Who commands $20 million per movie? How much is Robert Pattinson getting paid to shill for Dior? And Downey is making HOW MUCH for “Iron Man 3”?! THR breaks down the earnings of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
If she stars in Salt 2, Angelina Jolie will make an estimated $20 million, cementing her status as the continuous queen of the A-list, 14 years after breaking out in Girl, Interrupted.
Beyoncé has a $50 million deal with Pepsi. The singer, who was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world earlier this year, is preparing for the release of her fifth studio album.
Will Smith is a member of the $20 million club, even though even the actor only took about half that for the disappointing After Earth, which also starred his son, Jaden.
Brad Pitt recently signed a $3 million one-off deal with Cadillac to advertise in China only. Pitt also helped shape his abstract (some say confounding) Chanel No. 5 soliloquy, for which he reportedly received $7 million of the brand’s $17 million U.S. advertising budget.
Cameron Diaz scored a mammoth $42 million payday for the raunchy comedy Bad Teacher, but only because she agreed to a $1 million upfront fee in exchange for a hefty backend.
Charlize Theron struck gold with her gilded J’Adore ads, spinning her initial three-year deal with Dior (reportedly worth $5 million annually when she signed in 2004) into an iconic partnership nearly a decade later.
Daniel Radcliffe and his Hogwarts horde earned $20 million apiece for the final Harry Potter installment.
It is estimated that George Clooney’s deal with Nespresso (for which he appears in ads everywhere but the U.S.) has earned him close to $40 million.
Daniel Craig might enter the $20 million club when he reteams with director Sam Mendes for another James Bond thriller — roughly $3 million more than he received for Skyfall.
Denzel Washington earned $20 million for 2 Guns, which has pulled in more than $72 million at the box office since it opened Aug. 2.
Jennifer Aniston can earn $5 million — but only in a comedy — after hitting big unexpectedly with We’re the Millers.
Not even five short years ago, Heigl commanded $12 million for a movie. Her 2009 romantic comedy The Ugly Truth pulled in more than $200 million worldwide. But her most recent effort, The Big Wedding, topped out at $21.8 million domestic with a paltry 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Robert Downey Jr. remains Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, whose rich deal to play Tony Stark in the Iron Man franchise netted him an estimated $50 million for the third in the series. He is also at least partially responsible for the quirkiness of his debut commercial for HTC, which is giving him more than $12 million for two years to serve as the centerpiece of the Taiwanese mobile manufacturer’s billion-dollar campaign.
Dwayne Johnson makes $15 million for action films thanks to having three such movies open at No. 1 in the span of two months this year: G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain and Gain and Fast & Furious 6. (He’ll receive $12 million for his next vehicle, the upcoming Brett Ratner-directed Hercules.)
The Wolf of Wall Street star has joined Will Smith and Denzel Washington in the $20 million club.
Kristen Stewart and her undead pals earned $20 million for the final Twilight.
The fashion house Dior might hope its new arrangement with Robert Pattinson works just as well as Charlize Theron’s J’Adore ads, as it is paying him at least $12 million to represent its Dior Homme fragrance for the next three years.
Liam Neeson can command $10 million to $15 million for a certain kind of action-thriller.
Matthew McConaughey grossed more than $100,000 million domestically with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, but couldn’t break $60,000 in Surfer, Dude. McConaughey was offered the Dallas Buyers Club part in 2010 and, according to sources, he received only an upfront fee in the low six figures (under $200,000), though he does have backend participation.
Mark Wahlberg, who earned about half of Denzel Washington’s $20 million earnings for 2 Guns, will start catching up to Washington with the next Transformers, one of the biggest international successes in recent years, for which he’ll be paid in the $16 million to $18 million range.
Three and a half decades after Rocky, who could have predicted Stallone creating his own starring material and making $15 million for the next Expendables?