Tom Cruise is Hollywood’s highest-earning actor with over $100 million for Top Gun: Maverick

He has been at the pinnacle of the Hollywood film industry for over four decades.

And thanks to his latest smash hit Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise is officially the highest-earning movie star, Variety reported Wednesday.

Cruise, 60, who is not only the star of the sequel but also its producer, is expected to earn more than $100 million from movie ticket sales, his salary, and his reduced home entertainment rentals and streaming revenue.

Top Gun: Maverick is now Paramount’s highest-grossing film worldwide, grossing $1.2 billion worldwide and Cruise’s first film to break the billion-dollar mark.

It is also only the 12th film in history to cross the $600 million mark at the domestic box office.

Top of his game: Tom Cruise is Hollywood’s highest-earning actor, earning more than $100 million for his hit movie Top Gun: Maverick, according to Variety on Wednesday

Although Cruise is set to take a lower up-front fee to star in the next two Mission: Impossible films – with sources estimating his salary between $12 million and $14 million – he earns a significant percentage of the first dollar gross. movies.

This means he “receives box office bonuses even before the studio breaks even,” ensuring he always gets a good payday.

A movie executive noted that Cruise and Dwayne Johnson (who earned $22.5 million for Black Adam) are two stars whose high salaries are certainly justified.

“I would never bet against Tom Cruise. Most actors aren’t worth what you pay them, but Cruise and maybe Dwayne Johnson justify their salaries,’ he told Variety, noting the excellent ability of Tom to promote his films around the world.

Billion-dollar film: Cruise, 60, who is not only the star of the sequel but also its producer, gets a reduction in ticket sales and streaming income on top of his initial salary

Billion-dollar film: Cruise, 60, who is not only the star of the sequel but also its producer, gets a reduction in ticket sales and streaming income on top of his initial salary

Big Payday: The second biggest earner, according to Variety, is Will Smith.  He signed on to star in Antoine Fuqua's action thriller Emancipation for $35 million in June 2020

Big Payday: The second biggest earner, according to Variety, is Will Smith. He signed on to star in Antoine Fuqua’s action thriller Emancipation for $35 million in June 2020

The second highest earner, according to Variety, is Will Smith.

He signed on to star in the action thriller Emancipation for $35 million in June 2020.

Apple won a bidding war for the distribution rights to the Antoine Fuqua-directed film and principal photography began in New Orleans in the summer of 2021.

However, last May it was announced that the film’s release would be pushed back to 2023 citing production delays.

However, the news followed shortly after Smith’s “slap heard around the world” when he slapped Oscars host Chris Rock live on stage during the March 27 Oscars broadcast.

The incident caused worldwide outrage and a very public reaction.

He resigned his Academy membership on April 1 and was banned from attending Academy events for a period of 10 years, beginning April 8.

Since then, Smith, who won the Best Actor Oscar for King Richard, has kept a low profile and stays out of the limelight.

Smith’s biggest payday to date was for 2012’s Men In Black 3 for which he took home $100 million.

In Limbo: However, in May it was announced that the release of Emancipation was pushed back to 2023 after Smith slapped Oscar host Chris Rock live on TV during the Oscars.

In limbo: However, in May it was announced that the release of Emancipation was pushed back to 2023 after Smith slapped Oscar host Chris Rock live on TV during the Oscars

Leonardo DiCaprio, who earned $30 million for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Killers of The Flower Moon, and Brad Pitt, who is getting $30 million for an as-yet-untitled Formula 1 drama, are among the other top earners in the movie category.

Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth (Extraction 2), Denzel Washington (Equalizer 3), Vin Diesel (Fast X), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker 2), Tom Hardy (Venom 3), Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds (Spirited) have all won. $20 million for their respective films.

Further down the list were the stars of the highly anticipated next Barbie movie, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, each earning $12.5 million.

Coming soon: Leonardo DiCaprio has earned $30 million for Martin Scorsese's upcoming Killers of The Flower Moon, slated for release in November

Coming soon: Leonardo DiCaprio has earned $30 million for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Killers of The Flower Moon, slated for release in November

In the money: Further down the list are the stars of the highly anticipated next Barbie movie, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, who each earn $12.5 million

In the money: Further down the list are the stars of the highly anticipated next Barbie movie, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, who each earn $12.5 million

Highest paid movie stars

Tom Cruise – $100 Million+ (Top Gun: Maverick)

Will Smith – $35 million (Emancipation)

Leonardo DiCaprio – $30 million (Bloom Moon Killers)

Brad Pitt – $30 million (Formula 1 drama)

Dwayne Johnson – $22.5 million (Black Adam)

Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds – $20 million (feisty)

Chris Hemsworth – $20 million (extraction 2)

Vin Diesel – $20 Million (Quick X)

Tom Hardy – $20 million (Venom 3)

Joaquin Phoenix – $20 million (Joker 2)

Denzel Washington – $20 million (The Equalizer 3)

Jason Momoa – $15 million (Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom)

Eddie Murphy – $15 million (Beverly Hills Cop 4)

Chris Pine – $13 million (Star Trek)

Steve Carell – $12.5 (Minions: The Rise of Gru)

Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie – $12.5 (Barbie)

Millie Bobby Brown – $10 million (Enola Holmes 2)

Timothée Chalamet – $9M (Wonka)

Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr and Emily Blunt – $4 million (Oppenheimer)

Daniel Kaluuya – $4 million (No)

Jamie Lee Curtis – $3.5 million (Halloween Ends)

Anya-Taylor Joy – 1.8M (Furiosa)

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