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Downey is Hollywood’s top earner

NEW YORK - With estimated earnings of $75 million, “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. is Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, ahead of Channing Tatum and Hugh Jackman, according to Forbes.com.

Downey, 48, starred in Disney’s Marvel superhero films “The Avengers” in 2012 and “Iron Man 3” in 2013, each of which earned more than $1 billion at the box office, assuring him the top spot in the annual ranking of Hollywood’s top acting earners.

“Every studio in town would love to cast him, and now they’ll pay big bucks for the privilege,” Forbes.com contributor Dorothy Pomerantz said about Downey on Tuesday. Forbes.com estimated his earnings between June 2012 and June 2013.

New father Tatum, 33, who self-financed the male-stripper movie “Magic Mike” that made $167 million with director Steven Soderbergh, captured the No. 2 spot with estimated earnings of $60 million. Australian actor Jackman, 44, whose new movie “The Wolverine” opens in U.S. theaters next week, was not far behind with $55 million.

Mark Wahlberg, 42, had a comedy hit with “Ted,” a film that earned $550 million and pumped up his earnings to $52 million to secure fourth place, and wrestler-turned actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, 41, rounded out the top five with $46 million.

Johnson starred in “Fast and Furious 6,” which made $500 million at the box office in less than two weeks, and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” AP
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