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Reese Witherspoon Highest-Paid Actress

December 5th, 2007 Posted in Mind Boggling Trivia

Reese Witherspoon is a moneymaker, even though her latest film, Rendition, was a flop.? The 31-year-old Academy Award winner commands $15 million to $20 million a movie, placing her at the top of The Hollywood Reporter’s 16th annual “Women in Entertainment: Power 100″ list of the highest-paid actresses.

Angelina Jolie came in second with similar salary demands, her voice alone earned the 32-year-old actress$8 million in the animated Beowulf.

Cameron Diaz came in third, with a $15 million-per-movie price tag.? Nicole Kidman dropped to fourth place, two spots lower than last year, with an asking price of $10 million to $15 million a film.

Renee Zellweger and Sandra Bullock also get $10 million to $15 million paychecks.? So does Julia Roberts, who hasn’t appeared on the big screen since 2004.? Her next film, Charlie Wilson’s War, is due in theaters in December.

Rounding out the top 10 are Drew Barrymore and Jodie Foster, who command $10 million to $12 million per project, and Halle Berry, who gets $10 million a picture.

Men traditionally command a higher salary than the women.? The top male actors, ?like Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise? make around $30 million per film, with a piece of the film’s profits.? And typical A-list stars such as Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio earn $20 million plus up to 20 percent of the gross box office take per movie.? Only recently have the women started to negotiate a percentage of the back end.? Cameron Diaz made around $30 million for “Shrek 3″ because of a generous share of the film’s proffits.

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