“In recent weeks Believe It or Not, a film to star Jim Carrey and estimated to cost around £120m, was shut down by Paramount and another Carrey film, Used Guys, was rejected by Fox when the budget passed £90m. As the budget of its long-planned American Gangster crept over the £80m mark, Universal shelled out £15m to Denzel Washington to meet its "pay-or-play" contract - meaning the actor gets paid regardless - rather than go ahead with making the film.”
Tom Cruise made $100m from War of the Worlds, as if he wasn't already rich enough. To give you an idea of just how stupid that really is, here are some numbers.
War of the Worlds
Tom Cruise: $100m
I've not seen either Saw movies, but it seems a lot of people did. They were zero risk and cost 19 times less to make than Tom Cruise did to play a role almost anyone could have. In other news, Pirates 2 world-wide grosses have surpassed it's budget, but it's still about $94m in debt. The biggest opening ever doesn't appear to me to be much of a money maker for Buena Vista. Might it have something to do with the film having double the cost of the first movie? Perhaps. There's also word of mouth going around that it's just not as good as the first. It'll be interesting to see just how far down it goes. More importantly, one of the most expensive films ever, Superman Returns, is turning into a black eye for Warner Brothers. The 17-day haul is $191m on costs of $260m, making it $164m in debt.
“With 3.3 mil on Friday, Warner's Superman Returns was tied with Fox's The Devil Wears Prada. Again, my sources look dead-on: they told me previously that Superman will not make $200 million.”
Superman would need to make $520m to break even. Sources - Deadline Hollywood, Independent.