February 28th, 2014
07:10 AM ET

Sandra Bullock: The 'Gravity' That Keeps on Giving

Sandra Bullock doesn't need to win the best actress Oscar to call her work on "Gravity" a success.

First, several critics have already praised her portrayal of an astronaut who terrifyingly gets stuck in space after an accident.

Two, the movie has been very well-received at the box office – and Bullock will reportedly get a cut of that pay.

According to theĀ Hollywood Reporter, the 49-year-old actress has a deal in place where she'd get $20 million upfront, and then 15 percent of what studio Warner Bros. gets from box office returns after that advance is covered.

Usually, a studio will negotiate a 40-50 percent take of the profits with the movie theater airing the project. After Warner Bros. collects its revenue, Bullock would get 15 percent of that haul after the upfront fee has been met.

THR estimates that Warner Bros. is looking at taking roughly 45 percent of its worldwide box office, which has already reached $700 million and could soon cross $750 million. If Bullock were to take a piece of that, she'd be looking at a $50 million-plus paycheck, including her upfront fee. And that's before counting revenue from home entertainment.

All told, THR believes the Oscar nominee is looking at a $70 million windfall from "Gravity's" profits – a figure that is out of this world.

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  1. Tom Hartman

    Wow 70 mill for merely giving a competent performance. Schoolteacher changes lives and makes 30,000.

    What a world.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  2. Joanna Stelling

    Sorry, but this is an obscene amount of money to be making for anyone but I suppose it's the American Way. I only wish Ms. Bullock was a better actress; she seems canned, presented, over made-up and managed to death. I wish we had the female equivalent of someone with the talent of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He directed, he acted in theatre, he did Shakespeare, he wrote, he was part of an artistic community.Ms. Bullock seems more a part of a business community. I doubt that Ms. Bullock ever even heard of half the plays Mr. Hoffman diid, and she's never set foot on a stage except to accept an award. Yet, the public puts her in the same category as him by nominating her for best actress. The Oscars need help.

    March 1, 2014 at 1:49 am | Reply
    • RS

      Miss Bullock's mother was an opera singer. Sandra was frequently part of the cast when she was a young girl. If you've ever heard her speak, you would realize she's much better educated than the majority of US citizens.

      March 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  3. Tennessee3501

    Wow! Congratulations Sandra. You can be sure that as soon as President Obama hears about this, he will be sending the IRS to audit you. Just think! With a fiscally conservative president and a fiscally conservative congress, all you have to do is keep making movies. The revenues from your income taxes will be sufficient to pay off the national debt in no time!

    February 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Reply

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