Scarlett Johansson, pictured April 2019, earned $15.5 million more in 2019 than in 2018, making her the world's highest paid actress for the second year running Photo: AFP/File
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Scarlett Johansson tops Forbes best-paid actress list for second year

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By VALERIE MACON

Superhero Black Widow is a woman at the top of her game, and so is the actress who plays her -- Scarlett Johansson is the world's highest paid actress for the second year in a row, according to Forbes's annual ranking published Friday.

Johansson, 34, earned $15.5 million more than she did in 2018, primarily due to the immense global success of "Avengers: Endgame" -- the final chapter of the saga -- for which she earned $35 million.

The actress will take up the Black Widow mantle again in 2020 for an eponymous spinoff film.

But even though Johansson and her cohorts on the list all earned more than $20 million, pay inequality is alive and well in Hollywood. Johansson earned $56 million total over the past year, but that amount lands her at only eighth place for the combined list of highest-paid actors and actresses.

For comparison, Robert Downey Jr., Johansson's "Avengers" costar, earned about $55 million for his turn as Iron Man in "Endgame."

According to the Forbes ranking of highest-paid actors in the world, published Wednesday, Downey Jr. comes in at third place with $66 million total, behind fellow Avenger Chris Hemsworth ($76.4 million) and Dwayne Johnson ($89.4 million).

For the women, second place goes to Sofia Vergara, an industry veteran but a newcomer to the list. The "Modern Family" sitcom star earned $44.1 million between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019.

She is followed by Reese Witherspoon ($35 million) and Nicole Kidman ($34 million), costars on the series "Big Little Lies."

Jennifer Aniston, who came in third in 2018 mainly due to advertising campaigns for major brands, has been relegated to fifth place with a mere $28 million for the year. The former "Friends" star -- a show which also featured a guest appearance from Witherspoon -- stars in a new series for Apple's on-demand web television service.

Other new list arrivals include Elisabeth Moss, boosted by the series "The Handmaid's Tale," and Australian actress Margot Robbie.

Angelina Jolie, who was number two on the list in 2018, did not make the cut this year, along with Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence.

The top 10:

  1. Scarlett Johansson ($56 million)

  2. Sofia Vergara ($44.1 million)

  3. Reese Witherspoon ($35 million)

  4. Nicole Kidman ($34 million)

  5. Jennifer Aniston ($28 million)

  6. Kaley Cuoco ($25 million)

  7. Elisabeth Moss ($24 million)

  8. Margot Robbie ($23.5 million)

  9. Charlize Theron ($23 million)

  10. Ellen Pompeo ($22 million)
© 2019 AFP

©2019 GPlusMedia Inc.

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This is inaccurate. Maybe the don’t want to place Beyoncé on the list. However, she received $59 Million from Netflix to do her documentary. She also received close to $25 Million from Disney to voice Nala in the Lion King. That makes her dwarf Scarlet Johansson.

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she received $59 Million from Netflix to do her documentary

If this earned her a place on the highest-paid ACTRESS list, it wouldn't be much a documentary

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Scarlett Johansson is a good actor. Is she the best? Depends on what kind of films you like, I guess.

Thought she was excellent in Under the Skin.

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What a load of nonsense. I thought Forbes was a serious publication.

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I think I have done very well, but I am not on any list and that is good as I am out of the public eye.

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Good luck to them all, oh to be a dollar behind them, sigh.

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You would think with all that money, she could afford some hand soap.

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And to think that Scarlett Johansson became famous starting here in Japan: "Lost in Translation".

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These are the millionaires telling us how to live and think.

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One ex scientologist and one very active scientologist.

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According to the Forbes ranking of highest-paid actors in the world, published Wednesday, Downey Jr. comes in at third place with $66 million total, behind fellow Avenger Chris Hemsworth ($76.4 million) and Dwayne Johnson ($89.4 million).

They are all overpaid. I wouldn’t go to see a movie just because she acts in it, however, Dwayne Johnson is another story!

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These are the millionaires telling us how to live and think.

Still nothing compared to the billionaires telling us how to live and think, lol

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I kinda like her. I saw this god-awful movie “Sarah” that would have been even worse had she not been in it.

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Lots of money and lots of husbands.

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If the same 20 actors and actresses are making movies in Hollywood, how could they not be the highest paid celebrities?? If roles were given to other up and coming new actors, sure the numbers will be a lot lower.

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