Ranking Hollywood's Cash Kings
August 10, 2005
Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Will Smith and Johnny Depp are just some of Hollywood's reining cash kings for 2004, and "Extra" has their number!
"If you're making money off your name, your face, your fame, we count that money," said Peter Kafka, media editor of Forbes Magazine.
And Kafka told us that it's no surprise Tom Cruise made
the list, raking in $31 million last year. And while
Cruise told "Extra" that he doesn't think
about his success in terms of money, he did admit, "When
I hear it from you it blows my mind."
Meanwhile, Will Smith had about $35 million on his mind last year, telling "Extra," "I've been successful, but there are bigger and better things I want to do."
And how much sweeter can it get for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's" Johnny Depp? He made $37 million last year.
Denzel Washington earned $30 million, and $25 million was more than enough for the one and only Brad Pitt. "Brad Pitt gets paid to do Heineken ads," Kafka told us. "He does watch endorsements internationally."
"The Longest Yard's" Adam Sandler scored $28 million, and "Everybody Loves Raymond's" Ray Romano brought home a paycheck last year that everybody could love. "He was making about $1.8 million per episode," Kafka revealed.
But Romano is not the number one cash king in Hollywood. That "Bewitching" honor goes to none other than funny man Will Ferrell. "He's getting $20 million for one movie, that's a NASCAR movie," Kafka said. "He's getting well paid for a lot of other movies. He also works a lot. You total all that up, and he made about $40 million over the last 12 months."
And as Ferrell promised, "It was a long, hard road, and I got to the top. I'm not going to relinquish it!"