Box office sales can be measured in terms of the number of tickets sold, and a huge chunk of that can often be translated to huge earnings for movie studios and paychecks for their leading actors.
But as the North American ticket sales tank over the last few years, emerging markets such as India and China have been seen as where the true growth is for Tinseltown.
This year’s top-paid actors, reported by Forbes, are also mixed with some famous faces from that region of the world.
Here’s the list:
1. Robert Downey Jr. (U.S.A.) — $80 Million
The Iron Man star’s earnings continued to rise, thanks largely to his earnings in the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the forthcoming “Captain America: Civil War,” for which he is commanding a reported $40 million.
2. Jackie Chan (Hong Kong) — $50 Million
The Chinese actor got a boost from back-end participation on “Dragon Blade,” which featured him in a starring role alongside Adrien Brody and John Cusack (the film grossed $120 million in China), and enough brand extensions to make Jay Z jealous.
3. Vin Diesel (U.S.A.) — $47 Million
The ‘Fast and Furious’ actor sped his way to the best annual paycheck of his career this year thanks to his role as Dominic Toretto in Universal’s “Fast and Furious” franchise. The latest installment of multicultural car crusades, “Furious 7,” grossed $1.5 billion at the box office, 77% of that from overseas.
4. Bradley Cooper (U.S.A.) — $41.5 Million
Remember him from ‘Alias’? Cooper is now one of the highest-paid actors, thanks to his ability to balance popcorn cheese such as “Aloha” with Oscar-worthy fare including “American Sniper.”
5. Adam Sandler (U.S.A.) — $41 Million
The SNL alum hasn’t had a mega hit in a while, but Sandler continues to command top dollar for bloated budget movies such as 2015’s “Pixels.”
6. Tom Cruise (U.S.A.) — $40 Million
The devout Scientologist is still taking in tons of earnings from the “Mission: Impossible” franchise.
7. Amitabh Bachchan (India) — $33.5 Million
The Bollywood stalwart star has starred in more than 150 movies in his 50 year career. He continues to earn top rupee for his roles in flicks such 2014’s “Bhoothnath Returns,” according to Forbes.
7. Salman Khan (India) — $33.5 Million
The sexy Indian mega star has appeared in some 80 movies since his 1989 breakout role “Maine Pyar Kiya.” He continues to produce and star in films, earning well for roles in flicks such as 2014’s “Kick.”
9. Akshay Kumar (India) — $32.5 Million
This Bollywood superstar has appeared in some 150 movies since his 1992 breakthrough in “Khiladi.” He is one of Bollywood’s busiest leading men, filming an average of four movies a year.
10. Mark Wahlberg (U.S.A.) — $32 Million
The former Calvin Klein underwear model is banking off the back of 2015’s teddy bear comedy “Ted 2,” which grossed a reasonable $168 million.