Highest paid actors in Hollywood: Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lawrence – Insider

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Back in the 1990s, it was a big deal when Jim Carrey started making $20 million for a single movie. Now, that amount almost seems like chump change.
With the birth of streaming services, movie star salaries have skyrocketed. A big reason for that is because streamers like Netflix and Amazon have to compensate their stars with massive up-front pay, since they can’t dangle backend deals (where stars can make more than their base salary based on box-office performance) like studios that do traditional theatrical releases.
It’s led to big paychecks for Daniel Craig to star in the next two “Knives Out” movies, which have moved to Netflix. The streaming giant will also be paying up for the services of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up.”
However, stars like Denzel Washington (“The Little Things”) and Will Smith (“King Richard”) are still getting major coin for their traditional theatrically-released movies.
Here are the highest-paid actor salaries in Hollywood right now, according to Variety.
Rian Johnson’s whodunit, starring Craig as private detective Benoit Blanc, earned big bucks at the box office for Lionsgate when it opened in 2019 and a best screenwriting Oscar nomination for Johnson. 
That was enough for Netflix to swoop in and buy the rights to the movie for a reported $450 million to make it into a franchise.
Craig will walk away with north of $100 million when production wraps on the movies — with a future potential for even more, if Netflix decides they want additional sequels.
Johnson is teaming with “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” screenwriter Chris Morgan to deliver a holiday-themed action-adventure movie for Amazon, currently set for a planned 2023 holiday premiere. 
That’s a nice bump from the $22 million he will earn for Netflix’s “Red Notice,” the upcoming action movie he’s starring in later this year alongside Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.
Smith has been one of the highest-paid actors for decades now. That will continue with his latest role in the upcoming film “King Richard,” where he plays the father of Venus and Serena Williams. It’s due out in theaters on November 19, with a simultaneous month-long streaming release on HBO Max .
Like Smith, Washington’s decades-old box-office clout has led to him earning some huge checks. That was also the case with his 2021 performance as a troubled detective in “The Little Things,” which was released in theaters and simultaneously on HBO Max for one month.
DiCaprio has finally been nabbed by Netflix and to get him, they had to pay up. 
For the upcoming “Don’t Look Up,” he stars opposite Jennifer Lawrence. The two play astronomers who try to warn the world that a comet is on its way to destroy the Earth. DiCaprio earned one of his biggest paydays ever for the role.
Netflix spent its money wisely on Wahlberg.
His starring role in this action-comedy led to the movie being one of the most-watched original Netflix titles of all-time, with 85 million views in its first 28 days of release.
Lawrence is the first female actor to show up on this list.
She’s getting paid $5 million less than the $30 million DiCaprio will walk away with to star in their Netflix dark comedy.
Roberts will be landing a big check to star opposite Denzel Washington in this Netflix drama that examines the lives of two families over a long weekend.
Roberts plays the wife of the family that rented a house, and Washington plays the homeowner.
Bullock will take in a sizable paycheck for this comedy in which she plays a romance novelist who finds herself part of a kidnapping attempt alongside her book’s cover model (Channing Tatum). The movie, which just wrapped filming, is currently set for a wide theatrical release in April 2022.
Gosling will play a CIA operative-turned-fugitive in this Netflix thriller that also stars Chris Evans as the CIA agent tasked with tracking him down. As of July 2020, it was the most expensive Netflix film ever with an overall budget over $200 million, according to Deadline.
Hemsworth will once more play the Marvel god in the upcoming movie that will see him get a nice pay bump.
For 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame,” he took in $15 million.
The Oscar-winner will be paid nicely for this action movie, set for a theatrical release in April 2022, where he plays an assassin.
The Amazon title, based on the Tom Clancy novel, led to Jordan cashing in on one of the biggest paydays of his career.
Cruise may be on the lower end of this list, but only because he does blockbusters that are destined for theaters and if they make a killing at the box office he is rewarded with a percentage of the profit.
We’ll see if that formula continues to pay off in the post-pandemic world.
Reeves’ return to “The Matrix” will have him taking in a paycheck north of $12 million and likely more in bonuses if the franchise’s fourth film hits box-office milestones.
Pine will be paid handsomely in this adaptation of the popular fantasy role-playing game, set for a theatrical release in March 2023.
In this latest look at the Dark Knight, Pattinson is starting off with a payday in the single-digits. Expect that figure to rise if he continues to play the character.
Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider’s parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.


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