Hollywood Bloated Salaries Meet Fixed Streaming Dollars – Red Notice

Don’t get me started on how financially bankrupt it is paying any three movie stars $60+ million for a single movie. This isn’t a sexist thing, I don’t care if it’s man, woman, animal, alien, whatever.

If you can guarantee somehow your film will make over $1 billion at the box office .. maybe in some ultra rare moment this might make sense. If you’re trying to set a Guinness Book record for the most spent on actor salaries? Again, maybe.

But if you want your streaming film to make money, it’s crazy.

Dwayne Johnson might be the #1 bankable male film star, but how does he make more $$ for a streaming platform movie than they are already making from monthly subscriber revenue?

Definitely a cool move that Dwayne Johnson fought to get Gal Gadot the same salary as Ryan Reynolds, which is north of $20 million. Meanwhile, Johnson is bringing home “a little more” cheddar, whatever that means.

Suddenly Gal Gadot is suddenly making tens of millions being an actress in high profile, bloated budget films, with possibly none of them earning back what they cost. Good for her getting the money, but will this make her tainted actor goods if/when her “star power” becomes challenged as part of the reasons the films didn’t make money. I guess she takes the money and runs? Her accountant better tell her to save and not spend too freely.

In fact, insider Daniel Richtman is now claiming that Johnson fought for Gadot to get the same pay packet as the two male leads, which seems like exactly the sort of thing that somebody with his reputation would do. It was already reported that Reynolds and Gadot would pick up about $20 million each for their troubles, while The Rock would score a little bit extra seeing as he’s also producing through his Seven Bucks banner, but either way, the trio of megastars are walking away from Red Notice with their bank balances positively bulging.

Dwayne Johnson Reportedly Fought For Gal Gadot To Get Equal Pay On New Netflix Movie

Some readers might think I’ve got a problem with what people get paid. I don’t. Pay these actors whatever they can negotiate, more power to them and their agents. The problem is these paydays are limited and put too much pressure on a film to make upwards of a billion dollars to be profitable. There have been less than 50 movies in the entire history of cinema that have made that kind of money.

Instead, pay the actors points on financial performance. No single movie in today’s production landscape should be paying $60+ million in actor salaries. I mean, there are other people starring in the movie, so how much are they getting paid? My goodness, this one might be over $100 million in salaries, unless everybody else on the staff is getting minimum paydays.

What makes all of this worse is Red Notice is a Netflix movie. Is it going to have any other revenue for Netflix besides paid subscriber revenue? Are there licensing product dollars they can recoup somehow? This just sounds like a terrible financial move by Netflix, a company that continues to spend more than they make. That’s not a recipe for long term business survival.

Am I excited to see Red Notice? Sure. Do I care if it makes money? Yes. I mean, this is how Netflix justifies another monthly subscription increase. Look at big budget movies we’re brining on, we need more monthly revenue from you, dear subscriber (see: Will Netflix Price Itself Out Of The Streaming Market?). That’s you and I adding bricks to these actors extra mansions.

Will give it to Netflix that they are currently #1 in the streaming game, but things change in business. When and if theaters reopen, Netflix is not focused on theaters regaining any momentum, but I’d argue they will. In the meantime, however, they can keep spending money that they don’t have and guess who will be paying for this reckless corporate spending?

Look closely in the mirror, fellow Netflix subscribers.

When Wrestler Turned Actor Dave Bautista Bashes Other Wrestler Turned Actors Talent

My Spy ⭐️⭐️½

Am not a huge fan of Dwayne The Rock Johnson, but he’s become the most bankable wrestler turned actor ever. John Cena has been trying to scratch his way into some decent movies. Hulk Hogan never made a splash, and then there’s Dave Bautista rolling around somewhere in the middle.

Bautista gave an interview and made sure to reference what he though of these other wrestler turned actors.

In fact, in a recent interview, he was asked for his opinions on former in-ring adversaries Johnson and Cena, and he wasn’t shy about letting it be known that he doesn’t rate either of them partcularly highly.

Dave Bautista Blasts Dwayne Johnson, Says He’s Not A Good Actor

In support of Bautista, his last movie we enjoyed more than Cena’s (Playing with Fire) and Johnson (Jumanji: The Next Level) but overall, we’ve been most entertained by Johnson’s films to date.

It’s true that none of these guys are amazing actors, but Johnson at least seems to have more charisma to go along with his big, tough guy frame. Haven’t seen that much range from the other two. It’s interesting to see the competition and trash talk has carried over from wrestling, however. Maybe we need a movie with all three co-starring and see who steals the scenes?

Sonic The Hedgehog Sequel Rumored To Run With Dwayne Johnson as Knuckles + Aspirations to Best Warcraft?

Sonic The Hedgehog ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Rock as the Sonic’s fiery red compadre Knuckles in a rumored sequel? Maybe.

How Knuckles would factor into Sonic the Hedgehog 2 isn’t entirely clear just yet, but having a mega star like Dwayne Johnson bring him to life would no doubt give the sequel a huge boost at the box office and just the very fact that The Rock is interested certainly bodes well for the franchise’s future.

Dwayne Johnson Reportedly In Talks To Play Knuckles In Sonic The Hedgehog 2

If The Rock plays Knuckles — and yes, it’s just rumors (the sequel and Knuckles), so no guarantees — who will play Tails? You can’t have Knuckle and Sonic without Tails, can you?

While Tails was a young, male fox, something tells (scares!) me Hollywood will want to rebrand him as a female and make him Sonic’s girlfriend instead of best buddy. They could also make him gay, since that seems to be all the rage these days in movies. I probably shouldn’t speculate and give anybody ideas, but you can’t have Knuckles appear without Tails because Tails was the second character to appear in the videogame.

Sonic is still #1 at the box office in week #2, with CGI Buck from The Call of the Wild not quite able to keep up with the frenzied pace:

While Sonic had the best start for a video game movie, it still has a lot of work to do to catch up with other video game adaptations. Warcraft is the highest grossing video game movie of all time globally, with more than $439 million at the box office, while Pokemon: Detective Pikachu trails just below with $433 million.

Following Its Record-Breaking Start, The Sonic Movie Has Crossed A New Box Office Milestone

If any videogame character movie has the legs to best Warcraft (I haven’t seen), Sonic could be the one, but it’s only about halfway there.

Remember Jumanji: The Next Level ⭐️½? Wasn’t our cup of quarters, but others are still loving it, 11 weeks later.

Jumanji: The Next Level still on 2,126 screens last weekend is over $300 million domestically

It’s still chugging out there and will pass the $800 million mark, especially if they keep it on thousands of screens. After 11 weeks, talk about legs!

It’s early speculation, but we shouldn’t count out Sonic for becoming the #1 videogame movie of all time.