Tom Cruise is Hollywood’s highest earning actor earning over $100M for Top Gun: Maverick while Will Smith comes in second with $35M for upcoming thriller Emancipation
Tom Cruise is Hollywood’s highest earning actor.
The Top Gun: Maverick star, 60, is expected to earn over a $100 million from movie ticket sales, his salary and his cut of ‘home entertainment rentals and streaming revenue’ as per Variety.
Meanwhile actor Will Smith, 53, came in second place, as his salary for upcoming thriller Emancipation is reported to be at $35M, and is expected to be his return to the big screen following his slapping scandal at the Oscars.
True Maverick: Tom Cruise is Hollywood’s highest earning actor as he’s expected to make over a $100 million from Top Gun: Maverick
Though Cruise is set to take a lower fee upfront for starring in the next two Mission: Impossible films – with sources estimating his paycheck to be between $12M to $14M – he earns a sizable percentage of the movies’ first-dollar gross, according to the publication, which means that he ‘gets box office bonuses before the studio even breaks even.’
One movie executive noted that Cruise and Dwayne Johnson (who made $22.5M for Black Adam) are two stars whose high salaries are certainly justified.
‘I would never bet against Tom Cruise. Most actors aren’t worth what you pay them, but Cruise and maybe Dwayne Johnson justify their salaries,’ he told Variety, making note of Tom’s excellent ability to promote his films all over the globe.
Big deal: Top Gun: Maverick recently became Paramount’s highest grossing movie ever worldwide as it reached $1.2 billion globally with $600M domestic
Top Gun: Maverick recently became Paramount’s highest grossing movie ever worldwide as it reached $1.2 billion globally with $600M domestic.
It is only the 12th film to ever cross the $600 million mark at the domestic box office.
Internationally, Top Gun: Maverick holds the number three spot for the production company’s highest titles ever.
A comeback? Meanwhile Will Smith, 53, came in second place, as his salary for Emancipation sits at $35M, and is expected to be his big return to the screen following his slapping scandal at the Oscars; Pictured at the 94th Oscars in 2022
Notably, this is the first film in Tom Cruise’s decades-long career to earn $1 billion.
Also notable is that Maverick outshined Titanic as Paramount’s number one domestic grossing film of all time.
Meanwhile Smith’s upcoming escaped-slave thriller is directed by Antoine Fuqua, who called the film the best one he’s ever made. The film is currently in post-production – though there is no release date as of yet.
‘Don’t have a release date for it yet, but, as a feature film goes, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done,’ Fuqua told Bingeworthy.
Another hit: Leonardo DiCaprio also made the list of Hollywood high earners, making $30 million for Killers of The Flower Moon
Other high earners in the film category included Leonardo DiCaprio ($30 million for Killers of The Flower Moon) and Brad Pitt ($30million for Formula 1 Drama).
Meanwhile Chris Hemsworth (Extraction 2), Denzel Washington (Equalizer 3), Vin Diesel (Fast X), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker 2), Tom Hardy (Venom 3), Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds (Spirited) all earned $20 million for their respective films.
Lower on the list were stars of the highly-anticipated upcoming Barbie film, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, each making $12.5 million.
Coming soon: Lower on the list were stars of the highly-anticipated upcoming Barbie film, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, each making $12.5 million
Highest Paid Movie Stars
Tom Cruise – $100M + (Top Gun: Maverick)
Will Smith – $35M (Emancipation)
Leonardo DiCaprio – $30M (Killers of the Flower Moon)
Brad Pitt – $30M (Formula 1 Drama)
Dwayne Johnson – $22.5M (Black Adam)
Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds – $20M (Spirited)
Chris Hemsworth – $20M (Extraction 2)
Vin Diesel – $20M (Fast X)
Tom Hardy – $20M (Venom 3)
Joaquin Phoenix – $20M (Joker 2)
Denzel Washington – $20M (The Equalizer 3)
Jason Momoa – $15M (Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom)
Eddie Murphy – $15M (Beverly Hills Cop 4)
Chris Pine – $13M (Star Trek)
Steve Carell – $12.5 (Minions: The Rise of Gru)
Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie – $12.5 (Barbie)
Millie Bobby Brown – $10M (Enola Holmes 2)
Timothée Chalamet – $9M (Wonka)
Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, and Emily Blunt – $4M (Oppenheimer)
Daniel Kaluuya – $4M (Nope)
Jamie Lee Curtis – $3.5M (Halloween Ends)
Anya-Taylor Joy – 1.8M (Furiosa)
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