For the upcoming Amazon Prime production of Jack Carr’s The Terminal List, actor Chris Pratt was paid $1.4 million per episode. Pratt’s most recent feature was Chris McKay’s The Tomorrow War, which he directed for Amazon Prime, and he has a number of projects in the works that will keep him busy well into 2023.
The Terminal List is one of those projects, and it stars James Reece, a former Navy SEAL who is drawn into a new conflict after his teammates are ambushed during a secret mission. Jai Courtney, Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu, Riley Keough, and Jeanne Tripplehorn feature in the series, which is set to premiere in 2022.
Pratt in Hollywood
Since his debut appearance in Parks and Recreation, Pratt has risen through the ranks of Hollywood, landing the blockbuster role of Star-Lord in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Since then, Pratt has continued to prove his worth in Hollywood, appearing in largely big-budget series such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and 2, as well as Avengers: Infinity War/Avengers: Endgame and the Jurassic World trilogy.
His most recent film, The Tomorrow War, has been given the green light for a sequel, and with The Terminal List on the way, the actor continues his ascent up the ranks.
On A Top Tier Salary
According to a new claim from Variety, Pratt’s celebrity has helped him land a top-tier salary for his role on The Terminal List, with each episode paying $1.4 million. That’s no small achievement, and it represents a big rise over current TV/streaming salaries.
Henry Cavill, on the other hand, earns $400,000 per episode for his work on Netflix’s The Witcher. Pratt reportedly got $1.5 million for his work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the last two Avengers films, making the multi-episode season of The Terminal List a very lucrative deal for him.
It’s no wonder that salaries are rising as TV and streaming take up more room in Hollywood. The back-end negotiations for talent are just not the same as they would be for a feature film unless the production is led by a prominent producer.
Actors like Dwayne Johnson are receiving a large upfront pay to compensate for declining box office and day-and-date releases in the era of Covid-19. It’s now a game of capturing A-list talent, like Pratt for The Terminal List, and keeping them highly compensated to assure the industry’s continued expansion, which shows no signs of slowing down.