Netflix reportedly paid $55 million (about Rs. 409 crores) for the combined talents of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence for the upcoming sci-fi black comedy Don’t Look Up, from The Big Short’s Oscar-winning writer-director Adam McKay. . That includes a salary of $30 million (about Rs. 223 crores) for DiCaprio and $25 million (about Rs. 186 crores) for Lawrence, up from the standard $20 million (about Rs. 149 crores) they usually get. . That’s probably because Netflix, unlike movies that hit theaters, doesn’t offer bonuses based on (box) performance – also known as backend – and therefore has to pay more upfront to get Hollywood’s biggest stars.
DiCaprio and Lawrence lead the ensemble cast of Don’t Look Up, which also includes Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Ron Perlman, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Himesh Patel, Matthew Perry and Chris Evans. When Don’t Look Up first came together in February last year, the budget for the Netflix movie was reportedly around $75 million (approximately Rs. 558 crores).
Variation is behind the salary figures for DiCaprio and Lawrence, as part of a report on the largest salaries earned by Hollywood stars. Surprisingly, these are not the highest individual amounts. Both Will Smith and Denzel Washington received $40 million (approximately Rs. 297 crores) payday for their respective HBO Max films, King Richard and The Little Things, to make up for the reduced box-office receipts due to day-and-date releases. to make. Dwayne Johnson is getting $30 million upfront for Amazon Prime Video’s world-renowned action-adventure comedy Red One, but that could go up to $50 million (about Rs. 371 crores) once backend payments are finalized, Variety adds.
Meanwhile, Daniel Craig has been secured similar sums for his participation in two Knives Out sequels, with a combined payday north of $100 million (approximately Rs. 743 crores), the report claims. This is again thanks to Netflix, who reportedly paid $450 million (about Rs. 3,345 crores) to acquire Knives Out 2 and Knives Out 3 in April, with the guarantee that Craig would star in both chapters. That puts the James Bond star at the top of the pile, who also made $25 million for his final turn as 007 in the upcoming much-delayed No Time To Die, which is currently slated for release in late September in the UK and early October in the UK. India and the US.
DiCaprio-Lawrence-led Don’t Look Up also arrives on Netflix later in 2021.