Top 7 Hollywood’s Biggest Earners

It is interesting to see how much money Hollywood generate, not only for the actor and actress on its films, but even more for the people behind the cameras that actually make all the magic possible.

On this post we will how the Top 7 Hollywood biggest earners, and obviously we are including not only the people your see in the movies and/or TV shows, but also the people behind the cameras and, guess what, some of them are the ones who get the biggest paycheck…

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Vanity Fair, therichest.org

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