Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Salary Is Even Higher That We Thought

Tom Cruise, who started acting in the early ’80s, is rich. And not just normal celebrity rich. Tom is worth over half a billion dollars thanks to his lengthy career as a permanent A-lister. This man has been in some of the highest grossing films ever, which are his main source of income. Let’s break it down movie by movie and spiral about his wealth, shall we?

Tom Cruise’s Movie Earnings

Credit to Celebrity Net Worth for this wild information, and please note we’re going to be breaking out the Mission Impossible movies into their own category because Tom’s earnings on them are bananas.

Risky Business (1983)

$75,000 (Note: this was Tom’s breakout role, so his salary was on the lower side for an A-lister.)

Legend (1985)


Top Gun (1986)

$2 million

Cocktail (1988)

$3 million

Days of Thunder (1990)

$9 million

Far and Away (1992)

$13 million

A Few Good Men (1992)

$12 million

The Firm (1993)

$12 million

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

$15 million

What Did Tom Cruise Make for Mission Impossible?

You simply are not ready. Tom made a reported $70 million for the first Mission Impossible movie and $75 million for Mission Impossible 3, mostly thanks to producer credits. But his most profitable film sandwiched in between them: Mission Impossible 2. Tom apparently earned $100 million for this movie thanks to backend deals and earned the same for 2005’s War of the Worlds.

Here are some of Tom’s musings to Forbes on all those sequels, by the way:

“I think in the back of my mind, I was hoping, maybe. I hadn’t done sequels, and I kind of had a rule not to do sequels. Everyone was all over me about doing Top Gun. I was like, ‘Where do I take it?’ With Mission, I thought that it’s a challenge for me. It’s a logistical challenge. It’s an artistic challenge. We’re working on the highest level because you have practical action. How do we develop these stories? How do we develop these characters? What is the dialogue going to be with an audience here? I make movies for audiences, so I want to know what is their response going to be? How can I improve it? What can I do better? How will these stories evolve? Then I came up with the idea of different directors for each one.”

Cool, but speaking of sequels…

What Did Tom Cruise Make for Top Gun: Maverick?

Are you ready? Variety initially reported that Tom made $13 million upfront for the film, but noted that he expected to earn millions more on the backend. Which he certainly did. So far, Tom’s reportedly netted a full $100 million from a combination of his upfront salary and ticket sales—and that’s expected to increase once rentals and streaming revenue come into play.

He’s negotiated this same deal for the next Mission Impossible movies: $12 to $14 million upfront, with way more expected on the backend.

His Total Career Earnings Between 1983 and 2019?

That’d be a reported $745 million. Also, according to CinemaBlend, he makes $7,091 per word of dialogue. No wonder Forbes has listed him as one of the richest actors in the world.

How Much Does He Pay in Child Support?

If you want to get supremely nosy, yes: there are details about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s financial settlement to go over. Back in 2012, TMZ reported that Tom was required to pay Katie $400,000 a year in child support until their daughter Suri turned 18 (which ends up being a total of $4.8 million…a pretty small drop in Tom’s net worth bucket). Katie didn’t get spousal support, but Tom agreed to pay for Suri’s “medical, dental, insurance, education, college and extracurricular costs.”

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Tom Cruise’s Real Estate Is Worth a Fortune

Much like Scott Disick of the critically acclaimed Flip It Like a Disick, Tom Cruise buys and sells a lot of homes. He’s flipped a ton of properties over the years, but his most recent one was a Telluride home that Forbes reports he sold for $39.5 million. He famously filmed an Oprah interview in this house, and there’s an extremely blurry video of the home tour for us to watch together:

What Is Tom Cruise’s Total Net Worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, it is $600 million, and considering his average salary is $50 million a year, expect it to keep going up.

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