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Mark Wahlberg soared to the top of the world's highest paid actors on an annual Forbes magazine list that highlighted a huge disparity between male and female Hollywood stars.
Wahlberg, 46, earned an estimated $68 million in 2017 thanks to his pay days for movies Daddy's Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight, according to the Forbes ranking released on Tuesday.
The rapper-turned-actor knocked 2016 leader Dwayne The Rock Johnson into second place, with estimated 2017 earnings of $65 million.
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Tops: Mark Wahlberg soared to the top of the world's highest paid actors on an annual Forbes magazine. He earned an estimated $68 million in 2017 thanks to his pay days for movies Daddy's Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight. Seen in June
No 2: The rapper-turned-actor knocked 2016 leader Dwayne The Rock Johnson (pictured in Baywatch) into second place, with estimated 2017 earnings of $65 million
TOP 20 FORBES
1. Mark Wahlberg ($68m)
2. The Rock ($65m)
3. Vin Diesel ($54.5m)
4. Adam Sandler ($50.5m)
5. Jackie Chan ($49m)
6. Robert Downey Jr ($48m)
7. Tom Cruise ($43m)
8. Shah Rukh Khan ($38m)
9. Salman Khan ($37m)
10. Akshay Kumar ($35.5m)
11. Chris Hemsworth ($31.5m)
12. Tom Hanks ($31m)
13. Samuel L Jackson ($30.5m)
14. Ryan Gosling ($29m)
15. Ryan Reynolds ($21.5m)
16. Matt Damon ($21m)
17. Jeremy Renner ($19m)
18. Chris Evans ($18m)
19. Chris Pratt ($17m)
20. Mark Ruffalo ($13m)
The Rock's recent movies include Baywatch and he is also on HBO's Ballers; next he will star in the Jumaji remake.
'I can kick ass better than anyone on the planet and I have a decent smile,' he told Forbes.
Vin Diesel came in at number three with $54.5m for films such as xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and Marvel's hit sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Number four went to Adam Sandler with $50.5m because he has a lucrative deal with Netflix.
And Jackie Chan grabbed the fifth spit with $49m. He makes film-after-film in China.
Forbes estimates earnings, before taxes and management fees, from movies, TV and commercial endorsements.
The Forbes list again highlighted Hollywood's gender pay gap.
Last week, the magazine named La La Land and Oscar winner Emma Stone as the world's highest paid actress with an estimated 2017 take of $26 million.
Forbes said the 10 highest-paid leading men earned a combined $488.5 million before tax in its June 2016-June 2017 scoring period, nearly three times more than the $172.5 million earned by the top 10 scoring women.
He won't quit! Tom Cruise landed in the number seven spot, making $43m. Seen in June
Distant: Last week, the magazine named La La Land and Oscar winner Emma Stone as the world's highest paid actress with an estimated 2017 take of $26 million. Seen in June
Not on the list: Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp, who for years has been among the top five paid actors, did not make the top 20 this year, Forbes said
Forbes attributed the disparity to the prevalence of superhero and action blockbusters that earn big at the box office for Hollywood studios but tend to have fewer leading roles for women.
Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp, who for years has been among the top five paid actors, did not make the top 20 this year, Forbes said.
Depp is currently embroiled in a bitter lawsuit with his former business managers who have detailed what they describe as his lavish spending habits.
Last December, before the May 2017 release of Pirates of the Caribbean; Dead Men Tell No Tales, Forbes named Depp the most overpaid actor for a second straight year as films such as Alice Through the Looking Glass and Mortdecai did not fare well.
Three of Bollywood's biggest stars - Shah Rukh Khan ($38 million), Salman Khan ($37 million) and Akshay Kumar ($35.5 million) - took the 8th, 9th and 10th places on the Forbes list, respectively.
He made it: Chris Pratt, seen here with estranged wife Anna Harris, landed in 19th place with earnings of $17m
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