While there’s been some talk that the days of huge actor salaries in Hollywood films are coming to an end, the recent payday for actor Robert Downey Jr. for his roles in the Iron Man films and The Avengers seems to prove otherwise. The numbers show that the biggest actors in the business are still making huge amounts of money and it doesn’t look to change any time soon.
But, while some onlookers might see an actor payday of over $50 million as being outrageous, the raw numbers show that it might be one of the best investments a studio can make, depending on who the actor is. There’s a reason some Hollywood actors are paid what seem to be obscene amounts of money: their mere presence in a movie can often boost box office profits even if the film itself isn’t any good.
Here are the top five actors whose films have grossed the highest amount of money domestically. Check them out after the jump.