Sylvester Stallone’s impressive portfolio boasts a number of successful franchises. In an illustrious career spanning over decades, Stallone holds the record of starring in box office number-one movies for six consecutive decades. The Samaritan actor is famous for his ‘70s & ‘80s movie franchises, Rocky and Rambo.
However, one of his most financially rewarding franchises is not Rocky or Rambo. The Backtrace actor wrote, directed, and starred in The Expendables in 2010, which also spawned two sequels in 2012 and 2014. Stallone also served as the producer for all the films in the franchise.
Sylvester Stallone Earned More Than 10% Of His Net Worth From The Expendables
Sylvester Stallone as mercenary Barney Ross in The Expendables franchise
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Sylvester Stallone’s net worth exceeds a whopping $400 million. The Escape Plan actor, who initially received a modest salary of $35,000 for his role in the first Rocky movie, now earns in the range of $10-$20 million per film. The Demolition Man actor received a hefty paycheck of $16 million for each installment in The Expendables franchise.
With a fourth movie in production, the Creed actor has earned almost $48 million from The Expendables franchise as his salary alone. It accounts for nearly 10% of his net worth. The Cobra actor also received a share of the profits from these films as a producer. It is interesting to note that while The Expendables may be his highest-paying franchise, Stallone’s top-earning movies were Driven and Eye See You, each netting him $20 million for his role.
Despite a large number of successful movies to his name, the Get Carter actor’s highest-grossing film was his cameo appearance in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Stallone reportedly gave his salary back for the movie.
Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo Earnings Remain Contentious
Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo in the Rambo franchise
Sylvester Stallone’s first outing as John Rambo in First Blood earned him somewhere between $3.5 million to $7 million, according to different reports. The lower range of $3.5 million was reported by New York Times whereas The Richest reported his salary as $7 million. The actor himself has not publicly disclosed the truth about his First Blood salary.
By the time Rambo III was released in 1988, Stallone was at the peak of stardom and quadrupled (or doubled) his salary to a staggering $16 million, the same as his salary for The Expendables. The Assassins actor received the same $16 million for several of his other films, including Rocky V.
Celebrity Net Worth estimates the Judge Dredd actor’s worldwide movie gross at over $4.5 billion. The Tango and Cash actor is bidding farewell to The Expendables franchise after the fourth installment. Nevertheless, Stallone will continue to reap profits from future films in the franchise, led by Jason Statham.