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Jennifer Lawrence named world's highest paid actress

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Marilyn Malara
Jennifer Lawrence arrives on the red carpet at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrating the opening of China: Through the Looking Glass in New York City on May 4, 2015. Lawrence is the highest paid actress in the world for 2015, according to Forbes. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Jennifer Lawrence arrives on the red carpet at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrating the opening of China: Through the Looking Glass in New York City on May 4, 2015. Lawrence is the highest paid actress in the world for 2015, according to Forbes. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lawrence sits at the top of Forbes' list of the year's highest paid actresses with a $52 million paycheck.

The Hunger Games actress moved up from her previous spot at number two behind Sandra Bullock, who won the title as highest paid actress last year. Bullock -- despite her voice roll in Minions -- dropped to the 15th spot on the magazine's list, making just around $8 million this year.

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Lawrence made a sweet $17 million more than this year's number two, Scarlett Johansson, who starred in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Lucy. The third highest paid actress is Spy's Melissa McCarthy.

The only foreign actress to make this year's list is China's Bingbing Fan, who earned $21 million this year. In the United States, Fan is best known for her role in X-Men: Days of Future Past as Blink.

American Ultra's Kristen Stewart made the list as number 10, earning a total of $12 million this year. Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow trail behind her at one and two million less, respectively.

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Earlier this month, Forbes released its compilation of the world's highest paid actors with Robert Downey, Jr. again at the top. The Avengers actor earned a whopping $80 million this year -- $30 million more than the list's number two, Hong Kong's Jackie Chan.

Below is Forbes' list of the top 18 highest paid actresses of 2015 as released by CBS:

1. Jennifer Lawrence: $52,000,000 2. Scarlett Johansson: $35,500,000 3. Melissa McCarthy: $23,000,000 4. Bingbing Fan: $21,000,000 5. Jennifer Aniston: $16,500,000 6. Julia Roberts: $16,000,000 7. Angelina Jolie: $15,000,000 8. Reese Witherspoon: $15,000,000 9. Anne Hathaway: $12,000,000 10. Kristen Stewart: $12,000,000 11. Cameron Diaz: $11,000,000 12. Gwyneth Paltrow: $9,000,000 13. Meryl Streep: $8,000,000 14. Amanda Seyfried: $8,000,000 15. Sandra Bullock: $8,000,000 16. Emma Stone: $6,500,000 17. Mila Kunis: $6,500,000 18. Natalie Portman: $6,000,000

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