The Avengers has already crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office and is forcing its way up the top ten highest grossing movies of all-time.
Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson are reported to have made anywhere between $2 million and $6 million for their work in The Avengers, plus small bonuses. Robert Downey Jr., however, made much more.
When Iron Man became a box office sensation in 2008 because of Robert Downey Jr. ,Downey Jr.’s lawyers renegotiated a deal with Marvel that would pay him a set fee for every appearance as Tony Stark or Iron Man, plus a percentage of Marvel’s movie revenue. The Hollywood Reporter claims that percentage is between 5 and 7 percent.
Performing a little simple math, Robert Downey Jr. is in line to earn upward of $50 million or more for his work in The Avengers, or about 10 times more than his superhero co-stars. Another huge payday awaits with the release of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 next May.