According to Forbes, his earnings from June 2013 to June 2014 totaled approximately $75 million for the period from June 2013 to June 2014, the same amount that put him on the top of the 2013 list.
The big difference from last year to this year is he made the identical amount of money without starring in any movies.
So where is all that money coming from?
It’s coming from residuals that keep rolling in from Iron Man 3, one of the biggest blockbusters of 2013. Because Downey Jr. was paid on the backend from the movie’s $1.2 billion revenue, the money just keeps coming.
The savvy actor knows what he is doing, and it looks like 2015 may be even more lucrative for Downey Jr. than this past year. For the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron, the actor negotiated a deal of somewhere between $50 and $80 million to act in the film. If he receives backend residuals once again, and the film is another blockbuster, the 51-year-old actor will be doing pretty well for himself.
Robert Downey Jr named Hollywood's highest paid actor for second year in a row. He's made $75-million over past year. pic.twitter.com/Oyjm1KKDBz
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One of the best moves the actor ever made was deciding to play the Marvel character Tony Stark. His portrayal is now considered irreplaceable.
Dwayne Johnson, who was number two on the list with an estimated $52 million in earnings, has had to work just a little bit harder than Downey Jr. over the past year. His acting roles over the past year include Pain & Gain, Fast & Furious 6 and Hercules, which opens Friday.
The Marvel movie franchise is proving to be lucrative for other stars as well.
Fellow Avengers actor Chris Hemsworth made the Forbes list for the first time this year, ranking no. 5 with $37 million. The majority of his revenue came from his Thor sequel, The Dark World, which did better at the box-office than the original.
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Other superheroes who made the Top 10 include Bradley Cooper, who plays Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, due out this week, and Ben Affleck, who collected a huge paycheck for the upcoming Batman v. Superman.
Here’s the Forbes’ Top 10 list and earnings for 2013-2014:
Robert Downey — $75 million
Dwayne Johnson — $52 million
Bradley Cooper — $46 million
Leonardo DiCaprio — $39 million
Chris Hemsworth — $37 million
Liam Neeson — $36 million
Ben Affleck — $35 million
Christian Bale — $35 million
Will Smith — $32 million
Mark Wahlberg — $32 million
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