Highest Paid Actors and Actresses of 2016

There’s no doubt that 2016 was a terrible year for many people. However, for these 15 actors and actresses, 2016 was a banner year not only for their careers, but also for their bank accounts. They were paid more than any others for their work in 2016, and although not all of it was a critical success, they have at the very least succeeded in getting their names out there more than ever before. We’ll see on Oscar night which of them is honoured for their work, and which will have to console themselves with their cash to compensate for their empty hands.

15. Fan Bingbing – $17 million

Fan Bingbing joins the list of top earning actors for the first-time last year, and is the only actor who appears primarily in movies made in Hong Kong and China. However, in the last few years she has begun to shift into the Hollywood scene. Undoubtedly her most famous Hollywood role to date was Blink in the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past. In 2016, she also appeared in Skiptrace, which was headlined by Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville.

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14. Scarlett Johansson – $25 million

In 2016, Scarlett Johansson transitioned brilliantly between quirky comedies like Hail, Caesar! and action movies such as Captain America: Civil War. The vast scope of her movie roles in 2016 truly shows her varied talents like never before. By the end of the year, she had earned more than $25 million, with the bulk of that coming from her residuals from Captain America: Civil War as it brought in more than $1.15 billion worldwide.

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13. Brad Pitt – $31.5 million

Brad Pitt is the elusive type of Hollywood star who has managed to stay on top of the game for decades. He’s been able to re-invent himself so many times, and has kept his image current by always switching it up rather than sticking exclusively to one type of film. His big movie of 2016 was Allied, which he starred in with Marion Cotillard. He also narrated a Terrence Malick-helmed documentary called Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience.

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