Titanic’s Upsetting Salary Difference: Kate Winslet Earned $37,500,000 Less than Leonardo DiCaprio For Their $2.22 Billion Movie

Titanic's Upsetting Salary Difference: Kate Winslet Earned $37,500,000 Less than Leonardo DiCaprio For Their $2.22 Billion Movie

An American epic romance, 1997’s Titanic achieved significant critical and commercial success. The fact that the movie registered 14 Academy Award nominations while winning 11 Oscar awards itself speaks a lot about its place in the world of cinema. A milestone in the careers of the leading actors, Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet, there’s no doubt that the film will always hold a special place in their hearts.

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio

However, when it comes to the salaries of the leads, it appears that Di Caprio bagged a significantly higher amount than Winslet. But why? Isn’t that unfair for Winslet? Before answering that, let’s see how Di Caprio actually ended up with $37,500,000 more than his female co-actor.

READ MORE: “This f**king a**hole is not going to be in this movie”: Leonardo DiCaprio Hated Mark Wahlberg With a Burning Passion in 1995 Movie

Kate Winslet’s salary was half a million less than Leonardo Di Caprio’s initially  

Directed by James Cameron, Titanic recorded a $28,638,131 box office collection on the first weekend of its release. Moreover, the film’s all-time domestic box office collection amounted to $674,396,795 whereas the all-time worldwide collection added up to a staggering $2.2 billion.

Fandomwire Video

As reported by IMDb, the leading actress of the movie, Kate Winslet was paid $2 million for her role of Rose DeWitt Bukater. Not yet a big name in the industry, Winslet’s pay was actually just half a million less than Leonardo DiCaprio who earned a base salary of $2.5 million.

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio

However, what’s important to note is that the half-a-million gap between the amount earned by the two actors kept on growing over the years. Mainly because DiCaprio reportedly earned over $37.5 million in the form of backend profit when the film turned out to be a huge box-office success.

So, this means that The Wolf of Wall Street actor managed to earn a total of $40 million, leaving a gap of $38 million with his co-actor Winslet’s pay!


READ MORE: “We want Leonardo DiCaprio”: Titanic Star Reportedly Rejected $2.4B DC Role That Could’ve Been His Much-Awaited Superhero Movie Debut

Kate Winslet has ‘never concerned’ herself with money matters

There’s no doubt that the gender pay gap is a concerning phenomenon that still exists in the 21st century. Bringing the issues to the forefront, the Don’t Look Up actress Jennifer Lawrence opened up on the issues of inequality in pay during a Vogue interview.

And back in 2015, when Kate Winslet was asked about her views on the subject, the Sense and Sensibility actress replied that she has never concerned herself with money matters. Moreover, during her conversation with BBC Newsbeat, she said that she was having problems with these conversations and added that maybe “it’s a British thing. I don’t like talking about money; it’s a bit vulgar isn’t it?”

Kate Winslet
Oscar winner Kate Winslet

Furthermore, she told the Deadline,

“I have never concerned myself with monetary matters. I almost feel like I can’t comment on other people’s comments, but I admire people who publicly stand up for themselves.

I’ve never been in the situation where I feel the need to make those types of comments. I’m fortunate. I have a nice life and career and I’m blessed to be 40 years old and still doing it.” 

READ MORE: “Oh my god, they’re going to fire us!”: Kate Winslet Was Insecure About Her Position in $204 Million Movie Because She Was Not Funny Enough

Well, it’s safe to assume that Winslet might not exactly be bothered with her $38 million pay gap with DiCaprio. However, the question remains, are such pay gaps based on gender detrimental to the future of cinema?

Source: The Numbers, People


Was this Article helpful?

Thanks for your feedback!

Written by Devyani

With a portfolio of over 600 articles, Devyani Sharma is a freelance writer working in the Entertainment and Sports niche. With a Master's Degree in English literature, Devyani places great importance on the power of words and their ability to connect with readers. When not busy watching sci-fi movies, action thrillers and comedies, Devyani indulges in her love for fiction novels and writing about NASCAR races.