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Leonardo DiCaprio Tops Forbes' Highest-Earning Actors List

Posted on Tue Aug 2, 2011 11:10 AM PDT

LeoForbes3.jpgBlake Lively sure scored with Leonardo DiCaprio.

The actor is No. 1 on Forbes annual highest-earning actors list for 2010. DiCaprio made a whopping $77 million!

DiCaprio's total was helped by his biggest payday ever -- he made more than $50 million from Inception thanks to a smart business move.

The actor believed in the off-the-wall movie when no one else did and took a salary cut in order to film it in exchange for a percentage of the total gross.

The flick has made more than $750 million.

What cracks us up is that Leo stars in a new Inception-style ad campaign in China for cell phones. Make that money, Leo!

Johnny Depp was No. 2 with $50 million -- a significant decrease from DiCaprio. See the full list after the jump ... you may be surprised by who tied with Brad Pitt!

1) Leonardo DiCaprio -- $77 milion
2) Johnny Depp - $50 million (Pirates of the Caribbean, anyone?)
3) Adam Sandler - $40 million
4) Will Smith -- $36 million
5) Tom Hanks -- $35 million
6) Ben Stiller -- $34 million (Thanks to Little Fockers)
7) Robert Downey Jr. -- $31 million
8) Mark Wahlberg -- $28 million
9) Tim Allen - $22 million/Tom Cruise -- $22 million
10) Jim Carrey - $20 million/Daniel Craig -- $20 million/Robert Pattinson -- $20 million/Brad Pitt -- $20 million
11) Matt Damon -- $18 million

Sandler has always been known as a "sure thing" in Hollywood -- his flicks are cheap to make and, though they don't do well with critics, they deliver at the box office.

Smith has put his own career on the back burner a bit, focusing instead on the careers of kids Willow and Jaden (he produced The Karate Kid.)

Hanks' Larry Crowne was a huge flop this year, but he earned big bucks through producing and Toy Story 3.



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