The Biggest Hollywood Salaries Of 2022 Have Just Been Revealed

Highest Paid Actors 2022 Single Role

Although he hasn’t exactly left the headlines in what feels like forever, Tom Cruise has once again captured mainstream attention after last week’s reports indicated he’ll be pocketing over $100 million from Top Gun: Maverick (sacrificing upfront salary for a percentage of the box office revenue). Unsurprisingly, this savvy bit of contract judo has secured Tom Cruise’s status as king among the highest-paid actors of 2022.

While the 60-year-old action star behind Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell hasn’t a single comparable peer in sight right about now – nor is this the first time TC has cashed an insane payday with such an agreement, hence why he’s a recurring fixture within the list of history’s highest-paid actors period (see: below) – there are still plenty of hefty paycheques being cut by Hollywood. At least according to data recently published by Variety.

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Sequels are clearly where you’ll find the big(gest) bucks. Top Gun: Maverick dir. by Joseph Kosinski aside, Variety’s list confirmed another 12 of the 26 most notable sums currently being doled out by studios involve franchise follow-ups. If you include DC’s franchise expansion flick in Black Adam starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, that brings the total to more than half (14).

From Netflix’s Extraction 2 starring our very own Chris Hemsworth – who has been steadily raking it in with his gig as Marvel’s Thor – to Antoine Fuqua’s trilogy completer The Equalizer 3, which hails the return of the OG himself Denzel Washington… the major lesson here? Never bet against an established cinematic property. Or Tom Cruise, for that matter.

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“I would never bet against Tom Cruise,” an unnamed studio executive told Variety, noting his “superhuman” ability to crisscross the globe and promote.

“Most actors aren’t worth what you pay them, but Cruise and maybe Dwayne Johnson justify their salaries.”

Check out the highest-paid actors right now and the highest-paid actors of all time (from a single role).

The Highest-Paid Actors From A Single Role (2022)

Note: All sums = USD

  1. Tom Cruise (Top Gun: Maverick) – $100 million+
  2. Will Smith (Emancipation) – $35 million
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio (Killers of the Flower Moon) – $30 million
  4. Brad Pitt (Formula One) – $30 million
  5. Dwayne Johnson (Black Adam) – $22.5 million
  6. Will Ferrell (Spirited) – $20 million
  7. Chris Hemsworth (Extraction 2) – $20 million
  8. Vin Diesel (Fast X) – $20 million
  9. Tom Hardy (Venom 3) – $20 million
  10. Joaquin Phoenix (Joker 2) – $20 million
  11. Ryan Reynolds (Spirited) – $20 million
  12. Denzel Washington (The Equalizer 3) – $20 million
  13. Jason Momoa (Aquaman & The Lost Kingdom) – $15 million
  14. Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop 4) – $15 million
  15. Chris Pine (Star Trek sequel) – $13 million
  16. Steve Carell (Minions: The Rise of Gru) – $12.5 million
  17. Ryan Gosling (Barbie) – $12.5 million
  18. Margot Robbie (Barbie) – $12.5 million
  19. Millie Bobby Brown (Enola Holmes 2) – $10 million
  20. Timothee Chalamet (Wonka) – $9 million
  21. Matt Damon (Oppenheimer) – $4 million
  22. Robert Downey Jr (Oppenheimer) – $4 million
  23. Emily Blunt (Oppenheimer) – $4 million
  24. Daniel Kaluuya (Nope) – $4 million
  25. Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween Ends) – $3.5 million
  26. Anya-Taylor Joy (Furiosa) – $1.8 million

The Highest-Paid Actors From A Single Role (All-Time)

Note: All sums = USD



  1. Keanu Reeves (The Matrix sequels) – $156 million
  2. Bruce Willis (The Sixth Sense) – $100 million
  3. Tom Cruise (Top Gun: Maverick, War of the Worlds, Mission: Impossible 2) – $100 million each
  4. Will Smith (Men In Black 3) – $100 million
  5. Robert Downey Jr (Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, Iron Man 3) – $75 million+ each
  6. Sandra Bullock (Gravity) – $70 million+
  7. Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump) – $70 million
  8. Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible) – $70 million
  9. Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) – $65 million
  10. Jack Nicholson (Batman) – $60 million
  11. Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception) – $59 million
  12. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) – $55 million
  13. Jackie Chan (Rush Hour 3) – $50 million
  14. Robert Downey Jr (The Avengers) – $50 million+ each
  15. Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic) – $40 million
  16. Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan) – $40 million
  17. Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland) – $40 million
  18. Will Smith (King Richard) – $40 million
  19. Amir Khan (Dangal) – $35 million
  20. Jim Carrey (Yes Man) – $35 million
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