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Subject: Jennifer Lawrence banks $52m as the highest paid woman in film

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/23/15 at 10:15 am

Jennifer Lawrence is the world's highest paid female actor according to Forbes raking in $52m (£33m) in 2015. The 25-year-old Hunger Games star banked $16.5m more than second placed Scarlett Johansson, with $35.5m (£22m). It puts Lawrence ahead of most of the men. Only Avengers star Robert Downey Jr is ahead with earnings of $80m. Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy, came third with $23m and she's now one of the most sought after stars in Hollywood. Her film Identity Thief, co-starring Jason Bateman, was a hit despite terrible reviews. The film grossed $175m on a $35m budget. Aniston still earns money from re-runs of Friends and she's an in-demand spokesperson for big brands. But, the listings have highlighted the Hollywood pay gap. Only four actresses made more than $20m, while 21 actors banked $20m-plus. Lawrence made headlines earlier this year when it was revealed she and her female American Hustle co-star, Amy Adams, received a lower cut of profits than their male leads. The leaked Sony emails were from Lawrence's team complaining that male actors Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner got a 9% cut of profits, while Lawrence and Amy Adams received just 7%.

Highest paid:
1. Jennifer Lawrence - $52m
2. Scarlett Johansson - $35.5m
3. Melissa McCarthy - $23m
4. Fan Bingbing - £21m
5. Jennifer Aniston - $16.5m
6. Julia Roberts - $16m
7. Angelina Jolie - $15m
8. Reese Witherspoon - $15m
9. Anne Hathaway - $12m
10. Kristen Stewart - $12m

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