BySophie Atkinson, writer at
Sophie Atkinson

The times, they are 'a changin', at least in Tinseltown, where Kristen is no longer (quite as) fabulously, Scrooge McDuck-plunging-into-his swimming-pool-filled-with-dollar-notes wealthy as the number one best paid actress in Hollywood on Forbes' annual list.

topped last year's list with a gargantuan $34.5 million in earnings, and this year she clocked in at #3 on the list with an estimated $22 million.

So, who's swiped her crown? It's none other than , who presumably was laughing all the way to the bank after making an estimated $33 million between June 2012 and June 2013, which is a $13 million dollar raise from last year. Jolie reportedly earned $15 million for Maleficent, Disney’s retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty story.

I found this a little unexpected – while Jolie's obviously incredibly talented, her focus on transitioning to directing films, her philanthropic work and her family has meant that her acting work has been placed on the backburner for the last couple of years.

The lady in second place is who I would have assumed would have taken the number one spot, due to her insane, unprecedented levels of popularity in Hollywood and the media, is the wonderful Ms , who made a staggering $26 million in the last year. The Academy Award winning favorite earned less than $1 million for The Hunger Games, but after the huge box office takings, Lionsgate gave her a hefty pay rise for the earnings. took fourth place with $20 million, while came fifth with an estimated $16 million.

The rest of the top 10 was as follows:

6 - ($15 million)

7 - ($14 million)

8 - ($14 million) – yeah, I know, same as Sandra. I’m presuming 14 million is a rounded up/down figure and Sandra made slightly more than Natalie.

9 - ($11 million)

10 - ($11 million) See above.

The Christian Science Monitor noted of the list: 'Forbes compiled its list by talking to agents, managers and other "in-the-know" people to estimate entertainment-related revenue for each celebrity between June 2012 and June 2013. It did not deduct for taxes, agent fees or "any of the other costs of being a celebrity.'

Are you surprised at any of the entries on the list? Let us know below.


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