In the past year, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has brought home the highest-ever total for acting earnings in the 20-year history of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list, the outlet reported on Monday.
From June 2017 to June 2018, Johnson earned USD 124 million, nearly double the earnings total of USD 65 million he posted on 2017’s list.
Johnson ranked 5th overall on 2018’s Celebrity 100, up 17 spots from his ranking of 22nd on last year’s list.
Though Forbes has labeled him “Hollywood’s highest-paid actor” in a recent profile, “The Rock” technically earned less in the past year than a fellow actor, George Clooney.
But Clooney made his way to No. 2 on the list largely through the USD 700 million sale of his tequila company, Casamigos, to the British liquor company Diageo, while “the vast majority” of Johnson’s USD 124 million came from acting earnings, the outlet said.
Forbes reported that Johnson earned his record total “thanks to giant upfront paychecks and a cut of profits on blockbusters including ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.'” He also negotiated a previously reported seven-figure salary for posting about his films on his own social media pages.
On Tuesday, Johnson shared his Forbes profile on Twitter, recalling how he was “the dude who started w/ USD 7bucks.” He added: “I’m awestruck (USD 124M) grateful & hungry.”
—Source: Business Insider