The Highest Paid Actors in Hollywood
We all know that Hollywood heavyweights make some serious money, but if there are some small screen stars out there making a million dollars an episode, just imagine what the highest paid blockbuster actors are earning in a year. We’ve taken a look at the A-list’s incomes, and can we just say, holy smokes, those salaries are insane. The top 25 have all worked hard to earn their spot at the top of the Hollywood heap, but just wait until you see who took no. 1, and by how many tens of million no. 2 trails behind. That’s right, we’ll be hitting the hundred millions, so hold onto your hats.
1. George Clooney
No actor has ever earned more in a calendar year than A-list icon George Clooney did at the end of 2018. After successfully building Casamigos Tequila into an empire, he sold it, along with his business partner Rande Gerber, for a whopping $700 million. So what does the mean for Clooney?It means that for 2018, the actor cashed $239 million. To break it down into a bite-sized piece, that’s $654,794 a day. Still can’t imagine a figure that monstrous? How about thinking of it as $27,283 an hour. Alright, we’ll break it down one more time. George Clooney made $454.78 a minute.
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
We have to wonder, is Dwayne Johnson ever in a bad mood? Sure seems like he’s always smiling, then again, with his salary we’d be smiling all the time too. With upfront fees for films like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in the millions, and profit share, Johnson’s putting away a hefty payday.
In addition to his acting contract, Johnson’s massive social media following means he can negotiate an additional seven figures for film promotion. All-in-all, the actor put away $124 million for 2018. We wouldn’t be surprised if he jumps from second place to first for 2019’s highest-paid actors ranking, although he’s definitely got his work cut out for him to reach no. 1.
3. Robert Downey Jr.
As a mainstay on every list of Hollywood’s highest paid actors since taking top spot in 2012, Robert Downey Jr. certainly knows the secret to securing an astronomical salary. Since stepping into Iron Man’s suit, the star has been reliably banking millions of dollars a year.
Negotiating an impressive paycheck even just to appear for a few minutes in a fellow superhero film within the Marvel Universe, in addition to the money he makes in the Avengers movies, Robert Downey Jr. put away $81 million in 2018. With Avengers: Endgame out in 2019, Downey Jr.’s bottom line has never looked better.