The New A-List: Hollywood’s Top 21 Salaries Revealed

PicasaAngelina Jolie

If she stars in Salt 2, Angelina Jolie will make an estimated $20 million, cementing her status as the continuous queen of the A-list, 14 years after breaking out in Girl, Interrupted.


Beyoncé has a $50 million deal with Pepsi. The singer, who was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world earlier this year, is preparing for the release of her fifth studio album.


Will Smith is a member of the $20 million club, even though even the actor only took about half that for the disappointing After Earth, which also starred his son, Jaden.

Picasa1Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt recently signed a $3 million one-off deal with Cadillac to advertise in China only. Pitt also helped shape his abstract (some say confounding) Chanel No. 5 soliloquy, for which he reportedly received $7 million of the brand’s $17 million U.S. advertising budget.

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz scored a mammoth $42 million payday for the raunchy comedy Bad Teacher, but only because she agreed to a $1 million upfront fee in exchange for a hefty backend.

Picasa2Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron struck gold with her gilded J’Adore ads, spinning her initial three-year deal with Dior (reportedly worth $5 million annually when she signed in 2004) into an iconic partnership nearly a decade later.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe and his Hogwarts horde earned $20 million apiece for the final Harry Potter installment.

Opening Ceremony And 'Gravity' Premiere - The 70th Venice International Film FestivalGeorge Clooney

It is estimated that George Clooney’s deal with Nespresso (for which he appears in ads everywhere but the U.S.) has earned him close to $40 million.

Picasa3Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig might enter the $20 million club when he reteams with director Sam Mendes for another James Bond thriller — roughly $3 million more than he received for Skyfall.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington earned $20 million for 2 Guns, which has pulled in more than $72 million at the box office since it opened Aug. 2.

Picasa4Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston can earn $5 million — but only in a comedy — after hitting big unexpectedly with We’re the Millers.

Katherine Heigl

Not even five short years ago, Heigl commanded $12 million for a movie. Her 2009 romantic comedy The Ugly Truth pulled in more than $200 million worldwide. But her most recent effort, The Big Wedding, topped out at $21.8 million domestic with a paltry 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Picasa5Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. remains Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, whose rich deal to play Tony Stark in the Iron Man franchise netted him an estimated $50 million for the third in the series. He is also at least partially responsible for the quirkiness of his debut commercial for HTC, which is giving him more than $12 million for two years to serve as the centerpiece of the Taiwanese mobile manufacturer’s billion-dollar campaign.

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson makes $15 million for action films thanks to having three such movies open at No. 1 in the span of two months this year:G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain and Gain and Fast & Furious 6. (He’ll receive $12 million for his next vehicle, the upcoming Brett Ratner-directedHercules.)


The Wolf of Wall Street star has joined Will Smith and Denzel Washington in the $20 million club.

Picasa6Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart and her undead pals earned $20 million for the finalTwilight.

Robert Pattinson

The fashion house Dior might hope its new arrangement with Robert Pattinson works just as well as Charlize Theron’s J’Adore ads, as it is paying him at least $12 million to represent its Dior Homme fragrance for the next three years.

'Taken 2' South Korea PremiereLiam Neeson

Liam Neeson can command $10 million to $15 million for a certain kind of action-thriller.

Picasa7Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey grossed more than $100,000 million domestically with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, but couldn’t break $60,000 in Surfer, Dude. McConaughey was offered the Dallas Buyers Club part in 2010 and, according to sources, he received only an upfront fee in the low six figures (under $200,000), though he does have backend participation.

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg, who earned about half of Denzel Washington’s $20 million earnings for 2 Guns, will start catching up to Washington with the next Transformers, one of the biggest international successes in recent years, for which he’ll be paid in the $16 million to $18 million range.

"Bullet To The Head" New York Premiere - Outside ArrivalsSylvester Stallone

Three and a half decades after Rocky, who could have predicted Stallone creating his own starring material and making $15 million for the next Expendables?


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