The woman best known as Katniss Everdeen pulled in a whopping $46 million pre-tax over the last 12 months, good for tops among Hollywood actresses for the second straight year. Lawrence tops the Forbes Highest Paid Actress list in 2015 at $52 million and bested Melissa McCarthy by $13 million for the 2016 No. 1 spot thanks in large part to a chunk of profits she took home from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. Lawrence also received an up-front fee for her role in the yet to be released Passengers. Scarlett Johansson ($25 million), Jennifer Aniston ($21 million), and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing ($17 million) round out the top five highest paid big screen actresses.
While she seems to be doing pretty darn well for herself, Lawrence has wondered aloud if she’s paid enough. The Oscar winner spoke out last year via an essay for Lena Dunham’s website Lenny, titled Why do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?. In the essay, Lawrence not only takes issue with the uneven pay scale women in Hollywood deal with but also with the fact that her strong voice is looked upon different than a male co-star’s might be.
Not only is Lawrence the top-paid Hollywood actress on the Forbes list, she did so as the only one under 30. According to Forbes, their numbers are based on data compiled from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo, and IMDb, as well as interviews with agents, managers, and lawyers.