6 Actors Who Can Command $20 Million Per Movie

Most of the big Hollywood earners are men, but some names might surprise you.

Just as Forbes ranks CEOs, The Hollywood Reporter ranks movie stars.

The magazine recently surveyed producers, agents and executives to find out which Hollywood A-listers come out on top financially. The findings are published in the April 10 issue.

The Hollywood Reporter identified six actors who can command around $20 million for a single film, ranking them “right up there with the heyday of star salaries during the 1990s, when a handful of actors (including Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise) reached that magic number.” They are:

  • Leonardo DiCaprio ($25 million upfront, with stipulations, for “The Wolf of Wall Street”)
  • Sandra Bullock ($20 million upfront for “Gravity” – $70 million total)
  • Matt Damon ($20 million for his next Bourne movie)
  • Robert Downey Jr. ($20 million for “The Iron Man” movies)
  • Denzel Washington
  • Angelina Jolie

Actors who can command $15 million or more per movie include:

  • Bradley Cooper
  • Ben Affleck
  • Channing Tatum
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Jennifer Lawrence

The Hollywood Reporter’s findings are similar to those of Forbes, which ranks movie stars, too. Atop Forbes’s “Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actors 2014,” which accounts for entertainment-related income in general, are:

  • Robert Downey Jr. ($75 million)
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($52 million)
  • Bradley Cooper ($46 million)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio ($39 million)
  • Chris Hemsworth ($37 million)
  • Liam Neeson ($36 million)
  • Ben Affleck ($35 million)
  • Christian Bale ($35 million)
  • Will Smith ($32 million)
  • Mark Wahlberg ($32 million)

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