Leonardo DiCpario's Inception-al Paycheck
Posted 08.24.10 by Ryan
It's good to know that no one's suffering during this current economic recession. In Hollywood, that is.
In a move that could have been considered a risk, Leonardo DiCaprio took an upfront pay cut to star in this summer's hit thriller, Inception, preferring to be paid in "first dollars gross" instead.
What does that mean? In layman terms, it means that after DiCaprio earns back his advance, he and director Christopher Nolan will split a pot of money that comes directly from the sale of each ticket sold. Forbes reports that DiCaprio stands to make $50 million dollars from Inception's box office alone. That'll buy a few more Lakers tickets.
It's an unusual deal, and one that most Hollywood stars are not afforded, but because Inception was an original idea with no guarantee that it would be a hit, Leonardo gambled. And won.
Inception still scored in the top ten in U.S. weekend box office, and was just recently bumped from the #1 spot in Europe by The Expendables, after spending three weeks at the top.