The highest paid movies actors in the world may not be those featured on the latest blockbuster. Salaries for the world’s highest paid movie actors currently range from $20–30 million, but an actor can earn substantially more by deferring all or part of their salary against a percentage of the film’s gross, known within the industry as a “profit participation” deal.
Those on this list are multi millionaires and the biggest names in Hollywood and have raked in millions of dollars according to forbes for movies they featured on. They are often the best in acting and business deals in movie roles that have sky rocketed their income.
Here are the highest-paid Movie Actors in the World, According to Forbes:
10. Chris Evans — $34 million
Evans’ paycheck primarily stemmed from his role as Captain America in Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including the 2018 blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War.”
9. Salman Khan — $38.5 million
Khan, a Bollywood star, earned $38.5 million from a combination of successful films that he starred in and produced, including 2017’s “Tiger Zinda Hai,” and endorsement deals for consumer items like Suzuki motorcycles and Chlormint gum.
8. Adam Sandler — $39.5 million
Sandler made millions from his Netflix movie deal, which he signed in 2014 and extended for four films in 2017. Forbes said he also earned six-figures for each live comedy act he performed in the last year.
7. Akshay Kumar — $40.5 million
Bollywood’s Kumar brought in backend profits from his film releases like “Toilet” and “Padman.” He also endorsed around 20 brands, per Forbes, including Indian finance conglomerate Tata and battery manufacturer Eveready.
6. Will Smith — $42 million
Smith earned a reported $20 million for his role in Netflix’s critically panned original film “Bright.” He also signed contracts to appear in upcoming films, including the 2019 live adaptation of Disney’s “Aladdin” and the computer-animated comedy “Spies in Disguise.”
5. Jackie Chan — $45.5 milliom
Chan took home millions from his starring roles in six films in 2017, including “Kung Fu Yoga” and “The Foreigner.” He also made a series of product endorsements and brought in revenue from the line of theaters that he owns.
4. Chris Hemsworth — $64.5 million
Forbes said Hemsworth more than doubled his earnings from its 2017 list thanks to his paychecks from two blockbuster Marvel films, “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
3. Robert Downey Jr. — $81 million
Downey Jr. reportedly nearly doubled his salary from Forbes’ 2017 list by negotiating outsized contracts for his appearances as Iron Man in Marvel films, including an estimated $15 million upfront payment for his brief role in 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — $124 million
Johnson’s $124 million gave him the highest-ever total for acting earnings in the history of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 for the outlet’s 2018 list. The “vast majority” of Johnson’s money came from acting earnings, including huge upfront checks for blockbusters like “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Forbes reported.
1. George Clooney — $239 million
Clooney brought in the highest paid movie actor in the world and according to Forbes’ actors list for his share of the $700 million sale of his tequila company, Casamigos, to the British liquor company Diageo, in June 2017.