Sandra Bullock tops Forbes list as Hollywood’s top-earning actress

Actress Sandra Bullock in a file photo from June 5, 2014 speaking at the American Film Institute's 42nd Life Achievement Award event at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood, California. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
Actress Sandra Bullock in a file photo from June 5, 2014 speaking at the American Film Institute's 42nd Life Achievement Award event at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood, California. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

NEW YORK (REUTERS) – Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is Hollywood’s highest paid actress with estimated earnings of US$51 million (S$63 million) over 12 months, followed by Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Aniston, Forbes magazine said on Monday.

Bullock, 50, had a big hit last year with the space thriller film Gravity, which won seven Academy Awards including best director for Alfonso Cuaron, and made more than US$716 million worldwide.

The best actress Oscar winner in 2010 for The Blind Side, Bullock jumped from seventh place on the previous Forbes earnings list to the top spot between June 2013 and June 2014.

Bullock didn’t win best actress this year, “but she did walk away with a ton of money,” according to Forbes.com.

Hunger Games actress Lawrence, 23, came in second for the second consecutive year with estimated earnings of US$34 million, while Aniston, 45, climbed one spot to No. 3 with US$31 million.

Forbes compiled the list by estimating earnings from the actresses’ film work, endorsements, residuals and advertising work, and by talking to agents, managers and lawyers.

Gwyneth Paltrow, 41, who made an estimated US$19 million, and Angelina Jolie, with US$18 million, rounded out the top five. Jolie, 39, dropped from No. 1 last year.

Scarlett Johansson, the 29-year-old star of the sci-fi action thriller Lucy, came in seventh with US$17 million, and Twilight star Kristen Stewart, 24, fell from No. 3 last year to 10th place with earnings of US$12 million.

Although all of the actresses pulled in hefty incomes, Forbes said women still earn less then men in Hollywood. While the 10 highest earning actors took home a combined total of US$419 million, Hollywood’s 10 best-paid actresses made a total of US$226 million during the same time period.