Robert Downey Jr. may be getting $50 million for 'The Avengers'
It's good to know that while The Juice* was skipping trips to the grocery store to pay an $80 air-conditioning repair bill, Robert Downey Jr. was preparing to rake in a whopping $50 million for starring in The Avengers. His costars probably like the sound of that, too, because they didn't make half that. Combined.
The Hollywood Reporter says Downey negotiated a back-end deal with Marvel to get bonuses for box-office performance, equal to about 5 to 7 percent, according to some sources (other sources deny it, but that wouldn't make for a jaw-dropping payday story now, would it?). Downey made the deal for future movies when Iron Man pulled in $585 million in 2008. Hmm ... what's the rest of the Brat Pack doing these days, we wonder.
His costars, meanwhile, weren't so smart. Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner settle for small upfront fees, THR says, so they stand to make $2 to $3 million on the flick. Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson are rumored to be making about twice that. Either way, Downey can buy and sell all of them. He could make his own sequel, in which Iron Man fires all the other Avengers and retires in Bora Bora.