The year 2020 has been quite challenging for the actors around the world as the movies could not get released at the box office owing to the coronavirus pandemic. However, there has been a sharp recovery in 2021 with the top-tier Hollywood actors banking really well with the release of their successful movies.
Although a number of big-budgeted movies could not get theatrical releases and even got postponed indefinitely, there have been a few actors who have raked in millions of dollars. We saw a number of big movies being released via the OTT platforms like Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, etc.
We are here to share with you the list of the top 10 highest-paid actors in the world as of 2022. Keep scrolling!
Top 10 Highest-Paid Actors in the world as of 2022
1. Daniel Craig
Salary: $100 million
Brit actor Daniel Craig is the world’s highest-paid actor, the courtesy lucrative deal signed with streaming service platform Netflix in 2021. His runaway hit mystery comedy film “Knives Out” released in the year 2019 will premiere the next two upcoming sequels on Netflix.
He will be paid a $100 million salary by Netflix which purchased the rights of the sequels film. This amount does not include his remuneration as an actor for the James Bond film. It is more than 100% of what Craig earned in salary on a per-film basis for playing the role of James Bond in “No Time to Die”. Daniel will play the role of Detective Benoit Blanc in the upcoming sequel of Knives Out.
2. Dwayne Johnson
Salary: $50 million
Dwayne Johnson, also popular by his nickname The Rock, is A-lister American actor, businessman, and former professional wrestler. He is the second-highest-paid actor. He netted 22 million USD for portraying the role of steamboat captain in Disney’s fancy adventurous film “Jungle Cruise”.
He earned another mind-boggling $20 million as an actor for his Netflix’s heist comedy “Red Notice” produced by none other than Dwayne himself in the year 2021. Red Notice was the streaming platform’s most-watched film which was viewed cumulatively for 328.8 million hours.
3. Will Smith
Salary: $40 million
Willard Carroll Smith Jr. popularly known as Will Smith is an American actor, rapper, and producer. It would be apt to call him an Oscar-buzz actor. He netted $40 million in his latest film “King Richard”. Smith played the character of Richard Williams as the father of ace tennis players Venus and Serena Williams.
Forbes mentioned Smith as the most bankable star worldwide in 2013. Newsweek also named him as “the most powerful actor in Hollywood” in 2007. Will Smith has been honored with four Grammy Awards apart from being nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards. He created a world record for breaking three premieres in 24 hours and registered his name in the Guinness Book of World Records.
4. Denzel Washington
Salary: $40 million
Denzel Washington, recipient of Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award is a famous American actor who is also a director and a producer. He has acted in more than 50 films and has been the recipient of numerous awards like Academy awards for Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor, Tony Awards, Golden Globe Awards among others.
The actor netted $40 million in neo-noir crime thriller “The Little Things” as playing the corrupt detective, Joe Deacon. However, the film did not fare well at the box office because of the pandemic.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio
Salary: $30 million
World renown, Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio managed to garner $30 million for his role in the upcoming film “Don’t Look Up”. He bagged several awards like Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and three Golden Globe Awards.
Leonardo DiCaprio is known to portray real-life characters in many movies during his long oscar-winning career ranging from politicians (J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar), legendary moguls (Howard Hughes in The Aviator) to criminal forgers (Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me if You Can) and corrupt stockbrokers (Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street) and many others.
6. Mark Wahlberg
Salary: $30 million
Mark Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, businessman, and former rapper who made his acting debut in the year 1993. He acted in more than 53 films in the last 29 years. Netflix action comedy film “Spenser Confidential” released in the year 2020 was a blockbuster hit for Mark Wahlberg.
7. Ryan Gosling
Salary: $20 million
Ryan starred opposite Chris Evans in the spy action-thriller “The Gray Man” on streaming platform Netflix in 2020. The film was directed by the Russo brothers with a huge budget of $200 million making it one of the most costly Netflix films to have been produced.
He shot to fame for his performance in the American Romantic Drama film, “The Notebook” released in 2004. He earned approximately $20 million in salaries.
8. Chris Hemsworth
Salary: $20 million
Chris Hemsworth is a famous Australian actor who gained prominence for his role in the Australian television series Home and Away as Kim Hyde. He demanded a huge amount for Thor: Ragnarok, however, it will be a little less than his fellow co-star of Avenger’s Robert Downey Jr. He won several awards in his professional career spanning more than one decade.
9. Brad Pitt
Salary: $20 million
William Bradley Pitt is an American actor and film producer who is considered to be one of the most powerful and influential people in the film industry. He is cited as one of the world’s most handsome men by many media outlets.
He has acted in many films and received several awards in his professional career. He will be featuring in an upcoming action thriller film alongside Sandra Bullock in Bullet Train. The Oscar-winning actor is reuniting with George Clooney for an upcoming thriller film (from Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts) which would earn him around $20 million.
10. Michael B. Jordan
Salary: $15 million
Michael B. Jordan is an American actor and film producer who won numerous awards in his professional career spanning more than two decades. He was featured in the list of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2020. Jordan made approximately $15 million for his role in “Without Remorse” as an elite Navy SEAL role.
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I Fred George, have very impeccable acting skills, however I didn’t go to college to obtain them. I also posess great voice over skills for numerous characters on TV. I’d love the opportunity to show my abilities to the world. On screen and off. If possible, reach out and touch base with me. Thanks, yours truly Fred George. I’m a big fan of all the actors listed above. Thanks to them all for leading the way. God bless us all.
Definitely not SRK(Shah Rukh Khan) 😶
I have nothing against Dwayne Johnson I’d say he’s even a half decent actor, but it’s sad that he makes more currently than people like Denzel, Pitt and Leo.
Unfortunately that is the way it is in Hollywood. Its the polar opposite of most high end jobs. Instead of actors being more valued the longer they are around, their stock drops the older they get. The majority of their audience can no longer be bothered to go to the theater, their salary reflects their box office draw as they are knocked off the top tier. It will happen to Dwayne as well, eventually.
These are big budget actors who are bringing in a lot of money for these big blockbuster films and getting paid generously for it. However, wealth does not always equate talent. I’d much rather watch a DeNiro, Pacino, Gene Hackman, Daniel Day Lewis or Jack Nicholson film any day of the week
Yeah dats right.
Expecting Lan Somerhalder in the list