Hollywood’s Highest Paid Stars 2011 – Highest Paid Actors

Vanity Fair Magazine released the 2011 list of Hollywood’s highest paid Stars, James Cameron top’s the list. The list is limited to creative figures—stars, directors, producers—and to the money they earn from film. Vanity Fair estimation exclude executives or agents, fee and didn’t count earnings from non-film-related projects, such as Steve Carell’s fees for starring on The Office or Jennifer Aniston’s for appearing in SmartWater ads.Is about star’s up-front advance for a given film as well as his or her share of the movie’s profits, assuming there were any. (Often, the lion’s share of fees for a 2010 release may have actually been paid in 2009 and thus is not counted in this year’s list.)

1. James Cameron

WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (Creative Artists Agency)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $257 MILLION
$248 million: Avatar (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on 2010 worldwide box-office gross of $1.95 billion, and share of DVD and pay-television revenue; excludes $50 million earned in 2009)
$5 million: Avatar (share of toy licensing, other revenue)
$4 million: Older film revenue (e.g., back-end and royalties from earlier projects, other payments)

2. Johnny Depp

ACTOR (United Talent Agency)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $100 MILLION
$40 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for starring in Tim Burton film, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion)
$35 million: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (up-front money for starring in next installment of Jerry Bruckheimer’s waterlogged but ludicrously profitable franchise)
$20 million: The Tourist (fee for co-starring in one of the year’s bigger flops alongside Angelina Jolie)
$5 million: Older film revenue

3. Steven Spielberg

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $80 MILLION
$50 million: Universal-theme-park royalties and consulting fees
$20 million: War Horse (fee for directing and producing upcoming World War I drama)
$10 million: Older film revenue

4. Christopher Nolan

WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $71.5 MILLION
$69 million: Inception (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on worldwide gross of $823 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$2.5 million: Older film revenue

5. Leonardo DiCaprio

ACTOR (Special Artists Agency)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $62 MILLION
$59 million: Inception (back-end for starring in somewhat convoluted Christopher Nolan film)
$3 million: Back-end for starring in somewhat convoluted Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island, older film revenue

6. Tim Burton

DIRECTOR (William Morris Endeavor)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $53 MILLION
$50 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for directing, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3 million: Older film revenue

7. Adam Sandler

ACTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $50 MILLION
$25 million: Just Go with It (fee for producing and starring in upcoming comedy opposite Jennifer Aniston)
$20 million: Jack and Jill (fee for producing and starring in upcoming comedy with Katie Holmes and Al Pacino)
$3 million: Grown Ups (back-end for starring and writing, based on worldwide gross of $271 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$2 million: Older film revenue

8. Todd Phillips

WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $34 MILLION
$15 million: The Hangover Part II (fee for writing, producing, and directing)
$13 million: The Hangover (back-end for producing and directing; excludes $39 million earned in 2009)
$3 million: Due Date (back-end for producing and directing, based on worldwide gross of $200 million, as of December 31, 2010)
$2 million: Older film revenue
$1 million: Project X (fee for producing upcoming low-budget comedy)

9. Taylor Lautner

ACTOR (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $33.5 million
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 (fee for co-starring in upcoming penultimate Twilight film)
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 (fee for co-starring in upcoming final Twilight film)
$7.5 million: Abduction (fee for starring in upcoming John Singleton thriller)
$1 million: Older film revenue, mostly from Twilight franchise

10. Robert Downey Jr.

ACTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $31.5 MILLION
$15 million: Fee for starring in upcoming untitled Sherlock Holmes sequel
$12 million: Iron Man 2 (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $627 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3.5 million: Sherlock Holmes (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $523 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$1 million: Older film revenue

11. Will Smith

ACTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $29 MILLION
$20 million: Men in Black III (fee for starring in upcoming franchise resuscitation)
$5.5 million: The Karate Kid (back-end for producing, based on worldwide gross of $358 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3.5 million: Older film revenue

