A new report seemingly revealed Dwayne Johnson's record-breaking payday for his next movie.
Over the last decade and change, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has quickly become one of the most successful and beloved actors in Hollywood.
Dwayne Johnson's Record-Breaking Payday
According to Puck journalist Matthew Belloni's latest newsletter, Dwayne Johnson earned a record-breaking payment for his upcoming movie, Red One.
This $50 million payday is the most the actor has earned for a single role and the highest payday for any actor paid for a single role.
For comparison, the most the actor had previously earned for a single movie role is a tie between Jumanji: The Next Level and Netflix's Red Notice, films of which Deadline and Forbes wrote he made $23.5 million working on.
This new benchmark set by Johnson comes in a full $10 million higher than the previous record-holder, which was a tie at $40 million between Robert Downey Jr. for his work on Captain America: Civil War and Will Smith for his Oscar-winning performance in King Richard.
Here is a list of the other highest upfront payments that actors have earned for a single role (it is worth noting that many of these actors also earned additional income for these roles from various sources including box office earnings):
- Robert Downey Jr. - Captain America: Civil War: $40 million
- Will Smith - King Richard: $40 million
- Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: $35 million
- Will Smith - Emancipation: $35 million
- Keanu Reeves - The Matrix Reloaded/The Matrix Revolutions: $30 million
- Mel Gibson - Lethal Weapon 4: $30 million
- Leonardo DiCaprio - Don’t Look Up: $30 million
- Leonardo DiCaprio - Killers of the Flower Moon: $30 million
- Arnold Schwarzenegger - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: $29.25 million
- Robert Downey Jr. - Avengers: Endgame: $20 million
Why So Much for Dwayne Johnson?
Looking at these numbers will leave some people gob-smacked. $50 million for a single movie. To put it into perspective, that would be a quarter of a movie like The Flash's production budget, just to have Dwayne Johnson.
But Amazon wants to be in the business of the Rock. Despite some of his projects not necessarily hitting critically, it is hard to deny Johnson's gravitational pull when it comes to audiences.
Look at a movie like Netflix's Red Notice. Despite the Johnson-starring heist film earning a dismal 36% on Rotten Tomatoes, it still set new viewership records on the streamer, becoming the platform's most-watch movie of all time (via CNN).
So while that $50 million price tag may look a little shocking now, it would not be crazy to predict that Amazon will see some return on that investment when Red One hits its streaming platform this holiday season.
And for Johnson himself, after topping the list as the highest-paid actor in Hollywood in 2019 and 2020, these sorts of massive record-breaking paydays may be the new norm.
Red One is set to release on Prime Video this coming holiday season.