Dwayne Johnson was the world's highest paid actor in 2016, came in second in 2017 and 2018, and returned to the top spot in 2019 with an estimated $89.4 million in earnings. In honor of the successful movie star's 48th birthday on May 2, 2020, Wonderwall.com is taking a look at some of his biggest paychecks for his biggest projects. Keep reading to see how much The Rock is raking in!
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Dwayne Johnson broke a record when he starred in 2002's "The Scorpion King." The pro wrestler was paid $5.5 million to play the title character, a first for an actor in his debut starring role.
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Dwayne Johnson reportedly brought in a cool $15 million for his work in "Walking Tall" in 2004.
Dwayne Johnson was paid a nice chunk of change for playing a bounty hunter in "The Rundown" in 2003: The actor made a reported $12.5 million.
"San Andreas" is one of Dwayne Johnson's biggest paydays ever: He earned a reported $25 million for the 2015 action-adventure movie!
Dwayne Johnson earned a hefty paycheck for his work in the $955 million-earning "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." He was reportedly paid $19 million for the 2017 flick.
"Baywatch" might have bombed at the box office in 2017, but Dwayne Johnson still made major cash playing lifeguard Mitch Buchannon: He reportedly earned $9 million for his acting work in the movie reboot of the beloved TV series, which he also executive produced.
Dwayne Johnson took home a reported $10 million for "Fast Five" in 2011.
"Fast & Furious 6" netted Dwayne Johnson a similar payday — a very nice $10 million!
Dwayne Johnson sweetened his "Fast & Furious" franchise deal for 2017's "The Fate of the Furious." He reportedly earned $10 million plus back-end payments.
Dwayne Johnson's added an extra $20 million to his bank account after starring in 2014's "Hercules."
Dwayne Johnson upped his "Fast & Furious" franchise salary for 2015's "Furious 7," reportedly taking home $15 million for his work as former Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs.
The 2013 action movie "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" netted Dwayne Johnson a reported $15 million.
One of Dwayne Johnson's lower paychecks is still more than most A-list actors are bringing home per film. He was reportedly paid $9 million for "The Other Guys" in 2010.
Dwayne Johnson isn't only a movie star. He also had a very successful TV show — HBO's "Ballers," which aired its fifth and final season in 2019 — and got paid accordingly. The Rock earned a reported $700,000 per episode, which made him one of TV's highest paid stars. The only television actors who out-earned The Rock as he was wrapping his show were the five original "The Big Bang Theory" leads, who made a reported $900,000 per episode, as well as "The Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus, "Big Little Lies" actress Nicole Kidman and "The Handmaid's Tale" star Elisabeth Moss, who all made a reported $1M per episode for their shows.
Helping him reach the top spot in 2019? His role in "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." Dwayne Johnson reportedly took home a cool $20 million for his acting work in the franchise spinoff.
Dwayne Johnson's biggest paycheck to date is for his movie that closed out 2019. The star reportedly earned a whopping $23.5 million upfront for the sequel "Jumanji: The Next Level." Though there's no known figure on what he made for the first installment in the franchise, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," Forbes reported that The Rock has backend deals for his biggest projects that pay him up to 15 percent of the profit pool. The first "Jumanji" earned $962.1 million at the box office, so you do the math.
Dwayne Johnson is making a whopping $20 million to star in the Netflix heist thriller "Red Notice," plus producer fees. The movie, which co-stars Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, is expected to debut in late 2020 or 2021.