Home Videos Photos

Film's Top 40 Earners Of 2010

| Filed under: Eddie MurphyFilm FlickersJohnny DeppLeonardo DiCaprioNicolas CageTwilightSteven SpielbergTaylor Lautner

James Cameron Is Number 1 Top Earner In Film In 2010

The List ranking Hollywood’s top money makers of 2010 holds few surprises. The list includes only profits from film (sorry Simon Baker!) and is limited to actors, producers and directors

Obvious bet James Cameron (who raked in 248 million off his cut of Avatar) has the spot #1 earner.

Joining Cameron in the top 5 are Johnny Depp, Steven Spielberg, Inception directer Christopher Nolan, and king of the world Leo DiCaprio.

Eddie Murphy and the bankrupt Nicolas Cage are include some inneresting names to make the list.

Incredibly Taylor Lautner's abs landed a spot in the top 10, beating out his Twilight co-stars.

FYI - if anyone on this list is looking to adopt, we're available.

Ch-ch-check out the complete list…AFTER THE JUMP!

40. Eddie Murphy
ACTOR (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $13 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$7.5 million: Tower Heist (fee for co-starring in action comedy with Ben Stiller)
$4 million: Shrek Forever After (back-end bonus)
$1.5 million: Older film revenue

39. Guy Ritchie
DIRECTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $13.5 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$7.5 million: Fee for directing untitled Sherlock Holmes sequel
$6 million: Sherlock Holmes (back-end for directing, based on worldwide gross of $523 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)

38. Shawn Levy
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $14 MILLION (2009 rank: 26)
$10 million: Real Steel (fee for directing and producing upcoming robotic action film starring Hugh Jackman)
$4 million: Older film revenue, mostly from the Night at the Museum franchise

37. Hugh Jackman
ACTOR (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $14 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$9 million: Real Steel (fee for starring in upcoming Shawn Levy movie)
$2 million: Butter (fee for starring in upcoming Weinstein Co. film)
$1.5 million: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (fee for starring in small art-house film)
$1.5 million: Older film revenue

36. Reese Witherspoon
ACTRESS (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $14.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 31)
$12 million: This Means War (fee for starring in upcoming romantic comedy directed by McG)
$2 million: Water for Elephants (fee for co-starring in upcoming drama with Robert Pattinson)
$500,000: Older film revenue

35. Tom Cruise
ACTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $14.5 million (2009 rank: —)
$12.5 million: Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol (fee for writing, producing, and starring in upcoming fourth M.I. movie)
$2 million: Older film revenue

34. Shia LaBeouf
ACTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $16 million (2009 rank: 39)
$15 million: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (fee for starring in Michael Bay’s upcoming, third Transformers movie)
$1 million: Older film revenue

33. Katherine Heigl
ACTRESS, PRODUCER (Paradigm)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $16 MILLION (2009 rank: 25)
$15 million: One for the Money (fee for producing and starring in upcoming romantic cop comedy)
$1 million: Older film revenue

32. Martin Scorsese
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $17 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$10 million: Hugo Cabret (fee for directing and producing upcoming 3-D adventure film starring Sacha Baron Cohen)
$3.5 million: Shutter Island (back-end for directing and producing, based on worldwide gross of $295 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3.5 million: Older film revenue

31. Steve Carell
ACTOR, PRODUCER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $17.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 22)
$15 million: Crazy, Stupid, Love (fee for starring in and producing upcoming romantic comedy)
$2.5 million: Older film revenue

30. Ben Stiller
ACTOR, PRODUCER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $18 MILLION (2009 rank: 7)
$15 million: Tower Heist (fee for starring in upcoming action comedy)
$1 million: The Big Year (fee for producing upcoming Owen Wilson comedy)
$2 million: Older film revenue

29. Vin Diesel
ACTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $18 million (2009 rank: —)
$15 million: Fast Five (fee for producing and starring in upcoming The Fast and the Furious fivequel)
$3 million: Older film revenue

28. Daniel Craig
ACTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $18 million (2009 rank: —)
$6 million: Cowboys & Aliens (fee for starring in upcoming Jon Favreau spoof)
$6 million: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (fee for starring in upcoming first installment of inevitable suspense franchise)
$5 million: Dream House (fee for starring in upcoming crime thriller with Naomi Watts)
$1 million: Older film revenue

27. Vince Vaughn
ACTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $18.5 million (2009 rank: —)
$17.5 million: The Dilemma (fee for starring)
$1 million: Older film revenue
26. Owen Wilson
ACTOR (United Talent Agency)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $19.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 16)
$8 million: Hall Pass (fee for starring in upcoming Farrelly-brothers comedy)
$8 million: The Big Year (fee for co-starring in upcoming comedy with Jack Black)
$2.5 million: Cars 2 (fee for voice work for upcoming Pixar sequel)
$1 million: Older film revenue

