In 2006, Drew Barrymore was named the world’s highest paid actress by FORBES. The 31-year-old has banked $ 22 million in 12 months and had recently appeared in the animated film Curious georges with Will Ferrell. Jennifer Lawrence, Highest-paid actress of the year with $ 46 million, was only 15 years old at the time.
Barrymore hasn’t appeared on our list of highest-paid actresses since 2010, but two Hollywood starlets have shown great endurance.
Friends Star Jennifer Aniston is one of the only actresses to stay on our list of the highest paid actresses for a good decade. In 2006, Aniston was the second highest paid actress with $ 18.5 million. This year, she ranks fourth with a profit of $ 21 million. Aniston still gets a seven-figure upfront fee for movies, but she gets most of her millions through endorsements with Smartwater, Aveeno, and other brands.
Julia Roberts is also a regular on our list of the highest paid actresses. America’s sweetheart placed 10th in 2006 with $ 8 million. Although his last Garry Marshall film Mothers’ Day Bombed at the box office, Roberts rose to eighth place this year, taking in $ 12 million.
Aside from Aniston and Roberts who still reign supreme, our list of highest-paid actresses has changed dramatically since 2006. This year’s highest-paid starlet, Jennifer Lawrence, took in $ 46 million, nearly double the amount. Barrymore’s 2006 revenue of $ 22 million. In this year Gender neutral ranking of the best Hollywood stars, Lawrence placed sixth and runner-up Melissa McCarthy, who won $ 33 million, placed ninth. Even though it’s still about it only two actresses ranked in the top 10, this is a marked improvement. In 2006, the lowest-ranked actor in the top 10, Brad Pitt, earned $ 25 million, beating the highest-paid actress by $ 3 million.
The 10 Highest-Paid Actresses of 2006 made $ 138 million in 12 months while the title holders in 2016 collected $ 205 million collectively. This impressive increase, which does not take inflation into account, looks promising at first glance. However, the gender pay gap between the highest paid actors and actresses is still appalling in 2016. Top 20 Highest Paid Actors Earn $ 703.5 Million In 12 Months, before management fees and taxes. This is more than triple the $ 205 million earned by the 10 highest-paid actresses.
Surprisingly, the average age of 2006’s highest-paid actresses, 37, is only a year below this year’s 38-year-old average. However, there is an important difference between the composition of the ages of the lists. Half of the actresses on this year’s list are over 40, but # 1 actress Jennifer Lawrence is only 26. Barrymore was 31 when she won the title in 2006, and all of the Top 10 Actresses were 31 or older.
The average age of the highest paid actors and actresses in 2006 was both 37. age difference between this year’s Hollywood heavyweights. All of the highest paid actresses are under 50, but 45% of actors are over 50. Roberts, 48, is the oldest and highest paid actress. The oldest and highest paid actor is Harrison ford, who turned 74 in July.
Besides Aniston and Roberts, seven of the Top 10 Highest-Paid Actresses of 2006 removed from the list, missing the $ 10 million threshold. (Technically eight women dropped the list, but Jennifer Lopez, who placed third in 2006 with $ 17 million, was ranked in the musician category and still made the Celebrity 100 with $ 39.5 million. .) Those drops – Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner, Patricia Heaton, Nicole Kidman, and Naomi Watts – barely faded from the spotlight, but they didn’t make the cut this year.
Regarding the highest paid actors, six of the 2006 title holders also made this year’s list. From 2006 to 2016, Matt Damon went from No.2 ($ 31 million) to No.3 ($ 55 million), Tom Cruise slipped from No.1 ($ 31 million) to No.4 (33 million) and Johnny Depp was kicked from No. 3 ($ 37 million) to No. 5 ($ 48 million). Brad Pitt has remained stable, ranking 10th in 2006 with $ 29 million and in 2006 with $ 31.5 million. While Adam Sandler and Will Smith weren’t in the top 10 highest paid actors, they still made it to the top 20 and surpassed # 5 actress Fan Bingbing.
In less depressing news, the list of best actresses has diversified since 2006. The highest paid actresses of 2006 were almost exclusively white American actresses. This year, 30% of the list is from outside the United States, including Deepika Padukone (# 10, $ 10 million).
The review of the 10 best actresses of 2006 and 2016 gives an incomplete portrait of how Hollywood has evolved over the past decade. But the comparison shows that the entertainment industry still has a long way to go to close the gender gap. A decade later, wage inequalities and age-related biases are openly discussed in Hollywood, but it’s still harder for actresses to stay on top and make big bucks.
Here is the full list of Highest-paid actresses of 2006. See who stayed on top and who was usurped;
1. Drew Barrymore ($ 22 million)
2016: Jennifer Lawrence ($ 46 million)
2. Jennifer Aniston ($ 18.5 million)
2016: Melissa McCarthy ($ 33 million)
3. Jennifer Lopez ($ 17 million)
2016: Scarlett Johansson ($ 25 million)
4. Nicole Kidman ($ 14.5 million)
2016: Jennifer Aniston ($ 21 million)
5. Jennifer Garner ($ 14 million)
2016: Fan Bingbing ($ 17 million)
6. Cameron Diaz ($ 13 million)
2016: Charlize Theron ($ 16.5 million)
7. Naomi Watts ($ 11.5 million)
2016: Amy Adams ($ 13.5 million)
8. Sandra Bullock ($ 10.5 million)
2016: Julia Roberts ($ 12 million)
9. Patricia Heaton ($ 9 million)
2016: Mila Kunis ($ 11 million)
10. Julia Roberts ($ 8 million)
2016: Deepika Padukone ($ 10 million)
Revenue estimates are based on data from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo, and IMDB, as well as interviews with agents, managers, and lawyers.