10 Highest-Paid Actors Of 2022 Ranked!

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  • Marvel’s Tom Hardy and Chris Hemsworth made US$20 million from Venom 3 and Extraction 2 respectively.
  • Vin Diesel’s 11th Fast and Furious also raked in serious dollars.
  • Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s superhero debut with Black Adam saw a hefty pay cheque, as did Brad Pitt, who will star in an F1 film with Lewis Hamilton.

Everyone knows that Hollywood movie stars make some of the world’s biggest pay cheques. But not all actors show the same standard of talent and some can make much more than others when factoring in pulling power.

Highest-paid actor

This year has been a lucrative one for showbiz veterans like Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt with new films, while Joaquin Phoenix’s critically-acclaimed role in the Joker (2019) has given him a financial booster for the film’s upcoming sequel.

So, as we near year-end, which actor got paid the biggest bucks in 2022, based on Variety’s estimations?

10. Joaquin Phoenix – US$20 million

Starring in Joker 2

The 48-year-old American actor was signed by Warner Bros to play the dark and tortured character of Arthur Fleck, aka DC Comics’ Joker villain.

Variety reported that he was paid US$4.5 million for the 2019 film, but he’s since proven his worth as it went on to earn over US$1 billion at the box office, accounting for his new US$20 million pay cheque for the Joker 2, which he’ll star in alongside Lady Gaga.

9. Tom Hardy – US$20 million

Starring in Venom 3

Known for his early roles in films like RocknRolla (2008) and Inception (2010), Hardy hit the money jackpot when he landed the lead gig for Marvel’s Venom franchise.

The British actor, 45, reportedly made US$20 million for re-signing the Disney-produced character for its upcoming third movie.

8. Vin Diesel – US$20 million

Starring in Fast X

Fast and Furious fans will be delighted to know that the action mega franchise is making yet another film (the 11th one), with Vin Diesel raking in US$20 million for his reprise role.

7. Chris Hemsworth – US$20 million

Starring in Extraction 2

When Chris Hemsworth first joined the Marvel clan to play Thor, he was still an up and coming actor, but the 39-year-old has watched his salary skyrocket in the last decade from US$122,000 to a whopping US$18 million for the most recent installment, per The Indian Express.

The hunky Aussie is clearly well sought-after as Netflix paid him US$20 million for his Extraction 2 film.

6. Will Ferrell – US$20 million

Starring in Spirited

Funnyman Ferrell may be known for his comedic roles, but the 55-year-old Californian has stacked up a serious net worth and his US$20 million Spirited pay cheque only confirms it.

5. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – US$22.5 million

Starring in Black Adam

This multi-hyphenated star went from one mean wrestler to one of the highest-paid movie stars in Hollywood.

For the actor’s first superhero role, he was paid a hefty US$22.5 million sum to play DC Comics’ Black Adam.

The 50-year-old gets extra millions by promoting the film on his social media with his Instagram account, boasting 350 million fans alone, per Insider.

4. Brad Pitt – US$30 million

Starring in a Formula 1 drama (title TBC)

Pitt’s long-time career in the industry has seen his salary stream come in at a consistently high number.

For his latest gig after Bullet Train, the 58-year-old actor-producer has locked in an exclusive negotiation of US$30 million.

Deadline confirms that Pitt will act as a veteran Formula One driver in a fictional film with Apple Studios.

The to-be-revealed title is based on a script written by Top Gun: Maverick’s Ehren Kruger and will also star seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

3. Leonardo DiCaprio – US$30 million

Starring in Killers of the Flower Moon

DiCaprio’s roster of critically acclaimed films, including Shutter Island (2010), Django Unchained (2012) and Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood (2019) has earned him some handsome pay cheques over the years.

The 48-year-old’s next film Killers of the Flower Moon paid him US$30 million and stars Robert De Niro, with a screenplay by Martin Scorsese.

The historical drama is based on the 1920s Osage crew murders, which famously became the FBI’s first major homicide case, per History.com.

2. Will Smith – US$35 million

Starring in Emancipation

Smith infamously made headlines earlier this year for slapping Chris Rock on national television at the Oscars, leaving many fans and critics wondering if the 54-year-old’s film career would ever be the same after.

According to the BBC, his latest release Emancipation received generally positive reviews and may be his saving grace back into Hollywood. The film reportedly paid US$35 million for his role and is set in the 1860s following the life of a slave.

1. Tom Cruise – US$100 million

Starring in Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun’s sequel, released over three decades after its first one, passed over US$1.37 billion at the global box office in August, reports Collider.

But Cruise’s initial pay cheque was a “mere” US$13 million when he signed up, per Insider.

The 60-year-old added to that number by signing a package that ensures the actor/producer gets a cut from the blockbuster’s total income earned from ticket sales and streaming revenues, per British media.

And so, making nearly 10 times over what he started with, pre-film-release, Cruise’s 2022 earnings accumulate to a whopping US$100 million, making him the highest-paid actor of the year.

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