Tom Cruise – $75 million (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, 2011)
Tom Cruise took home $75 million for reprising his role as Ethan Hunt in 2011’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, helping him to top Forbes’ most powerful actors list in 2012. With a production budget of $145 million, the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible film series grossed $695 million at the worldwide box office.
Directed by Brad Bird, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol sees Hunt and his team race against time to find a nuclear extremist codenamed “Cobalt” who gains access to Russian nuclear launch codes when a mission by the team goes wrong, resulting in the bombing of the Kremlin. The IMF is implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to enact “Ghost Protocol,” disavowing the organization and leaving Hunt and his team without backup.