12. Joe Roth

PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $28.5 MILLION
$27.5 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for producing, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$1 million: Older film revenue

13. Kristen Stewart

ACTRESS (The Gersh Agency)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $28.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 37)
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 (fee for co-starring)
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 (fee for co-starring)
$2.5 million: On the Road (fee for starring in long-aborning adaptation of the Jack Kerouac classic)
$1 million: Older film revenue, mostly from Twilight franchise

14. Jerry Bruckheimer

PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $27.5 MILLION
$10 million: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (fee for producing fourth installment of his lucrative Johnny Depp vehicle)
$10 million: Annual first-look production deal with Disney
$7.5 million: Older film revenue

15. Robert Pattinson

ACTOR (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $27.5 MILLION
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 (fee for co-starring)
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 (fee for co-starring)
$1.5 million: Water for Elephants (fee for starring alongside Reese Witherspoon in upcoming literary adaptation)
$1 million: Fee for starring in upcoming costume drama Bel Ami; older film revenue, mostly from Twilight franchise

16. Jason Blum and Oren Peli

PRODUCER; WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $26.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 27)
$19 million: Paranormal Activity 2 (for producing, based on worldwide gross of $169 million)
$7.5 million: Paranormal Activity (share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)

17. Tyler Perry

WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $25 MILLION
$13 million: Why Did I Get Married Too? (back-end for writing, directing, and producing, and share of DVD revenue)
$8 million: I Can Do Bad All by Myself (share of DVD revenue)
$2 million: Precious (share of DVD revenue)
$2 million: Older film revenue

18. Jennifer Aniston

ACTRESS (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $24.5 MILLION
$10 million: Just Go with It (fee for co-starring in Adam Sandler comedy)
$8 million: Wanderlust (fee for starring in upcoming Judd Apatow-produced film)
$6 million: Horrible Bosses (fee for starring in upcoming workplace comedy)
$500,000: Older film revenue

19. Jon Favreau

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $24 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$12 million: Iron Man 2 (back-end for directing and producing, based on worldwide gross of $627 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$10 million: Cowboys & Aliens (fee for directing and producing)
$2 million: Older film revenue

20. Nicolas Cage

ACTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $23.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 17)
$7.5 million: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (fee for starring in upcoming supernatural sequel)
$7 million: Trespass (fee for playing an angry husband alongside Nicole Kidman in upcoming thriller)
$6 million: Drive Angry (fee for playing an angry father in upcoming revenge drama)
$1 million: The Croods (fee for voice work in upcoming DreamWorks animated film)
$2 million: Older film revenue

21. Angelina Jolie

ACTRESS (Media Talent Group)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $23.5 MILLION
$19 million: The Tourist (fee for co-starring alongside Johnny Depp)
$2.5 million: Fee for writing and directing untitled Bosnian-war drama
$1 million: Kung Fu Panda 2 (fee for voice work in animated DreamWorks sequel)
$1 million: Older film revenue

22. Sandra Bullock

ACTRESS (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $22 MILLION
$20 million: The Blind Side (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $309 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue; excludes $15 million earned in 2009)
$2 million: Older film revenue

23. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard

PRODUCER; DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA—Howard)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS, COMBINED: $21 MILLION
$10 million: The Dilemma (Howard’s fee for directing Vince Vaughn comedy)
$2.5 million: The Dilemma (joint fee for producing)
$2.5 million: Cowboys & Aliens (joint fee for producing)
$2.5 million: Tower Heist (Grazer’s fee for producing upcoming Ben Stiller comedy)
$2.5 million: Older film revenue
$1 million: Robin Hood (Grazer’s share of DVD and pay-TV revenue, for producing)

24. Christopher Meledandri

PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $21 MILLION
$17.5 million: Despicable Me (back-end for producing, based on worldwide gross of $541 million)
$2.5 million: Hop (fee for producing upcoming animated Easter Bunny story)
$1 million: Older film revenue, mostly from the Ice Age franchise

