On Friday, July 30, Gerard Butler filed a lawsuit alleging that the makers of his 2013 action film Olympus Has Fallen owed him at least $10 million in backend compensation.
The action film became hugely popular among fans of the genre and catapulted the actor to international fame. Through his lawsuit, the 51-year-old star sued Nu Image/Millennium Films, claiming that the producer understated domestic and foreign receipts of the movie by tens of millions. This has made many fans really curious about the actor’s net worth.
Gerard Butler’s net worth revealed
- The Scottish actor is worth approximately $40 million.
Gerard started his career in law but changed lanes shortly after. His movie career, as his net worth suggests, has made him a wealthy man.
He is best known for his roles in films like Reign of Fire with Christian Bale (2002) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life alongside Angelina Jolie (2003). However, it was his role in 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen that brought the actor international fame.
He reprised his role as Mike Banning, a Secret Service agent in the film’s two sequels, London Has Fallen and Angel Has Fallen. He is set to star in the upcoming film Night Has Fallen from the same franchise as well.
Gerard famously portrayed King Leonidas in Zack Snyder’s film 300. The actor also voiced the role of Stoick the Vast in the How To Train Your Dragon franchise between 2010 and 2019.
Actor sues ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ makers for $10 million
Gerard’s lawsuit comes a day after Scarlett Johansson filed a compensation lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co.
Butler’s lawsuit alleges that the makers of Olympus Has Fallen earned tens of millions of dollars from the film, but refused to pay him a penny of the grosses despite the agreement between all parties. The actor also accused the makers of misrepresenting the film’s net profits. It further states: “Butler worked with Defendants to create a highly successful movie franchise. He demands his fair share.”
Gerard claimed that the makers had understated the film’s domestic gross by $17.5 million, as well as kept another $8 million for their executives.
The contract reportedly entitled him to 10% of net profits, in addition to 6% of domestic adjusted gross receipts above $70 million. The agreement also entitled the actor a 12% share of foreign adjusted gross receipts above $35 million.
Budget and net profits of the movie explored
Olympus Has Fallen was made with a $70 million production budget, but went on to gross $170 million in the box office. In America and Canada alone, the film grossed up to $98.9 million, while an additional $71.3 million profit came from its worldwide release.
However, these numbers would be subject to change if the actor wins his lawsuit.
Olympus Has Fallen’s cast includes actors like Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd and others.