Robert Downey (Iron Man) got one fantastic sendoff at Avengers: Endgame, and it fitted to the Avenger that began it all back at the first Iron Man who started the MCU. Also got quite a sendoff at the method of a big-time pay for Endgame, and that was along with the 20 million dollar salary. As among the veterans of this MCU, Downey has an additional way to generate money from the film thanks to some contingent compensation, which allows him a percentage of the movie’s profits. Endgame has so far earned $2,773,357,309 billion at the box office so that you can imagine even a small percentage turns out to be quite a lot (through Forbes).
That’s the case with Robert Downey cut of the back-end profits is approximately 8%, and when you do the math, that means Downey has generated an additional $55 million from this deal as a result of the absurd profits Endgame has pulled in, and it is not even out of theatres yet.
That makes his whole draw out of the movie around $75 million, and that is only for Endgame, as Robert Downey also had a similar deal set up for Avengers: Infinity War. Not a bad payday in any way.
“Celebrities such as Robert Downey and Johansson currently have intense leverage to demand huge compensation packages from studios spending hundreds of millions of dollars in making tent-pole films, like The Avengers collection,” says entertainment attorney David Chidekel of Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae.
You might think that strategy would be a bit cost-prohibitive for Marvel, but it is instead the contrary. While Downey made $75 million on his very own, the movie nevertheless made $36.90 for each dollar he was paid of that, and that is only magnified for the newer members of this MCU such as Paul Rudd, who managed to make 100 dollars for every dollar he was compensated.
“A studio incentive to give contingent reimbursement to several actors, authors, directors, and other important stuff is straightforward. Movie studios rely upon tent-pole movies to support their fiscal performance,” states Chidekel.
We are going to have to wait whether it could attain it before it leaves theaters, but the later it gets, the more unlikely it looks.
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