List of highest paid film actors

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Salaries for the world's highest paid film actors currently range from $20–30 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. 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. The figures are given at their nominal value, since earnings from profit based deals are accumulated over many years, making it unfeasible to adjust for inflation.

Highest-earning actors in films
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]
Tom Cruise War of the Worlds 2005 $100,000,000 [1]
Will Smith Men in Black 3 2012 $100,000,000 [2]
Robert Downey, Jr. Iron Man 3 2013 $75,000,000 [3]
Sandra Bullock Gravity 2013 $20,000,000 $70,000,000+ [4]
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 [5]
Jack Nicholson Batman 1989 $6,000,000 $60,000,000 [1][6]
Leonardo DiCaprio Inception 2010 $59,000,000 [7]
Robert Downey, Jr. Captain America: Civil War 2016 $40,000,000 $40,000,000+ [3]
Robert Downey, Jr. Avengers: Age of Ultron 2014 $40,000,000 [8]
Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $35,000,000 $55,000,000 [7][9]
Robert Downey, Jr. The Avengers 2012 $50,000,000 [10]
Cameron Diaz Bad Teacher 2011 $42,000,000 [11]
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 [7]
Aamir Khan Dangal 2016 $39,000,000 [nb 1][13][14]
Jim Carrey Yes Man 2008 $35,000,000 [15]
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]
  1. ^ ₹257 crore ($39.4 million at 2017 exchange rates).[12]
  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.

References[edit]

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