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Leonardo DiCaprio in InceptionWhat a clever young man. According to Forbes, Leonardo DiCaprio looks set to make around $50 million for his role in Christopher Nolan's Inception - which is two and a half times his usual fee - purely because he decided to take an initial pay cut in order to receive 'first dollar gross points'.

For the industry unsavvy, that means DiCaprio will start to receive a percentage of the ticket sales after the movie has recouped its initial production costs - only the biggest movie stars can negotiate these kind of deals and it's helped DiCaprio's career greatly as it shows he's a credible star who can sell a film.

The 35-year-old actor will also help himself to a slice of the DVD revenues, although his percentage would possibly be less as studios hold on tightly to the home box office takings.

Read more about DiCaprio's bumper paycheck after the jump... Leonardo DiCaprio in InceptionWhat a clever young man. According to Forbes, Leonardo DiCaprio looks set to make around $50 million for his role in Christopher Nolan's Inception - which is two and a half times his usual fee - purely because he decided to take an initial pay cut in order to receive 'first dollar gross points'.

For the industry unsavvy, that means DiCaprio will start to receive a percentage of the ticket sales after the movie has recouped its initial production costs - only the biggest movie stars can negotiate these kind of deals and it's helped DiCaprio's career greatly as it shows he's a credible star who can sell a film.

The 35-year-old actor will also help himself to a slice of the DVD revenues, although his percentage would possibly be less as studios hold on tightly to the home box office takings.

Costing $160 million to make, Inception has currently taken $620 million around the world, a figure which is expected to reach over $750 million before the theatrical run ends. Not bad for a film that has been hailed as a 'wildly ingenious chess game' and praised for making audiences actually think (a rare commodity in cinema these days, I'm sure you'll agree).

Although Inception is the second-highest grossing science fiction film ever (after Avatar, obviously), it still has a struggle to beat Nolan's previous film, The Dark knight. That particular superhero caper has taken over a whopping $1 billion since its release in 2008.