Jennifer Lawrence has been named the highest-earning actress for the second year running

​​Melissa McCarthy came second​
Jennifer Lawrence has been named the highest-earning actress for the second year running
By Ellen Scott -

Major congrats are in order for Jennifer Lawrence. Again. 

J-Law has been named the highest earning of actress for the second year running. Which is great news, because we like Jennifer Lawrence. She's been a little quieter this year, but she seems very fun and we'd still very much like her to be our best friend. 

Plus, you know, she's extremely talented and very deserving of boatloads of money for her art. 

This year, Jennifer raked in $46million (Dhs168.9 million), mostly thanks to getting paid for the final film in the Hunger Games series. Hooray. 

Jennifer was just ahead of Melissa McCarthy (who's one of the most bankable actresses according to movie data. On films with low budgets, she still brings in loads of viewers), who earned $33million (£25million) in 2016. 

In third place is Scarlett Johansson, with $25million, followed by Jennifer Aniston, $21million. 

Here's the full list for your perusing pleasure:

  1. Jennifer Lawrence (Dhs168.9 million)
  2. Melissa McCarthy (Dhs121.2 million)
  3. Scarlett Johansson (Dhs91.8 million)
  4. Jennifer Aniston (Dhs77.1 million)
  5. Fan Bingbing (Dhs62.4 million)
  6. Charlize Theron (Dhs60.6 million)
  7. Amy Adams (Dhs49.5 million)
  8. Julia Roberts (Dhs44 million)
  9. Mila Kunis (Dhs40.4 million)
  10. Deepika Padukone (Dhs36.7 million)

We present this information with no comment, so read into it what you will, but note that of the ten best-paid actresses in the world, eight out of ten are white. 

Forbes will release its highest paid actors list on Thursday, which should be very interesting viewing. Last year the highest paid actor was Robert Downey Junior, who earned $80million (Dhs293.8 million), while Jennifer earned $52million (Dhs191 million). It would be really, really great if this year, the highest paid actresses earned around the same as the highest paid actors, and we could see some genuine progress in the gender wage gap. 

But I'll be honest. I'm not expecting that to be the case. 


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