This post doesn’t really carry any “lesson to be learned” or anything. Instead, it’s simply a mere observation.
I could have made the example topic in this post on Hollywood stars and TV celebrities. Now, I could have chosen from a wide selection of subjects such as the world’s top-10 richest people as stated by Forbes, rich CEOs, lottery winners, etc. But I’ve chosen movie stars and TV celebrities since they are so well known, and it is also a bit more known what exactly they do for a living.
Before I continue, I’d like to say that I believe in most cases, actors work very hard for their money, and aside from their hard work on (and off) the set, they have to deal with other aspects of the job such as promoting movies, the paparazzi, and all the other downsides of being such a public figure. So I do agree that celebrities, in most cases, deserve a nice chunk of change.
However, it may surprise some people just how much celebrities make…
Let’s begin with Tom Cruise himself. Back in 1983 he was paid $75,000 for the movie “Risky Business”. Since he was not the big movie star he is now, and taking inflation and box office income into effect, this looks normal. Three years later, he did “Top Gun” and was paid $2,000,000. I’ll jump a few movies and years to 1996, when Tom did “Mission Impossible” for a cool $70,000,000. However, this includes a large cut from the box office income as well, but that was what was agreed for having Tom act in the film.
Minority Report (2002) and The Last Samurai (2004) Tom was paid $25,000,000 each film, and that isn’t counting the cut of box office income he got from The Last Samurai either.
I don’t know about you, but I find this amazing. Doing quick math on just the amount Tom received for work on the movies alone (not counting any deals he may have on DVD’s, apperances, and other branding and sponsorship deals) that’s over 3 billion dollars he’s made from acting.
Let’s move on..
You’ve Got Mail, The Green Mile, Cast Away…. $20,000,000 EACH
Saving Private Ryan – $40,000,000+ (box office cut)
Forrest Gump – $70,000,000 (box office cut)
Was reportedly receiving $1,000,000 per episode near the final seasons
Got a cool quarter billion ($225,000,000) for sale of syndication rights
Unbreakable, The Kid, Hart’s War – $20,000,000, $20,000,000, $22,500,000…
The Sixth Sense – $100,000,000 (box office cut)
He started with “The Party at Kitty’s and Stud’s” in 1970 for $200 which was a porno, then went on to film Rocky in ’76 for only $23,000 (peanuts even at that time). But he went on an amazing run from 1982 to 2002 to rake in a total of $320,000,000+. How? Well averaging $15,000,00-20,000,000 per movie and filming around one movie per year, it adds up.
Obviously I could go on forever… or until I run out of celebrities to list, but I think you guys get the idea…