25. Joel Silver
PRODUCER
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $21 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$18 million: Sherlock Holmes (back-end for producing, based on worldwide gross of $523 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3 million: Older film revenue

24. Christopher Meledandri
PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $21 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$17.5 million: Despicable Me (back-end for producing, based on worldwide gross of $541 million)
$2.5 million: Hop (fee for producing upcoming animated Easter Bunny story)
$1 million: Older film revenue, mostly from the Ice Age franchise

23. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
PRODUCER; DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA—Howard)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS, COMBINED:
$21 MILLION (2009 rank: 20)
$10 million: The Dilemma (Howard’s fee for directing Vince Vaughn comedy)
$2.5 million: The Dilemma (joint fee for producing)
$2.5 million: Cowboys & Aliens (joint fee for producing)
$2.5 million: Tower Heist (Grazer’s fee for producing upcoming Ben Stiller comedy)
$2.5 million: Older film revenue
$1 million: Robin Hood (Grazer’s share of DVD and pay-TV revenue, for producing)

22. Sandra Bullock
ACTRESS (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $22 MILLION (2009 rank: 34)
$20 million: The Blind Side (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $309 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue; excludes $15 million earned in 2009)
$2 million: Older film revenue

21. Angelina Jolie
ACTRESS (Media Talent Group)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $23.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 32)
$19 million: The Tourist (fee for co-starring alongside Johnny Depp)
$2.5 million: Fee for writing and directing untitled Bosnian-war drama
$1 million: Kung Fu Panda 2 (fee for voice work in animated DreamWorks sequel)
$1 million: Older film revenue

20. Nicolas Cage
ACTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $23.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 17)
$7.5 million: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (fee for starring in upcoming supernatural sequel)
$7 million: Trespass (fee for playing an angry husband alongside Nicole Kidman in upcoming thriller)
$6 million: Drive Angry (fee for playing an angry father in upcoming revenge drama)
$1 million: The Croods (fee for voice work in upcoming DreamWorks animated film)
$2 million: Older film revenue

19. Jon Favreau
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $24 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$12 million: Iron Man 2 (back-end for directing and producing, based on worldwide gross of $627 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$10 million: Cowboys & Aliens (fee for directing and producing)
$2 million: Older film revenue

18. Jennifer Aniston
ACTRESS (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $24.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 33)
$10 million: Just Go with It (fee for co-starring in Adam Sandler comedy)
$8 million: Wanderlust (fee for starring in upcoming Judd Apatow-produced film)
$6 million: Horrible Bosses (fee for starring in upcoming workplace comedy)
$500,000: Older film revenue

17. Tyler Perry
WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $25 MILLION (2009 rank: 11)
$13 million: Why Did I Get Married Too? (back-end for writing, directing, and producing, and share of DVD revenue)
$8 million: I Can Do Bad All by Myself (share of DVD revenue)
$2 million: Precious (share of DVD revenue)
$2 million: Older film revenue

16. Jason Blum and Oren Peli
PRODUCER; WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $26.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 27)
$19 million: Paranormal Activity 2 (for producing, based on worldwide gross of $169 million)
$7.5 million: Paranormal Activity (share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
15. Robert Pattinson
ACTOR (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $27.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 35)
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 (fee for co-starring)
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 (fee for co-starring)
$1.5 million: Water for Elephants (fee for starring alongside Reese Witherspoon in upcoming literary adaptation)
$1 million: Fee for starring in upcoming costume drama Bel Ami; older film revenue, mostly from Twilight franchise

14. Jerry Bruckheimer
PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $27.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 10)
$10 million: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (fee for producing fourth installment of his lucrative Johnny Depp vehicle)
$10 million: Annual first-look production deal with Disney
$7.5 million: Older film revenue

13. Kristen Stewart
ACTRESS (The Gersh Agency)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $28.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 37)
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 (fee for co-starring)
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 (fee for co-starring)
$2.5 million: On the Road (fee for starring in long-aborning adaptation of the Jack Kerouac classic)
$1 million: Older film revenue, mostly from Twilight franchise

12. Joe Roth
PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $28.5 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$27.5 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for producing, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$1 million: Older film revenue

11. Will Smith
ACTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $29 million (2009 rank: —)
$20 million: Men in Black III (fee for starring in upcoming franchise resuscitation)
$5.5 million: The Karate Kid (back-end for producing, based on worldwide gross of $358 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3.5 million: Older film revenue

10. Robert Downey Jr.
ACTOR (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $31.5 MILLION (2009 rank: 28)
$15 million: Fee for starring in upcoming untitled Sherlock Holmes sequel
$12 million: Iron Man 2 (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $627 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3.5 million: Sherlock Holmes (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $523 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$1 million: Older film revenue

