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Who were Hollywood's top earners in 2010?

02.03.2011

With 2010 now well in the can, Vanity Fair has once again released their annual breakdown of which Hollywood players got just a little bit richer this past year. It's a thorough list that even details where exactly the money came from (such as back-end bonuses and ancillary revenues).

The list focuses on creative figures - meaning actors, directors, and producers - and the money they earn exclusively from film (so no television work and nothing from extra curricular projects).

Here are the top 10 earners in Hollywood from 2010:

1) JAMES CAMERON - $257 MILLION
$248 million: AVATAR (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on 2010 worldwide box-office gross of $1.95 billion, and share of DVD and pay-television revenue; excludes $50 million earned in 2009)
$5 million: AVATAR (share of toy licensing, other revenue)
$4 million: Older film revenue (e.g., back-end and royalties from earlier projects, other payments)

2) JOHNNY DEPP - $100 MILLION
$40 million: ALICE IN WONDERLAND (back-end for starring, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion)
$35 million: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (up-front money for starring)
$20 million: THE TOURIST (fee for co-starring)
$5 million: Older film revenue

3) STEVEN SPIELBERG - $80 MILLION
$50 million: Universal-theme-park royalties and consulting fees
$20 million: WAR HORSE (fee for directing and producing)
$10 million: Older film revenue

4) CHRISTOPHER NOLAN - $71.5 MILLION
$69 million: INCEPTION (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on worldwide gross of $823 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$2.5 million: Older film revenue

5) LEONARDO DICAPRIO - $62 MILLION
$59 million: INCEPTION (back-end for starring)
$3 million: Back-end for starring in SHUTTER ISLAND, older film revenue

6) TIM BURTON - $53 MILLION
$50 million: ALICE IN WONDERLAND (back-end for directing, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3 million: Older film revenue

7) ADAM SANDLER - $50 MILLION
$25 million: JUST GO WITH IT (fee for producing and starring)
$20 million: JACK AND JILL (fee for producing and starring)
$3 million: GROWN UPS (back-end for starring and writing, based on worldwide gross of $271 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$2 million: Older film revenue

8) TODD PHILLIPS - $34 MILLION
$15 million: THE HANGOVER: PART II (fee for writing, producing, and directing)
$13 million: THE HANGOVER (back-end for producing and directing; excludes $39 million earned in 2009)
$3 million: DUE DATE (back-end for producing and directing, based on worldwide gross of $200 million, as of December 31, 2010)
$2 million: Older film revenue
$1 million: PROJECT X (fee for producing)

9) TAYLOR LAUTNER - $33.5 MILLION
$12.5 million: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 (fee for co-starring)
$12.5 million: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 (fee for co-starring)
$7.5 million: ABDUCTION (fee for starring)
$1 million: Older film revenue, mostly from TWILIGHT franchise

10) ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. - $31.5 MILLION
$15 million: SHERLOCK HOLMES 2 (fee for starring)
$12 million: IRON MAN 2 (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $627 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3.5 million: SHERLOCK HOLMES (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $523 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$1 million: Older film revenue

You can check out the entire list RIGHT HERE.
Extra Tidbit: F*cking Taylor Lautner, man.
Source: Vanity Fair

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