Robert Downey Jr. Confirms $50 Million 'Avengers' Payday

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"I'm what's known as a 'strategic cost,'" the actor said of the figure, which THR reported a year ago.

Robert Downey Jr. has confirmed he earned in the $50 million range for last year's box office behemoth The Avengers.

In May 2012, The Hollywood Reporter stated that Downey stood to make $50 million from The Avengers once box-office bonuses and backend compensation were factored in for the film, which stands as third highest grossing of all time worldwide.

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GQ asked Downey about THR's $50 million number, with the publication reporting Downey smiled broadly and answered "yeah" when asked if that was about right.

"Isn't that crazy?" he said. "They're so pissed. I can't believe it. I'm what's known as a 'strategic cost.'"

Iron Man 3, Downey’s latest outing as Tony Stark for Marvel Studios, is pacing to make a $150 million debut at the domestic box office this weekend. Oversees, where the film was released internationally last week, it has grossed $345.4 million through Thursday.

Box office observers say Iron Man 3's worldwide haul could top $600 million by Sunday.