A-list star salaries in 2021…….

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So some time ago a we ran a piece on the highest earning stars of 2017 and the worst value stars of 2017.But since then things have changed quite a bit so we thought we would take a look at what A-list stars salaries in 2021 and there’s a significant rise in what is being earned.

The digital age of streaming led by Netflix has massively changed things to such a degree that they can now command a bigger salary for streaming than they can for the big screen. 1996 probably was the launch of the monumental pay cheque when Jim Carrey then at the height of his popularity earned $20m for The Cable Guy …..which performed badly making only $102m off its $47m budget but it set a bench mark for A-listers. That payday is now dwarfed by what Netflix is paying albeit this is because they are rewarded up front for lost earnings from the dividends they would get from a film’s big screen release if a box office success. But several of the stars below got increased payments due to the diminished returns from the box office as the films were simultaneously released on streaming too (hence the salaries for Denzel Washington and Will Smith below).

Tom Cruise has a great deal getting  what’s called a ‘first-dollar gross on their backend participation’ effectively getting paid before the studio does form the box office gross. On tp of this he also has a deal which gets him of millions of dollars in further bonuses when the box office hits certain targets over the life of his films.

A-list stars salaries for 2021 - it's a shock to see the top earners salary!

So here are the A-list stars salaries for 2021…….

Daniel Craig
“Knives Out’ sequels
$100M*
Dwayne Johnson
“Red One”
$50M*
Will Smith
King Richard
$40M*
Denzel Washington
“The Little Things”
$40M*
Leonardo DiCaprio
“Don’t Look Up”
$30M*
Mark Wahlberg
“Spenser Confidential”
$30M*
Jennifer Lawrence
“Don’t Look Up”
$25M*
Julia Roberts
“Leave the World Behind”
$25M*
Sandra Bullock
“The Los City of D”
$20M
Ryan Gosling
‘The Grey Man”
$20M*
Chris Hemsworth
“Thor: Love and Thunder”
$20M
Brad Pitt
“Bullet Train”
$20M
Michael B. Jordan
Without Remorse
$15M*
Tom Cruise
“Top Gun: Maverick”
$13M
Keanu Reeves
“The Matrix 4”
$12-$14M**
Chris Pine
“Dungeons and Dragons”
$11.5M
Robert Pattinson
The Batman
$3M

NOTE: SOME EPISODIC SALARIES MAY INCLUDE PRODUCING FEES.
* SUM INCORPORATES STREAMING BACK-END BUYOUT
** SUM HAS NOT YET INCORPORATED STREAMING BACK-END BUYOUT

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