Dwayne Johnson, also popularly known as “The Rock,” has enjoyed a highly successful career in Hollywood, primarily in films. However, he has also made forays into television, including his role in the HBO series Ballers.
While his film career has undoubtedly been the main source of his astronomical earnings, Johnson’s TV work has also been lucrative, with reports of hefty paychecks in starring roles. While The Rock may be one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, he isn’t always the one making the top dollar.
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Dwayne Johnson’s Ballers Salary Wasn’t Enough
As one of the biggest names in Hollywood, Dwayne Johnson has consistently ranked among the highest-paid actors in the world. After topping the list in 2016 and coming in second in 2017 and 2018, he regained the top spot in 2019 with an estimated $89.4 million in earnings.
When HBO’s hit series Ballers ended with the fifth and final season in 2019, Dwayne Johnson’s paycheck reflected his status as one of the highest-paid actors on TV. The actor reportedly earned a staggering $700,000 per episode for his role, putting him in rarefied air alongside a small group of actors who made even more.
The only performers to surpass the Ballers star’s earnings were the five original stars of The Big Bang Theory, who raked in $900,000 per episode. Additionally, Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead, Nicole Kidman of Big Little Lies, and Elisabeth Moss of The Handmaind’s Tale reportedly earned a handsome $1 million per episode for their roles.
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Dwayne Johnson’s Growing Paychecks Over The Years
When Johnson landed a role in the 2002 film The Scorpion King, he made history by becoming the first actor to earn $5.5 million for his debut starring role. Soon after, he played the lead role in Walking Tall, receiving a handsome $15 million for his role. In his portrayal of a bounty hunter in the 2003 film The Rundown, the actor reportedly made $12.5 million.
San Andreas is one of Johnson’s biggest paydays ever. The actor reportedly made $25 million for the 2015 action-adventure film. With the hit 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the actor reportedly earned a cool $19 million. The Rock has also acted in comedy films, such as Central Intelligence, where he joined forces with Kevin Hart and made $14 million for his role.
His 2017 movie reboot of the popular TV series Baywatch might have tanked at the box office, but the actor still managed to make $9 million. Johnson has also starred in Fast and Furious 5, where he reportedly made $10 million for his role as Hobbs. He also earned a similar paycheck for the sixth installment in the franchise. However, for the franchise spinoff Hobbs and Shaw, the actor took home a paycheck of $20 million for starring alongside Jason Statham.
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