Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston: Who Is Worth More?
On their own, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are already worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Together, they stand to be worth even more, given that their Netflix movie, Murder Mystery, has a lot of eyeballs trained on it.
Netflix usually doesn’t release its viewership numbers, but they did this week. When they do, that means they’ve got a hit on their hands. Murder Mystery was watched on more than 30 million accounts.
How much the viewers actually liked the movie or even finished it is another question. But to many, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler make an ideal, easygoing pair. Perfect for the kind of Netflix movie that you start and stop or half pay attention to.
We’ll go over Aniston and Sandler individually, then consider how great of a pair they make.
How much is Jennifer Aniston worth?
Friends still stands as Aniston’s major claim to fame. She was on the show from 1994 to 2004. It was how most people discovered her. Some like to point out that she had to pay her dues in silly movies like the E.T. ripoff Mac and Me. In the movie, she was an uncredited dancer in McDonald’s. She was also in the horror movie Leprechaun in 1993, but most people found out about those after they started crushing on Rachel.
Celebrity Net Worth pegs her wealth at $240 million. It’s safe to say the bulk of that comes from Friends, where she eventually earned a cool $1 million per episode. It’s also safe to say she went on to a more lucrative movie career than her Friends roommates. Even after the show ended, Aniston was making about $20 million a year.
Some of her biggest successes, like Bruce Almighty and We’re the Millers, were either vehicles for someone else or ensemble pieces where she wasn’t always the center of attention. However, she deserves credit for mixing romcoms with more adventurous fare like The Good Girl and Office Space
How much is Adam Sandler worth?
Adam Sandler’s net worth is similar to Aniston’s, but the numbers are transposed. Whereas she has $240 million, Sandler has $420 million. He had more income streams than Aniston. This means his wealth comes not just from TV and movies, but from comedy records and stand-up performances. He even earned a gold record for his song “Chanukah.”
After making his name on Saturday Night Live in the early ’90s, he very successfully transitioned to movies. Particularly with his Happy Madison productions, the most successful of these were Big Daddy, Grown Ups, and The Waterboy. Critics hated him and audiences loved him. To combat this, Adam Sandler would occasionally try a more ambitious movie like Punch Drunk Love or Funny People.
Eventually, even he seemed to tire of essentially making the same kind of deliberately dumb comedies over and over again as movies like Blended and That’s My Boy kept underperforming. He then took those comedies to Netflix, where he didn’t have to pay as much attention to the box office.
How do Sandler and Aniston fare together?
Murder Mystery is not the first time Aniston and Sandler have worked together. They previously appeared in 2011’s Just Go With It, which was a mid-range performer for Sandler, making just over $100 million.
It’s a little surprising they took as long to work together as they did, considering the two have been friends for decades since before either of them was famous. Aniston said she found it difficult even to act romantic around Sandler because she thinks of him like a family member.
Sandler told The Hollywood Reporter he “got better over the years, and I think Jennifer is struggling to stay with my chops, but I think ultimately she’ll get there the next time.”