GALLERY: Hollywood stars that topped the 2018 Forbes Rich list

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Aug 24, 2018

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DURBAN - Forbes has released their list of The Highest Paid Actresses for 2018 and Scarlett Johansson has topped this year's list. 

Forbes took into account the earnings for actresses between June 1st, 2017 and June 1st, 2018 for this ranking. 

Johansson made $40,5 million this year in pretax earnings during the one year period. Her role in the Marvel Avengers movies as Black Widow has clearly been lucrative. 

This year Johansson bumped off Emma Stone who was in the number one spot for the 2017 ranking. 

Here is a look at the top 10 actresses on the Forbes list of The Highest Paid Actresses for 2018: 

1. Scarlett Johansson: $40,5 million

Scarlett Johannson's most lucrative role is her character the Black Widow form the Marvel Avengers movies. Johansson started playing the role in 2010 in the Iron Man 2 movie. Altogether Johansson has done seven Marvel movies as the Black Widow is expected to do a standalone Black Widow film. 

Scarlett Johansson banked $40,5 million this past year. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

2. Angeline Jolie: $28 million

Although Angelina Jolie is busy with her humanitarian work she still demands double digits for big roles. Her role in the Maleficent 2 film accounts for the majority of her payday. 

3. Jennifer Aniston: $19,5 million

Jennifer Aniston makes most of her money through endorsements with companies like Emirates airlines, Smartwater and Aveeno. Next year her paycheck is expected to soar when production on her new Apple series with Reese Witherspoon starts. Aniston will receive an estimated $1,25 million per episode. 

Jennifer Aniston will be making bank this with her role in an upcoming Apple series. Photo: File

4. Jennifer Lawrence: $18 million

Two of Lawrence's latest movies Mother! and Red Sparrow did not perform well at the box office but her she still gets paid a lot of money for her roles in the X-Men movies and her for her Dior contract. 

5. Reese Witherspoon: $16,5 million

Reese Witherspoon will be earning her an estimated $1 million per episode for her series Big Little Lies 2 while movie roles make up half of her paycheck. 

Reese Witherspoon made $16,5 million this past year. Photo: File

6. Mila Kunis: $16 million

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis had a big hit with her film Bad Moms Christmas 2 which grossed $130 million at the box office on a $28 million budget. 

7. Julia Roberts: $13 million

Julia Roberts' film Wonder grossed $310 million worldwide on an estimated $28 million budget. The movie gave the actress her best box office numbers in over a decade. 

Earnings from her some of her older movies and her Lancome endorsement make up the rest of her paycheck. 

Julia Roberts has a lucrative endorsement with Lancome. Photo: File

8. Cate Blanchett: $12,5 million

Cate Blanchett. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

The Australian actress' pockets are being lined by family-friendly roles that included The House with a Clock in its Walls and Thor: Ragnarok.

9. Melissa McCarthy: $12 million

Melissa McCarthy. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

McCarthy is pocketing a massive paycheck thanks to her roles in The Happy Time Murders and Can You Ever Forgive Me?

10. Gal Gadot: $10 million

Gal Gadot. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Gal Gadot makes her debut on the rankings due to her recent endorsement with Revlon and her role in the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel Wonder Woman 1984. 

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