According to official figures from the US box office, Matt Damon is currently ranked 19th on the Bankability List of Hollywood stars in leading roles. The list is compiled on the basis of all the films in which a star has starred in leading roles in the course of his career to date. This speaks for the outstanding career success of the actor since he entered the industry about three decades ago. That’s why his fans want to know exactly what Matt Damon is worth, which happens to be our concern. We will also see the roles that have contributed more to his bank balance at the moment.
What is Matt Damon’s Net Worth and How Did He Earn It?
The latest reports put Matt Damon’s net worth at $160 million. Obviously, this amount has mainly come to him through his work as an actor, producer, and screenwriter. After starting his earliest acting attempts at his high school theater, he became a professional in 1988 with a supporting role in the American coming-of-age movie Mystic Pizza. His breakthrough came nine years after this debut role when he starred as “Rudy Baylor” in the legal drama “Rainmaker” in 1997.
Later that year, Matt experienced what was generally described as an overnight success and the real turning point in his career when he starred in the drama Good Will Hunting, which he wrote with his good friend Ben Affleck. Not only did Good Will Hunting become a huge box office hit (with gross receipts of over $225 million during his theatrical run on a budget of only $10 million), it also brought Matt major accolades, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
After this initial success, Matt was strongly encouraged to take further trips into the film industry. Since then, he has taken on over 70 films and 15 television roles, including several cameo appearances and voiceover roles. With his production company called Live Planet (and another production company he founded with Ben Affleck), the star has also been producer/managing director for at least 15 projects in film and television. All of these projects have made a significant contribution to Matt Damon’s net worth.
What Roles Have Made Matt the Most Money in His Career?
After co-writing and starring in Good Will Hunting, the spotlight he got from the project made many producers knock at Matt Damon’s door. In 1998, he cast the eponymous role of “Private James Francis Ryan” in the epic war movie Saving Private Ryan.
The following year, 1999, Matt was cast in another role of the same name as “Tom Ripley” in the psychological thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley. He played the role of the con man “Linus Caldwell” in the series “The Ocean” and formed the cast with George Clooney and Brad Pitt between 2001 and 2007. Between 2002 and 2016 he took on the title role of “Jason Bourne” in the Bourne franchise. In 2010 he played the lead role in the revisionist western True Grit. Three years later (2013), Matt portrayed Scott Thorson in the biography Behind The Candelabra before he strands on Mars as an astronaut in the science fiction film The Martian of 2015.
Matt Damon has had more executive producer roles in TV projects in recent years. Most of his roles in movies were then on a cameo basis. According to overwhelming reports, the projects that have earned the star the most money are the Bourne film franchise. In 2016 it was reported that Matt received a whopping $25 million for 25 lines in Jason Bourne, which he also co-produced. The report sparked speculation that Matt would be paid $1 million for each line he spends in the franchise.
Earlier reports, however, showed that Matt Damon received $26 million in 2007 for his role in The Bourne Ultimatum, but he spoke for more than 26 lines in the film. He is also said to have received $25 million for his role in The Martian in 2015.
These salary packages are a considerable tribute to his earlier work. For example, he received $600,000 for his role in Good Will Hunting alone in 1997 and $5 million in The Talented Mr. Ripley two years later. At present, Matt Damon is not only expected to earn much more money as a producer but also to receive a percentage of the profits from each project.