“Jennifer Lawrence made $20M last year? Aww, bless her heart.”
Since Marvel can’t leave any action figure or fast food marketing tie in money out of the collection plate, Avengers: Infinity War will be split into two movies. The focus group inspired titles are Avengers: Infinity War Part One and Avengers: Infinity War Part One, because they don’t want to confuse their target demographic. The budget for these two films is rumored to be $1 billion. mostly because Robert Downey, Jr. is in the cast.
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.
Goddamn, son. What makes this even more insane is that most of Robert Downey, Jr.’s “screen time” is a CGI suit. For $200M they could make a CGI Robert Downey, Jr. or have Ben Carson go back in time and stop the Holocaust with an army of Popeye’s cashiers.