M. Night Shyamalan Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

M. Night Shyamalan Net Worth 

M. Night Shyamalan has an estimated net worth of $80 million. M. Night Shyamalan is a filmmaker and screenwriter known for focusing on supernatural plots. His films include ‘The Sixth Sense,’ ‘Unbreakable,’ ‘Signs’ and ‘Split.’ He earns most of his income from his movies. 

M. Night Shyamalan was born in India in 1970 and later moved to the United States, where he became a filmmaker and screenwriter known for his focus on supernatural plots. He had already written, directed, and starred in his first full-length feature, Praying With Anger, by the time he graduated from New York University in 1993.

Shyamalan made a name for himself with the release of The Sixth Sense in 1999, which received six Academy Award nominations. Following films such as Unbreakable (2000) and Signs (2002) did well at the box office, though later efforts such as Lady in the Water (2006) and After Earth (2013) were widely panned. The director made a successful comeback with Split (2016), a sequel to Unbreakable, and rode the momentum to finish the trilogy with Glass (2019). Shyamalan’s Old (2021), one of the first films to be released in theaters since the coronavirus pandemic began, divided critics and audiences.

To calculate the net worth of M. Night Shyamalan, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: M. Night Shyamalan
Net Worth: $80 Million
Monthly Salary: $700 Thousand
Annual Income: $10 Million
Source of Wealth: Screenwriter, Film Producer, Film director, Actor, Voice Actor, Businessperson

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Early Life

M. Night Shyamalan, the renowned director, screenwriter, and occasional actor, was born on August 6, 1970, in Mahé, Pondicherry, India. Shyamalan has spent much of his career enthralling and perplexing audiences with his strange films.

When Shyamalan was a child, his family relocated to the United States, settling in the Philadelphia suburbs. He aspired to be a filmmaker as the son of two physicians; he was given a camera at the age of 10 and had completed 45 short films by the age of 15.

Shyamalan, who was raised Hindu, went to a Catholic private school and the Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia before majoring in film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Early Films

Shyamalan graduated from New York University in 1993. By then, he’d already written, directed, and starred in his first full-length feature, Praying With Anger, a semi-autobiographical story about an Indian-American returning to India for college. The low-budget independent feature, shot on location, received little attention from critics or audiences.

Shyamalan sold a second screenplay, Labor of Love, to Fox in 1993; the project never got off the ground, reportedly due to the studio’s unwillingness to put Shyamalan in the director’s chair.

In 1995, Miramax, an up-and-coming independent film studio, purchased Shyamalan’s screenplay Wide Awake for a reported $250,000, with the condition that he direct and the film be shot in Philadelphia. The film, which tells the story of a young boy’s search for God after his grandfather dies, received positive reviews but did not draw a large audience.

Shyamalan agreed to rewrite the screenplay for Stuart Little, a popular family film released in 1999 that starred Michael J. Fox as the titular animated mouse. It was released during the holiday season of 1999.

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Breakout: ‘The Sixth Sense’

The supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan’s third directorial effort, became a critically acclaimed smash hit, grossing more than $600 million worldwide by early 2000. The film received six Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture and two for Shyamalan himself, for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. It starred Bruce Willis as a child psychologist and 11-year-old Haley Joel Osment as a disturbed boy visited by ghosts.

‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Signs’

Shyamalan reportedly received $5 million (a record sum for a spec script) for his next film, Unbreakable, which is also a supernatural thriller. Unbreakable, which starred Willis and Samuel L. Jackson and was released in November 2000, was one of the year’s most anticipated films.

Unbreakable performed well at the box office, but not as well as Shyamalan’s subsequent film. The film Signs (2002), starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, grossed over $400 million worldwide. The film is about a family’s encounter with unearthly forces on their farm.

‘The Village’ and ‘Lady in the Water’

Shyamalan began to struggle as a filmmaker after the commercial success of Signs. In The Village, residents found themselves at odds with the creatures that lived in the woods that surrounded their community (2004). The film received mixed reviews despite a strong cast that included Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, and William Hurt. It also fell short of his previous box office success.

In 2006, another underwhelming film was released. Lady in the Water, Shyamalan’s bedtime story, was widely panned by critics. He played one of the film’s roles, for which he received the dubious honor of receiving a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor. Shyamalan stated in an interview with Time magazine that Lady in the Water “That was the only film I’d made that lost money for the studio… That film bothered me. I never had the opportunity to present it to the audience because I didn’t know how to sell it.”

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‘The Happening,’ ‘Airbender’ and ‘After Earth’

In The Happening, Shyamalan departed from fairy tales to confront real-life terror (2008). This environmental thriller starred Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel as a couple attempting to flee a natural disaster. The film flopped after grossing more than $30 million in its opening weekend.

With The Last Airbender, based on a popular animated children’s television series, Shyamalan made his bid for a fantasy film franchise in 2010. Unfortunately, this epic did not find many supporters. Roger Ebert called the film “an agonizing experience,” and a Variety writer called it “instantly forgettable.”

Shyamalan then turned his attention to science fiction, collaborating on After Earth with the real-life father-son team of Will Smith and Jaden Smith (2013). Critics piled on the criticism, questioning whether Shyamalan had a legitimate future in the industry.

‘Split’ and ‘Glass’

With Split in 2016, Shyamalan finally had a much-needed hit. The film, which starred James McAvoy as a disturbed man with two dozen distinct personalities, revealed itself at the end to be a sequel to Unbreakable.

The director later reunited McAvoy, Willis, and Jackson for Glass (2019), the trilogy’s conclusion.


Shyamalan tackled the supernatural once more in 2021’s Old. The film stars Gael Garca Bernal, Alex Wolff, and Shyamalan in a small role and is set on a remote resort island where a group of travelers drawn to an inescapable cove find their bodies begin to age at an accelerated rate. The film did well at the box office, but it once again divided critics and audiences.

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Personal Life

Shyamalan currently resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, Bhavna, and their three children.

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