Forbes’ determines the rankings based on how much the actresses are paid upfront for their roles, residuals, endorsements and advertising work from May 2011 to May 2012, reports On The Red Carpet.
The Forbes magazine counted that ‘Twilight’ star has earned about $12.5 million for each “Twilight” film as well as a share of the profits.
“She (Stewart) is an up-and-coming star. She is earning a lot of money from one of the most successful franchises of all time. This is who you would expect to see right now,” said Dorothy Pomerantz, Forbes Los Angeles bureau chief.
“This year you are seeing somebody young and at the brink of potentially great stardom sitting on the top of the list.”
Meanwhile, Rob Pattinson is worth just $26.5 million, according to the magazine. He’s makes way less money than his co-star.
Kristen Stewart eclipsed Cameron Diaz ($34 million in the second place spot), Sandra Bullock ($29 million), Angelina Jolie ($20 million) and Charlize Theron rounding out the top five with $18 million.
“She is almost earning more from her perfume and endorsement deals right now than from entertainment. That is true of a lot of women,” said Pomerantz.
“They have these outside deals that are very lucrative. Angelina Jolie earns a lot from residuals, as does Sarah Jessica Parker.”
According to Forbes magazine, the top 10 actresses have earned a total of $200 million, a lot less than the $361 million total that the 10 highest-earning men made.
“It is nowhere near what men are making,” Pomerantz said. “I think it will be a while until women see salary parity, if it ever happens. Women are paid less in every industry, not just in Hollywood.”
Stewart recently talked about what it was like filming “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” with 11-year-old Mackenzie Foy, who portrays Renesmee, the human/vampire hybrid daughter of her character.
The actress admitted that Foy did look like a cross between herself and her on-and-off-screen love interest.
“Even our hands look similar,” she said. “It was kind of strange, but it’s funny how it actually helps. It’s like, ‘Oh hey, you look like me, kid! Come on!'”
Pattinson, in his turn, pointed out that having an impressionable youth on the set curbed certain cast members’ predilection for raucousness.
“We’re all around the same age and we’re really not polite to each other anymore,” the actor said. “You’d have to tone it down when Mackenzie was around. She had a little swear jar, and I think she made 850 bucks or something.”
“It’s a hugely important part,” director Bill Condon said of the next part of Saga which is due to be released in November.
“[The other cast members] were amazing with her… It really brought something paternal out in Rob, and Kristen was especially protective. I’d have to interrupt them when they were in deep conversation to get going with a scene.”