James Cameron Tops 2010′s Highest Hollywood Earners

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But guess who beat out not only Robert Downey Jr. (#10) but also Will Smith (#11)? Young Mr. Taylor Lautner, who as of this writing, is known for co-starring (and not getting the girl) in the “Twilight” movies. Those films, and attaching himself to a slew of upcoming projects, has landed Lautner at the #9 spot of Hollywood’s top earners for 2010. To no one’s surprise, James Cameron topped the list with a whopping $257 million, mostly thanks to the gazillion dollar earnings of “Avatar”. I guess it’s time to add another section or two to the old homestead, eh, James?

(In case you were wondering, Lautner outearned both his “Twilight” co-stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who came in at #13 and #15, respectively.)

Here is Vanity Fair‘s list of the Top 10 Hollywood Earners for 2010, including a full accounting of where their mayor paydays came from as well as some “couch change”:

Thanks Mike for the heads up.

1. James Cameron
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $257 MILLION
$248 million: Avatar (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on 2010 worldwide box-office gross of $1.95 billion, and share of DVD and pay-television revenue; excludes $50 million earned in 2009)
$5 million: Avatar (share of toy licensing, other revenue)
$4 million: Older film revenue (e.g., back-end and royalties from earlier projects, other payments)

2. Johnny Depp
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $100 MILLION
$40 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for starring in Tim Burton film, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion)
$35 million: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (up-front money for starring in next installment of Jerry Bruckheimer’s waterlogged but ludicrously profitable franchise)
$20 million: The Tourist (fee for co-starring in one of the year’s bigger flops alongside Angelina Jolie)
$5 million: Older film revenue

3. Steven Spielberg
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $80 MILLION
$50 million: Universal-theme-park royalties and consulting fees
$20 million: War Horse (fee for directing and producing upcoming World War I drama)
$10 million: Older film revenue

4. Christopher Nolan
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $71.5 MILLION
$69 million: Inception (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on worldwide gross of $823 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$2.5 million: Older film revenue

5. Leonardo DiCaprio
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $62 MILLION
$59 million: Inception (back-end for starring in somewhat convoluted Christopher Nolan film)
$3 million: Back-end for starring in somewhat convoluted Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island, older film revenue

6. Tim Burton
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $53 MILLION
$50 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for directing, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3 million: Older film revenue

7. Adam Sandler
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $50 MILLION
$25 million: Just Go with It (fee for producing and starring in upcoming comedy opposite Jennifer Aniston)
$20 million: Jack and Jill (fee for producing and starring in upcoming comedy with Katie Holmes and Al Pacino)
$3 million: Grown Ups (back-end for starring and writing, based on worldwide gross of $271 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$2 million: Older film revenue

8. Todd Phillips
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $34 MILLION
$15 million: The Hangover Part II (fee for writing, producing, and directing)
$13 million: The Hangover (back-end for producing and directing; excludes $39 million earned in 2009)
$3 million: Due Date (back-end for producing and directing, based on worldwide gross of $200 million, as of December 31, 2010)
$2 million: Older film revenue
$1 million: Project X (fee for producing upcoming low-budget comedy)

9. Taylor Lautner
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $33.5 million
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 (fee for co-starring in upcoming penultimate Twilight film)
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 (fee for co-starring in upcoming final Twilight film)
$7.5 million: Abduction (fee for starring in upcoming John Singleton thriller)
$1 million: Older film revenue, mostly from Twilight franchise

10. Robert Downey Jr.
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $31.5 MILLION
$15 million: Fee for starring in upcoming untitled Sherlock Holmes sequel
$12 million: Iron Man 2 (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $627 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3.5 million: Sherlock Holmes (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $523 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$1 million: Older film revenue

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