Annual earnings: $60 million
Biggest flop: White House Down (2013)
Hollywood doesn’t seem to know what to make out of Channing Tatum. Since making his feature debut opposite Samuel L. Jackson in 2005’s Coach Carter, he has worked steadily—releasing as many as five films a year, many of them in roles that required him to shut up, take off his shirt, and look pretty. He obliged, but proved that he had a lot to offer in the way of range in Steven Soderbergh’s smart Haywire and Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s surprisingly funny 21 Jump Street.
Tatum’s placement on Forbes’ list is largely due to his role as star and producer of the largely autobiographical Magic Mike, which Tatum and Soderbergh financed themselves (and subsequently reaped the rewards of its surprising box office success).
Like many young actors who suddenly have an entire world of possibilities open to them, Tatum made a slight miscalculation with this summer’s White House Down, which can best be described as Die Hard Goes to Washington. The $150 million actioner has so far made little more than half its budget back at the global box office.