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Movie Film Budgets Exposed!

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I always think it’s cool whenever you can go “behind the scenes” of anything and today I discovered that The Smoking Gun managed to snag the internal budgets of a bunch of big blockbuster movies. Well, in typical TSG fashion, they’re going to share all the documents with us along with some insightful and humorous commentary. The films they have opted to show first are the four directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village, and Unbreakable) and distributed by Disney Touchstone Studios and the stuff these film companies pay for is pretty cush.

The salaries, which are well known anyway, are staggering. Mel Gibson scored a $25M payday (doc) of the almost $71M budget for Signs (yeah, that’s over 35% of the budget). Bruce Willis earned $14M for The Sixth Sense, $20M for Unbreakable, and a $1.5M perk package that “includes set staples like a costumer and makeup artist, the actor also gets a personal assistant, masseuse, mobile gym, trainer, bodyguard, and other ‘personal perks,’ including a $500,000 allowance for private jet charters.” Not bad.

Enjoy the casual Friday treat!

via TSG: Hollywood by the Numbers.

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5 Responses to “Movie Film Budgets Exposed!”

  1. Flexo says:

    Not bad at all. Those stars drive most of a film’s profits by getting people interested in the movie. For their high fee, they’re expected to “do the rounds” on the late night talk shows, The Daily Show, etc. Fame is fleeting for most, though.

  2. LAMoneyGuy says:

    On a similar note, Forbes.com just released the list of highest paid Actors and Actresses for last year. I broke it down on my blog.

  3. k. says:

    Wow. From a writer/filmmaker perspective, these numbers are always horrifying at first glance. But Flexo is right. They do put in a lot of hours off the set. The interesting thing would be for someone to do an analysis to see how the money breaks down, percentage wise, between indies and big-budget films. Does Patricia Clarkson make the same % of “Pieces of April” as Bruce Willis makes of “The Sixth Sense”?

  4. Tim says:

    Those are pretty generous perks! But I still think the Enron executives have him beat hands down.

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