The James Bond actor topped the list with a whopping USD 100 million
Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lawrence and Dwayne Johnson
Actor Daniel Craig has topped Variety’s list of highest-paid movie stars of 2021, beating actor Dwayne Johnson with about USD 100 million in earnings. Craig made his money from Rian Johnson’s forthcoming Knives Out 2 and Knives Out 3.
Johnson, who lands in the second spot, is walking off with USD 50 million from Amazon’s holiday-themed action movie Red One. Right behind Johnson are Will Smith and Denzel Washington, who both earned USD 40 million for their movies King Richard and The Little Things, respectively.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg, meanwhile, scored USD 30 million each for Netflix films Don’t Look Up and Spenser Confidential.
On the sixth spot is actor Jennifer Lawrence, who pocketed USD 25 million from Don’t Look Up.
Other actors who made it to the list’s top 10 are Julia Roberts (USD 25 million from Leave the World Behind), Sandra Bullock (USD 20 million from The Lost City of D) as well as Ryan Gosling (USD 20 million from The Gray Man).
Chris Hemsworth and Brad Pitt matched Gosling’s USD 20 million for Thor: Love and Thunder and Bullet Train, respectively.
Actor Michael B Jordan, on the other hand, earned USD 15 million from Without Remorse while Tom Cruise was paid just USD 13 million upfront to star in Top Gun: Maverick. The list also shows Keanu Reeves landing at the 15th spot as he earned USD 12-14 million from The Matrix 4.
Joining the A-listers above are Chris Pine, who reportedly earned USD 11.5 million from his film Dungeons & Dragons and Robert Pattinson, who earned USD 3 million from The Batman.
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