‘Breaking Dawn’ Star Taylor Lautner Beats Out Robert Pattinson In 2010 Top Earners List

Taylor Lautner has beaten his Breaking Dawn co-stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in 2010’s Hollywood Top 40 Earners List. Compiled by Vanity Fair magazine, the rankings revealed the 18-year-old actor raked in an estimated $33.5 million for his various movie appearances throughout 2010, making him the ninth-highest earner in Hollywood.

As well as pushing last year’s number nine Robert Downey Jr. into tenth place, Taylor beat both Kristen and Robert – who received $28.5 million and $27.5 million for their respective film roles over the past 12 months – who landed in 13th and 14th places.

Vanity Fair’s contributing editor Peter Newcomb explained: “He’s perhaps the highest-paid teenage star right now. When they first negotiated their contracts, they were getting paid a lot less.

“Then, with the immense success of the film, the agents went back and renegotiated the deal – Lautner’s deal in particular was really bumped up.”

With ‘Avatar’ director and producer James Cameron securing the top spot in the rankings with an estimated yearly earning of $257 million, Johnny Depp – who raked in $100 million in 2010 – was listed as the highest-earning actor, taking home $40 million for his role as the Mad Hatter in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ alone.

However, despite being pipped to the post by her Twilight co-star, Kristen Stewart’s estimated $28.5 million earnings made her the highest-ranking female star in 2010.

Vanity Fair Magazine’s Hollywood Top 20 Earners 2010

1. James Cameron – $257 million
2. Johnny Depp – $100 million
3. Steven Speilberg – $80 million
4. Christopher Nolan- $71.5 million
5. Leonardo DiCaprio – $62 million
6. Tim Burton – $53 million
7. Adam Sandler – $50 million
8. Todd Phillips – $34 million
9. Taylor Lautner – $33.5 million
10. Robert Downey Jr. – $31.5 million
11. Will Smith – $29 million
12. Joe Roth – £28.5 million
13. Kristen Stewart – $28.5 million
14. Jerry Bruckheimer – $27.5 million
15. Robert Pattinson – $27.5 million
16. Jason Blum and Oren Peli – $26.5 million
17. Tyler Perry – $25 million
18. Jennifer Aniston – $24.5 million
19. Jon Favreau – $24 million
20. Nicolas Cage – $23.5 million

Anyone else wish they were on this list? It’s crazy when you realize how much some of your favorite stars make!


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  1. Seriously. 🙂 I’d assume there is another 18 year old missing… Miley Cyrus. Perhaps she’s considered more music than Hollywood, but I’m sure she’s probably got Taylor beat. lol