How Much Did Dwayne Johnson Get Paid for The Scorpion King?

Published 05/02/2022, 1:30 PM EDT

Famously known as The Rock in WWE, Dwayne Johnson then decided to gradually move towards an acting career. He wrestled in WWE for eight great years, from 1996 to 2004, which brought him fame and glory. This also helped him transition into an actor.


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The Rock had appeared in some TV sitcoms prior to his mainstream acting debut. He then got a small but crucial role in The Mummy Returns in which he played The Scorpian King, who has a huge army.


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After the successful role in The Mummy Returns in 2001, he landed a major movie. He was the lead in the movie The Scorpion King in 2002, which was a spinoff to The Mummy Returns movie.

How much did Dwayne Johnson get paid for the movie “The Scorpion King”?

The Scorpion King was the first major movie Johnson did as a lead actor. He had previously appeared as the awakened Scorpion King in the famous Brandon Fraser movie The Mummy Returns. This was a spin-off and Johnson got a chance to appear as the major actor in this project.

They paid The Brahma Bull  $5.5 million back in 2002 for his leading role in The Scorpion King. 


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He was the highest-paid actor in 2002 to make a debut in a lead role. This put Johnson on the map in Hollywood and since then, The Rock climbed the ladder of success quickly. However, his major role came as Hobbs in Fast and Furious franchise, which catapulted him to another level of success.

What was the Plot of The Scorpion King?

The Scorpion King was a spinoff to the movie The Mummy Returns. It showed the history behind by Mathayus or The Scorpion King was cursed into a pyramid which The Mummy Returns characters find in between the dense forest.

The events of The Scorpion King are 5,000 years before the events of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns . It reveals the origins of Mathayus(played by Dwayne Johnson) and his rise to power as the legendary hero, the Scorpion King.

In this movie Mathayus is taking the revenge with Memnon because he kills he two brothers Rama and Jesup. He  Matahyus, in the end kills Memnon, sending him off the edge of the roof and into a set of flames where he dies.

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With the battle over, the remnants of Memnon’s army bow before Mathayus, who by their law is proclaimed the Scorpion King. Mathayus then decides that they will make their own destiny and then rest story is in The Mummy Returns.


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How much is Dwayne Johnson’s Net worth in 2022?

They pay Dwayne Johnson big paychecks as his films bring a lot of money for the producers. He started with getting $5.5 million and in his last movie, Red Notice The Rock earned a whopping $25 million.


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The Rock is a businessman too and according to the 2022 reports; he has an estimated net worth of around $350 millions. He earns major income from his acting and also producing sitcoms and movies.

He has broken all the barriers of a wrestler turning into an actor. After eight years of wrestling, he transitioned to a best actor. He is now famous worldwide as a Hollywood action hero.



Tushar Deogharkar

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Tushar Deogharkar is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Tushar has done his Master's in Tourism Management and is an ardent fan of pro wrestling. He follows WWE and AEW very closely and wants to learn how the promotions are run.

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