Gerard Butler Sues $10M In Lost Profits From Olympus Has Fallen… A Day After Scarlett Johansson Takes On Disney For More Than $50M Black Widow Payroll Due To Streaming Release
- Butler’s lawsuit is more about Hollywood accounting than lost profits from theater closures during Covid, since the film was released in 2013
- However, it comes just a day after Scarlett Johannsson’s bombshell lawsuit against Disney for lost revenue during the pandemic.
- Butler claims receipts failed to mention $8 million had gone to his own executives
- The film grossed $170 million worldwide, spawning two equally successful sequels: London Has Fallen and Angel Has Fallen
Gerard Butler is suing a film company for lost acquaintance, a day after it was revealed that Scarlett Johannsson was taking legal action against Disney for missing out on a reported $50 million for Black Widow.
Variety reports that On Friday, Butler filed a lawsuit against Nu Image/Millennium Films alleging that he owes at least $10 million for the 2013 action film Olympus Has Fallen, which he should have received as backend compensation.
He claims that the receipts did not mention that $8 million had gone to his own executives.
While Butler’s lawsuit is more about Hollywood accounting than lost profits from the pandemic, its timing will no doubt matter to other A-List stars and agents.
Case: Gerard Butler Sues $10M In Lost Profits From Olympus Has Fallen… A Day After Scarlett Johansson Takes Disney From $50M Black Widow Payroll Over Streaming Release
Butler’s film grossed $170 million worldwide, resulting in two equally successful sequels London Has Fallen and Angel Has Fallen.
Looking for the receipts: The film grossed $170 million worldwide
The lawsuit alleges that producers “have made tens of millions of dollars from Olympus, but refuse to pay Butler a penny of the gross profit and profit promised to him in the parties’ agreement.”
Add: “Butler refuses to tolerate defendants’ misrepresentations and other wrongful conduct. Butler teamed up with defendants to create a highly successful film franchise. He demands his share.’
According to the report, the actor’s contract meant that he would receive 10% of the film’s net profit, in addition to 6% of the domestic gross of more than $70 million, and then a further 12% of the foreign adjusted gross receipts of the film. over $35 million.
It comes just a day after Johansson’s bombshell lawsuit against Disney, which has sparked a war between the star and the conglomerate.
Tensions between Disney and Johansson, 36, escalated Friday when the actress’s talent agent said the company released her $20 million salary figures for the last two Marvel films in “an effort to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman.”
It was a stunning revelation in Disney’s press release responding to the $50 million Black Widow star’s lawsuit, which called Marvel’s parent company “sad and disturbing” and insisted it has “no merit.”
“Disney’s direct attack on her character and everything else they suggested is below the company that many of us in the creative community have successfully partnered with for decades,” Bryan Lourd, co-chair of the Creative Artists Agency, said in a statement. a statement.
Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney, claiming the film’s simultaneous release because a streamer violated her contract
Johansson filed her lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, alleging she has lost more than $50 million as a result of the film being released on the Disney+ streaming service at the same time as its theatrical debut, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The actress claimed she was guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release for Black Widow and that most of her salary was based on box office performance.
Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson as the cat-suit super spy, was available online to Disney+ subscribers for an additional fee of $29.99.
“This lawsuit was filed as a result of Disney’s decision to knowingly violate Scarlett’s contract,” Lourd said.
“They have very deliberately moved the revenue stream and profits to the Disney+ side of the business, leaving artistic and financial partners out of their new equation. That’s it, pure and simple.’
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