Hollywood’s biggest movie stars are bringing home solid salaries: Tom Cruise is the highest paid movie star, Will Smith comes in second, and the cast of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone earn $1 million per episode.
With the latest release of Top Gun: Maverick, Cruz is expected to make more than $100 million in movie ticket sales in addition to his salary and possible cuts in home entertainment rental and streaming revenue, according to Variety.
Cruz, 60, who is starring and producing the sequel, is set to star in the next two Mission: Impossible films, which sources estimate will fetch a salary in the $12 million to $14 million range.
As the Hollywood star continues to lead the industry after more than four decades, Top Gun: Maverick continues to skyrocket, grossing nearly $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office since the film premiered in May.
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Top Gun: Maverick is now Paramount’s highest-grossing film worldwide and the first of Cruise’s films to break the billion-dollar mark.
Will Smith, after the star of “Top Gun”, ranks second in the list of the highest paid in Hollywood.
In June 2020, The New Prince of Beverly Hills alum signed on to star in the $35 million action thriller Emancipation.
The film’s release date for Smith’s upcoming project with Apple has been pushed back to 2023 due to production delays.
The announcement came shortly after Smith’s incident with Chris Rock, when he burst onto the Oscars stage and slapped a comedian for making a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s baldness.
The Hancock star later resigned from the academy, and the organization banned Smith from attending the Oscars and other events for ten years.
Smith won an Oscar for King Richard, but has remained out of the spotlight since the Oscars incident.
His biggest paycheck to date was for 2012’s Men in Black 3, which was rumored to have made him $100 million.
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Created by Taylor Sheridan, Paramount Network’s hit series Yellowstone features some of the biggest stars reportedly taking home hefty paychecks.
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Costner earns $1.3 million per episode, while Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, stars of Sheridan’s 1923 prequel Yellowstone, each earn $1 million per episode, Variety reported Wednesday.
Sylvester Stallone is also in the $1 million per episode club for starring in Sheridan’s King of Tulsa.
Other mega-millionaire stars include Leonardo DiCaprio, who will be paid $30 million to reunite with Martin Scorsese in The Flower Moon Killers.
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Netflix also plans to pay Chris Hemsworth $20 million for Evacuation 2, while Millie Bobby Brown will earn $10 million to continue her role in the Enola Holmes sequel.
Hollywood stars who have also earned $20 million from their individual films are Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 3, Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious X, Tom Hardy in Venom 3, Joaquin Phoenix in Joker 2, Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. in Soul.
For the highly anticipated upcoming Barbie movie, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling will earn $12.5 million each. Steve Carell will reportedly receive the same amount for his role in Minions: The Rise of Gru.
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