Johnny Depp – $55 million (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, 2011)
With a production cost of over $410 million, 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is currently the most expensive movie ever made. A large portion of the film’s production budget went to the salary of the cast and crew, with lead actor Johnny Depp getting $55 million alone.
In a 2011 interview, Depp admitted that he has been “overpaid” for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Over the course of the five films in the franchise that he has appeared in, Depp has reportedly earned somewhere between $300 and $450 million.