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The Rock Knocks Out Iron Man as Hollywood’s Top-Earning Actor

Matt Damon and Tom Cruise—plus former Men’s Fitness cover stars Vin Diesel, Mark Wahlberg, and Chris Pratt—also made the Forbes list of top-billing stars.

The Rock just keeps on winning.

After three straight years on top, Dwayne Johnson has knocked off Robert Downey Jr. as the top-earning movie star in the world, according to Forbes’ World's Highest-Paid Actors list.



As we reported earlier in the summer, Johnson also made the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, and he's now knocked off the Marvel superstar. Johnson brought in a cool $64.5 million, while Downey took home $33 million—although that was down from the $80 million he earned in 2015.

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One thing they do have in common: Muscles. Matt Damon all made the cut, as did former Men's Fitness cover stars like Vin Diesel, Mark Wahlberg, and Chris Pratt. Damon, who starred in Jason Bourne and The Martian, pulled in $55 million, while Wahlberg earned $30 million. Pratt doubled up his earnings from the previous year with $26 million—and at 37 years old, he’s the youngest actor on the list.

Johnson’s earnings received a big boost from 2015, as he brought in some major paychecks for films like Furious 7, San Andreas, and Central Intelligence, which also starred funnyman Kevin Hart. Downey topped the list three times in a row, but now Johnson could be in line to stick around for the foreseeable future.

Here are some of the projects that Johnson has coming up over the next few years:

Moana (November 23, 2016): Disney animated films usually make a ton of money, and Johnson, who’s voicing Maui, the Hawaiian demi-god, should only help the box office total.
Fast 8 (April 14, 2017): Johnson is starring alongside a stacked cast in this sequel, including Diesel, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron, and everyone's favorite axe-wielding Game of Thrones ass-kicker, Kristofer Hivju.
Baywatch (May 19, 2017): Johnson leads this TV show remake with Zac Efron, and the two stars got absurdly fit and muscled up for the film. Also: Priyanka Chopra!
Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon (June 16, 2017): The second film in this Johnson-led series grossed over $330 million, and there are already rumors about a fourth installment.
Jumanji (July 28, 2018): We’ve told you all the reasons why this sequel—not a reboot or remake—will kick ass, and that’s mainly because the cast of Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas.
San Andreas 2: Johnson took the first film, centered on a massive earthquake, to amazing heights with nearly $500 million worldwide.
Shazam! (April 5, 2019): Johnson will join the DC movie universe as villain Black Adam in this film—will he trade punches with Men’s Fitness cover star Henry Cavill’s Superman?
Rampage (TBD) -- Johnson is teaming with San Andreas director Brad Peyton for this video game adaptation.
Doc Savage (TBD) -- Johnson and director Shane Black will adapt the story of the “world’s first superhero,” who has amazing “mental and physical strength.”

Does Johnson have time to sleep? (Probably not, since he's also doing Ballers on HBO and his new "Project Rock" clothing and training gear line).

Either way, expect Johnson to be at the top of the Forbes list for years to come.

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