Top 15 Movie Stars That Worked Hard This Year and Added a Significant Amount to Their Fortune
Actors’ earnings depend on many factors — how popular they are, how vital they are for a film, how much screen time they get, and the budget of the project. So, for doing just two Matrix movies, Keanu Reeves earned a crazy amount of $156,000,000. Even though such an amount even for A-list actors is almost impossible, many of them have added very good amounts to their fortunes, and we decided to make a list of them.
15. Anya Taylor-Joy — $1.8 million
Even though her career started in 2014, she became truly popular around the world after the role of Beth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit. Since then, Taylor-Joy’s popularity has increased significantly, along with her earnings. This year, she’s earned $1.8 million for the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road prequel— The Furiosa.
14. Jamie Lee Curtis — $3.5 million
The return to her iconic role of Laurie Strode in Halloween Ends earned her a lot of money.
13. Emily Blunt — $4 million
In 2022, the British actress starred in Nolan’s Oppenheimer together with actors Cillian Murphy, Florence Pugh, and Robert Downey Jr. This huge project earned Blunt $4 million.
12. Gal Gadot — $5 million
The role of Wonder Woman opened a lot of doors for this Israeli actress. This year, she starred in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, where she was the highest-paid actress among everyone else.
11. Jennifer Lopez — $8.5 million
The star stays true to herself and continues to appear in romantic comedies, earning more and more money. Lopez starred in Marry Me, where she played a Latin American singer who marries a guy she’s never met, and earned $8,5 million.
10. Lady Gaga — $10 million
In recent years, her acting career has been developing at breakneck speed. After appearing in such hits as A Star is Born and House of Gucci, Lady Gaga was invited to many other big projects. This year, she signed a $10-million contract to appear in Joker: Folie à Deux and played Harley Quinn.
9. Millie Bobby Brown — $10 million
By the age of 18, the star of Stranger Things has already become one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. Aside from the Netflix hit, Brown earned good money for appearing in Enola Holmes 2 together with Henry Cavill.
8. Zendaya — $10 million
The Disney actress is catching up with Millie Bobby Brown. She continued her work on Euphoria and also appeared in a sports romantic comedy Challengers, which added to her net worth.
7. Sandra Bullock — $10 million
2022 was a good year not only for young, rising actresses but also for well-known stars. The role in The Lost City, where she appeared with Channing Tatum, earned her $10 million.
6. Margot Robbie — $12.5 million
The Australian star managed to earn $12.5 million for the main role in Barbie, which is due to be released in 2023.
5. Joaquin Phoenix — $20 million
The actor earned just $4.5 million for Joker, even though the movie itself earned more than $1 billion. Obviously, Phoenix made a great deal, so he will get $20 million for his role in the sequel Joker: Folie à Deux.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio — $30 million
The star earned $30 million for his role in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. Interestingly, he also got $30 million for Don’t Look Up.
3. Will Smith — $35 million
After a short break due to the Oscar scandal, the actor returned to the big screens in the drama thriller Emancipation. He got $35 million for this role.
2. Tom Cruise — $100 million
The actor earned this 9-figure number for his appearance in Top Gun: Maverick. Cruise’s earnings are back-end, meaning he gets a percentage of the box office.
1. Reese Witherspoon — $115 million
In August 2021, Witherspoon sold her company Hello Sunshine for $900 million but still owns part of it. She didn’t have any big deals this year, but it’s still been productive for her — she earned an impressive $115 million. Just for the second season of The Morning Show alone, she got $20 million.
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