When it comes to Hollywood’s primary concern – banking a major box office – a series or superhero adaptation is largely seen as a surefire success, in a benchmark set in the early 2000’s by Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings, and followed by The Pirates Of The Caribbean and Spiderman.
However, while original screenplays and independent projects are being edged out and overlooked as a result, there is still a small group of stars considered capable of pulling people into theaters in droves.
According to a new survey in The Hollywood Reporter – which called upon producers, agents and executives to list those who can command a major opening based on their fan base – there are six superstars around that can keep the studios swelling, without having to resort to turning a best-selling book or beloved comic into a picture.
In return, they can ask for $20 million per film.
See Below For The Six Actors
- Sandra Bullock
The acting favorite, who won an Oscar in 2010 for The Blind Side, topped Forbes’ list of the highest-earning actresses in 2014.
The Miss Congeniality star took the headline spot thanks to her gripping turn in Gravity, which became one of the highest-grossing movies of 2013, with a global box office of $716 million.
- Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio asked for $25 million up front to appear as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf Of Wall Street (left), according to reports.
- Matt Damon
End-of-the-world blockbuster Elysium became a big movie for Sony in 2013, not just for its global takings of $286 million, but for being an original screenplay – a follow-up to Neill Blomkamp’s sleeper hit District 9 – and not an adaptation.
However the big money will come in 2016, when he reprises his role as Bourne.
- Robert Downey Jr
Iron Man 2 proved another major hit in 2010, and then the character appeared in The Avengers in 2012, before Iron Man 3 broke office records in 2013, collecting $1.2 billion.
Downey Jr. now has an estimated net worth of $190 million, and is said to be on the best pay packet of all the actors who are signed on to The Avenger’s.
- Angelina Jolie
Her most recent film, Unbroken, featured her as director, the Disney live-action flick Maleficent became the fourth highest-grossing film of 2014, taking $758 million.
The actress was paid a reported $15 million for the Sleeping Beauty remake, and is set to make $20 million for the Salt sequel. Regardless of the film, if Jolie is in it, audiences will go see it.
- Denzel Washington
Two-time Academy Award nominee Denzel Washington has a career that is as diverse as it is spread out.
From Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X in 1992, to boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter The Hurricane and football coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans, he moved into a series of action roles, including Training Day, Man On Fire and American Gangster.
But his portrayed of an alcoholic but brilliant commerical pilot who prevents a catastrophic plane crash in Flight is the most memorable of late.
Washington is believed to have been paid $20 million – $10 million more than co-star Mark Wahlberg – for the 2013 film 2 Guns.
According to The Hollywood Reporter survey, however, there is a separate list of actors who are not far behind this list.
The second group are said to be able to command $15 million each per picture.
In order, that list goes Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Dwayne Johnson, Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy and Channing Tatum.