Forbes: DiCaprio Beats Depp for Title of Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actor

DiCaprio jumps from fifth to first, buoyed by the success of “Shutter Island” and “Inception”

Last Updated: August 3, 2011 @ 12:23 PM

Hollywood’s leading heartthrobs were weighed out in Forbes' most recent highest-earning actors list, released Monday.

According to Forbes, Leonardo DiCaprio jumped from fifth to first place this year, stealing the spot from Johnny Depp.

DiCaprio's estimated $77 million in earnings reflect the success of his two big films, “Shutter Island” and “Inception,” which earned a combined $1.2 billion.

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Bumped down a peg (although it’s hard to feel bad for him), Depp moved from first to second place with earnings of $50 million, down from his $75 million recorded in Forbes’ previous list. 

Grown Ups” star Adam Sandler ($40 million) and Will Smith ($36 million) were also ranked high, taking third and fourth places on the list.

Tom Cruise brings up the rear at No. 10, pulling in $22 million in the same period, Forbes estimates.

But as if you didn’t need proof Hollywood is a man’s world, Cruise’s earnings would rank him at No. 5 on the highest-paid actresses list for the same year, just between Reese Witherspoon ($28 million) and Julia Roberts ($20 million).

The 10 top actors earned an estimated $375 million between May 2010 and May 2011.

To come up with its numbers Forbes writes that it talked to agents, lawyers, producers and industry sources. 

Here’s the list:

1. Leonardo DiCaprio – $77 million
2. Johnny Depp – $50 million
3. Adam Sandler – $40 million
4. Will Smith – $36 million
5. Tom Hanks – $35 million
6. Ben Stiller – $34 million
7. Robert Downy Jr. – $31 million
8. Mark Wahlberg – $28 million
9. Tim Allen – $22 million
10. Tom Cruise – $22 million