9. Taylor Lautner
ACTOR (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $33.5 million (2009 rank: —)
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 (fee for co-starring in upcoming penultimate Twilight film)
$12.5 million: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 (fee for co-starring in upcoming final Twilight film)
$7.5 million: Abduction (fee for starring in upcoming John Singleton thriller)
$1 million: Older film revenue, mostly from Twilight franchise

8. Todd Phillips
WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $34 million (2009 rank: 5)
$15 million: The Hangover Part II (fee for writing, producing, and directing)
$13 million: The Hangover (back-end for producing and directing; excludes $39 million earned in 2009)
$3 million: Due Date (back-end for producing and directing, based on worldwide gross of $200 million, as of December 31, 2010)
$2 million: Older film revenue
$1 million: Project X (fee for producing upcoming low-budget comedy)

7. Adam Sandler
ACTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER (WME)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $50 MILLION (2009 rank: 12)
$25 million: Just Go with It (fee for producing and starring in upcoming comedy opposite Jennifer Aniston)
$20 million: Jack and Jill (fee for producing and starring in upcoming comedy with Katie Holmes and Al Pacino)
$3 million: Grown Ups (back-end for starring and writing, based on worldwide gross of $271 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$2 million: Older film revenue

6. Tim Burton
DIRECTOR (William Morris Endeavor)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $53 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$50 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for directing, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3 million: Older film revenue

5. Leonardo DiCaprio
ACTOR (Special Artists Agency)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $62 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$59 million: Inception (back-end for starring in somewhat convoluted Christopher Nolan film)
$3 million: Back-end for starring in somewhat convoluted Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island, older film revenue

4. Christopher Nolan
WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $71.5 MILLION (2009 rank: —)
$69 million: Inception (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on worldwide gross of $823 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$2.5 million: Older film revenue

3. Steven Spielberg
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (CAA)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $80 MILLION (2009 rank: 2)
$50 million: Universal-theme-park royalties and consulting fees
$20 million: War Horse (fee for directing and producing upcoming World War I drama)
$10 million: Older film revenue

2. Johnny Depp
ACTOR (United Talent Agency)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $100 MILLION (2009 rank: 21)
$40 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for starring in Tim Burton film, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion)
$35 million: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (up-front money for starring in next installment of Jerry Bruckheimer’s waterlogged but ludicrously profitable franchise)
$20 million: The Tourist (fee for co-starring in one of the year’s bigger flops alongside Angelina Jolie)
$5 million: Older film revenue

1. James Cameron
WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER (Creative Artists Agency)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS:
$257 MILLION (2009 rank: 4)
$248 million: Avatar (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on 2010 worldwide box-office gross of $1.95 billion, and share of DVD and pay-television revenue; excludes $50 million earned in 2009)
$5 million: Avatar (share of toy licensing, other revenue)
$4 million: Older film revenue (e.g., back-end and royalties from earlier projects, other payments)

[Image via WENN.]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Celebs Who've Shaved Their Heads For Roles!
11 Celebs Who Are Notorious For Being Not-So-Easy To Work With!!
10 Inspirations From The Past For The Apple Watch!
Best Disney Movie Easter Eggs!
Celebrities And Their Real Names!
Books That Should NEVER Have Been Made Into Movies!
Email this  »

10 comments to “Film's Top 40 Earners Of 2010”

  1. Blunt says – reply to this


    1

    Wow kristine stayed with gersh all these years? Btw since when is taylor at WME and not ICM? Also leo was at CAA WTF?



  2. 2

    This is just SO SICK!! Doing a single movie and getting more money than anyone of us earns his whole life. UNFAIR!!!



  3. 3

    I had no idea some of this talent was so viable. Wowza.



  4. 4

    Too bad James Cameron is such an arrogant Canadian prick. All that $$$, and not one ounce of gratitude!



  5. 5

    Even on pictures Cameron looks annoying



  6. 6

    Wow…going off of some the messages from Avatar…what a slimy hypocritcal douche of a capitalist.



  7. 7

    taylor lautner earns more money than k-tew and rob pattinson!?

  8. nobsn says – reply to this


    8

    Wow!! Got to love the fact that Sandra Bullock is #22 with $22 Million for 2010 while having taken off the whole year 2010…. Impressive! Making that kind of money while not working lol Love it.



  9. 9

    "$20 million: The Tourist (fee for co-starring in one of the year’s bigger flops alongside Angelina Jolie)"

    I wish people would stop bad-mouthing The Tourist, because it was a good film. It has made - Worldwide $216.8 million!!! It is NOT a flop. Americans did not like it but Europeans LOVED it! Maybe because it was character driven & had a noir feeling to it, most Americans prefer the MTV/CDG/Blow Up/ Sexed Up films that are so shallow and big on special effects…?!



  10. 10

    What happened to my comment…!? The Tourist has earned $216.8 million dollars Worldwide!! NOT A FLOP! Americans didn't like the classic old style dramedy which smarter Europeans loved!! Before you get your panties twisted - I am an American!