Salaries for the world's highest paid film 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. Since not all salaries are made public, this is a non-definitive list of actors who have received $30 million or more as compensation for their services. The figures are given at their nominal value, since earnings from profit based deals are accumulated over many years, making it unfeasible to adjust for inflation.
Highest-earning actors in films
ActorFilmYearSalaryTotal income
Johnny DeppPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides2011$35,000,000$35,000,000
Keanu ReevesThe Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
2003$30,000,000$156,000,000
Mel GibsonLethal Weapon 41998$30,000,000$30,000,000
Arnold SchwarzeneggerTerminator 3: Rise of the Machines2003$29,250,000$29,250,000+
Sandra BullockGravity2013$20,000,000$70,000,000+
Bruce WillisThe Sixth Sense1999$14,000,000$100,000,000
Brad PittOcean's Eleven2001$10,000,000$30,000,000
Jack NicholsonBatman1989$6,000,000$60,000,000
Tom CruiseMission: Impossible II2000$100,000,000
Tom CruiseWar of the Worlds2005$100,000,000
Will SmithMen in Black 32012$100,000,000
Tom HanksForrest Gump1994$70,000,000
Tom CruiseMission: Impossible1996$70,000,000
Harrison FordIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull2008$65,000,000
Leonardo DiCaprioInception2010$59,000,000
Robert Downey, Jr.The Avengers2012$50,000,000
Leonardo DiCaprioTitanic1997$40,000,000
Tom HanksSaving Private Ryan1998$40,000,000
Johnny DeppAlice in Wonderland2010$40,000,000
Jim CarreyYes Man2008$35,000,000


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