The odds really were in Jennifer Lawrence’s favour last year as she raked in $US52 million ($A70.71 million), topping a ranking of the highest-paid actresses by a wide margin.
The Hunger Games star easily surpassed the $US35.5 million second-placed Scarlett Johansson earned over the past 12 months, according to Forbes magazine’s annual estimates of the earnings of Hollywood’s top female stars, released on Thursday.
No Australian leading ladies appeared in the complete list of actresses Forbes estimated to have earned more than $US6 million.
All told, four women made more than $US20 million from their acting and endorsements, before taxes and fees, while 21 male actors did, underlining a lingering pay gap in Tinseltown.
Forbes pointed to the discrepancy in profit cuts between the male and female – including Lawrence – actors in the 2013 film American Hustle as an example. The male leads were reported to have taken home a two per cent higher cut than the female leads.
The magazine also noted the lesser number of female lead roles in general, saying it was rarer for women to score the sort of big blockbusters that command huge deals won by some male counterparts, for instance Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible or Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man.
Downey Jr blew away his male counterparts in Forbes’ rankings of the top-paid male stars, released earlier in August, raking in $US80 million.
At 25, Lawrence is one of the youngest stars in Hollywood. She won an Oscar for her role in the 2012 comedy Silver Linings Playbook.
Many more established actresses, such as Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock – last year’s highest-earning actress – got most of their earnings over the past 12 months from endorsements rather than movies.
One international star made the 2015 list – Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.
The complete list included all the actresses Forbes estimated to have earned more than $US6 million:
1. Jennifer Lawrence – $US52 million
2. Scarlett Johansson – $US35.5 million
3. Melissa McCarthy – $US23 million
4. Fan Bingbing – $US21 million
5. Jennifer Aniston – $US16.5 million
6. Julia Roberts – $US16 million
7. Angelina Jolie – $US15 million
8. Reese Witherspoon – $US15 million
9. Anne Hathaway – $US12 million
10. Kristen Stewart – $US12 million
11. Cameron Diaz – $US11 million
12. Gwyneth Paltrow – $US9 million
13. Meryl Streep – $US8 million
14. Amanda Seyfried – $US8 million
15. Sandra Bullock – $US8 million
16. Emma Stone – $US6.5 million
17. Mila Kunis – $US6.5 million
18. Natalie Portman – $US6 million