For instance, Johnson has negotiated a contract for the upcoming “Jumanji: The Next Level” that will give him an upfront salary of $23.5 million, as well as 15% of the earnings from “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which made $962.1 million in box offices worldwide. On “Ballers,” the actor-turned-businessman earns $700,000 per episode.
To close the pay and opportunity gap that women face in Hollywood, several actresses on this year‘s highest-earning list have also started their own production companies. Witherspoon, who earned $35 million over the past year, launched production company Hello Sunshine more than five years ago to help boost opportunities for women in the industry.
“I started a production company five years ago to create more roles for women onscreen and behind the scenes,” she wrote in an essay for Glamour in 2017. “Today I have something like 23 projects in the works driven by great female characters of different ages and races.”
One of those projects includes HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” which Witherspoon produced and stars in alongside Nicole Kidman. According to Forbes, Witherspoon and Kidman each earned $1 million per episode in the show‘s second season.