Tom Cruise Tops Forbes' Highest-Paid Actors List

By: CBS News (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: CBS News (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
Tom Cruise raked in an estimated $75 million between May 2011 and May 2012, according to Forbes.

** FILE ** In this Aug. 11, 2008 file photo, actor Tom Cruise poses on the press line at the premiere of the feature film "Tropic Thunder" in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)

(CBS News) Tom Cruise topped Forbes' list of Hollywood's highest-paid actors.

The actor, who turned 50 Tuesday, raked in an estimated $75 million between May 2011 and May 2012, according to Forbes.

He has 2011's "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" to thank for the title, as the movie earned $700 million at the box office worldwide.

The news comes just days after Katie Holmes, Cruise's wife of five years, filed for divorce. Forbes called the split "a blight on an otherwise stellar year for the star."

Leonardo DiCaprio came in second on the list, with $37 million. "DiCaprio is still one of the few actors who can demand a $20 million paycheck for serious, adult films," Forbes explains.

Tied with DiCaprio was Adam Sandler, also with $37 million. Although critics blasted his 2011 film, "Jack and Jill," Sandler fans still hit the theaters.

Rounding out the top five were Dwayne Johnson, Ben Stiller and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Forbes came up with the tally based on upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising. Magazine editors also spoke with managers, agents and attorneys.


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