24 Aug 2016 - 10:48 AM  UPDATED 31 Aug 2016 - 5:37 PM

Jennifer Lawrence is still the girl on fire.

The Hunger Games heroine has been named the world's highest-paid actress by Forbes for the second year in a row.

Lawrence topped the annual ranking with US$46 million – the pre-tax income was down $6 million (11.5%) from last year – thanks primarily to the final instalment of her blockbuster franchise, Mockingjay - Part 2, which hauled $653.4 million worldwide, and a hefty advance for her role in the upcoming space adventure Passengers opposite Chris Pratt.

Lawrence, 26 (the youngest actor on the list), came in second place on the Forbes ranking in 2014.

Melissa McCarthy was runner-up on the list with $33 million – a $10 million spike (43.5%) from last year – making her the "biggest dollar gainer year over year." The Boss star, who turns 46 this week, traded places with Scarlett Johansson, 31, who reeled in $25 million to land in third.

McCarthy reportedly scored an eight-figure paycheck for the female Ghostbusters reboot. Johansson, whose income is down nearly 30% from 2015, is said to have landed a $17.5 million deal to star in the upcoming adaptation of the Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell.

The world's 10 highest-paid actresses earned a cumulative $205 million between June 1, 2015, and June 1, 2016, before agent fees and taxes, with four women pulling in more than $20 million – up one from last year – according to Forbes. Charlize Theron rejoined the list for the first time in three years, while Bollywood star Deepika Padukone is the only newcomer in the issue.


The 10 highest-paid actresses of 2016:

1. Jennifer Lawrence - $46 million

2. Melissa McCarthy - $33 million

3. Scarlett Johansson - $25 million

4. Jennifer Aniston - $21 million

5. Fan Bingbing - $17 million

6. Charlize Theron - $16.5 million

7. Amy Adams - $13.5 million

8. Julia Roberts - $12 million

9. Mila Kunis - $11 million

10. Deepika Padukone - $10 million


Watch a Jennifer Lawrence movie now at SBS On Demand:

Winter's Bone

USA, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Debra Granik
Starring: John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Jennifer Lawrence
What's it about?
Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence), an unflinching Ozark teenager, hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact and save their home from being repossessed. Nominated for four Oscars at the 2011 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 

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