America's sweetheart Bullock tops highest paid actress list
Star earned $56m from romantic hits
Nobody would argue that 2010 has been an up-and-down year for Sandra Bullock.
First there was her best actress Oscar for 'The Blind Side', followed by her divorce from scandal-plagued husband Jesse James.
But yesterday, the star-crossed actress, landed atop Hollywood's heap again when financial website Forbes.com named her the highest paid actress of the past 12 months, having earned $56m (€42m) from two box-office hits, romantic comedy 'The Proposal' and football film, 'The Blind Side.'
Bullock not only received a fee for acting, but also received a percentage from the profits -- and for both films, the box office numbers were hefty, according to Forbes.com.
'The Blind Side' took in nearly $310m at global box offices on a budget of around $30m, while 'The Proposal' racked up just under $320m and cost roughly $40m to make.
Bullock did have one turkey in 2009, with 'All About Steve,' but with the debut of two of her best films ever, she is hot property again.
This puts her ahead of male movie stars George Clooney, Denzel Washington, and Johnny Depp.
She is not only the top earning actress, but has received two Golden Globe nominations for her work in 'The Proposal' and 'The Blind Side'.
Tied for the number two spot were Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz, both making $32m. Though Witherspoon has not been on screen since 2008, she received advance paychecks for upcoming films, 'How Do You Know' and 'Water for Elephants'.
Diaz's pot of gold was filled with money from 'Knight and Day' and the 'Shrek' films, which have grossed $2.8bn at the global box office. Jennifer Aniston came in at fourth place with $27m, and 'Sex and the City' star Sarah Jessica Parker was number five at $25m.
To determine actresses' compensation, Forbes.com talked to talent agents, managers, producers and lawyers and looked at other means of revenue such as perfume and clothing lines and advertising campaigns.
Forbes.com based its figures on earnings from June 2009 to June 2010. Angelina Jolie and Aniston were the highest paid actresses during a similar period one year earlier.