The recently publicized gender pay gap doesn’t seem apply to actresses who, in some cases, are making more than their actor husbands.
Not all of the money is coming from blockbuster movies. In some cases, like in the case of Sarah Jessica Parker, there is money from a clothing line or a fragrance line.
Jennifer Aniston made a lot of her net worth with the Friends episodes, which allows her to pursue more artistic roles as well as funny ones like her role in We are the Millers.
Some of the highest paid actresses include Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Kristen Stewart, Katherine Heigl, and Cameron Diaz.
To find out more, click through the slide show to see more about each actress and what kind of money they are making.
Of course, most of these amounts are estimated, and IBMD does not release the pay information for every actress for every movie.
Angelina Jolie, $33 million in 2014
With a reported net worth of $145 million, the 38-year-old actress is sitting on top of the food chain. Jolie has played an action hero and the love interest opposite of Johnny Depp is The Tourist. Daughter of John Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand, Jolie started in sci-fi movies like Cyborg II and Hackers. One of her most memorable roles is the role of Laura Croft in the Tomb Raider movies, and she made it really big playing opposite Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The humanitarian also founded the Jolie-Pitt Foundation which is concerned with protecting the environment and bringing aid to starving villages around the world. Jolie will get $20 million when she signs on for a second Salt movie.
Jennifer Aniston, $28 million in 2010 and $20 million in 2014
A recent article by Daily Mail revealed Aniston makes $5 million per movie, and she has been in a lot of them recently. Aniston has earned her chops every step of the way from attending New York's School of Performing Arts, to doing ten seasons as Rachel Green on the tv series Friends. Aniston earned $8 million for Me and Marley. Most recently, she co-starred in We’re the Millers. She also has Horrible Bosses II and three other movies in the works.
Jennifer Lawrence, $26 million in 2014
Lawrence won an Oscar in 2012 for Silver Linings Playbook, but her biggest paying job right now is The Hunger Games series. When the first movie made it big, she got a significantly bigger salary for The Hungary Games: Catching Fire.
Sarah Jessica Parker, $30 million in 2010
Parker’s Sex in City Movies have made her a bundle, and she admits a real-life appreciation for fashion, having helped design a line a clothing and a line a fragrances including NYC which netted her $18 million in 2010. The 48-year-old actress set a record, earning of $15 million on Sex and the City II.
Reese Witherspoon, $28 million in 2010
Legally Blonde star, Witherspoon made $15 million each for Walk the Line, Legally Blonde II, Vanity Fair, and Just Like Heaven. Mother of three, Witherspoon will star in movies: Wild, Inherent Vice, and the Good Lie in the coming months.
Julia Roberts, $20 million in 2010
Best known for her role in Pretty Woman, Roberts has since grown up and earned a good deal of money in Eat Pray Love, Larry Crowne, and Ocean’s Twelve where she has commanded as much as $25 million per film. Her role as Erin Brockovich earned her an Oscar for Best Actress in 2001. She also draws revenue as a model for Lancome.
Kristen Stewart, $20 to $22 million a year for the past four years
Stewart is still riding on the Twilight series cash cow. Snow White and the Huntsman and The Runaways did not do as well, but she currently has six movies in the works.
Katherine Heigl, $19 million in 2010
Heigl reportedly makes $12 million per picture. She also reportedly must take a bath in every movie according to her contract, but that may be conjecture. Her role in Knocked Up set her up to be the queen of Rom Coms or Romantic Comedies. Killers and Life as We Know It kicked her back a step, but her role as Stephanie Plum in One for the Money brought her back. She is currently in post-production for movie Jenny’s Wedding, and she’s working on two more movies (State of Affairs and Your Right Mind) right now.
Cameron Diaz, $18 million in 2010
Diaz made a reported $42 million for her role in Bad Teacher, but that was 2011. Since then she has played Jules, a pregnant fitness coach, in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and she is expected to reprise the role of Elizabeth Halsey in Bad Teacher II. Another role worth mentioning is Malkina in The Counselor, a movie that was adequately advertised but only made $7,842,930 opening weekend in the U.S.