Now that “Deadpool” is a certified hit and the highest grossing X-Men film of all time, details about what the film’s success means for those involved with the film’s production. As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like star Ryan Reynolds, director Tim Miller and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick all have a few more paychecks headed their way.
Sources indicate that Reynolds earned $2 million for the film and is reportedly the only actor eligible for box-office bonuses and backend compensation. He could end up making more than — possibly way more than — $10 million for “Deadpool.” Considering how massive a success the film is, sources say that his agents at WME are prepping a big renegotiation for the “Deadpool” sequel that could up his pay even more for future films.
Similarly, it’s reported that director Tim Miller could end up with several million dollars following the film’s success; sources say Miller, who made his directorial debut with “Deadpool,” was paid $250,000 for the film. His pay could get doubled for “Deadpool 2” if he comes back — and Miller doesn’t have a contact in place for sequels like Reynolds and the writers. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are expected to receive “goodwill” bonuses.
So far, “Deadpool” has earned $236.8 million domestically and $493 million worldwide. The film broke the box office records for February opening weekend, winter opening weekend and opening weekend for an R-rated movie. “Deadpool” is in theaters and making money right now.