1. Robert Downey Jr. - $75 million
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At the risk of sounding clichéd, we must say that the actor is like wine, getting better with age. 'The Avengers' was the third highest grossing movie of all time - and with a huge star cast, guess who walked away with the biggest paycheck? That's right; Tony Stark with his iron suit and affable charm was easily the most popular superhero in the movie.
2. Channing Tatum - $60 million
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If you always put Channing Tatum as one of the young, good-looking actors earning moderately in medium-budget movies - it's time to change that stereotype. If you caught 'Magic Mike' last year, the comedy drama film was a jackpot for the actor - earning him $60 million! A movie based on Tatum's own past as a male stripper, it is now going to be made into a Broadway show.
3. Hugh Jackman - $55 million
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Hugh Jackman has done a number of brilliant roles in his career - but to us, he will always be Wolverine. However, his biggest paycheck came not from the X-Men franchise - but the Oscar-winning 'Les Misérables' where he played Jean Valjean and was nominated for an Academy Award himself. The movie, made on a paltry $61 million, earned $438 million at the box office.
4. Mark Wahlberg - $52 million
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Mark Wahlberg is an actor better remembered for serious roles like 'The Fighter' and 'The Departed'. So his performance in the surprise hit of 2012, 'Ted', came as another surprise. He is on the way to big bucks now - with a sequel to 'Ted' in the pipeline and also 'Transformers 4', to be released next year.
5. Dwayne Johnson - $46 million
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Good-looking wrestlers are always welcome to Hollywood. And Dwayne Johnson is now a part and parcel of high-grossing action franchises - 'Fast & Furious 6' and 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation', to be precise. The actor is next going to be seen in 'Fast & Furious 7' and as Hercules in 'Hercules: The Thracian Wars'.
6. Leonardo DiCaprio - $39 million
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Every time we mention Leonardo DiCaprio, we cannot help but sigh at him being the subject of Oscar snubs. The actor is superbly talented, to say the least - and 'The Great Gatsby', with him at the helm of the cast, crossed $250 million at the box office easily. The actor got his due and $39 million - whether he gets a mention at the next Academy Awards is anybody's guess.
7. Adam Sandler - $37 million
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Just when you pegged him down as the funny man of Hollywood, Adam Sandler goes and sets the cash register at the BO ringing with the animated 'Hotel Transylvania'. Grossing $347 million, this movie is easily Sandler's biggest hit till date - and the second is 'Grown Ups', the sequel to which also brought in big bucks to Sandler.
8. Tom Cruise - $35 million
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Tom Cruise has many more years before he is passé, unlike what critics might have to say. The actor's 2012 movie 'Jack Reacher' might not have created magic at the national box office, but overseas it raked in enough for the movie to gross $217 million. Lesson number one, never underestimate the overseas BO, and lesson number two, never underestimate Tom Cruise.
9. Denzel Washington - $33 million
Denzel Washington's 'Flight' was nominated for two Oscars last year, including Best Actor for him. The actor is one of the best in the industry, and when he asked for a fee that was more than what the movie was made for, he knew what he was doing. 'Flight' went on to gross more than 5 times of what it started out with.
10. Liam Neeson - $32 million
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Understated, but powerful performance - that's Liam Neeson for you. He keeps a low profile unlike Ben Affleck and Will Smith - while making more money than them. The secret is to do low cost, high return movies like 'Taken' and 'The Grey'. And he is so much in demand too - he has eight movies lined up for him till next year. How cool is that?