Not only does “Top Gun: Maverick” bring movie theaters to life as they seek to recover from the pandemic, but the film also gives star Tom Cruise a huge payday.
Variety reported Wednesday that Cruise is expected to earn $100 million or more from the film after factoring in his initial salary, box office share and share of future home entertainment sales.
A representative for Cruise did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation from Insider.
Cruise agreed to a smaller upfront payment of just $13 million, precedent claims Variety report in exchange for a richer backend deal, in which he gets a share of the film’s ticket sales.
“Maverick” grossed $1.24 billion at the worldwide box office, including $620 million in the United States, with no signs of slowing down. It is the highest-grossing film released so far this year.
It’s rare for actors to land such lucrative deals today, in an age when superhero franchises often attract more than big-name actors.
But Cruise will try to strike while the iron is hot. He has a similar deal in place for the next two “Mission: Impossible” movies, according to Variety, in which he’ll take a small upfront payment and a bigger chunk of the box- office sales.