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LOS ANGELES - Dwayne Johnson took the No. 1 spot in the Forbes list of top-grossing actors in 2013, while his ‘Fast & Furious 6’ co-stars Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker made the top six, the magazine said on Monday.

The Rock, as Johnson is known since his wrestling career, bested ‘Iron Man 3’ star Robert Downey Jr. by starring in four films in 2013, including ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’, that collectively brought in $1.3 billion at the global box office.

‘Iron Man 3’ is the highest-grossing movie so far in 2013 with $1.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

Forbes makes the list by compiling how many dollars each star's movies brought in at the box office worldwide this year. It does not reflect actors' individual earnings.

Th sixth installment of the highly profitable street-car racing ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise earned $789 million at the box office, and the deep-voiced Diesel added the $98 million from the third movie in his ‘Riddick’ series to come in fourth on the Forbes list.

‘Fast & Furious 6’ alone pushed Walker into sixth place. The 40-year-old actor, who died last month in a fiery car crash, was filming the seventh instalment of the franchise and Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp, has not yet said how the film will work around his death.

Comedic actor Steve Carell ranked third on the list thanks to the success of the animated film ‘Despicable Me 2’ in which he voices the evil mastermind Gru.

Actress Sandra Bullock came in at No. 5 with two big wins at the box office: the critically acclaimed outerspace thriller ‘Gravity’ and the female cop comedy ‘The Heat.’

In joint seventh place were 'Monsters University' stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman, with the animated tale bringing in $743 million.
'Thor: The Dark World' and 'Rush' actor Chris Hemsworth's 2013 work grossed $701 million, ranking him ninth, and 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' actress Jennifer Lawrence completed the top 10 with box office takings of $700 million.

Forbes' Top 10 Highest-Grossing Actors of 2013.
1. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson - $1.3 billion
2. Robert Downey Jr. - $1.2 billion
3. Steve Carrell - $964 million
4. Vin Diesel - $887 million
5. Sandra Bullock - $862 million
6. Paul Walker - $789 million
7= Billy Crystal - $743 million
7 = John Goodman - $743 million
9. Chris Hemsworth - $701 million
10. Jennifer Lawrence - $700 million - Reuters and Bang Showbiz

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