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Tom Cruise crowned best paid actor on 50th birthday

The movie star, who is still licking his wounds after wife Katie Holmes unexpectedly filed for divorce last week (28Jun12), learned he had been crowned Forbes magazine’s box office king with estimated 2011-2012 earnings of $75 million (£46.9 million) as he returned to Los Angeles from Iceland, where he has been shooting a new movie, to celebrate his birthday.

Cruise beat out Leonardo DiCaprio and funnyman Adam Sandler for the honour – both movie stars tied for second place with identical $37 million (£23.1 million) fortunes, netted during the 12-month period between May, 2011 and May, 2012.

Dwayne Johnson, Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen, Johnny Depp, Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg also made the list and Twilight co-stars Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson shared 10th place.

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The two young stars’ Twilight castmate Kristen Stewart was named the Highest Paid Actress in a poll last month (Jun12).

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