Johnny Depp to earn biggest salary in movie history

By Alexandra Heilbron on October 7, 2008 | 10 Comments

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp is reportedly getting a $61 million paycheck to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film. The outrageous sum is the largest upfront payment in film history (Tom Hanks earned $58 million for the Da Vinci Code sequel, Angels and Demons earlier this year) and will move Depp, 45, to the top of Hollywood’s rich list. Earlier this year, Will Smith, who  grossed $76 million in one year, was named the highest earning actor in Hollywood by Forbes magazine. A source said: “It’s a hell of a lot of money for one movie but there’s only one man who can play Captain Jack Sparrow — and that’s Johnny Depp. “Pirates just wouldn’t be the same without him, so they were more than willing to smash the record books to land Depp again. The first three films have earned $2.7 billion at the box office.  It’s no surprise that Disney executives want Jack back and they are willing to pay big bucks to get him.” Depp’s Pirates’ salary will raise his earnings to $137 million. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, Depp’s co-stars in the first three films, are not expected to appear in the latest installment.


Comments & Discussion

  1. marvel man • October 7, 2008 @ 1:28 PM

    Another Pirates movie? Really? I’m sure we can all think of better things to do with our time then watch that movie. What I’m really looking forward to is Tim Burton’s re-make of Alice and Wonderland. Johnny-Boy plays the Mad Hatter. That’s going to be a movie worth seeing.

  2. Breanna • October 7, 2008 @ 1:59 PM

    I second that

  3. Sam • October 7, 2008 @ 2:06 PM

    Johnny Depp rules!!! He deserves every penny of that $61M paycheck he’s about to receive. But I’m disappointed that Bloom and Knightly are not returning for the next installment!!!

  4. tributegirl • October 7, 2008 @ 3:25 PM

    I don’t know, marvel man, I’d watch it, I’ll take all the Johnny I can get!

  5. ke • October 7, 2008 @ 4:06 PM

    i love him and i enjoy the movies but i’m not sure it’ll work without bloom and knightley. i mean depp can certainly run a movie on his own but the pirates isn’t just jack sparrow, you know? anyway **** yea Burton’s doing WOnderland? Yeahoo!!

  6. pft • October 7, 2008 @ 5:41 PM

    it would probably be cheaper to NOT do a 4th pirates movie than to pay Depp and the other schlobbs that are signing on for it.

  7. Lf • October 8, 2008 @ 11:37 AM

    YES! 😀 cant wait to see the new pirates movie!

  8. The Cosmos Rocks is coming! • October 9, 2008 @ 9:48 AM

    Good news,of course.

  9. The Cosmos Rocks is coming! • October 9, 2008 @ 9:48 AM

    Well done.

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