Smith is top Hollywood earner

LOS ANGELES:

Will Smith, the black actor who rose from the ranks of rappers to become a Hollywood superstar, is now officially the top-earning star in Tinseltown. Smith, 39, earned $80 million in the past year to top the list of biggest earners, ahead of Johnny Depp ($72 million). The continued success of Smith’s movies across various genres means he is the first actor ever to have eight films in a row to break the $100 million barrier at the box office.

Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers came in joint third with pay cheques totalling $55 million each, and Leonardo DiCaprio rounded out the top five with $45 million in earnings. — DPA