In the wake of ‘Black Widow’ star Scarlett Johansson being accused by Disney of defrauding her out of profits, action star Gerard Butler has filed his own lawsuit against Nu Image and Millennium Media. Filed just a day after Johansson’s, Butler’s lawsuit flew under the radar, but was no less explosive in its allegations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Butler and his attorneys claimed the studio hid profits and underreported money earned on its 2013 action vehicle, “Olympus Has Fallen.”
The blockbuster, directed by Antoine Fuqua (“The Magnificent Seven”), has grossed $172 million worldwide, according to industry tracking site The Numbers. It spawned a trilogy of films starring Butler, with the third film, “Angel Has Fallen,” landing in 2019. The 2013 original, according to Butler, actually made $17.5 million more than that. that the studio had reported to him, as he found out after a listener. had examined the books. He even found $8 million in undeclared bonuses paid to studio executives, and nearly a decade later was claiming $10 million in compensation.
“The producers have earned tens of millions of dollars from ‘Olympus,’ but are refusing to pay Butler a dime of the proceeds and profits promised to him in the parties’ agreement,” the lawsuit said. “Butler has worked with defendants to create a very successful film franchise. He is demanding his fair share.”