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JAMES BOND actor Daniel Craig is going to step down from the legendary 007 role later this year after No Time To Die and the next star to take over could have already been chosen.
Daniel Craig topped's list of the biggest movie star salaries with an astounding $100 million.
The list, published Wednesday, includes 17 of the highest recent film star salaries and shows other A-listers like Dwayne Johnson,and Denzel Washington earning sky-high payments in the mid eight-figures, while Jenifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts were tied for the highest-paid female actors.
A heavy contributor to the expanding salaries is the rise of streaming releases, in which stars negotiate for higher up-front payments to make up for tiered payments based on theatrical ticket sales.
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In March,reported that Craig, 53, would be joining the Netflix fold after the streaming service acquired a second and third film in the Knives Out series, which began with the acclaimed 2019 film.
The whodunit mystery featured the Bond actor as the Southern detective Benoit Blanc, who was called in to investigate the murder of a wealthy mystery novelist (Christopher Plummer) at his own birthday party while surrounded by his family.
The film was a hit with critics and audiences alike and became a rare success at the box office without any connection to preexisting intellectual property or well-known franchises.
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Knives Out's relatively modest $40 million budget also made it easy for the film to turn a profit.
Netflix is reportedly shelling out $450 million on two sequels, and the new list indicates that $100 million alone is going to Craig for starring in both movies.
But Craig, or Dwayne Johnson, who's being paid $50 million for the Amazon action film Red One, couldn't count on these astronomical salaries if they were starring in films opting for a traditional theatrical release.
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Most high-profile actors' contracts now have tiered salaries, with multiple bonuses being paid out when their films reach various benchmarks at the box office.
Most streaming release have limited theatrical release, or none at all, so actors have to be paid higher salaries up front to entice them.
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Will Smith's salary for the upcoming biopic King Richard, about Venus and Serena Williams' father Richard Williams, was boosted up to $40 million after Warner Bros. decided to release the film simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, which would likely eat into its theatrical earnings, as many viewers will opt to stay home and stream it for little to no additional cost.
Denzel Washington's salary on the serial killer thriller The Little Things was also raised to $40 million to include his projected backend payments.
The Adam McKay disaster comedy Don't Look Up will be paying higher amounts to its stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence to make up for small theatrical releases.
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DiCaprio is expected to take home $30 million, while Lawrence will likely earn $25 million.
She's tied with Julia Roberts for the highest-paid female actor. Both are appearing in Netflix films, with Roberts leading Leave The World Behind.
Mark Wahlberg matched DiCaprio's $30 million for Netflix's mystery Spenser Confidential.
Several stars are still commanding a standard high-profile salary of $20 million for theatrical projects, though they may be able to exceed that with backend earnings if their films perform well in theaters.
Sandra Bullock is set to earn that much for her comedy The Lost City Of D, as will Chris Hemsworth for Thor: Love And Thunder and Brad Pitt for the thriller Bullet Train.
Ryan Gosling is also set for a $20 million payday, but that includes backend payments for his Netflix film The Grey Man.
Not all film payments are sky-high, even if they're still incredibly generous. Chris Pine is reportedly earning $11.5 million for his film Dungeons And Dragons, though he may still be able to earn more if the movie performs well.
Shang-Chi is now the highest-rated comic book movie of all time, according to Rotten Tomatoes users
Officially better than The Dark Knight and the rest of the MCUAs spotted by Redditor iCXNoLar, Shang-Chi has received thousands of overwhelmingly positive votes and currently sits at a whopping 98% on the movie aggregator.
Despite the Batman franchise being a reliable performer at the box office, Robert Pattinson will only earn about $3 million upfront for starring in the upcoming reboot The Batman.
Tom Cruise's has enough cachet in the industry to command a healthy up-front salary while also having plenty of bonuses lined up.
He's expected to earn $13 million immediately for his upcoming sequel Top Gun: Maverick, and additional bonuses for solid performance at the box office could significantly increase that amount.
Halloween Kills will stream on Peacock the same day of its theatrical release .
The night Michael Myers came home (to Peacock)That might seem a strange move, considering Candyman is currently performing well at the box office, and Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has smashed Labor Day weekend records. But Deadline says that it's to do with "eventizing" the movie, and indicate the film will (unsurprisingly) be available on the streamer's paying tiers.