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Wednesday 12th December 2018

The highest-paid film stars in Hollywood

Who's raking in the big bucks?

They’ve made us laugh, cry and shout at our screens in frustration—yes, we’re talking about the stars of the silver screen. From their favourite holiday destinations to their luxurious wedding days, we’ve explored many aspects of celebrity lives. But what about their bankroll? ED! takes a look at some of the world’s highest-paid films stars and the films that made them next-level high rollers, according to figures in Variety magazine.

Daniel Craig - £18.5m (Bond 25)

Daniel Craig at the Skyfall premiere in 2012 (Credit: Splash)

As the world’s first blond 007, Daniel Craig is the franchise’s second-highest grossing Bond actor, with his films netting a whopping £990m, which ranks second to Sean Connery. Daniel Craig’s appearance in Skyfall (the most successful Bond film to date) undoubtedly contributed to his paycheck for the 25th instalment. With Danny Boyle set to direct the movie that’s due for release in 2019, Daniel Craig will earn a cool £18.5m for his action-packed efforts, easily making him the number-one actor on this list.

Dwayne Johnson - £16m (Red Notice)

Dwayne Johnson will star in Red Notice due to premiere in 2020 (Credit: Splash)

Professional wrestler-turned-professional actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has topped nearly every action blockbuster cast since joining the Fast and Furious franchise in 2015. As an audience favourite, Johnson’s films have been a massive hit at the box office, grossing billions upon billions. Due for release in 2020, his upcoming action/comedy Red Notice is slated to earn him a cool £16m.

Vin Diesel - £14.8m (The Fate of the Furious)

Vin Diesel at The Fate of the Furious premiere in 2017 (Credit: Splash)

For the third action star on our list, The Fast and the Furious franchise star Vin Diesel is no stranger to breaking records. The eighth instalment of the thrilling street racing series, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, made the strongest worldwide debut ever. It also stole the top box office position from Star Wars: The Force Awakens by raking in £424.7m in its opening weekend. The success of Fate earned Johnson a staggering £14.8m, solidifying his status as one of the highest-paid film stars.

Anne Hathaway - £11m (Barbie)

Anne Hathaway will be starring in Barbie due to release in 2020 (Credit: Splash)

The first female appearance on this list goes to the breakout star of The Devil Wears Prada, Anne Hathaway. The Oscar-winning actress has wowed critics and movie-goers alike with multifaceted roles and a down-to-earth personality. Hathaway's’ 2020 movie, Barbie, is set to bank her £11m, giving her one of the top spots among Hollywood’s highest-earning stars.

Jennifer Lawrence - £11m (Red Sparrow)

Jennifer Lawrence at the Red Sparrow premiere (Credit: Splash)

From the wildly popular Hunger Games franchise through to her endearing and Oscar-winning performance in Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence has become a quirky and relatable addition to the Hollywood landscape. Her self-deprecating and sometimes-clumsy nature gets audiences flocking to the cinema to see her next performance and her 2018 appearance in Red Sparrow was no different. The film made nearly £13m during its opening weekend, and Lawrence herself earned £11m for her efforts playing an elite ballerina-turned-brutal assassin.

Seth Rogen - £11m (Flarsky)

Seth Rogan's newest comedy Flarsky is set for release in 2019 (Credit: Splash)

Hollywood’s lovable funny man Seth Rogen has charmed audiences as the unconventional leading man in some of the best comedies of the 2000s (Pineapple Express and Knocked Up to name a couple). Rogen’s quick wit and growth as an actor has helped his films draw big audiences and boost the box office over the years. This includes his highly anticipated 2019 comedy, Flarsky, that’s set to earn him £11m.

Tom Cruise - £8.5m - 10.5m (The Mummy)

Tom Cruise at The Mummy premiere in 2017 (Credit: Splash)

This list wouldn’t be complete without the appearance of now-classic Hollywood favourite Tom Cruise. From his standout role in Top Gun through to the ever-popular Mission Impossible franchise, Cruise has held his place as among the highest-grossing actors for more than 30 years. Although his 2017 film, The Mummy, was a box-office flop, Cruise still reportedly made between £8.5 - 10.5m for the reboot.

Harrison Ford - £7.5m - 9.5m (Indiana Jones 5)

Indiana Jones 5 release has been pushed back to 2021 (Credit: Splash)

While most actors dream for the opportunity to be part of one blockbuster franchise, Harrison Ford has held a leading role in two (Star Wars and Indiana Jones). The Hollywood mainstay has appeared in some of the most impressive cinematic offerings of the 20th and 21st centuries, and he’s not done yet. For the next instalment of the Indiana Jones series, Ford will net at least £7.5m for reprising his role as the beloved action hero.

Sandra Bullock - £7.5m (Minions)

Sandra Bullock at the Minions premiere in 2015 (Credit: Splash)

The undeniable queen of the modern rom com, Sandra Bullock has earned her position as one of Hollywood’s favourite leading ladies. Affectionately nicknamed America’s Sweetheart, the Oscar-winning actress continues to win over audiences with her portrayals of relatable characters in extraordinary roles (from Speed to Gravity). Those same roles have proven she’s more than capable of box-office success, though it was her role as Scarlet Overkill in the smash hit franchise Minions that earned her an impressive £7.5m.

Leonardo DiCaprio - £7.5m (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Quentin Tarantino's One Upon a Time in Hollywood which will release in 2019 (Credit: Splash)

Up until 2016, Leonardo DiCaprio fell victim of the ‘always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ when it came to Oscar wins. The five-time nominee was finally accepted into the Academy hall of fame with the Best Actor accolade for The Revenant. Leo may be gunning for a second Oscar win with his appearance in Quentin Tatantino’s 2019 mystery crime film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He will make £7.5m for his role as Rick Dalton in the film, which centres on the infamous Manson Family murders during the summer of 1969.

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