Matt Damon’s Net Worth and Movie Roles That Made Him The Most Money?

According to official figures from the U.S. Box Office, Matt Damon is currently ranked 19th on the bankability list of Hollywood stars in leading roles. The list is drawn based on all the movies a star has had leading roles in, in the entire course of their respective careers so far. This speaks to the actor’s superlative career success since he came into the industry some three decades ago. As a result of this, his fans want to know precisely what Matt Damon’s net worth is, which happens to be our concern here. We are also going to see the roles that have contributed more to his bank balances at the moment.

What is Matt Damon’s Net Worth and How Did He Earn It?

The latest reports estimate Matt Damon’s net worth at $160 million. Obviously, this much has accrued to him mainly via his jobs as an actor, producer, and screenwriter. After he began his earliest attempts at acting in his high school theater, he became a professional in 1988 with a minor role in the American coming-of-age film Mystic Pizza. His breakthrough came nine years after that debut role when he starred as ‘Rudy Baylor’ in the 1997 legal drama film Rainmaker.

Later that year, Matt would be experiencing what has widely been described as an overnight success and the real turning point in his career when he starred in the drama film Good Will Hunting which he co-wrote with his good friend Ben Affleck. Not only did Good Will Hunting become a major Box Office hit (grossing over $225 million during its theatrical run from a budget of only $10 million), it also earned Matt major recognitions including an Oscar and a Golden Globe award.

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After that initial brush with stupendous success, Matt was greatly encouraged to make further forays into the movie industry. He has since taken over 70 film roles and 15 TV roles including several cameo appearances and voice roles. With his production outfit named Live Planet (and one other production firm which he co-founded with Ben Affleck), the star has also been the producer/executive producer for at least 15 projects in both film and TV. All these have made their considerable contribution to Matt Damon’s net worth.

What Roles Have Made Matt the Most Money in His Career?

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Matt Damon on the set of ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’: Image source

After co-writing and starring in Good Will Hunting, the spotlight he received from the project caused many producers to come knocking on Matt Damon’s door. As a result, in 1998, he filled the eponymous role of ‘Private James Francis Ryan’ in the epic war film Saving Private Ryan.

The following year 1999, Matt received another eponymous role of ‘Tom Ripley’ in the psychological thriller film The Talented Mr. Ripley. He starred as a con artist ‘Linus Caldwell’ in the Ocean’s series, forming the ensemble cast with George Clooney and Brad Pitt between 2001 and 2007. He filled the titular role of ‘Jason Bourne’ in the Bourne franchise between 2002 and 2016. In 2010, he starred in the Revisionist Western film True Grit. Three years later (2013), Matt portrayed Scott Thorson in the biopic Behind The Candelabra before he was an astronaut stranded on Mars in the 2015 science fiction film The Martian.

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Matt Damon has had more executive producer roles in TV projects in recent years. Then, most of his screen roles in films have been on a cameo basis. According to overwhelming reports, the projects that have made the star the most money is the Bourne film franchise. In 2016, it was reported that Matt got paid a whopping $25 million for uttering 25 lines in Jason Bourne which he also co-produced. The report sparked the speculation that Matt was getting paid $1 million for every line he utters in the franchise.

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However, earlier reports showed that Matt Damon received $26 million for his role in The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007 but he uttered far more than 26 lines in the film. He was also reported to have received $25 million for his role in The Martian in 2015.

These pay packs represent a considerable appreciation of his earlier ones. For instance, he received $600,000 only for his role in Good Will Hunting in 1997 and $5 million in The Talented Mr. Ripley two years later. Currently, not only is Matt Damon said to be making far more money as a producer, he is reported to be receiving a percentage of the profit from each project.

Chinedu Nweke
A graduate of Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, Italy, Chinedu Desmond Nweke is a computer teacher, writer and a humanist.


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