Mark Wahlberg arrives for world premiere of Transfomers, The Last Night, at a cinema in central London
Mark Wahlberg arrives for world premiere of Transfomers, The Last Night, at a cinema in central London
Dwayne Johnson attends 'The Fate Of The Furious' New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York
Dwayne Johnson attends 'The Fate Of The Furious' New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York
Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel
FILE - In this May 16, 2016 file photo, Adam Sandler, a cast member in "The Do-Over," poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. The AP reported on Aug. 18, 2017, that a story claiming Sandler came to the defense of Mormons on an unnamed podcast is false. The claimed conversation never took place. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this May 16, 2016 file photo, Adam Sandler, a cast member in "The Do-Over," poses at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. The AP reported on Aug. 18, 2017, that a story claiming Sandler came to the defense of Mormons on an unnamed podcast is false. The claimed conversation never took place. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Tom Cruise. Picture: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Tom Cruise. Picture: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan
Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar
Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
Ryan Gosling, a cast member in the upcoming film "Blade Runner 2049," poses during a photo call backstage of the Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ryan Gosling, a cast member in the upcoming film "Blade Runner 2049," poses during a photo call backstage of the Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan attends the ceremonial opening of the Chinese Film Festival in Hungary 2017 at the Urania National Film Theatre in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP)
Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan attends the ceremonial opening of the Chinese Film Festival in Hungary 2017 at the Urania National Film Theatre in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 23, 2017. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP)
Actor Salman Khan poses for a picture on the Green Carpet at the International Indian Film Academy Awards show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford
Actor Salman Khan poses for a picture on the Green Carpet at the International Indian Film Academy Awards show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford
Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner
The World Premiere of “Spider-Man: Homecoming”  – Arrivals – Los Angeles
The World Premiere of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” – Arrivals – Los Angeles

DURBAN - Mark Wahlberg has be named the world’s highest paid actor for 2017 after banking $68 million pretax according to Forbes.


The former rapper now actor topped the list The World's Highest-Paid Actors 2017 after earning big for movie franchise Transformers: The Last Knight and the upcoming film Daddy’s Home 2. Wahlberg who did not feature in the top 10 of the list last year knocked off Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who held first position last year.


Dwayne Johnson attends 'The Fate Of The Furious' New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who made No. 2 on the list collected $65 million dollars for the Baywatch reboot and forthcoming film Jumanji which will be release in December 2017. He is role on HBO show Ballers as executive producer and lead actor ensures that he stays solid at the bank although Baywatch did not impress at the box office.


Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel, Johnson’s Fast and the Furious co star, saw his earnings jump up 55% due to his roles in movie franchises xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Diesel is also involved with another money making franchise, The Fate of the Furious. The film which he produced too made $1.239 billion at the worldwide box office


Completing the top 5 is comedian Adam Sandler at No. 4, who made $50.5 million due to a profitable deal with streaming service Netflix. Jackie Chan made the top 5, with $49 million, he continues to make money in China.


Also read: Emma Stone named world's best-paid actress


Other actors in the top 10 were Robert Downey Jr who was the highest paid actor in 2015. He always makes money from his roles in the superhero franchise Avengers and also acted in the new Spiderman film. Tom Cruise is NO. 7 on the list with $43 million from films like The Mummy and Mission Impossible: 6.The list also includes three Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar who made $38 million, $37 million and $35.5 million respectively.


New people on the list included Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo and Renner banked big paychecks after their roles in Marvel’s action hero film franchise the Avengers.


Altogether the top 20 banked a combined $720 million between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, before fees and taxes. Earnings estimates are based on information from Box Office Mojo, ComScore, Nielsen and IMDB. All the figures are pre tax. 


To view the full list: The World's Highest-Paid Actors 2017


- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE