Here at GFR headquarters, we have a big bank vault full of chocolate coins that we occasionally like to go swimming in, though never in the hot, melty summer. Some might say we could have done something better with our money than buying all that candy, but we aren’t so good with money. We should have gotten some advice from Sandra Bullock, whose rare and hyper-specific contract with Warner Bros. is giving her a mega-gigantic payday for her work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. She’ll be stacking dollar bills all the way to the International Space Station when the rest of her $70 million-plus earnings are all paid and done.
According to THR, the Oscar-winning actress took advantage of her post-The Blind Side fame to hook up a contract that guaranteed her $20 million up front against 15% of Warner’s first-dollar gross. So even though it sounds kind of obvious, let’s drag that out. Once her advance has been matched, she gets 15% of the film’s $700 million grosses, plus the same percentage off of Blu-ray/DVD sales and free TV deals. I’m assuming if Warner decided to release a LEGO tie-in — filled with broken pieces of the Hubble that no longer fit together — she’d be making $5-$7 on those sets too.