When you hear the name Macaulay Culkin, your mind probably jumps to the image of the cute little kid from Home Alone and Home Alone 2. And even though the movie series is a classic nowadays, they were such huge hits back in the day that Culkin’s salary rose to epic proportions in just 4 years.
Born in New York in 1980, Culkin was the just 10 years old when he landed the role of Kevin McCallister in the Christmas-themed comedy Home Alone. The producers paid Culkin $100,000 for his iconic performance as the crafty kid who outsmarted a gang of thieves. By the 1992 sequel, Culkin’s salary was $4.5 million. In the early 1990s the movie star gained worldwide success. He starred in My Girl, Getting Even With Dad and The Good Son before landing the title role in Richie Rich in 1994. According to official reports, Culkin’s role as the richest kid in the world earned him $8 million.
In 2012 Culkin was ranked at number 2 in VH1’s list of 100 greatest child stars.