The 26-year-old reportedly earned $46 million pretax in the past year, bolstered by the final installment of the “Hunger Games” series, “Mockingjay — Part 2,” which brought in $653 million worldwide. Lawrence is followed by Melissa McCarthy, who earned $33 million in the last year, and Scarlett Johansson, who brought in $25 million.
The rest of the top 10 list has Jennifer Aniston in the fourth spot, Fan Bingbing at number five, Charlize Theron at six, Amy Adams seventh, Julia Roberts eighth and Mila Kunis ninth. The list is rounded out by Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone; Padukone is the only first-timer to the list. The complete list, including the top-earning male actors, is expected to be released on Thursday.
According to Forbes, actresses reach such astronomical pay days not just through their acting work, in the way many of their male colleagues might. Forbes reports that close to 90 percent of the top-earning actresses receive an additional paycheck through endorsements.
Lawrence has been outspoken about wage inequality amongst Hollywood actresses. Late last year, she wrote an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny letter titled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?” in which she wrote that she feared negotiating for a higher salary when she knew her male costars were likely not faced with the same concerns and pressures. “If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share,” she wrote.
McCarthy, 45, has recently starred in films like “The Boss” and “Tammy,” and most recently was one of the leads in this summer’s female-led blockbuster “Ghostbusters.” Coupled with acting, she is also a budding designer; she wore a look of her own design to the 2016 Golden Globes, and she operates a line of clothing meant to appeal to and fit women of all sizes.