Despite Several Box Office Bombs, Why Is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Still Among the Highest-Paid Actors in Hollywood?

Published 12/04/2023, 5:00 AM EST

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Whether you are a fan of pro wrestling or movies in general, you have heard of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The 51-year-old has carved a glorious spot for himself in Hollywood. However, since his debut in movies back in 2001, he’s had some flops as well. Despite this, he is still among the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. What is the secret to his success?

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Johnson first appeared in the 2001 action flick The Mummy Returns, which was a massive box-office success. However, his stand-alone movie of the same character was not a big hit.

Dwayne Johnson’s long line of flops en route to the road to stardom

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Dwayne Johnson’s recent outing in Hollywood was Black Adam. The DC superhero flick was made on a budget of $260 million. Out of this, Johnson received a salary of $22 million. Despite the hype surrounding the movie, it only made $390 million. This was a massive blow to WarnerBros.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney’s Jungle Cruise hit the big screens. Attempting to copy the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Disney spent $200 million on the project. Unfortunately, it only made $220 million at the box office.

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Despite the massive number of duds, Johnson has been part of The Fast and The Furious franchise that has made $7.47 billion at the box office. This, along with his solo outings and the Jumanji series, has resulted in him being a bankable star despite the flops.

As a solo action star, Johnson’s Rampage made $428 million on a budget of $140 million. His outing in San Andreas made $474 million on $110 million. These established that even without an ensemble cast, he is a box office draw. According to Forbes, in 2022, Johnson was among the highest-paid actors, making $270 million.

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The Hollywood star ensures to stay in the limelight and cash in on his momentum with a plethora of upcoming blockbuster movies.

Johnson’s upcoming movie projects

Set to release by the end of 2023 is Red One. This action-adventure movie stars Johnson and Chris Evans. With a star-studded cast, this movie hints at building a franchise of similar-themed Christmas movies. The movie is a modern take on the Christmas story. He is also set to feature in Red Notice 2, Fast X: Part 2, etc among his other upcoming prominent roles.

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The project is a joint venture between Johnson’s own Seven Bucks Productions and Amazon Prime Originals. The project resulted in Johnson earning $50 million for his involvement. What do you think about Johnson being among the highest-paid actors in Hollywood? Tell us below.

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