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Hollywood Salaries Have Been Taken To The Bank - Movies In Focus
Liam Neeson took home a $2 million payday for 2009’s Taken (a career best at the time). However, for Taken 2 the Irish actor was paid a very impressive $12 million upfront and he looks set to score much more with his back-end participation. Deadline is reporting that Neeson is set to bank in the region of $25 million by the time Taken 2 finishes its cinematic run. The action sequel has now grossed over $150 million globally, and it looks set to out-gross the original film at the international box office, although it remains to be seen if it will top the $145 million that it grossed in the US. The success of Taken has seen Neeson become an unlikely action hero, starring in the likes of The A-Team, Unknown and The Grey. He also has the Joel Silver produced actioner, Non-Stop in production. You could say that he has Taken the money and ran. In recent years movie star salaries have taken a hit (pun intended), with few stars getting the massive $20-25 million salaries that the likes of Toms Cruise and Hanks, Mel Gibson an Harrison Ford used to command upfront. The back-end deal is now key, [...]