Famke Janssen – $20 Million
She is well known for her portrayal as Jean Grey (Phoenix) in the X-Men franchise. She played the character again in "X2" in 2003 and "X-Men: The Last Stand" in 2006. Janssen went on to play Lenore "Lenny" Mills in the "Taken" trilogy after her performance in X-Men, and she also appeared in the television shows "Nip/Tuck" and "How to Get Away with Murder."
Michael Fassbender – $30 Million
Fassbender takes over the role of Magneto in the X-Men franchise from Ian McKellen in 2001. According to Wealthy Genius, Fassbender's performance in "X-Men: First Class" revitalized the franchise and helped propel the film series to its current status as a blockbuster. In addition to "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "X-Men: Apocalypse," and "X-Men: Dark Phoenix," he appeared in three more X-Men films.
Jessica Chastain – $50 Million
Though her first appearance in the franchise as Vuk and Margaret Smith – a woman Vuk impersonates in 2019's "X-Men: Dark Phoenix," which debuted as the franchise's second lowest-grossing film, it just goes to show that the X-Men franchise's popularity can still draw in A-list actors and actresses today. From 2011's "The Help" to 2020's "Ava," Chastain has proven her versatility in a range of roles. Over the years, the actress has earned more than 80 prizes for her work, including a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture for "Zero Dark Thirty."
Patrick Stewart – $70 Million
Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X) is played by the "Star Trek" actor opposite Ian McKellen, who plays his adversary Erik Lehnsherr a.k.a. Magneto. According to MSN, the duo has appeared in at least four more films in the genre (seven for Stewart) and went on to star in "Two Plays in Rep" together. Stewart has had a lot of long-term responsibilities in his career. He intended to stay in "Star Trek" for little more than a year when he signed on for the part of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in 1987. More than 30 years have passed since that year.
Halle Berry $90 million
Berry played Storm in the first X-Men film and went on to participate in four more films in the franchise, according to The Things. She reconnected with co-star Hugh Jackman in 2001's "Swordfish," and later won an Academy Award for "Monster's Ball." She was the first African-American actress to win Best Actress at the Academy Awards. Berry acquired a Revlon endorsement deal in 1996, which is claimed to pay her $10 million each year, despite her apparent slowdown in recent years.
Ryan Reynolds $150 million
Reynolds may not be immediately associated with the X-Men, although he did portray Weapon X in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and then took the lead in "Deadpool" in 2016. Reynolds is also one of the rare actors who have been in both Marvel and DC films (2011's "Green Lantern"). With the largest opening weekend of 2016, "Deadpool" broke movie office records. In 2017, "Deadpool 2" was released, while "Deadpool 3" is in the works.
Jennifer Lawrence $160 million
In 2011's "X-Men: First Class," Lawrence took over as shape-shifter Mystique from Rebecca Romjin. Her most well-known portrayal to date was as Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" trilogy, for which she received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in "Silver Linings Playbook." Lawrence continued to star in the X-Men franchise throughout her career, including the 2019 film "Dark Phoenix."
Hugh Jackman $180 million
We've seen him in romantic comedies ("Kate & Leopold") and gritty action films ("Swordfish"), but "X-Men" is what made him a star, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The film was a box office hit, and Jackman won a Saturn Award for Best Actor for his performance. From 2000 through 2017, Jackman reprised his role as Wolverine, setting a Guinness World Record for "Longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero."
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