The Hollywood filmmaking behemoth is one hell of a machine. They create new films every year, every month, every week that they release them to the public and when things go right, the people show up in droves. Although that is an amazing idea to consider, the fact of the matter is that the executives and number crunchers who work for these massive companies don’t do it out of the kindest of their heart. They do it so movie theater turnstiles continue to be used. They do it so we open our wallets or purses and hand over our hard earned cash.
It makes perfect sense then, that the men and women who make up the cast of films that bring the people in become stars who deserve their share of the proceeds. It’s a question of supply and demand. An actor who has a proven track record of playing parts in massive movies is in charge of the supply and over time, they are able to increase their asking price again and again. If the fat cats are raking it in, then surely the megastars that put their resume, reputation and their very livelihood on the line with each film deserve to get rich too, right?
As we count down our list of the actors who made the most off a single performance, we only request you remember that we aren’t in fact accountants. We didn’t see any of the cheques clear and we can’t say the figures are 100% accurate. We can, however, tell you that our accounts of these actor’s salaries have been reported by multiple sources and they are, to the best of our knowledge legitimate, if not rounded off.
19 Jim Carrey for Yes Man - $35 million
18 Robert Downey Jr. for Avengers: Age of Ultron - $40 million
17 Tom Hanks for Saving Private Ryan - $40 million
16 Robert Downey Jr. for The Avengers - $50 million
15 Johnny Depp for Alice in Wonderland - $50 million
14 Robert Downey Jr. for Iron Man 3 - $50 million
13 Johnny Depp for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $55 million
12 Leonardo DiCaprio for Inception - $59 million
11 Jack Nicholson for Batman - $60 million
10 Harrison Ford for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - $65 million
9 Tom Hanks for Forrest Gump - $70 million
8 Tom Cruise for Mission Impossible II - $75 million
7 Tom Cruise for Mission Impossible III - $75 million
6 Keanu Reeves for The Matrix Revolutions - $76 million
5 Sandra Bullock for Gravity - $77 million
4 Tom Cruise for War of the Worlds - $100 million
3 Will Smith for Men in Black 3 - $100 million
2 Bruce Willis for The Sixth Sense - $100-120 million
1 Keanu Reeves for The Matrix Reloaded - $126 million
As we went over previously on this list, Keanu made an incredible deal for The Matrix sequels. Beating out the amount he made for The Matrix Revolutions by fifty million dollars, the figure made him the best-paid actor for a single role ever. Perhaps the coolest part of this particular actor taking home that amount has to be what he did with a significant chunk of his it. Opting to give the production staff more money than they’d ever seen before when he was asked about his generosity he made it clear that he felt they were integral to the final product. We can’t think of a better way to end off a list that was entirely based on the bottom line than by looking at a man who puts it in perspective like that.
Sources: my.xfinity.com, cinemablend.com, insidermonkey.com, wikipedia.org
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