In exchange for keeping "Gravity" afloat almost singlehandedly for its entire 90-minute runtime, Sandra Bullock got a paycheck that made her the top-earning actress in Hollywood this year, according to Forbes.
Bullock claimed the number one spot on the Forbes list of highest-paid actresses with an estimated $51 million earned this year, besting stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow. Impressively, she managed this almost exclusively thanks to her Oscar-nominated performance in a single movie, where her same-aged contemporaries made top dollar through a combination of film work and endorsement deals.
Also of note: Her performance as stranded astronaut Ryan Stone netted her a bigger paycheck (and her film a bigger box office gross) than Chris Hemsworth earned playing Thor for the second time.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence and her giant "Hunger Games" paycheck came in just behind Sandra on the list of top-earning actresses, with her take for the year estimated at $34 million. And while the ladies of Hollywood still don't rake it in for blockbuster films at the same rate as their action-hero compatriots, Hollywood itself is making bank at the box office whenever it does deign to make a lady-driven movie: "Gravity" and "Catching Fire" are right up there alongside "Man of Steel" and "Iron Man 3" in the top-grossing films of 2013.
It's almost like people love to throw money at movies with powerful female stars, doesn't it? It almost seems like the perfect moment to make a Black Widow standalone, doesn't it? Ahem. AHEM.