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Forbes Top Entertainment Earners: Women vs. Men

by Sophia Savage
November 12, 2010 7:07 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood


- Check out Forbes' annual list of Hollywood's highest-grossing women in entertainment. For one thing, points out THR, there aren't any female directors among the top ten women. James Cameron dominates the men's list, along with George Lucas and Michael Bay, but Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow isn't on the list at all.

Women and Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein is angry: "The thing that makes me want to vomit is that there are several male directors on the list — we all know that James Cameron had a big year last year with Avatar — but the fact that Michael Bay earned $120 million…well you can imagine how that makes me feel. Suffice it to say that the best director winner Kathryn Bigelow did not make the list."

However, given Avatar and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen's box office performance vs. The Hurt Locker, this is hardly surprising. Another difference in how the genders stack up: the men's top ten is split evenly between behind-the-camera and in-front-of-the-camera players, while the women's top ten are all spotlight holders, four of whom don't have last names. Same as it ever was.

Here's the top ten:

Men's Top Ten (1-10): James Cameron, Tyler Perry, Michael Bay, Tiger Woods, Jerry Bruckheimer, Spielberg, George Lucas, Dr. Phil McGraw, Simon Cowell, Jerry Seinfeld.
Women's Top Ten (1-10): Oprah, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift tied with Judge Judy Sheindlin.

1 Comment

  • Patrick Dade | November 13, 2010 12:37 AMReply

    Melissa Silverstein needs to get a life. The reason these men are making more money is due to the higher number of projects that they've worked on as well as the longevity (and marketability) of their work. Some of them have spawned franchises that have spanned decades. By contrast, Swift, Gaga, and Cyrus have not had long careers and yet they are on the list. Cyrus has not demonstrated any discernible talent to justify any salary above minimum wage. Judge Judy is least diversified of anyone on the list; and yet her name is mentioned. Oprah is perhaps the most marketable name on either list.

    Kathryn Bigelow has just not made nearly as many movies to earn as high of a salary as her ex-husband. Jodie Foster and Penny Marshall don't make that many movies either. I think that if feminist journalists need to wake up and realize that most Americans are turned off by the amount of money the Hollywood elite are earning anyway. This idea that the standard needs to be lowered so that female directors are earning as much as their male counterparts is ridiculous.

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