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– This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on August 25, Thursday.
Welcome to CNBC Business Daily, I'm Qian Chen.
Take a look at Forbe's highest paid actress list this year... and here are the top-5 names.
For the second year in a row, the odds are in her favor: Jennifer Lawrence is once again the world's highest-paid actress, notching $46 million pretax over 12 months-$13 million more than second-ranked Melissa McCarthy, who pocketed $33 million.
Lawrence's impressive earnings consist largely of a profit slice from the big box office gross ($653.4 million) of her final Hunger Games installment and a mammoth upfront fee for the forthcoming Passengers. Her total is down 11.5% from $52 million in 2015, but she remains the girl on fire, financially speaking.
McCarthy, 45, is this year's biggest dollar gainer year over year; her earnings are up $10 million on 2015′s estimate thanks in part to a reported eight-figure payday for Ghostbusters. This year, the Mike & Molly star recorded her biggest annual paycheck to date, out-earning Scarlett Johansson (No. 3, $25 million).
To wit, 30% of the list hail from outside the U.S.; Chinese actress Fan Bingbing makes the cut for the second consecutive year.
India's Deepika Padukone is the only newcomer to the ranking. The 30-year-old joins the list with Bollywood hits such as Bajirao Mastani, though she earns far less than her Hollywood counterparts for roles. Instead, she compensates with over a dozen lucrative endorsements-a hedging tactic employed by many of her Hollywood peers.
In an industry where a pay gap with male actors still exists, 90% of the world's highest-paid actresses supplement their on-screen earnings with endorsements. A particular standout: Jennifer Aniston (No. 4), 47, whose advertisements for Emirates airlines, Smartwater, Aveeno and Living Proof comprise a chunk of her $21 million earnings.
[NATALIE ROBEHMED, Forbes Staff Writer] "so one way to look at that is that in fact 18 men on the highest paid actor's list this year made over 20 mn dollars. Only 4 women made only 20 mn dollars.So there's a big difference in the numbers there."
Though these select actresses earn more than most could dream of, their movie money is but a fraction of what many of their male counterparts pocket. While top actresses can negotiate eight figure upfront fees plus a cut of profits for leading parts in big budget movies, there are simply fewer of those roles available for women.
For women, the movie business is notoriously ageist. But with box office clout and undeniable chops, some of the highest-paid actresses have maneuvered themselves into positions of economic power.
CNBC's Qian Chen, reporting from Singapore.