Daniel Craig topped Variety‘s record of the largest film star salaries with an astounding $100 million.
The record, printed Wednesday, consists of 17 of the very best current movie star salaries and reveals different A-listers like Dwayne Johnson, Will Smith and Denzel Washington incomes sky-high funds within the mid eight-figures, whereas Jenifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts have been tied for the highest-paid feminine actors.
A heavy contributor to the increasing salaries is the rise of streaming releases, during which stars negotiate for greater up-front funds to make up for tiered funds based mostly on theatrical ticket gross sales.
Making financial institution: Daniel Craig, 53, tops Selection’s record of the largest actor salaries with a surprising $100 million for Knives Out 2 and three, whereas Dwayne Johnson and Will Smith are subsequent at $50 and $40 million; seen in January 2020
In March, Variety reported that Craig, 53, could be becoming a member of the Netflix fold after the streaming service acquired a second and third movie within the Knives Out collection, which started with the acclaimed 2019 movie.
The whodunit thriller featured the Bond actor because the Southern detective Benoit Blanc, who was referred to as in to research the homicide of a rich thriller novelist (Christopher Plummer) at his personal birthday celebration whereas surrounded by his household.
The movie was a success with critics and audiences alike and have become a uncommon success on the field workplace with none connection to preexisting mental property or well-known franchises.
Knives Out’s comparatively modest $40 million funds additionally made it straightforward for the movie to show a revenue.
Netflix is reportedly shelling out $450 million on two sequels, and the brand new record signifies that $100 million alone goes to Craig for starring in each motion pictures.
Up entrance: Craig is being paid upfront by Netflix to make up for bonuses he might have gotten for a theatrically launched movie; seen with Ana de Armas in Knives Out
Payday: Johnson is reportedly incomes $50 million for Amazon’s motion movie Purple One, however he could not depend on the astronomical upfront wage if he was starring in a theatrically launch movie; seen in July
However Craig, or Dwayne Johnson, who’s being paid $50 million for the Amazon motion movie Purple One, could not depend on these astronomical salaries in the event that they have been starring in movies choosing a standard theatrical launch.
Most high-profile actors’ contracts now have tiered salaries, with a number of bonuses being paid out when their movies attain numerous benchmarks on the field workplace.
Most streaming launch have restricted theatrical launch, or none in any respect, so actors must be paid greater salaries up entrance to entice them.
Will Smith’s wage for the upcoming biopic King Richard, about Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams, was boosted as much as $40 million after Warner Bros. determined to launch the movie concurrently in theaters and on HBO Max, which might probably eat into its theatrical earnings, as many viewers will decide to remain residence and stream it for little to no further value.
Denzel Washington’s wage on the serial killer thriller The Little Issues was additionally raised to $40 million to incorporate his projected backend funds.
Stable: Will Smith will reportedly earn $40 million for King Richard, his Warner Bros. biopic about Venus and Serena Williams’ father
Making up for it: Denzel Washington’s wage on The Little Issues was reportedly boosted to $40 million after the film was launched concurrently on HBO Max
Tied: Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Robert have been tied because the highest-paid actresses on the record. Lawrence will each earn $25 million for Netflix initiatives, with Lawrence starring in Do not Look Up and Roberts showing in Depart The World Behind
Selection’s Largest Film Star Salaries Record
- Daniel Craig (two Knives Out sequels) — $100 million
- Dwayne Johnson (Purple One) — $50 million
- Will Smith (King Richard) — $40 million
- Denzel Washington (The Little Issues) — $40 million
- Leonardo DiCaprio (Do not Look Up) — $30 million
- Mark Wahlberg (Spenser Confidential) — $30 million
- Jennifer Lawrence (Do not Look Up) — $25 million
- Julia Roberts (Depart The World Behind) — $25 million
- Sandra Bullock (The Misplaced Metropolis Of D) — $20 million
- Ryan Gosling (The Gray Man) — $20 million
- Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Love And Thunder) — $20 million
- Brad Pitt (Bullet Practice) — $20 million
- Michael B. Jordan (With out Regret) — $15 million
- Tom Cruise (Prime Gun: Maverick) — $13 million
- Keanu Reeves (The Matrix 4) — $12–14 million
- Chris Pine (Dungeons And Dragons) — $11.5 million
- Robert Pattinson (The Batman) — $3 million
The Adam McKay catastrophe comedy Do not Look Up can be paying greater quantities to its stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence to make up for small theatrical releases.
DiCaprio is anticipated to take residence $30 million, whereas Lawrence will probably earn $25 million.
She’s tied with Julia Roberts for the highest-paid feminine actor. Each are showing in Netflix movies, with Roberts main Depart The World Behind.
Mark Wahlberg matched DiCaprio’s $30 million for Netflix’s thriller Spenser Confidential.
A number of stars are nonetheless commanding an ordinary high-profile wage of $20 million for theatrical initiatives, although they are able to exceed that with backend earnings if their movies carry out effectively in theaters.
Sandra Bullock is ready to earn that a lot for her comedy The Misplaced Metropolis Of D, as will Chris Hemsworth for Thor: Love And Thunder and Brad Pitt for the thriller Bullet Practice.
Old-fashioned: Chris Hemsworth will earn $20 million for Thor: Love And Thunder with a extra conventional deal, as will different stars like Sandra Bullock (The Misplaced Metropolis Of D) and Brad Pitt (Bullet Practice); Hemsworth seen in Thor: Ragnarok
Ryan Gosling can be set for a $20 million payday, however that features backend funds for his Netflix movie The Gray Man.
Not all movie funds are sky-high, even when they’re nonetheless extremely beneficiant. Chris Pine is reportedly incomes $11.5 million for his movie Dungeons And Dragons, although he should still be capable to earn extra if the film performs effectively.
Regardless of the Batman franchise being a dependable performer on the field workplace, Robert Pattinson will solely earn about $3 million upfront for starring within the upcoming reboot The Batman.
Tom Cruise’s has sufficient cachet within the trade to command a wholesome up-front wage whereas additionally having loads of bonuses lined up.
He is anticipated to earn $13 million instantly for his upcoming sequel Prime Gun: Maverick, and extra bonuses for stable efficiency on the field workplace might considerably enhance that quantity.
Nonetheless vital: Robert Pattinson will probably earn $3 million for starring in The Batman underneath the standard cost system
One thing to smile about: Tom Cruise is ready to command a wholesome up-front quantity ($13 million) plus efficiency bonuses that would considerably inflate his wage; nonetheless from Prime Gun: Maverick