25 of the biggest Hollywood paydays

Here are some of the largest paychecks earned by movie stars

Jack Nicholson – $50 million (Batman, 1989)

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Jack Nicholson only received an upfront payment of $6 million for his villainous role as Jack Napier, aka the Joker, in the 1989 movie Batman. But because he reportedly secured a lucrative deal that included box-office earnings as well as merchandise sales from the film’s three sequels that he didn’t even appear in, the Oscar-winning actor ended up earning over $50 million from four-installment movie series.

Tim Burton’s Batman, which grossed $251 million at the worldwide box office, was followed by the sequels Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997).