Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009


If you’re a glutton for punishment and want to see who’s raking in the most loot, check out the Top Ten Highest Paid Actors of 2009 below.

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Harrison Ford 31 12 09 kc Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
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1. Harrison Ford – Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (65 million dollars)
  • Off the earnings of Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford could retire and live in the lap of luxury for the rest of his life without a worry in the world. In order to get the veteran actor to bring Indy out of retirement, he was given the same financial cushion as director and producer George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. He cut a deal with Paramount that split a good chunk of the film’s earnings between the three. The movie went on to gross 787 million dollars worldwide, and the best part for Ford is that he got his 65 million up front!
Dont Mess With The Zohan Adam Sandler in Action 31 12 09 kc Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
Dont Mess With The Zohan Emmanuelle Chriqui Adam Sandler 31 12 09 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009 Bedtime Stories Adam Sandler 31 12 09 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009 Bedtime Stories Adam Sandler and Keri Russell 31 12 09 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
2. Adam Sandler – Bedtime Stories, Don’t Mess With the Zohan (55 million)
  • For Adam Sandler to follow Ford’s massive payday, he had to have more than one film to fall back on. Family friendly movies are always a good way to go, especially if they’re released during the holiday season. Bedtime Stories debuted at number two, behind Marley and Me last Christmas, and went on to make over 200 million dollars worldwide. Making a huge profit from its original 80 million budget.
  • Don’t Mess With the Zohan, was a PG-13 summer comedy that was produced for 90 million, and earned almost 200 million dollars worldwide. This doesn’t even include the cool 25 million the DVD sales brought in.
Hancock Will Smith 31 12 09 kc Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
Hancock Jason Bateman and Will Smith 31 12 09 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009 Seven Pounds Will Smith 31 12 09 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009 Hancock Will Smith 31 12 09 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
3. Will Smith – Hancock, Seven Pounds (45 million)
  • Will Smith is never too far behind when it comes to paychecks and box office revenue. Last year the actor released the summer blockbuster Hancock and the indie drama Seven Pounds. Hancock capitalized off of Smith’s “Mr. 4th of July” status to bring in over 624 million dollars worldwide in ticket sales. Even amongst the negative reviews, the film still managed to become one of the highest grossing films of the summer.
  • Seven Pounds was a passion project for Smith that didn’t fare well at the box office like Hancock, but still brought in a decent profit. The film was produced for 55 million dollars, and accumulated over 168 million internationally. Smith was not only the lead actor, but also one of the producers of the film, so he also received decent pay for his behind the scenes work.
Meet Dave The Statue of Liberty 3 12 09 kc Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
Meet Dave Eddie Murphys Little Friend 3 12 09 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009 Meet Dave Eddie Murphy Looks Terrified 3 12 09 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009 Meet Dave Eddie Murphy and Gabrielle Union 3 12 09 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
4. Eddie Murphy – Meet Dave (40 million)
  • I had to do a double take when I saw Mr. Murphy as a top five contender on this list. When was the last time he had a full fledged hit? Last year’s Meet Dave (11 million domestic) and this year’s Imagine That (16 million) both bombed at the box office, and were critically panned. Where is this money coming from? Murphy is aware of the uncertainty of his appeal, so he makes sure he gets his money upfront.
  • After over 25 years in the business he’s considered to be one of the few actors whose asking price for a film starts at 20 million dollars. Meet Dave and Imagine That fulfilled that contractual obligation, therefore it was easy for the actor to get 40 million in the bank and the number four spot on this list.
Bangkok Dangerous Nicolas Cage 3 1 10 kc Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
Bangkok Dangerous Nicolas Cage in a Meeting 3 1 09 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009 Knowing Nicolas Cage on the Move 3 1 10 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009 Knowing Nicolas Cage 3 12 09 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
5. Nicolas Cage – Bangkok Dangerous, Knowing (40 million)
  • For the past two years, with the exception of National Treasure and Ghost Rider, Cage’s films have done horrible at the box office. When Bangkok Dangerous debuted in theaters last September it had one of the lowest box office figures for any film to earn the number one spot with less than 8 million dollars. It went on to globally earn 41 million dollars, which is 4 million short of its production budget.
