Above: Hu Ge, Wallace Huo, and Jing Boran are among the top-earning actors in China.
A recent report published a list detailing the Top 100 Highest-Earning Male Artistes of Chinese Television. Not surprisingly, many of the actors were from Mainland China. The top earners, commanding $100 million RMB in filming fee, include Hu Ge (胡歌), Chen Kun (陳坤), and Yang Yang (楊洋). In contrast, the highest-earning female artistes of Chinese television, including Yang Mi (楊冪), Sun Li (孫儷), Fan Bingbing (范冰冰), and Zhang Ziyi (章子怡), average only $80 million RMB in filming fee. Compared to their male counterparts, there seems to still be a slight gender wage gap.
Earning $90 million RMB filming fee are Jing Boran (井柏然) and Liu Haoran (劉昊然). Both actors’ earnings were boosted by appearing in top grossing films. Jing Boran is known for his roles in Monster Hunt <捉妖記> and Time Raiders <盗墓笔记>, while 20-year-old Liu Haoran starred in the lucrative Detective Chinatown <唐人街探案> film franchise. Director/ actor Jiang Wen (姜文) also commands the same filming fee.
Actors bringing in $80 million RMB include: Wallace Chung (鍾漢良), Li Yifeng (李易峰), Wallace Huo (霍建華), Wu Xiubo (吴秀波), Kenny Lin (林更新), Zhang Yixing (張藝興), Lu Han (鹿晗), Huang Zitao (黃子韜), and Hong Kong singer and actor William Chan (陳偉霆). TFBoys members, Karry Wang (王俊凯), Roy Wang (王源), and Jackson Yee (易烊千玺) are also in this caliber.
Actors earning $70 million RMB filming fee are Hans Zhang (張翰) and Luo Jin (罗晋), who are mainstays in Chinese dramas. Sun Honglei (孫紅雷) also commanded the same filming fee.
Surprisingly, Huang Xiaoming‘s (黃曉明) filming fee falls short of his wife, Angelababy (楊穎), who earns approximately $80 million RMB filming fee due to her popularity in variety shows. However, the 40-year-old actor still made it to the list with an average earning of $60 million RMB. In the same tier as Huang Xiaoming in terms of earning power are Taiwanese idol stars Vic Chou (周渝民), Ethan Juan (阮經天), Chen Bolin (陳柏霖), and Mark Chao (趙又廷).
In the $50 million RMB mark are Tong Dawei (佟大為), Shawn Yue (余文樂), Hu Yitian (胡一天), Hawick Lau (劉愷威), Shawn Dou (竇驍), Darren Wang (王大陸),
Earning $40 million RMB filming fee are Nicky Wu (吴奇隆), Ming Dao (明道), and Hu Jun (胡軍).
One of the more familiar Hong Kong faces to have made it on the list is Chilam Cheung (張智霖). Although it has been several years since his last Mainland Chinese television project, Chilam has stayed relevant in the Mainland market through the various shows he has been taking part in with his wife, Anita Yuen (袁詠儀). The 46-year-old baby-faced actor made it on the list at $30 million RMB filming fee. In the category are Mike He (鄭元暢) and Qin Hao (秦昊).
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.