Leonardo DiCaprio is making a fortune off the Inception box office. DiCaprio’s payday for Inception has already passed $50 million, all thanks to some very smart business decisions that he has made. According to E! Online, DiCaprio took much less in his upfront salary because the project was considered very risky by financiers. In exchange for trading away part of his upfront salary, DiCaprio was given something that they call “first-dollar gross” instead. Basically what that means, is that DiCaprio is making money off of every ticket sold for Inception. He is earning a percentage of every dollar made, and that money is really starting to add up for the star of the film.
The exact numbers haven’t been released at this point, but DiCaprio has made more than $50 million of the $570 million worldwide that Inception has brought in. That number could get even bigger as the movie continues to open in overseas markets, with estimates as high as $750 million for what the movie could make in theaters before it heads to DVD and Blu-Ray. This is definitely going to make Inception the biggest payday that DiCaprio has ever had in the business, and might get close to being the most any actor has made. Tom Cruise made a deal similar to this one for when he filmed Mission: Impossible 2, and it was estimated that he made more than $75 million for just that one movie. Sure seems like a great deal for an actor if the film becomes successful.
In the United States, Inception has now made $254.2 million, with another $315.4 million coming from the foreign box office. Those are huge numbers for the film, and have really cemented director Christopher Nolan has someone that can bring in a lot of money for his projects. Following up The Dark Knight with such huge success on Inception will only get him even more of an inflated production budget to complete Batman 3. Inception is also now the 57th highest grossing film in U.S. history, which seems pretty good, but is only fourth in 2010 alone. 2010 is led by Toy Story 3 at $402 million, then Iron Man 2 at $312 million, and finally Twilight: Eclipse at $296 million. It has been a pretty good summer for the box office this year, and there are still a few weeks to go where theaters can rake in that money. With the Labor Day weekend coming, some of these films are hanging on for just one more impressive weekend.