Gerard Butler filed a lawsuit on Friday in opposition to manufacturing firm Nu Image/Millennium Films, charging that he’s owed a minimum of $10 million in backend compensation for the 2013 movie “Olympus Has Fallen.”
Butler’s go well with comes on the heels of one other excessive profile authorized battle between a star and a producer over compensation. On Thursday, Scarlett Johannson filed go well with in opposition to Disney, citing the simultaneous launch of “Black Widow’ on Disney+ and in theaters. The breach of contract lawsuit charged that Disney “intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.”
Butler’s representatives, in addition to Nu Image/Millennium Films, didn’t instantly reply to a request from TheWrap for remark.
In Butler’s lawsuit, obtained by Variety, Butler claims the producer Nu Age/Millennium Films had underestimated the home and overseas receipts for the hit motion movie by “tens of millions of dollars” and had additionally didn’t report $eight million that was paid to the manufacturing firm’s personal executives.
The go well with reportedly reads: “Producers have earned tens of millions of dollars from ‘Olympus,’ but refuse to pay Butler a penny of the grosses and profits promised to him in the parties’ agreement…Butler refuses to tolerate Defendants’ misrepresentations and other wrongful conduct. Butler worked with Defendants to create a highly successful movie franchise. He demands his fair share.”
“Olympus Has Fallen” was a shock field workplace hit in 2013 with a $30 million weekend opening, about $10 million above trade and analysts’ projections.
“Olympus” topped the $25 million debut that Bruce Willis managed with “Good Day to Die Hard” in February of that 12 months. And its opening was greater than the bows of Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head,” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” and Jason Statham’s “Parker” mixed, based on Box Office Mojo.
To date the movie has grossed $170 million on the field workplace. It was adopted by two sequels, “London Has Fallen” and “Angel Has Fallen,” which additionally starred Butler as U.S. Secret Service agent Mike Banning.
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