Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker highest paid actresses

Wed Jul 6, 2011 9:11am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker, with estimated annual earnings of $30 million each, are the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, according to the annual list.

Jolie topped the list thanks to the worldwide success of her action film "Salt," which brought in $300 million, and "The Tourist," which also featured Johnny Depp and earned $280 million at the worldwide box office.

Much of Parker's hefty earnings comes from reruns of the hit television show "Sex and the City", which she starred in and produced, and earnings from the second movie which generated $290 million at the global box office.

"People may be surprised to see Sarah Jessica Parker up there but they may not realize that in addition to acting, she earns big from her perfumes and endorsement deals," said writer Dorothy Pomerantz of "Also she's coming off of 'Sex and the City 2' which turned a healthy profit."

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon were not far behind in the rankings with each actress bringing home $28 million.

Aniston's film "Just Go With It" is her fourth highest earning film in the U.S.

The top 10 earning actress made a total of $218 million between May 2010 and May 2011, according to, which compiled the list by talking to producers, lawyers, agents and Hollywood insiders to estimate what each actress earned.

Last year's top earner, Sandra Bullock, took a 12-month break from making movies and dropped to No.9 with earning of $15 million.

The full list can be found at: here

<p>Actresses Angelina Jolie (L) and Sarah Jessica Parker are seen in this July 6, 2011 combination file photo. Jolie and Parker, with annual salaries of $30 million each, are the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, according to a new ranking. Pictures taken February 22, 2009 (L) and May 24, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files</p>