Hollywood featured a number of blockbuster films in 2014 which catapulted the popularity as well as the purse of certain actors. Robert Downey Jr. has consistently been in the No. 1 spot for two years. There are also a number of new names in the top-grossing list so expect these stars to appear more frequently in future movies due to their bankability.
Here is the year's highest earning actors, according to Forbes.
1. Robert Downey Jr.
The Iron Man star has been on top of the list since 2013. In 2014, he earned $75, particularly from films like Avengers and Iron Man. Marvel movies which Downey starred in earned about $4 billion at the global box office and several millions in terms of home videos and merchandise. He also helped smaller movies launch such as "Chef" by his friend Jon Favreau which garnered $25 million at the global box office.
2. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
The Rock is at second place with $52 million. He earned most of the sum from movies like The Fast and The Furious prequels, San Andreas and Hercules, his latest upcoming movie. Johnson is currently the biggest action star in Hollywood.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio
DiCaprio earned $39 million in the past year from movies like The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street. He was also nominated five times at the Oscars, although Matthew McConaughey beat him for Best Actor. The Great Gatsby earned $351 million at the global box office, while The Wolf of Wall Street earned close to $400 million.
4. Chris Hemsworth
The Hollywood hunk earned $37 million from June 2013 to June 2014. He earned most of the sum from playing the role of Thor in Thor 2, Avengers, The Dark World and Thor 3. He is currently working with some of the top directors and actors in Hollywood, boosting his fame and value in the process.
5. Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson is one of the most bankable actors in his age. His looks, maturity and husky voice are just some of the reasons why he is almost playable in any movie. He is currently working on Taken 3 and other films and is bound to be included in the list of the top 100 celebrities in 2014.