Nicolas Cage has filled many roles in the Hollywood ecosystem during his decades in the film industry: a go-to action star, an indie darling, and a cautionary tale. After becoming one of the highest-paid talents in the industry, Cage found himself in deep trouble with the IRS, as he allegedly owed the US government at least $14 million in unpaid taxes. This revelation, which was followed by a lawsuit against his former business manager, led him to accept other acting jobs as he began to sell his valuable assets in large quantities to pay off his debts.
Cage continues to work at a fast pace and in 2022 he has at least four movies coming out. This series of films begins with The unbearable weight of massive talent, which focuses on a fictionalized version of himself. The film, which he also produced, has an 89% rating on rotten tomatoes after its release on April 22.
Read on to find out how much Cage earned for some of his biggest roles, how he spent some of his millions throughout his career, and where his estimated net worth is today.
3 ways Nicolas Cage makes his money
Cage has been acting in movies and filling theater seats since the early 1980s. a time when such a large salary was much rarer than it is today. Throughout his career, he is said to have earned hundreds of millions of dollars, with multiple paydays reaching eight figures.
Here’s a look at how much Cage is estimated to have earned from certain titles in his filmography (according to The richest, NetWorthBroand Celebrity Net Worth).
- Leaving Las Vegas: $240,000
- The rock: $4 million
- Front/Off: $6 million
- Snake-eyes: $16 million
- Bring out the dead: $10 million
- Gone in sixty seconds: $20 million
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin: $7 million
- Adaptation: $2 million
- Windtalkers: $20 million
- national treasure: $20 million
- The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans: $2 million
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: $12 million
- Justice: $12 million
- driving angry: $6 million
- Intrusion: $7 million
- seeking justice: $12 million
- Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: $7.5 million
- The Croods: $1 million
Cage has only dabbled in television, including a 2007 foray into the show’s production The Dresden Files and a place to stay on the 2021 docu-series History of swear words.
Cage has endorsed a small number of products and brands compared to fellow movie stars. the Honeymoon in Vegas star has appeared in commercials and advertisements for BAIC Motors, Montblanc watches and the Japanese game Pachinko. For the latter, Cage might have been paid between $1 million and $3 million.
3. Real estate and auctions
Once Cage’s finances became a problem, he began selling off some of his most prized possessions and many of his properties, which numbered more than a dozen and included mansions, townhouses and castles in cities around the world. Here’s just a sampling of some of the most high-profile sales and purchases the actor has made over the past two decades.
- $35 million: After an intruder broke into Cage’s California home in Newport Harbor in 2007, he decided to put it up for sale. He paid $25 million for it in 2005, and in 2008 it sold for $35 million.
- $10.5 million: In 2010, Cage’s Bel Air mansion sold for $10.5 million at auction. He had bought the house in 1998 for $6.5 million. Although that means he made an estimated profit of $4 million, he was originally asking for $35 million.
- $9.86 million: Cage bought a house in Malibu for $3.3 million in 1997, then turned around and sold it for $9.86 million.
- $7 million: Cage sold Midford Castle, one of his European castles, in 2009 for around $7 million after paying $10 million a few years earlier.
- $7 million: Cage has owned and sold a number of properties in the UK, including a townhouse in Bath. He bought the property for around $7.6 million and sold it at a loss years later for around $7 million.
- $6.2 million: In Rhode Island, Cage bought Gray Craig’s mansion in 2007 for $15.7 million. Four years later, it sold for $6.2 million, meaning it lost quite a bit in the transaction.
- $4.95 million: In 2010, Cage’s Las Vegas home sold for just under $5 million. He lost money on this sale, as he bought it in 2006 for $8.5 million.
- $2.5 million: Cage bought more than one castle during his spending spree, including one in Germany called Schloss Neidstein. He paid $2.3 million for the estate, which included 395 acres, and sold it two years later for $2.5 million. By then he had started the renovations, but had not completed them.
- $2.3 million: Cage owned two properties in New Orleans, including the LaLaurie Mansion, often considered one of the most haunted places in the United States. He bought the house for $3.4 million and the bank that gave him the loan for the house bought it back at auction in 2009 for $2.3 million.
- $2.2 million: At the same time Cage was forced to unload the LaLaurie mansion, he had to sell another house in New Orleans. The same bank bought both houses, paying $2.2 million for the second. It’s unclear what Cage initially paid for the property, but at the time of the auction it was valued at $3.3 million.
- $2.161 million: In 2011, Cage sold his copy of Action Comics #1, which marked Superman’s first appearance. He had purchased the collectible in 1997 for $150,000. At the time, it set a record for the highest price paid at auction for a comic book.
- Cage has also reportedly put homes up for sale in Malibu and Los Feliz (a neighborhood in Los Angeles), although the outcome of those efforts is unclear. It has never been made public what happened to his private island in the Caribbean.
How Nicolas Cage spent his fortune
Before he found himself in trouble with the IRS, Cage spent years spending his fortune on luxury items and collectibles. Here is a sampling of some of the most expensive and unique products he bought with his millions.
- Bones: Cage won a $300,000 dinosaur skull at auction, beating Leonardo DiCaprio. Later he had to return the bones, as it was discovered that they had been stolen. He had also possessed the skull of a prehistoric bear, but he broke it while playing billiards.
- Cars: At one point, Cage reportedly owned 50 cars, including a $450,000 Lamborghini that was custom-made for the Shah of Iran, a 1955 Jaguar D-Type, nine Rolls Royces and one of the only Ferrari Enzos. never made, which cost $1. million.
- Boats and planes: Cage may have owned as many as four different yachts, including one that offered 12 bedrooms and was worth $20 million. He also bought a private jet which cost him up to $30 million.
- Other Random Items: Cage also reportedly paid $150,000 for a pet octopus, shrunken pygmy human heads, and even a pyramid he wants to be buried in.
What is Nicolas Cage’s net worth?
Currently, Cage’s net worth is estimated at $25 million. That’s down from over $100 million, which he was pegged to earlier in his career. Celebrity Net Worth estimates that he has earned $200 million in movie salaries alone throughout his career.