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Salaries for the world's highest-paid film actors currently range from US$20–40 million, but an actor can earn substantially more by deferring all or part of their salary against a percentage of the film's gross, known within the industry as a "profit participation" deal.

Highest earnings for a single production[edit]

Since not all salaries are made public, this is a non-definitive list of actors who have received $30 million or more as compensation for their services in a single production. Occasionally an actor's fee may cover multiple films, and they are included on the list if the films were filmed as a back-to-back production, as was the case for Keanu Reeves and The Matrix sequels. The figures are given at their nominal value, since earnings from profit-based deals are accumulated over many years, making it infeasible to adjust for inflation.

Highest-earning actors for a single production
Actor Film Year Salary Total income Ref
Keanu Reeves The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
2003 $30,000,000 $156,000,000 [1]
Bruce Willis The Sixth Sense 1999 $14,000,000 $100,000,000 [1]
Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible 2 2000 $100,000,000 [1]
War of the Worlds 2005 $100,000,000 [1]
Will Smith Men in Black 3 2012 $100,000,000 [2]
Robert Downey Jr. Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $75,000,000+ [3]
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $20,000,000 $75,000,000 [4]
Iron Man 3 2013 $75,000,000 [5]
Sandra Bullock Gravity 2013 $20,000,000 $70,000,000+ [6]
Tom Hanks Forrest Gump 1994 $70,000,000 [1]
Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible 1996 $70,000,000 [1]
Harrison Ford Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $65,000,000 [7]
Jack Nicholson Batman 1989 $6,000,000 $60,000,000 [1][8]
Leonardo DiCaprio Inception 2010 $59,000,000 [9]
Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $35,000,000 $55,000,000 [9][10]
Jackie Chan Rush Hour 3 2007 $15,000,000 $53,700,000 [11]
Robert Downey Jr. The Avengers 2012 $50,000,000 [12]
Cameron Diaz Bad Teacher 2011 $42,000,000 [13]
Robert Downey Jr. Captain America: Civil War 2016 $40,000,000 $40,000,000+ [5]
Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $40,000,000 [14]
Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic 1997 $40,000,000 [1]
Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan 1998 $40,000,000 [1]
Johnny Depp Alice in Wonderland 2010 $40,000,000 [9]
Will Smith King Richard 2021 $40,000,000 $40,000,000 [15]
Denzel Washington The Little Things 2021 $40,000,000 [16]
Aamir Khan Dangal 2016 $39,000,000 [nb 1][18][19]
Jim Carrey Yes Man 2008 $35,000,000 [20]
Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 $29,250,000 $30,000,000+ [nb 2][1]
Mel Gibson Lethal Weapon 4 1998 $30,000,000 $30,000,000 [1]
Brad Pitt Ocean's Eleven 2001 $10,000,000 $30,000,000 [1]
Leonardo DiCaprio Don't Look Up 2021 $30,000,000 [16]
  1. ^ ₹257 crore ($39.4 million at 2017 exchange rates).[17]
  2. ^ Arnold Schwarzenegger received a $29,250,000 salary for Terminator 3 plus a 20% royalty on the worldwide box office gross over $380 million. The film ultimately had a global gross of $433 million.

Highest annual earnings[edit]

Forbes publishes yearly lists of the highest-paid actors and actresses based on total earnings from 1 June the previous year to 1 June the current year.

  1. ^ a b c d The top-10 in 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020 are combining Forbes lists of the highest-paid actors and highest-paid actresses.
  2. ^ George Clooney's 2018 earnings are mainly from the June 2017 sale of Casamigos tequila.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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