Official: Dwayne Johnson No Longer Hollywood’s Highest-Paid Actor

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Dwayne Johnson looking to the right

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A record held by Dwayne Johnson for more than a decade has officially come to an end as he was surpassed as Hollywood’s highest-paid actor.

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his wrestling moniker “The Rock,” has become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, seamlessly transitioning from his successful wrestling career to becoming a formidable presence on the silver screen. Born into a family with wrestling lineage, Johnson made his mark in the WWE before venturing into acting. His charisma and undeniable screen presence quickly caught the attention of filmmakers, leading to his breakout role in the action-packed franchise The Mummy Returns (2001). Johnson’s portrayal of the Scorpion King not only captivated audiences but also paved the way for his future success in Hollywood.

Dwayne Johnson as Mathayus of Akkad in 'The Scorpion King'
Credit: Universal Pictures

Since then, Dwayne Johnson has solidified his status as a leading man in various blockbuster hits, showcasing his versatility across genres. His roles in the Fast & Furious franchise, particularly as Luke Hobbs, have been instrumental in the series’ continued success. Johnson’s larger-than-life persona and action-hero prowess have also been on display in films like San Andreas (2015), Rampage (2018), and Black Adam (2022), where he effortlessly carries the weight of epic disaster scenarios. Beyond action films, Johnson has demonstrated his comedic chops in movies such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and its sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) alongside Kevin Hart, proving his ability to entertain audiences across all age groups and preferences.

Though Dwayne Johnson has established himself as an icon in Hollywood, that doesn’t mean that his record-breaking achievements will stand forever. As a matter of fact, a new report indicates that a record he has held for more than two decades is officially over.

Dwayne Johnson in Rampage
Credit: Warner Bros.

Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor has made his mark on the big screen following his standout performance in Road House. McGregor, renowned for his prowess in the Octagon, transitioned to Hollywood with his debut in Amazon Prime Video’s modern take on the beloved 1980s action film, originally led by Patrick Swayze. Since the release of the movie, the Irish athlete has boldly asserted that he surpassed Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s record-breaking $5.5 million paycheck, establishing himself as the highest-paid first-time actor in history.

Road House opened as Amazon Prime’s biggest streaming debut of all time. The company says that more than 50 million people watched the film in its debut, according to reports from The Hollywood Reporter.

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in 'Jungle Cruise'
Credit: Disney

Though Conor McGregor and the film broke Dwayne Johnson’s longstanding record, that doesn’t mean he is slowing down anytime soon.

Dwayne Johnson is currently in the midst of WrestleMania season. He is slated for a major match with tag partner Roman Reigns against Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins on Saturday night. There are also rumors that The Rock could turn on Roman Reigns on Night 2 of WrestleMania to set up a major feud between “The Great One” and “The Tribal Chief.” Of course, Johnson is a third-generation wrestler, following the likes of his grandfather, Peter Mavia, and his father, Rocky Johnson. This is his first full-length match since wrestling John Cena back in 2013.

Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) executing the Rock Bottom on John Cena
Credit: WWE

Outside of wrestling, The Rock just officially unveiled the UFL, which is now officially playing through its first season. In addition, he is set to reprise his role as Maui in Moana 2 and will also play the character in a live-action version of the film.

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