10 highest-paid movie roles of all time


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In 2020, Dwayne johnson topped Forbes’ list of highest paid actors thanks in large part to a check of $ 23.5 million from Netflix for the upcoming movie “Red Notice.” And while these earnings aren’t to be sneezed at, they don’t even make it into the top 10 highest-paid movie roles of all time. some actors have managed to bring home a nine-figure salary of a single effect concert.

Check out the iconic (and less iconic) roles that have made actors make money.

Adam sandler

Adam sandler

10. Adam Sandler: “The ridiculous six”

In 2017, Adam Sandler signed an estimated $ 250 million contract for four films with Netflix, Forbes reported. This comes down to $ 62.5 million per movie. The first film in the deal, “The Ridiculous Six,” scored 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, but those millions are certainly a nice consolation prize for some bad reviews.

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

9. Harrison Ford: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

Harrison Ford was already in semi-retirement when Paramount asked him to star in the fourth installment of the 2008 Indiana Jones film series, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. offer he couldn’t refuse: Paramount agreed to share nearly all of the film’s revenue (after the studio recouped its production and advertising costs) between Ford, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, Forbes reported. This deal enriched Ford by $ 65 million.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

8. Johnny Depp: “Alice in Wonderland”

Johnny Depp made millions playing the Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland” – and he didn’t even have to work hard for it. According to a 24/7 Wall Street analysis, Depp only uttered a total of 661 words in the film, making him one of the highest paid actors for saying the least.

Gravity's highest-grossing female lead movie

Gravity’s highest-grossing female lead movie

7. Sandra Bullock: “Gravity”

For her role as astronaut Ryan Stone in “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock struck a deal with Warner Bros. which included $ 20 million upfront, 15% of the studio’s share of the gross box office, 15% of the studio’s share of gross movie rentals, plus a percentage of television and incidental revenue, has reported The Hollywood Reporter. All of this added up to a salary of at least $ 70 million.

Bullock’s extraordinary income made her the only woman on this list.

Read more: The richest actresses of all time

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Tom Cruise attends the

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 06: Tom Cruise attends “The Mummy” New York Fan Eventat AMC Loews Lincoln Square on June 6, 2017 in New York City.

6. Tom Cruise: “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”

Even though “Mission: Impossible 3” was a (relative) box office failure, Tom Cruise was still paid a lot of money to return to the franchise for the fourth installment, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” Forbes reported. . His earnings from the film made Cruise the ninth highest-paid star on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list in 2012.

Photo by Marvel / Disney / Kobal / REX / Shutterstock Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff

Photo by Marvel / Disney / Kobal / REX / Shutterstock Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff

5. Robert Downey Jr .: “Avengers: Infinity War”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Downey Jr. “negotiated a unique financial deal with [Marvel] studio head Kevin Feige who over the years has saved the actor a huge amount of time. As part of his deal to portray Iron Man, Downey receives the backend of all the Avengers movies. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that he probably made at least $ 75 million from 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” which grossed more than $ 2 billion.

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4. Keanu Reeves: “The Matrix”

Keanu Reeves earned a total of about $ 250 million from the three “Matrix” films, The Hollywood Reporter reported, which works out to about $ 83 million per film. Reeves made $ 15 million upfront per film, plus some big spend.

Pictured: Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix Reloaded”.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Tell No Tales

3. Johnny Depp: “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Disney paid Johnny Depp $ 90 million to star in each of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, Forbes reported. With five films in the series, that adds up to a total salary of $ 450 million.

Even Depp said he was overpaid to play Captain Jack Sparrow.

“It’s ridiculous,” Depp told Vanity Fair of his “Pirates” paycheck.

Pictured: Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

Will smith

Will smith

2. Will Smith: “Men in Black 3”

Will Smith made nine action figures for the third film in the popular “Men in Black” series. A source told The Hollywood Reporter that Smith made $ 100 million from the film – a significant portion of his gross $ 624 million at the box office.

Bruce willis

Bruce willis

1. Bruce Willis: “The Sixth Sense”

Playing dead wasn’t too painful for Bruce Willis. The actor brokered a hugely lucrative deal for himself when he signed on to star in “The Sixth Sense”. In addition to a salary of $ 20 million, he traded 17% of the film’s gross worldwide box office total as well as additional rights to his home video sales, Thrillist reported. Those numbers totaled $ 115 million in salary for Willis for that movie alone.

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