25 of the biggest Hollywood paydays

Here are some of the largest paychecks earned by movie stars

biggest Hollywood paydays

Since Scarlett Johansson sued Disney for the hybrid release of Marvel Studios’ Black Widow in July 2021, a lot of fans have become interested in the compensation that actors earn per movie. Compared to the days when audiences were drawn to a film primarily based on its leading star, it’s now rare for actors to score huge salaries, as viewers are more attracted to a franchise than a star in today’s movie landscape. But with the rise of streamers like Netflix, some high-profile actors still manage to strike gigantic deals, because they’re granted a streaming back-end buyout that helps make up for any box-office losses. To get more ideas on how actors negotiate for their wages in films, check out some of the biggest Hollywood paydays ever in the list below:

Jennifer Lawrence – $25 million (Don’t Look Up, 2021)

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Jennifer Lawrence got a $25 million paycheck for her role in the upcoming Netflix sci-fi black comedy film Don’t Look Up. The movie also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, who received a $30 million compensation for the project.

Written, produced, and directed by Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up tells the story of two low-level astronomers (Lawrence and DiCaprio) attempting, via a media tour, to warn mankind about an approaching comet that will destroy Earth. The film is set to receive a limited theatrical release on December 10th, prior to streaming on Netflix on December 24th.