Coming in behind Robert Downey, Jr. in the Forbes list of highest paid entertainers is not so bad. Consider when you go for an audition and you come in second you don’t get the part. So actors know it’s usually first place or nothing. Same goes with Oscars–it’s not really all that great “just to be nominated” as nominees seem obliged to say.
But second place on the Forbes list–or even fifth? It’s not bad at all. This year second place went to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who made a cool $52 million with combined earnings from producing gigs, acting roles and continued back-end from The Fast & Furious movies, and Hercules. Keeping Johnson company in the top five are Bradley Cooper ($46 million), Chris Hemsworth ($37 million), and Leonardo DiCaprio ($29 million). To calculate income, the magazine consults a number of “in the know folks” in the field, including agents, producers, lawyers, and more to figure out how much celebrities earned from their entertainment-related work. The income as listed doesn’t deduct taxes, agent fees or the other “normal” costs associated with being a celebrity. Still even Chris Hemsworth’s got to be surprised at his year in pictures.