Due out in theaters Oct. 2, “The Martian” movie is directed by sci-fi master Ridley Scott and features an all-star cast led by Matt Damon. Based on the best-selling science fiction novel “The Martian,” the film features Matt Damon as a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars and forced to survive the brutal day-to-day realities of life alone on the Red Planet without adequate supplies or resources.
Big-budget, lost-in-space thrillers have brought in big money in recent years. 2013’s “Gravity” grossed $716 million on a budget of $100 million, and “Interstellar,” released in 2014, earned $644 million on a $165 million budget. “The Martian” is expected to gross more than any other fall movie this year, with experts predicting the movie will pull in $172 million overall, with roughly $46 million coming in on opening weekend alone.
Here is a look at the cast of “The Martian” and how their finances stand to fare with the anticipated success of the movie.
Matt Damon Net Worth: $90 Million
A-list superstar Matt Damon’s net worth is estimated at $90 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. His movies have grossed more than $5.5 billion worldwide and earn an average of more than $73.5 million at the box office. In “The Martian” movie, he plays astronaut Mark Watney, based on the character from the best-selling 2011 Andy Weir novel of the same name.
Matt Damon is a Massachusetts native that hit instant Hollywood gold in 1997, when he co-wrote and co-starred in “Good Will Hunting” alongside childhood friend and lifelong collaborator Ben Affleck. Not long after, he received critical and commercial acclaim for roles in movies like “Saving Private Ryan,” “Chasing Amy,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Bourne Identity” franchise. The actor has roles in two upcoming films, “The Great Wall” and an as-of-now untitled “Bourne” sequel.
Kate Mara Net Worth: $10 Million
Kate Mara’s net worth is estimated at $10 million, thanks to roles in movies like “127 Hours” and acclaimed shows like “American Horror Story.” She was offered a role in “The Martian” following her Emmy-nominated run on Netflix’s “House of Cards.” She also has roles in two other films due out this year: “Moonbeam City” and “Captive.” The actress will also be returning as Sue Storm in “Fantastic Four 2,” which is due out in 2017.
Jessica Chastain Net Worth: $12 Million
Her role in “The Martian” as Melissa Lewis — a geologist and Navy veteran who leads the Ares 3 mission — will certainly boost Jessica Chastain’s net worth, which is believed to be $12 million. Best known for her Golden Globe-winning performance in “Zero Dark Thirty,” Jessica Chastain has had an impressive career.
The actress’ movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. On average, her films gross nearly $60 million each. Chastain is set to appear in two upcoming works in 2016, “The Huntsman” and “The Zookeepers’ Wife.”
Kristen Wiig Net Worth: $16 Million
Thanks largely to worldwide box office earnings of nearly $3.2 billion, Kristen Wiig has a net worth of $16 million. She has found success in movies like “Bridesmaids” and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” In “The Martian,” she plays Annie Montrose, NASA’s director of media relations. She has three movies coming out in 2016: “Zoolander 2,” “Sausage Party” and Ghostbusters.”
Sean Bean Net Worth: $20 Million
Sean Bean’s net worth of $20 million can be traced back to his impressive acting career, which includes more than 100 acting credits. Some of his biggest roles were in “The Lord of the Rings” franchise and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” His movies have grossed more than $3.7 billion worldwide. In his upcoming 2016 film, “The Young Messiah,” Sean Bean will play Severus.
Donald Glover Net Worth: $4.5 Million
Donald Glover’s $4.5 million net worth is the result of the actor’s multiple talents. He is a successful comedian, writer and musician. He was a writer for “30 Rock” when the show won two Emmys, and he performed stand-up comedy at the 2010 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, as well as on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” He is currently filming “Atlanta.”
Jeff Daniels Net Worth: $45 Million
Jeff Daniels’ career spans more than 35 years, starting with a role on “Hawaii Five-O” in 1980. Jeff Daniels’ net worth is estimated to be $45 million, partly because of his range and versatility, with roles in comedies like “Dumb & Dumber” and thrillers like “Speed.” In “The Martian,” Jeff Daniels plays Teddy Sanders, a NASA administrator.
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