  • The DVD sales for this film is what saved it from becoming a total loss. Bangkok Dangerous brought in almost 15 million dollars in home entertainment sales. That’s almost the same amount as it’s domestic gross at the box office. “The tireless worker doesn’t earn the same size paychecks as people like Smith and Sandler, but he currently has six movies scheduled to hit theaters in the next two years, including a live-action version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
Angels and Demons Tom Hanks Takes a Stand 3 1 10 kc Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
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6. Tom Hanks – Angels & Demons (35 million)
  • I expected more from Tom Hanks considering the rumored upfront pay he received for starring in Angels & Demons. Multiple sources had his paycheck coming in anywhere between 29 – 50 million dollars. Upon further investigation the film’s budget was 150 million, an amount the studio wouldn’t have been able to recoup if it wasn’t for their foreign ticket sales. The film only brought in 133 million domestically. Perhaps he didn’t get paid as much as we thought?
Valkyrie Tom Cruise 3 1 10 kc Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
Valkyrie Tom Cruise and Company 3 1 10 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009 Valkyrie Tom Cruise 3 1 10 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009 Tropic Thunder Tom Cruise 3 1 10 kc 150x150 Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
7. Tom Cruise – Valkyrie, Tropic Thunder (30 million)
  • This may seem completely random, but Tom Cruise‘s career is on the mend. He’s not as bad off as some of us would like to think. He headlined the WWII film Valkyrie last December, which brought in over 200 million dollars worldwide to cushion its 85 million dollar budget.
  • He also had a supporting role in the summer comedy Tropic Thunder, which co-starred Ben Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr. Here’s an interesting tidbit that nobody likes to talk about, Valkyrie actually made more money overall than Tropic Thunder in theaters. Thunder brought in a little over 188 million dollars globally at the box office, but was saved by its DVD sales that earned almost 50 million dollars to date.
Yes Man Jim Carrey Rocks Out 3 1 10 kc Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
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8. Jim Carrey – Yes, Man (28 million)
  • Jim Carrey is a man who’s comedic touch isn’t as strong as it used to be, but he still manages to produce number one films. Last year, Yes, Man debuted in the top spot earning over 18 million dollars at the box office. This may not appear to be a lot, but it went on to gross 223 million worldwide, and an extra 25 million dollars in DVD sales. Carrey’s 20 million dollar paycheck, with the addition of any gross percentage pay, easily gained him his number 8 spot.
Benjamin Button Brad Pitt Hits the Road 3 1 10 kc Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
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9. Brad Pitt – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (28 million)
  • Brad Pitt is an Oscar nominated actor who earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of the backwards aging title character in the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Even though the film debuted at number three when it debuted during last year’s holiday season, it raked in over 332 million dollars at the global box office. Button came in behind Marley & Me, and Bedtime Stories during it’s opening weekend, but managed to earn over a hundred million dollars more than both films. When you take that amount and factor in Pitt’s upfront pay (20 million and up), plus the 40 million dollars in DVD sales you can confidently shout “he’s in the money!”
Public Enemies Johnny Depp in Court 3 1 10 kc Top Ten Paid Actors of 2009
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10. Johnny Depp – Public Enemies (27 million)
  • After all the hoopla surrounding Johnny Depp‘s record breaking check for Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (between 61 to 75 million dollars), the majority of his pay for 2009 came from Public Enemies. The Michael Mann drama had all the makings of a hit, talented actors (Depp and Christian Bale), a historical backdrop, and decent marketing.
  • “Depp is almost always well paid, but he earns a nice chunk of the profits off the Pirates Of The Caribbean series, which have earned a collective $2.6 billion at the worldwide box office.” Therefore, without the help of a mega hit this year, Depp has been living quite well off of his pirates booty.