Under-fire Cruise still brings in the bucks
By Michael Thurston, AFP/Reuters
July 5, 2012, 12:36 am TWN
LOS ANGELES--Tom Cruise was named the highest paid actor in Hollywood on Tuesday, on his 50th birthday — but the "Mission Impossible" star has little to celebrate.
Tom Cruise led Forbes' annual list of the 100 highest paid actors released on Tuesday, earning nearly twice that of second place Leonardo DiCaprio and recapturing his spot among Hollywood's top-earning performers after his recent blockbuster movie "Mission: Impossible."
Last year's top earner DiCaprio, 37, tied for second place on the list with funnyman Adam Sandler, 45, both with US$37 million.
Former professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, 40, came in fourth, earning US$36 million including from his film "Fast Five" that took in US$626 million worldwide, and at No. 5 was comedian Ben Stiller with US$33 million, whose next film "The Watch" about a group of Neighborhood Watch dads, is due for release in July.
In compiling the list, Forbes considers factors including upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.
Days after his wife filed for divorce, apparently taking him by surprise, questions are stacking up about the role of his controversial Scientologist faith at the end of his five-year marriage to Katie Holmes.
The "Top Gun" actor — who has been in Iceland shooting his latest movie ahead of the landmark birthday, according to reports — has remained tightlipped since his wife's bombshell announcement last week.
"Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children," his spokesman said Friday, adding nothing since despite mounting speculation about what led to Holmes's decision.
Their fairytale love affair had started so well. Cruise famously jumped up and down on Oprah Winfrey's couch professing his love for Holmes during a whirlwind courtship that culminated in a proposal under the Eiffel Tower.
But the divorce will be the third for Cruise, following his marriage to U.S. actress Mimi Rogers from 1987-1990 and Australian Nicole Kidman from 1990-2001. He also had a three-year relationship with Spanish star Penelope Cruz.