Entertainment is one of the biggest industries in the United States generating over 490 billion dollars in 2012, and judging by the predictions for 2013 we can expect that number to increase by 6 percent this year. Although the number of movie theaters has decreased in the last couple of years, the number of movie screens is constantly rising. Although being an all-American blockbuster fight at the top, the previous year brought us plenty of foreign & independent films to keep us entertained.
The number of three dimensional films has also risen from 45 in 2011 to 68 in 2012 and projections for next year say that this number will double in 2013. All in all, 2012 was a good year for the movie industry as the fat paychecks the following actors in our top 10 cashed in last year can testify.
10Taylor Lautner – $26 million
Judging by the major hype the Twilight saga produced, the fact that Taylor Lautner is among our top earners comes as no real surprise. The 20 year old star had a decent performance as Nathan in the action packed “Abduction” movie which received some mixed reviews. Abduction grossed an average of $82 million worldwide after being produced with a budget of “just” $35 million. The fat paycheck however, came as a result of the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 2 which cashed in almost $800 million worldwide. Now that the Twilight franchise is over, Lautner can focus on other roles such as starring alongside Adam Sandler in the sequel to Grown Ups which be released sometime next summer.