Stephen M. Silverman
November 30, 2005 08:00 AM

Julia Roberts may have only played on a twin bill this year – as mother to Hazel Patricia and Phinnaeus Walter Moder, born last November – but at $20 million per movie, she still ranks as the industry’s highest-paid actress, according to the Hollywood Reporter’s annual power list.

Following on Julia’s heels, in the No. 2 spot: Nicole Kidman, who earns an estimated $16 million to $17 million per movie, the Reporter said.

The No. 3 and No. 4 spots were held by Reese Witherspoon, currently being talked up for her role as June Carter Cash (the good woman who straightens out Joaquin Phoenix’s Johnny Cash) in Walk the Line, and Drew Barrymore, both of whom rake in $15 million a movie.

Roberts’s Oscar for 2000’s Erin Brockovich, her paycheck and her ability to draw movie goers into cineplexes has elevated her into a realm previously considered an all-male enclave inhabited by the likes of Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.

Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz – who make an estimated $10 million-$15 million per movie – took Nos. 5, 6 and 7 on the list.

Flight Plan star Jodie Foster makes her first appearance on the list since 2002, coming in at No. 8 ($10 million-$12 million).

Rounding out the Top 10: Charlize Theron, on the list for the first time ($10 million), and Jennifer Aniston, whose salary is said to be $9 million.

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