Vin Diesel is the Highest Paid Actor of the Year

Posted 2017/12/27 0 0

Vin Diesel beats Fast and Furious co-star Dwayne Johnson to be named 2017's top grossing actor.


Diesel had a trio of films release throughout the year and they brought him to the top. According to Forbes, Diesel’s roles in The Fate of the Furious, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage this year has made him the highest grossing actor of 2017. The publication says Diesel’s films earned nearly $1.6 billion globally, largely in part to the $1.235 billion cume of The Fate of the Furious. The xXx sequel, the third in the series and second starring Diesel, earned $346.1 million worldwide to push Diesel to the top.

Just below Diesel on the list of 2017’s top-grossing thespians is none other than his Fate co-star Dwayne Johnson, who grossed “only” $1.5 billion this year. Fate’s $1.2 billion constitutes an even larger percentage of Johnson’s 2017 total, which was barely helped by the mega-flop that was Baywatch. That film made just $178 million or so worldwide, a mere drop in The Rock’s box-office bucket. Confusingly, Forbes notes that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the Johnson-starring Jumanji sequel/reboot, now in theaters, will continue to add to his total, so perhaps we’ll soon be reporting that Johnson has unseated Diesel. 

Completing 2017’s top three is Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, with a worldwide total of $1.4 billion. The Patty Jenkins-directed DC superhero(ine) film broke box-office records, raking in $822 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing live-action film ever directed by a woman. Jenkins will return to direct the sequel, so don’t be surprised to see Gadot reappear on this list in 2019. Zack Snyder’s Justice League, though both a significant critical and commercial disappointment, still made $647 million worldwide, boosting Gadot’s 2017 score further.

Other women who feature on the list include British actresses Emma Watson, who starred in the highest-grossing film of the year, Beauty and the Beast, and Daisy Ridley, thanks to her reprisal of Rey in the Star Wars sequel.