to their high pay (and we also see the original Avengers contracts expire following Avengers 4). Reese Witherspoon comes up fifth this year with $16.5 million, but along with Jennifer Aniston, she will see a significant bump next year with their Apple streaming service show.

The magazine compiles its annual celebrity earnings lists from box office and Nielsen data, as well as from interviews with industry insiders.

Scarlett Johansson Named 'World's Highest-Paid Actress' By Forbes