Jennifer Lawrence claimed the mantle of the world’s top paid actress for the second consecutive year, according to Forbes’ annual tally of the biggest salaries in the global movie business. J.Law raked in a cool $46 million in earnings before taxes, outpacing Melissa McCarthy, who took home $33 million between the period beginning in June 2015 and ending in June 2016. Lawrence’s earnings are largely made up of a strong profit-sharing deal she struck for her starring role in the latest installment of the Hunger Games franchise, a box office smash hit, and a huge contract she signed to star in Passengers. Overall, her earnings were down from the $52 million she pulled in last year — about an 11.5 percent decrease. Lawrence, who’s been an outspoken advocate for equal pay, is nowhere near where some of her male Hollywood counterparts are in terms of earning power. She falls about $40 million shy of Kevin Hart, who took in a mind-boggling $87 million last year.
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