Out of all the major box-office hits that Smith made in his career, it was actually one of his biggest flops that reportedly made him the most money.
“Men In Black 3” ultimately lined Smith’s pockets with $100 million in performance-based pay — more than any actor has made on a single movie ever, according to Business Insider. The leading man had a deal in place that allowed him to earn a percentage of the film’s total worldwide gross, which wound up being $624 million despite a dismal showing at the U.S. box office, as noted by The Hollywood Reporter.
Smith is lucky he didn’t agree to take a percentage of just the domestic earnings from “Men In Black 3.” The movie didn’t even come that close to matching its $215 million budget (via The Numbers), making only $179 million in the U.S, which was considerably lower than the studio expected to rake in. Luckily for Smith, the film turned out to be a hit overseas. His next highest payday is set to come later this year with the release of “King Richard.” Per Variety, Smith was reportedly paid $40 million to play the role of Richard Williams, father to tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams. Smith’s contract is said to include a back-end buyout since the film is slated to hit theaters and HBO Max at the same exact time.