Entertainment Weekly's Power List
"Extra" has the cold-hard fact on which stars make the most cold-hard cash. This week’s Entertainment Weekly ranks the stars and reveals their salaries. And Editor Ari Karpel says women are finally breaking the bank.
Karpel says, "It used to be that Julia Roberts was the only woman making $20 million. Now there are a few other women in the wings approaching that."
Cameron Diaz made $20 million for "Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle." And in the $15 million club are Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Renée Zellweger. The "Bridget Jones" star will earn just $5 million for just two weeks of work on the upcoming "Cinderella Man."
Catherine Zeta-Jones has been trying to get $15 million, and despite her Oscar win for "Chicago," she has yet to attain that.
But the guys still grab top dollar. Jim Carrey and The Rock both roll in with $20 million paychecks. And Russell Crowe pulls in $15 million a film. But the big bucks don't come from salaries. Karpel says, "The real money in Hollywood is in gross points."
Stars like Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson actually get a percentage of their movie’s profits. That meant $40 million for Tom Hanks in "Forrest Gump." And for the three "Matrix" movies, Keanu Reeves stands to make more than $300 million.
The only woman currently getting gross points is superstar Julia Roberts. That is why she is number 11 on the power list. Nicole Kidman edges her out at number 10, just three slots below ex-husband Tom Cruise. And at number 24 is "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston.
But the number one spot goes to super producer Jerry Bruckheimer. He is the man behind box office treasure like "Pirates of the Caribbean" and TV hits like "CSI." And now he can add one more thing to his credits: Hollywood’s official top gun.