July 21, 2014 6:54 PM

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Iron Man? More Like Platinum. For the second consecutive year, Robert Downey Jr. topped Forbes magazine’s annual list of Hollywood’s top earning actors. Despite appearing in just one film between the June 2014-June 2014 timeline (“Chef,” in which he was basically a side dish), Downey earned an estimated $75 in that time period, thanks to backend money from “Iron Man 3,” the biggest box office hit of 2013. For his box office heroics, he earned a big pay hike to reprise his signature role in the upcoming sequel, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“Downey reigns…in Hollywood because at this point, it would be incredible difficult for Marvel to continue making ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Avengers’ films without him,” writes Dorothy Pomerantz, who runs Forbes’ “Celebrity 100 List.” “Marvel movies starring Downey have earned almost $4 billion at the global ...

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