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Scarlett Johansson Is Highest-Paid Actress of 2018

By Fabiola Antunes
In Celebs
August 17, 2018
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Scarlett Johansson is seen here at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City - Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America. Scarlett Johansson is seen here at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City – Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America.

Scarlett Johansson has landed the top spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid actresses of 2018.

According to the site, Scarlett Johansson has quadrupled her 2017 earnings, raking in $40.5 million this year thanks in part to her role as Black Widow in the Avengers films. This news means that Scarlett Johansson has dethroned 2017’s top earner, Emma Stone, who didn’t make the top 10 list this year. Apparently, Helping to save the world with The Avengers has helped Scarlett Johansson become the best-paid actress in the world.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Forbes list this year is Angelina Jolie with $28 million, with a majority of her earnings stemming from her role in the upcoming Maleficent 2 movie.

Jennifer Aniston has landed the third spot on the list for 2018, earning $19.5 million. The Friends alum rakes in most of her earnings from endorsement deals with Smartwater, Aveeno and Emirates airlines. Following closely behind Aniston on the list is Jennifer Lawrence, who landed the fourth spot with $18 million.

Coming in at No. 5 on the Forbes list is Reese Witherspoon with $16.5 million thanks in part to her turns in A Wrinkle in Time and the upcoming season of Big Little Lies 2. Mila Kunis follows close behind Witherspoon with $16 million, with Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, Melissa McCarthy and Gal Gadot also scoring spots in the top 10.

Forbes list of the world’s best-paid actresses 2018

1. Scarlett Johansson – $40.5m
2. Angelina Jolie – $28m
3. Jennifer Aniston – $19.5m
4. Jennifer Lawrence – $18m
5. Reese Witherspoon – $16.5m
6. Mila Kunis – $16m
7. Julia Roberts – $13m
8. Cate Blanchett – $12.5m
9. Melissa McCarthy – $12m
10. Gal Gadot – $10m

This is the first list to be published since revelations about differences between the pay of men and women in Hollywood and the subsequent pledges to close the gap.

The combined earnings of the top 10 women this year is $186m (£146.5m), up 8% on last year.

But it’s 9% down on the 2016 total , when Jennifer Lawrence topped the rankings with $46m.

Forbes normally releases the equivalent list for male stars soon after the women’s list. Last year, Mark Wahlberg came top and the total pay packets for the top 10 men was almost three times more than for their female counterparts.

Sources: E!News/BBC News

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