ByKatrina Stagg, writer at Creators.co
Katrina Stagg

There has been talk in recent years that studios are tightening their purse strings and negotiating smaller upfront salaries and larger back end deals with talent. The reason is to protect the studios from a box flop turning into a devastating cost. Even though there has been a general shift in compensation, there are still a select few whose box office numbers allow them to get big payouts right off the bat.

Currently there are 6 people in the sought after "$20 Million Club," actors who are paid $20 million upfront, and there are even more who are able to ask for $15 million. The reason some can get that kind of dough is clear, these are the movie stars of right now! They are the actors whose names can fills seats. They are the people who get the fans to the theaters.

Here are 5 actors who's box office draw earns them the big bucks upfront!

1. Leonardo DiCaprio

Highest paid role: $25 Million - Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Lifetime box office gross: 24 titles - $2,334,702,795

Average box office: $97,279,283

Highest grossing film (worldwide): $2.1 Billion - Titanic (1997)

2. Robert Downey Jr.

Highest paid role: $20 Million as Tony Stark

Lifetime box office gross: 52 titles - $3,508,926,148

Average box office: $67,479,349

Highest grossing film (worldwide): $1.5 Billion -The Avengers (2012)

3. Dwayne Johnson

Highest paid role: $15 Million - San Andreas (2015)

Lifetime box office gross: 22 titles - $2,047,947,657

Average box office: $93,088,530

Highest grossing film (worldwide): $1.5 Billion - Furious 7 (2015)

4. Bradley Cooper

Highest paid role: $15 million The Hangover Part III (2013)

Lifetime box office gross: 23 titles - $2,476,957,026

Average box office: $107,693,784

Highest grossing film (worldwide): $774.2 Million - Gaurdians of the Galaxy (2014)

5. Matt Damon

Highest paid role: $20 Million - Jason Bourne

Lifetime box office gross: 37 titles - $2,722,705,329

Average box office: $73,586,631

Highest grossing film (worldwide): $481.8 Saving Private Ryan (1998)

If you're interested in seeing what their female counterparts are making and raking in at the box office check it out here!

(Source: Hollywood Reporter, Box Office Mojo)

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