Jennifer Lawrence once again named highest paid actress

The 26-year-old actress has managed to retain her title on financial bible Forbes’ annual list.

FILE: Actress Jennifer Lawrence. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Jennifer Lawrence has been named the top paid actress for the second year running, but her earnings are down by 11.5 percent.

The 26-year-old actress has managed to retain her title on financial bible Forbes' annual list after cashing in a whopping $46 million in pretax earnings in the financial period June 2015-June 2016.

However, the Silver Linings Playbook star has seen an 11.5 percent fall in earnings compared to last year's $52 million, but she's still managed to stay top of the payroll leaderboard.

The blonde beauty - whose earnings this year come largely from both the last instalment of the Hunger Games series and a mammoth upfront payment for forthcoming movie Passengers - earned $13 million more than Melissa McCarthy, who ranked second place of Forbes' annual list with pretax earnings of $33 million.

The 45-year-old actress' income is nothing to be sniffed at though, as she's managed to pull up her pay packet by $10 million since last year, a feat which is thanks to a reported eight-figure sum from Ghostbusters.

Scarlett Johansson, 31, came in at third place with a total of $25 million, thanks in part to her involvement in both The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War.

Finishing off the top five were Jennifer Aniston on $21 million, and Fan Bingbing, the only Chinese actress to make the ranking who earned $17 million.

Whilst the actresses who made the list can boast large earnings, the pay gap with male actors still exists, and a reported 90 percent of the top-paid actresses supplement their on-screen earnings with endorsements.

Aniston's number four ranking was largely supplemented by advertising campaigns with Emirates Airlines, Smartwater, and Aveeno.

Second-placed McCarthy also supplemented her on-screen earnings through her all sizes clothing line.

She said: "I started to think if I could do anything to build women up rather than the constant tear down, I'm going to do it,"

Only four actresses pocketed more than $20 million - up from three in 2015 - compared to 18 of the world's top male actors.

Forbes magazine's 2016 list of highest-earning actresses:

  1. Jennifer Lawrence, $46 million

  1. Melissa McCarthy, $33 million

  1. Scarlett Johansson, $25 million

  1. Jennifer Aniston, $21 million

  1. Fan Bingbing, $17 million

  1. Charlize Theron, $16.5 million

  1. Amy Adams, $13.5 million

  1. Julia Roberts, $12 million

  1. Mila Kunis, $11 million

  1. Deepika Padukone, $10 million