With $56 million banked, Sandra Bullock is highest paid actress
LOS ANGELES -- Nobody would argue that 2010 has been an up-and-down year for Sandra Bullock, given her Best Actress Oscar for "The Blind Side" followed by her divorce from scandal-plagued husband Jesse James.
On Tuesday, Bullock landed atop Hollywood's heap again when financial Web site Forbes.com named her the highest paid actress of the past 12 months, having earned $56 million from two box office hits: the romantic comedy "The Proposal" and the football film "The Blind Side."
Bullock not only received a fee for acting but also participated in the profits, and for both films the box office numbers were hefty, according to Forbes.com. "The Blind Side" grossed nearly $310 million globally and had a budget of about $30 million; "Proposal" grossed just less than $320 million and cost roughly $40 million.
Tied for the No. 2 spot were Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz, both making $32 million. Although Witherspoon has not been on screen since 2008, she received advance paychecks for two upcoming films, "How Do You Know" and "Water for Elephants."
Jennifer Aniston was No. 4 with $27 million, and "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker was No. 5 at $25 million.
To determine actresses' compensation, Forbes.com talked to talent agents, managers, producers and lawyers and looked at other sources of revenue such as perfume and clothing lines and ad campaigns.
Forbes.com based its figures on earnings from June 2009 to June 2010. Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston were the highest paid actresses during a similar period one year earlier.