After months of negotiation, Warner Bros and the returning cast from last summer’s The Hangover have finalized their contracts for the sequel. The actors were going back in forth regarding the amount of money they would receive after the first movie made them breakout stars (especially Zach Galifianakis). Over at Deadline, they gave a blow by blow of who’ll get paid what and why. Check it out…
According to Mike Fleming, Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms will be paid somewhere in the area of 5 million dollars against 4% of the first dollar gross. This is great news considering they were paid less than 1 million COLLECTIVELY the first time around and didn’t receive any amount of the gross, which came back to bite them in the ass. The Hangover went on to earn over $467 million worldwide against its 35 million dollar budget.
Director and producer Todd Phillips will also notice a nice increase in his paycheck when he returns to work on the sequel. He’s expected to be paid 10 million dollars against 10% of the film’s gross. The negotiation process this time was a lot harder due the growth in the cast’s popularity. This time they really did have the upper hand, which is probably one of the reasons why the studio cut them all a 1 million dollar bonus check before talks even began.
Everything we saw in the first film will be amped up because the director and producers will have a bigger budget. The price of the three actors plus the director will set The WB back 25 million dollars just for those 4 talents in comparison to the previous film’s entire production cost. Does more money mean a better script or a better film? I think we all know from past experiences that that’s not always the case.
It’s great that main players will be back but I’m still worried about how and if they’ll be able to top the original.
What do you think about The Hangover stars’ salary increase? Do you think they should have asked for more?