Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Scarlett Johansson Named 'World's Highest-Paid Actress' By Forbes

Scarlett Johansson Named 'World's Highest-Paid Actress' By Forbes

The Marvel star quadrupled her earnings from the 2017 list, and knocked last year's highest paid actress Emma Stone, off the top spot.

Thanks to her role as Black Widow for Marvel's Avengers movies, it's learned that Scarlett Johansson is the highest paid actress of 2018 with a whopping $40.5 million in pre-tax earnings between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

"The percent of budget cost has certainly skewed heavy, particularly on the Avengers movies, to cast now, whereas maybe in the early ones it was more visual effects or below the line", said Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President and producer previous year. "But that's OK because [the actors] are the best effects". This may still go up once her upcoming Apple series with Aniston starts production in 2019. Her $28m is based on her contract for Disney's live-action sequel 'Maleficent II.' The movie began shooting in May and has a scheduled release date of May 2020. All figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers, and lawyers are not deducted. Overall, the cumulative total is up 16 percent from $172.5 million in 2017. While Jennifer Aniston, Melissa McCarthy, Mila Kunis, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence all made the list for two years running, while Gal, Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson displaced Amy Adams, Charlize Theron, Emma Watson and Emma Stone on the list. With the second installation of the "Avengers: Infinity War" and a "Black Widow" spinoff movie looming in the horizon, the actress may yet increase her income and further secure her place at the top of the list. Gadot, whose turn as Wonder Woman catapulted her to fame, is the only newcomer on the ranking. Helping Johansson take the number one spot was the worldwide box office smash Infinity War. "The industry has had a hard time shifting to acknowledging that they need to hit a more diverse audience".

A 2016 study showed that of speaking characters in films, 28.7% are female and 18% of casts across film, broadcast, and cable and streaming are gender balanced.

Forbes said the lack of roles for women means "there are fewer opportunities for stars to earn big bucks".

Taylor Hill via Getty Images Scarlett Johansson, above, and Angelina Jolie were the only two actresses to top the $20 million mark, compared with three past year.

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