Film Industry has played an integral part in depicting and displaying thoughts, ideas, and creativity in films, series, dramas, etc. That have helped form and shape public opinions in various domains of society. It has also aided in generating a billion-dollar film industry, which has produced various stars who are earning in millions.
Over some time, the cost of making a film has spiked enormously in terms of production costs, marketing costs, advertising expenses, printing, etc. The growing trend of cinema has also led to an upsurge in the industry’s revenue through blockbuster movies, which trembles the box office.
Why are actors paid so much?
The reason behind making such handsome money by the actors is the increasing trend, fascination, influence, and reliability of the society at the cinema. Since the past 30 years, several movies have broken the box-office records with phenomenal revenue.
The back-end deals of the actors with the producers are the prime source of income for these stars.
Following is the list of top 10 actors who have earned the most from a single movie:
- Sandra Bullock – Gravity (2013) – $70,000,000
Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is a science-fiction thriller that secured the Best Director Award at the Oscars. It starred Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Bullock’s sensational performance helped her in bagging the Best Actress Nomination. Initially, Sandra refused to work in the film due to personal reasons, but Alfonso convinced her. He praised her performance and said that every scene was open to interpretation, but Sandra’s execution was very impressive. Sandra’s $70 million earning just from this film brings her to the 10th position in the list of highest-paid actors per movie.
- Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump (1995) – $70,000,000
Based on Winston Groom’s novel written in 1986, Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump is a chronicled comedy-drama movie which starred a dim-witted Hanks who teaches a moral lesson. Tom Hanks has been one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
- Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible (1996) – $70,000,000
Brain de Palma’s MI series has won hearts all around the globe. Cruise gave this blockbuster when his career was at a downfall. Tom Cruise earned a handsome $70 million through this film, which is the highest fee in one movie. It brings him to 8th position in this list of highest-paid actors per movie.
This action thriller had won the PGA Most Promising Producer Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures and was also nominated for the Grammy Awards. Tom Cruise played the role of Ethan Hunt, an agent of Impossible Mission Forces (IMF).
- Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – $75,000,000
Joe Russo and Anthony Russo directed Infinity War won millions of hearts as it was the comeback of Robert Downey Jr., who was not having a very good time in Hollywood. RDJ has been one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. The contract of RDJ came to an end after Iron Man 3, but his comeback in forthcoming movies and an enchanting performance in Infinity War was a delight for his fans across the globe. The Infinity War ended up with a box office collection of $2.048 Billion, which made it the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time.
- Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man 3 (2013) – $75,000,000
The Iron Man series’s final installment came out with Robert Downey Jr. back in a suit, flying across the skies. The film also included his closest companion Colonel Rhodes as the ‘Iron Patriot.’ The movie turned out to be a record-breaking masterpiece that brimmed the directors, producers, and actors’ pockets. RDJ is one of the very few actors who charges the highest fees for one movie to act in.
As this was supposed to be the last movie of Marvel with Iron Man in it, RDJ could be seen quitting his toys towards the end.
- Bruce Willis – The Sixth Sense (1999) – $100,000,000
Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Sixth Sense’ is a mysterious, supernatural psychological thriller which starred a boy who can talk to the dead and a child psychologist who tries to help him. The unexpected suspense in the movie brought a lot of praise from the critics. Commendations go to Bruce Willis to agree to cast in the film, which helped it gain a good pre-release notice and recognition. He is one of the highest-paid actors per movie, which brings him in the 5th position in this list.
The picture was nominated for six Academy Awards, including the Best Picture and Best Actor Award. The film received various accolades, including the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Movie and the Nebula Award for Best Script.
- Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible 2 (2000) – $100,000,000
The sequel of the MI series again made a blast in Hollywood through full power-packed action and stunts performed by Tom Cruise under the heat. The John Woo directed MI-2 had a box office collection of $546.4 million. One of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, the film starred Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, who was ordered by the IMF to destroy a lethal biological weapon called ‘Chimera’ from rogue IMF agent Sean Ambrose. The film won the MTV Movie Award for Best Action Sequence and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Score.
- Tom Cruise – War of The Worlds (2005) – $100,000,000
Steven Speilberg’s ‘War of the Worlds’ is a scientific romantic fiction that casts Tom Cruise as a dockworker who gives his best to save his children from a conquering alien spaceship.
The second collaboration between Cruise and Speilberg became an ultimate success and had a box office collection of $603.9 million. The movie flourished Tom’s pocket with $100 million, making him one of the highest-paid actors of all time.
- Will Smith – Men in Black 3 (2012) – $100,000,000
Barry Sonnenfeld’s last part of the Men in Black series is a science fiction action comedy which casts Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as black-cover agents who try to protect the earth from alien attack. The movie had a box office collection of $624 million. Will Smith earned a beautiful 100 million dollars, making him one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
- Keanu Reeves – The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions (2003) – $156,000,000
The Wachowskis directed ‘The Matrix’ is a science fiction action which deals with spreading the responsibility of choosing between reality and artificial intelligence. It was the first live-action feature film to be screened in both regular and IMAX theatres simultaneously. Reeves played the character of Neo, who is a completely stoic and conflicted person.
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