Jackie Chan is the top-earning Chinese actor after being paid a total of $60 million in 2001 for Rush Hour 2 and the unreleased Tuxedo and Highbinder, according to a survey published in the Chinese-language Hong Kong newspaper The Sun.
(The newspaper based its result on reports that Chan has joined Hollywood's "$20 million club." However, while he may have commanded that amount for the Rush Hour sequel, it appears doubtful that he received anything close to it for the other two films.)
The newspaper said that Jet Li and Andy Lau were the second- and third-highest Chinese earners in the movie business. Chow Yun Fat, who ordinarily figures in the results, did not this year, the newspaper said, because he has not made a film since 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.