Forbes: DiCaprio Beats Depp for Title of Hollywood's Highest Paid Actor

Tue Aug 2, 2011 2:49pm EDT

Hollywood’s leading heartthrobs were weighed out in Forbes' most recent highest-earning actors list, released Monday.

According to Forbes, Leonardo DiCaprio jumped from fifth to first place this year, stealing the spot from Johnny Depp.

DiCaprio's estimated $77 million in earnings reflect the success of his two big films, “Shutter Island” and “Inception,” which earned a combined $1.2 billion.

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Bumped down a peg (although it’s hard to feel bad for him), Depp moved from first to second place with earnings of $50 million, down from his $75 million recorded in Forbes’ previous list. 

“Grown Ups” star Adam Sandler ($40 million) and Will Smith ($36 million) were also ranked high, taking third and fourth places on the list.

Tom Cruise brings up the rear at No. 10, pulling in $22 million in the same period, Forbes estimates.

But as if you didn’t need proof Hollywood is a man’s world, Cruise’s earnings would rank him at No. 5 on the highest-paid actresses list for the same year, just between Reese Witerspoon ($28 million) and Julia Roberts ($20 million).

The 10 top actors earned an estimated $375 million between May 2010 and May 2011.

To come up with its numbers Forbes writes that it talked to agents, lawyers, producers and industry sources. 

Here’s the list:

1. Leonardo DiCaprio - $77 million

2. Johnny Depp - $50 million

3. Adam Sandler - $40 million

4. Will Smith - $36 million

5. Tom Hanks - $35 million

6. Ben Stiller - $34 million

7. Robert Downy Jr. - $31 million

8. Mark Wahlberg - $28 million

9. Tim Allen - $22 million

10. Tom Cruise - $22 million

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