6 Actors Who Can Command $20 Million Per Movie

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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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