List of highest paid film actors

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Salaries for the world's highest paid film actors currently range from $20–30 million, but an actor can earn substantially more by deferring all or part of their salary against a percentage of the film's gross, known within the industry as a "profit participation" deal. Since not all salaries are made public, this is a non-definitive list of actors who have received $30 million or more as compensation for their services. The figures are given at their nominal value, since earnings from profit based deals are accumulated over many years, making it unfeasible to adjust for inflation.

Highest-earning actors in films
ActorFilmYearSalaryTotal incomeRef
Keanu ReevesThe Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
Bruce WillisThe Sixth Sense1999$14,000,000$100,000,000[1]
Tom CruiseMission: Impossible II2000$100,000,000[1]
Tom CruiseWar of the Worlds2005$100,000,000[1]
Will SmithMen in Black 32012$100,000,000[2]
Sandra BullockGravity2013$20,000,000$70,000,000+[3]
Tom HanksForrest Gump1994$70,000,000[1]
Tom CruiseMission: Impossible1996$70,000,000[1]
Harrison FordIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull2008$65,000,000[4]
Jack NicholsonBatman1989$6,000,000$60,000,000[1][5]
Leonardo DiCaprioInception2010$59,000,000[6]
Robert Downey, Jr.The Avengers2012$50,000,000[7]
Leonardo DiCaprioTitanic1997$40,000,000[1]
Tom HanksSaving Private Ryan1998$40,000,000[1]
Johnny DeppAlice in Wonderland2010$40,000,000[6]
Johnny DeppPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides2011$35,000,000$35,000,000[6]
Jim CarreyYes Man2008$35,000,000[8]
Mel GibsonLethal Weapon 41998$30,000,000$30,000,000[1]
Brad PittOcean's Eleven2001$10,000,000$30,000,000[1]
Arnold SchwarzeneggerTerminator 3: Rise of the Machines2003$29,250,000$29,250,000+[9]


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  9. ^ Arnold Schwarzenegger received a $29,250,000 salary for Terminator 3 plus a 20% royalty on the worldwide box office gross over $380 million. The film ultimately had a global gross of $433 million.[1]