Mark Wahlberg named the world's highest paid actor

Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar took the eighth ninth and 10th places on the Forbes list respectively

The men made almost three times more than what the women made.

The gap between the top 10 men and women has grown since last year's analysis, which found showed the actors taking home more 2.3 times the amount rather than this year's 2.8 times.

Forbes on Tuesday said Wahlberg made $68 million between June, 2016 and June 2017, leaving behind last year's top earner, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The actor banked $49 million mostly from Chinese films, earning him a spot at no. 5 on the list.

His earnings in 2017 edged out Johnson, the former wrestler and Baywatchstar, who earned $65 million, as well as Johnson's Fast and the Furious co-star Vin Diesel, who earned $54.5 million in 2017. He is ahead of Dwayne Johnson, who occupied the first place a year ago, and especially Emma Stone, actress the best paid of Hollywood, but so much less than his colleague.

Despite topping the list of highest paid actors in 2017, Mark Wahlberg had a pretty bad year in terms of box office returns.

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The new opus of the saga Transformers "has got the miserable score of 15% on the aggregator website of critics in Rotten Tomatoes, and has been reported to be the worst recipe in the history of the franchise", explains Forbes.

Even though his movies are not getting favourable reviews from the critics and the audiences, but that hasn't stop Mark Wahlberg to be at the tip of the iceberg.

Although the movie tanked at the box office, it didn't affect his fixed compensation clause. "According to a 2016 study, women comprise just 28.7% of all speaking roles in movies and only a quarter of roles for characters over the age of 40-an ageism and lack of opportunity not facing Hollywood's leading men".

Oscar victor Emma Stone was the highest-paid actress. Robert Downey Jr., who previously held the highest-paid actor spot in 2015, dropped to sixth place, and Marvel's Chrises - Evans, Pratt, and Hemsworth - all appear on the list, too.

This year's actors boast much higher figures than this year's actresses, announced last week.

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