Streaming services are responsible for inflating Hollywood salaries. The highest-paid actors in 2021 signed onto movies that will debut on Netflix and Amazon.
Daniel Craig tops the list with a $100 million payday to make a pair of Knives Out sequels. Dwayne Johnson is second. Amazon Studios paid him $50 million to star in holiday adventure, Red One.
A list of other actors earning $20 million or more for a movie in 2021 includes Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling, Chris Hemsworth and Brad Pitt.
Surprisingly, Tom Cruise is not on that list. He signed a $13 million contact for the Top Gun sequel, Maverick. Cruise has a sweet back-end deal, though. He earns a portion of the gross revenue, where most A-list actors get a fraction of just the profits. Tom Cruise got paid $13 million to act and he will make three-times as much by promoting Top Gun: Maverick due this Thanksgiving. (Variety)
Written by: Tony Williams