How Much Was Tom Cruise Paid for ‘Top Gun: Maverick?’

Tom Cruise starred in Top Gun in 1986. More than 30 years later, he’s back for the sequel. Here’s how much Tom Cruise was reportedly paid for Top Gun: Maverick.

Tom Cruise’s movies  

Tom Cruise |  Visual China Group via Getty Images
Tom Cruise | Visual China Group via Getty Images

Tom Cruise made his acting debut in the 1981 film Endless Love. He played the role of Billy. That same year, he appeared in the movie Taps as David Shawn. Cruise became a household name after playing the role of Joel in the 1983 movie Risky Business. His other acting roles include appearances in Top Gun, A Few Good Men, Mission: Impossible, and Edge of Tomorrow.

Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing films

As of this writing, Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing film is the 2018 movie Mission: Impossible–Fallout, which earned more than $787 million at the box office worldwide. His other highest-grossing films include Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, with more than $694 million in worldwide box-office earnings; Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, with more than $688 million in worldwide box-office earnings; and War of the Worlds, with more than $606 million in worldwide box-office earnings.

Cruise’s lowest-earning movie is the 1983 film Losin’ It, which earned a little more than $1 million in worldwide box-office earnings. The next lowest-earning movie is the 1983 film All the Right Moves, which earned more than $17 million in worldwide box-office earnings.

How much Tom Cruise earned for the ‘Mission: Impossible’ films

Cruise made nice payday for each of his ‘Mission: Impossible’ films. He made $70 million from the first Mission: Impossible film, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Cruise earned $75 million from the second and third films and $70 million from the fourth film, Ghost Protocol. For Rogue Nation, Cruise reportedly earned $25 million up front. The actor made $28 million for Fallout, reports Statistic Brain.

How much Tom Cruise was paid for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

So, how much did Cruise earn for Top Gun: Maverick? Cruise was reportedly paid between $12 million and $14 million for his role in the film, according to Variety. Top Gun: Maverick, was originally set to be released in June 2020, but the film was delayed by six months because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, audiences can expect to see Cruise’s new movie in December 2020 if things go as expected, reports CNN.

The movie is based on the 1986 film Top Gun, in which Cruise plays US Naval pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Cruise will reprise his role. In the original film he plays a fighter pilot trying to secure the top pilot spot and win the heart of his flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood, played by actress Kelly McGillis.

What’s next for Tom Cruise

The next two years will be quite busy for Cruise. In 2021, he’s slated to appear in Mission: Impossible 7 and Luna Park. The following year, Cruise is set to star in Mission: Impossible 8. The actor is also listed as a producer for these upcoming films.

This isn’t the first time Cruise produced a movie. He made his debut as a producer with his first Mission: Impossible film in 1996. Other production credits include Vanilla Sky (2001), The Last Samurai (2003), and Jack Reacher (2012).

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