The New Reality of Film Deals


Just a few years ago, stars like Tom Cruise could command historic paydays for major films -- but as Cruise's deal for "Mission: Impossible 4" makes clear, times have changed. Back to Article


Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

movie stars need to save their money and invest in real-estate for supplemental income.

Feb 16 - 10:44 AM

High School With Money


"In exchange for forgoing a cut of ticket sales, the studios grant a bigger share of the potential profits"

Joait... joat? So instead of Cruise getting just box office royalties, he forgoes 5M upfront just so he ALSO gets a cut from home video and pay per view and a whole slew of venues (I wouldn't doubt digital distribution being one of those perks). Good thing they're cutting back the new budget by only 30M. Wow. Way to add up that screwy math, Paramount.

Also, how does earning 620M for a 180M flick barely breaking even? Even after the theatrical cut (which is less than half, despite what everyone keeps blurbing about)? What kind of magic beancounting is this?

Feb 16 - 11:44 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Bunch of greedy sons-of-bitches!!!!!!! No ones never satisfied!!!

Feb 16 - 12:07 PM


Ben Wellick

High School With Money i couldnt agree with u did they not turn some sort of profit on MI3.....unless marketing and distribution of the film cost 300 million or more than avatar did.........

the numbers just dont add up

Feb 16 - 04:50 PM

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