Leonardo DiCaprio Made More Money Than God For Inception
Eight-figure salaries for big movie stars in big Hollywood movies is no big news -- ever since Jim Carrey pulled the first $20 million paycheck for The Cable Guy, it's been pretty commonplace for the biggest stars to be compensated wildly for their services. But even compared to his biggest peers, Leonardo DiCaprio has pulled in some impressive bank for his starring role in Inception.
EOnline is reporting that DiCaprio is set to earn more than $50 MILLION for his dreamy services rendered. Leo has managed this exorbitant payday thanks to him forgoing his usual initial upfront fee and instead opting for first-dollar gross.
It's not unusual for stars to go for back-end pay once the film breaks even -- Tom Cruise did that in his latest
enormous bomb film Knight and Day. But clever Leo starts to get paid as soon as the ticket sales come tumbling in, regardless of if the film makes back its budget or not. And since the film is projected to make roughly $750 million worldwide by the time it's through in the theaters, well, if Leo suddenly finds himself buying a castle or two on the spur of the moment, he should be fine.
Meanwhile, his co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was instead clearly paid in rights to Carole King's back catalog.