When a movie costs $7.5 million to make and takes in $180 million around the world, it seems logical to think that the people who created the film would have become very rich.
With â€œCrash,â€ this yearâ€™s Oscar winner for best picture and last yearâ€™s sleeper hit at the box office, that has not been the case.
The movieâ€™s co-writer and director, Paul Haggis, has so far made less than $300,000 on the film, a pittance by Hollywood standards. The eight principal actors in â€œCrash,â€ including Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon and Don Cheadle, have been expecting large checks for months, after deferring their usual fees in exchange for a percentage of the filmâ€™s profits. Recently, their representatives say, they each received checks for $19,000.
The wheels of Hollywoodâ€™s money machine always turn too slowly for profit participants, players who agree to take a slice of a filmâ€™s revenues in lieu of large salaries up front.
But the pace of payments on â€œCrashâ€ has especially disappointed those who deferred and reduced their salaries in 2004 to get the movie made.