Robert Downey Jr. is the world's highest-paid actor and he'll rake in ~$80 million this year

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Forbes‘ World’s Highest-Paid Actors list is out and Robert Downey Jr. is once again at the top of the heap.

Downey Jr.’s $US80 million 2015 earning comes from being the leader of the Marvel Studios universe as superhero Iron Man. This year he returned as part of The Avengers in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which has grossed $US1.4 billion worldwide since its release in May. The third-highest grossing movie of 2015.

Coming in second on the Forbes list is Jackie Chan at $US50 million. The international star is beloved in his homeland of China, and this year he starred in the country’s biggest movie of the year, “Dragon Blade,” opposite John Cusack and Adrien Brody (the film comes to the US in September).

Rounding out the top five are Vin Diesel ($US47 million), Bradley Cooper ($US41.5 million), and Adam Sandler ($US41 million), though the latter is coming off another box office disappointment with “Pixels.”

Other notables on the list include Tom Cruise ($US40 million), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($US31.5 million), Johnny Depp ($US30 million), Leonardo DiCaprio ($US29 million), Will Smith ($US26 million), and newcomers Seth Rogen ($US17 million) and Jonah Hill ($US16 million).

Forbes determines their list between June 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015 through earnings before subtracting management fees and taxes. Figures are based on data from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo, and IMDb as well a interviews with agents, managers, lawyers, and the actors.

A separate list of highest-paid actresses will be released by Forbes later this year.

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