25 of the biggest Hollywood paydays

Here are some of the largest paychecks earned by movie stars

Denzel Washington – $40 million (The Little Things, 2021)

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One of the biggest Hollywood paydays in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic is Denzel Washington’s paycheck for the neo-noir crime thriller film The Little Things. Washington reportedly snagged a total of $40 million for The Little Things after receiving a back-end buyout when the movie streamed on HBO Max the same day it opened in theaters.

Set in early 1990s Los Angeles, The Little Things follows detectives Joe “Deke” Deacon (Washington) and Jim Baxter (Rami Malek) who investigate a string of murders, which lead them to a strange loner who may be the culprit (Jared Leto).