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How Much Did Sylvester Stallone Get Paid For First Blood?

When it comes to action stars and movie icons, few Hollywood actors have been able to surpass or even match the legacy of Sylvester Stallone over the years. With nearly 100 acting credits under his belt, the 76-year-old New York native has been at the forefront of some of the industry’s biggest and most famous blockbusters, including “Rocky” and the Rambo film franchises, with the latter being sparked by his 1982 hit “First Blood” — which, according to reports, led to one of his biggest paydays of his career at the time.

There was just one problem: Stallone reportedly despised the action flick. “This is a career killer,” Stallone recalled thinking to himself in a 2005 interview with Howard Stern. “This film, when we did it, it was so bad — at least I thought, and even my manager— we both went out, I think we both retched together in the alley.”

According to Stallone, he shouldn’t have been paid a dime for the abysmal final product that he and the other filmmakers involved in the David Morrell adaptation had come up with. “We tried to buy it back and burn the negative,” Stallone claimed. He also added, “Originally it was three hours long. I stayed an hour and a half in the woods chasing guys. And plus, I was pontificating throughout the thing …

I said, ‘Here’s a good idea: Cut out all my dialogue. Every line. And have other people talk about you — which by the way is not a bad way to live in general. Other people fill in the blanks.” Nonetheless, with the movie being cut down and edited to Stallone’s liking before finally being released to widespread acclaim, how much did the legendary actor actually get paid for “First Blood,” when all was said and done?

Stalloine was paid $3.5 million to play Rambo in First Blood
According to the New York Times, Sylvester Stallone got paid $3.5 million to make “First Blood,” which is the equivalent of over $10 million in 2022 (per Bureau of Labor Statistics). However, other media outlets have actually placed the figure at $7 million — or roughly $20 million today (per CheatSheet). It’s ultimately unclear if the larger sum was perhaps what Stallone profited in total after home video and box office sales.

As reported by The New York Times, the actor has agreed to movie contracts in the past that involve him taking a percentage of any money the movie can possibly save by being produced under budget. So, the actual answer is a bit unclear. What is far more clear, then, is just how much Stallone started making after the success of “First Blood” and its massive payday.

By 1988 — if we take the $3.5 million figure as gospel — Stallone’s salary had quadrupled for 1988’s “Rambo III,” with him reportedly earning $16 million for the film (via CheatSheet). He would hover around this figure for a number of other projects, including “Rocky V,” “Judge Dredd,” “Demolition Man,” and “The Expendables.” These days, the action icon is said to be worth around $400 million — with Celebrity Net Worth placing his overall movie gross at around $4 billion in total global revenue.

Stallone’s latest project sees him hitting the small screen for the very first time in Taylor Sheridan’s “Tulsa King” series on Paramount+. It’s not known how much Stallone is getting paid to lead the TV mob drama, but with his star power still at a legendary high, we can guess that it’s somewhere in the eight-figure range.

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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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