There’s a new rumor from Bleeding Cool about the budget for Avengers: Infinity War Part One and Avengers: Infinity War Part Two, including a claim about Robert Downey, Jr.’s paycheck for these two movies. We already know of the famously profitable deal Downey worked out with Marvel during Iron Man. He earned $80 million (not including additional backend pay) from Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, and he was rumored to have made $75 million off Iron Man 3.
Reportedly, the combined budget for both Avengers: Infinity War movies is $1 billion dollars, of which $400 million goes to the screenwriter, director, producers and principal actors. Of the portion of that $400 million which goes to the actors, Robert Downey, Jr. will allegedly receive half of it, or something under $200 million.
If $1 billion seems like a far-fetched budget for two blockbuster movies, keep in mind that this estimate includes the huge marketing costs and isn’t subtracting anything for tax incentives or corporate sponsorships, which can shave a sizable percentage off a movie’s budget. Case in point, Man of Steel knocked well over $170 million off its budget with ad tie-ins and free advertising spots.
And if almost $200 million seems like a far-fetched paycheck for getting Robert Downey, Jr. into two movies, then I guess you’ll just have to deal with it.
Worth every penny.
(Via Bleeding Cool)