Jennifer Lawrence vs. Sandra Bullock: Who Is Hollywood's Top-Earning Actress?

Taryn Ryder
Writer, Yahoo Celebrity
August 4, 2014

It’s Oscar winner versus Oscar winner for the battle of Forbes’s highest-earning actress. Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence both had great years at the box office, and each were up for an Academy Award in March. So which star raked in the most money?

Bullock tops the 2014 list with an estimated $51 million in earnings between June 2013 and June 2014. To come up with the estimates, Forbes talked to agents, producers, lawyers, and other “in-the-know people.” The 50-year-old actress starred in last year’s space epic Gravity, which was one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed movies of the year. The effects-heavy movie cost upwards of $100 million to produce, but brought in $716 million worldwide. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bullock made around $70 million when all revenue streams were factored in. (Presumably a chunk of that fell in last year’s pay cycle.)

Trailing not too far behind Bullock at no. 2 is Jennifer Lawrence, who earned around $34 million thanks to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and X-Men: Days of Future Past. (She also came in at no. 2 in 2013, that time behind Angelina Jolie.) For Catching Fire, the 23-year-old actress reportedly negotiated a check “somewhere in the $10 million range” according to the Hollywood Reporter. (The movie eventually made $865 million worldwide.) Lawrence stands to earn a lot more for the final two movies in the series, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if she soon finds her way to no. 1 on the Forbes list. Lawrence also reprised her role as Mystique in the latest X-Men installment, which had one of the year’s best openings with $90.8 million and was the highest-grossing film globally of the franchise.

Jennifer Aniston takes the third spot with $31 million thanks to her backend deals on movies like We’re the Millers, endless Friends reruns, and endorsement deals for Aveeno and Vitamin Water. Rounding out the top 5 are Gwyneth Paltrow with $19 million and Angelina Jolie with $18 million.

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