Here's How Much the Highest Paid Actors of 2023 Raked In

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While many of us were juggling bills and living paycheck to paycheck in 2023, the crème de la crème of Hollywood's acting world were laughing all the way to the bank. Starring in hit movies like "Barbie," "Killers of the Flower Moon," and "Oppenheimer," these actors collectively hauled in amounts that most of us can only dream of. Here are the 10 highest paid actors of 2023, according to Forbes

Denzel Washington
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10. Denzel Washington: $24 million

Well known for his action roles, Washington added $24 million to his war chest in 2023 — largely thanks to his role in "The Equalizer 3." The film, which stars Washington as a government assassin, bagged over $192 million globally. At 69, the actor shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. 

Ben Affleck
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9. Ben Affleck: $38 million

JLo's new hubby enjoyed a $38 million payday last year by showcasing his talent both in front of the camera as Nike executive Phil Knight and behind it as the director and producer of "Air." The film netted over $90 million worldwide. While Affleck's love for Dunkin' might be common knowledge, it's his cinematic skills that really paid off.

Jason Statham
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7. Jason Statham: $41 million (tie)

Action man Jason Statham, tied for seventh place, pocketed a cool $41 million last year. Known for his hard-hitting roles, 2023 was no exception, and saw Statham star in "Meg 2: The Trench," "Expendables," and "Fast X." It's clear Statham has found his niche with high-adrenaline films, and we're sure his bank account isn't complaining.

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The Crystal Award winner: Leonardo DiCaprio
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7. Leonardo DiCaprio: $41 million (tie)

Also earning $41 million to tie with Statham, Leonardo DiCaprio continued to prove his Oscar-worthiness in "Killers of the Flower Moon," directed by Martin Scorsese. The film, which depicts the 1920s murders of the Osage people in Oklahoma for their oil wealth, received a whopping 10 Oscar nods. At 49, DiCaprio remains a heavyweight in Hollywood — both in talent and in earnings.

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6. Jennifer Aniston: $42 million

America's sweetheart Jennifer Aniston brought home $42 million after starring in the third season of "The Morning Show," and partnering again with long-time pal Adam Sandler in "Murder Mystery 2." While her entrepreneurial and endorsement deals are also notable, they're icing on the cake compared to her substantial acting earnings.

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Matt Damon
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4. Matt Damon: $43 million (tie)

Tying with Ryan Gosling for fourth place, Damon snagged an impressive $43 million last year. His portrayal of Leslie Groves in "Oppenheimer" contributed significantly to this total, with the film exploding at the box office and in the global awards scene. Damon also had a hand in producing "Air," alongside childhood bestie Ben Affleck. 

Ryan Gosling

4. Ryan Gosling: $43 million (tie)

Also netting $43 million, Gosling turned heads with his memorable performance as Ken in Greta Gerwig's "Barbie." The movie became the highest-grossing film of 2023 and earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. Gosling also gave his singing chops a chance to shine with hit song "I'm Just Ken," which debuted on Billboard's "Hot 100" and added to the film's financial success. 

tom cruise
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3. Tom Cruise: $45 million

The ageless action star continued to dominate the action genre in 2023. His role as Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One" earned him $45 million, and cemented his status as one of Hollywood's most hardcore actors. At 61, Cruise continues to perform his own stunts — proving that reality can indeed be as thrilling as fiction.

Margot Robbie
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2. Margot Robbie: $59 million

After stepping into the (plastic) shoes of Barbie, Australian actress Margot Robbie earned a jaw-dropping $59 million in 2023. "Barbie" not only smashed box office records, but also showcased Robbie's skills both in front of the camera and as a producer. Despite suffering an Oscar snub, Robbie's bank account surely offers some consolation.

Adam Sandler
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1. Adam Sandler: $73 million

Topping the list was funny man Adam Sandler with $73 million, largely thanks to his successful partnership with Netflix. Sandler's production company, Happy Madison Productions, continues to churn out hits like "Leo," and "Murder Mystery 2." The actor and producer also has an extended deal with the streaming giant to produce four more films.