25. Joel Silver

PRODUCER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $21 MILLION
$18 million: Sherlock Holmes (back-end for producing, based on worldwide gross of $523 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3 million: Older film revenue

26. Owen Wilson

ACTOR (United Talent Agency)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $19.5 MILLION
$8 million: Hall Pass (fee for starring in upcoming Farrelly-brothers comedy)
$8 million: The Big Year (fee for co-starring in upcoming comedy with Jack Black)
$2.5 million: Cars 2 (fee for voice work for upcoming Pixar sequel)
$1 million: Older film revenue

27. Vince Vaughn

ACTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $18.5 MILLION
$17.5 million: The Dilemma (fee for starring)
$1 million: Older film revenue

28. Daniel Craig

ACTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $18 MILLION
$6 million: Cowboys & Aliens (fee for starring in upcoming Jon Favreau spoof)
$6 million: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (fee for starring in upcoming first installment of inevitable suspense franchise)
$5 million: Dream House (fee for starring in upcoming crime thriller with Naomi Watts)
$1 million: Older film revenue

29. Vin Diesel

ACTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $18 MILLION
$15 million: Fast Five (fee for producing and starring in upcoming The Fast and the Furious fivequel)
$3 million: Older film revenue

30. Ben Stiller

ACTOR, PRODUCER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $18 MILLION
$15 million: Tower Heist (fee for starring in upcoming action comedy)
$1 million: The Big Year (fee for producing upcoming Owen Wilson comedy)
$2 million: Older film revenue

31. Steve Carell

ACTOR, PRODUCER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $17.5 MILLION
$15 million: Crazy, Stupid, Love (fee for starring in and producing upcoming romantic comedy)
$2.5 million: Older film revenue

32. Martin Scorsese

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $17 MILLION
$10 million: Hugo Cabret (fee for directing and producing upcoming 3-D adventure film starring Sacha Baron Cohen)
$3.5 million: Shutter Island (back-end for directing and producing, based on worldwide gross of $295 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3.5 million: Older film revenue

33. Katherine Heigl

ACTRESS, PRODUCER (Paradigm)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $16 MILLION
$15 million: One for the Money (fee for producing and starring in upcoming romantic cop comedy)
$1 million: Older film revenue

35. Tom Cruise

ACTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $14.5 MILLION
$12.5 million: Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol (fee for writing, producing, and starring in upcoming fourth M.I. movie)
$2 million: Older film revenue

34. Shia LaBeouf

ACTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $16 MILLION
$15 million: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (fee for starring in Michael Bay’s upcoming, third Transformers movie)
$1 million: Older film revenue

36. Reese Witherspoon

ACTRESS (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $14.5 MILLION
$12 million: This Means War (fee for starring in upcoming romantic comedy directed by McG)
$2 million: Water for Elephants (fee for co-starring in upcoming drama with Robert Pattinson)
$500,000: Older film revenue

37. Hugh Jackman

ACTOR (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $14 MILLION
$9 million: Real Steel (fee for starring in upcoming Shawn Levy movie)
$2 million: Butter (fee for starring in upcoming Weinstein Co. film)
$1.5 million: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (fee for starring in small art-house film)
$1.5 million: Older film revenue

38. Shawn Levy

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $14 MILLION
$10 million: Real Steel (fee for directing and producing upcoming robotic action film starring Hugh Jackman)
$4 million: Older film revenue, mostly from the Night at the Museum franchise

39. Guy Ritchie

DIRECTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $13.5 MILLION
$7.5 million: Fee for directing untitled Sherlock Holmes sequel
$6 million: Sherlock Holmes (back-end for directing, based on worldwide gross of $523 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)

40. Eddie Murphy

ACTOR (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS:$13 MILLION
$7.5 million:Tower Heist (fee for co-starring in action comedy with Ben Stiller)
$4 million:Shrek Forever After (back-end bonus)
$1.5 million: Older film revenue


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