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The 10 top-earning actresses made almost $300 million less than their male peers this year

The 10 top-earning actresses made almost $300 million less than their male peers this year

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who tops the list of highest-paid actors, earned $89.4 million between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019. That’s roughly $33 million more than Johansson.

As the co-founder of Seven Bucks Production, which he started in 2013, Johnson now has a lot more say in the business dealings of his projects, including HBO’s “Ballers” and the “Jumanji” franchise.

For instance, Johnson has negotiated a contract for the upcoming “Jumanji: The Next Level” that will give him an upfront salary of $23.5 million, as well as 15% of the earnings from “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which made $962.1 million in box offices worldwide. On “Ballers,” the actor-turned-businessman earns $700,000 per episode.

To close the pay and opportunity gap that women face in Hollywood, several actresses on this year‘s highest-earning list have also started their own production companies. Witherspoon, who earned $35 million over the past year, launched production company Hello Sunshine more than five years ago to help boost opportunities for women in the industry.

“I started a production company five years ago to create more roles for women onscreen and behind the scenes,” she wrote in an essay for Glamour in 2017. “Today I have something like 23 projects in the works driven by great female characters of different ages and races.”

One of those projects includes HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” which Witherspoon produced and stars in alongside Nicole Kidman. According to Forbes, Witherspoon and Kidman each earned $1 million per episode in the show‘s second season.

Take a look below to see the total earnings of the top 10 highest-paid actresses and actors over the past year. Earnings are pre-tax and fees for agents, managers and lawyers have not been deducted.