We all know that Hollywood heavyweights make some serious money, but if there are some small-screen stars out there making a million dollars an episode, just imagine what the highest-paid blockbuster actors are earning in a year. Here are 10 highest-paid celebrities in Hollywood.
10. Scarlett Johansson
Appearing in every Marvel Avengers movie, Scarlett Johansson who played the character Black Widow was the highest-paid actress in 2018, raking in an impressive $40.5 million at year’s end. Black Widow is finally getting her feature film, so Johansson’s payday will certainly keep reaching super heights.
9. Will Smith
He has more energy than so many people half his age, and even as he hits his 50s, Will Smith is as big a box office draw as he was in his Fresh Prince days. Taking on a role in Bright on Netflix, Smith was paid $20 million.
Still, that’s not the only paycheck he’s banking these days. Will will be playing none other than Genie in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, stealing its way into theaters in May 2019. All in all, Smith banked $42 million for 2018, and 2019 just mean more money magic for the star.
8. Tom Cruise
For as long as Tom Cruise is willing to jump off of buildings and bring down the bad guy, we’ll be happy to watch him do it. Much like Tom Cruise himself, the Mission Impossible movies never seem to get old, and it’s a good thing because it brings in the big bucks.
With two more Mission Impossible movies coming down the pipeline, Cruise can keep counting on those $43 million paychecks he’s been cashing.
7. Adam Sandler
In this crazy and ever-changing world, if there is one thing we can always rely on, it’s Adam Sandler’s comedic stylings. Sandler’s sense of humor might not suit everyone, but it certainly has Netflix smiling, because the streaming service was happy to sign him to a four-film deal for $250 million in a few years.
6. Vin Diesel
Can we all just agree that we’ll never get tired of the Fast and the Furious films? Certainly, Vin Diesel hasn’t either, as he’s appeared in every film in the franchise since it’s initial release in 2001. The latest entry in the franchise made $1.2 billion at the box-office, which had Diesel banking $54.5 million at year’s end.
5. Chris Hemsworth
The debate over which Chris is Hollywood’s best (Evans, Pratt, Pine or Hemsworth) will never have a definitive answer, but Hemsworth has been the highest-earning Chris for two years running. Hemsworth has had the honor to play Thor, God of Thunder in a standalone franchise, and every Avengers film, meaning that he’s making it rain roughly $64.5 million a year.
4. Mark Wahlberg
After his daily schedule was published and it was revealed that Mark Wahlberg wakes up at 2:30 am EVERY DAY to get started on his day as soon as possible, no one can argue that the actor doesn’t deserve a spot on the listing of Hollywood’s highest earners.
Wahlberg proves that the early bird catches the worm, and in his case, the worm is approximately $68 million in cash.
3. Robert Downey Jr.
Negotiating an impressive paycheck even just to appear for a few minutes in a fellow superhero film within the Marvel Universe, in addition to the money he makes in the Avengers movies, Robert Downey Jr. put away $81 million in 2018. With Avengers: Endgame out in 2019, Downey Jr.’s bottom line has never looked better.
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
We have to wonder, is Dwayne Johnson ever in a bad mood? Sure seems like he’s always smiling, then again, with his salary we’d be smiling all the time too. In addition to his acting contract, Johnson’s massive social media following means he can negotiate an additional seven figures for film promotion. All-in-all, the actor put away $124 million for 2018.
1. George Clooney
No actor has ever earned more in a calendar year than A-list icon George Clooney did at the end of 2018. After successfully building Casamigos Tequila into an empire, he sold it, along with his business partner Rande Gerber, for a whopping $700 million. So what does the mean for Clooney?
It means that for 2018, the actor cashed $239 million. To break it down into a bite-sized piece, that’s $654,794 a day. Still can’t imagine a figure that monstrous? How about thinking of it as $27,283 an hour. Alright, we’ll break it down one more time. George Clooney made $454.78 a minute. Let’s all bow down to George Clooney.
• Muhammad Hasif bin Mohd Yunus adalah pelajar Fakulti Filem, Teater dan Animasi.
• Dr. Mohd Syuhaidi Abu Bakar adalah Timbalan Dekan Penyelidikan dan Jalinan
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