James Cameron is incredibly sexy, will get a $350 million payday from ‘Avatar’

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Jesus. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Avatar director James Cameron is set to make a $350 million (MILLION) payday off of the $2.7 billion success of the film. Can you believe that? Apparently, Cameron has some kind of sweetheart deal with the studio where he gets a percentage of the theatrical gross, plus an even bigger cut of the DVD sales. Considering Avatar did make $2.7 billion, Cameron’s payday is about 13% of the total gross. And how much did it cost to make and promote Avatar? A lot. Like $500 million or more. But that’s still more than a billion dollars of pure profit for the studio. So everybody wins!

I’m told this will be the biggest financial haul ever for a movie director from a single pic because James Cameron had a significant gross percentage of the Twentieth Century Fox megahit as helmer, writer, and producer. Though Hollywood pay experts tell me that the $350M all-in figure is largely attributable to his directing deal structured as “first dollar” gross or more likely “at cash break” gross. It’s certainly bigger than either he or the studio — or anyone — thought he’d make from Avatar which, after its December 2009 release date, has grossed a best-ever $2.7 billion worldwide at the box office.

“But Cameron is making $350 million because the DVD did beyond expectation,” an insider tells me. Indeed, its 2D DVD and Blu-Ray worldwide sales smashed records in all categories. And still to come is the release of its 3D DVD in November. Meanwhile, yesterday, Twentieth Century Fox and Cameron announced that a “Special Edition” Avatar will be released in theaters August 27th as a limited engagement and exclusively in Digital 3D and IMAX 3D. This version will include more than 8 minutes of new footage. “With Cameron making $350 million, can you imagine what Fox and Dune Entertainment and Ingenious Media are making?” one of my insiders wondered, referring to the three companies that together bankrolled Avatar. And let’s not forget there’ll be an Avatar sequel… and maybe a threequel as part of what Cameron has been calling a “trilogy-scaled arc of story”. And the production costs on the subsequent films should be far less because they’ve honed the 3D filmmaking technology process.

Forbes magazine about a week ago placed Cameron only #2 on its Celebrity 100 money ranking this year of the richest and most powerful actors, actresses, musicians and other well known showbiz figures. In fact, based on my insiders, Cameron should have been #1 because his $350M far exceeds the $315M which the magazine said top-ranked Oprah Winfrey earned. Forbes underestimated the director’s pay at only $210M.

My sources tell me that Cameron’s $350M take from Avatar also eclipses his reported $97M haul from the previous #1 biggest movie worldwide, Titanic. But that figure will go higher, too. Earlier this year, Cameron revealed that Titanic will be re-released in 3D in April 2012, in order to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the actual ship. In total, Cameron’s directorial efforts have grossed approximately $5.75 billion worldwide.

It’s now the stuff of Hollywood legend that Cameron wrote the script for Avatar back in the mid-1990s when he and Stan Winston co-founded Digital Domain. He took the screenplay to their special effects lab only to be told it was just not possible to make the film with the current technology. So he sat on the project for more than a decade. To make Avatar, Cameron created the Fusion Camera System technology for photo-realistic computer-generated characters through motion capture animation. So the director has an ever brighter financial future because he now can sell that technology to 3D filmmakers all over the world. And he’ll get top dollar for it, to be sure.

[From Deadline]

You know what I was thinking about? How attractive James Cameron is right at this moment. He’s just lovely and sexy and not at all reminiscent of a middle-aged lesbian with bad hair. I wonder if his wife Suzy Amis is as turned on right now as I am? Do you think she decided to splurge and eat a cookie? If I was married to a man who just made $350 million, I would eat a cookie. A cookie made of diamonds and James Cameron’s wang.

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Ooh, look at my lover. Tell me you don’t want to lick him.

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James & Suzy on April 22 & 25, 2010. James on March 10, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. denise says:

    If I was married to a man who just made $350 million, I would a cookie. A cookie made of diamonds and James Cameron’s wang.

    LO effen L!!!!!!
    :)

  2. Lesley says:

    No one is sexier than this man. Oh wait…sorry…I meant to say everyone is sexier than this man. Sorry.

  3. guesty says:

    ew.

  4. masonwasp says:

    I just don’t get it. Or his movies.

  5. lisa says:

    I just threw up a bit in my mouth..

    later.. I need to go and brush my teeth.

  6. denise says:

    I was’nt to impressed with the Avatar movie. I mean it was okay, but not spectacular, the story lacked.

  7. JaisyMaisy says:

    Sarcasm? Hopefully?

  8. grazi says:

    i really dont get the Avatar thing. I slept while attempting to watch it, as I was too excited. I dont mean it is bad, just that is not that extraordinary as it is made to appear…
    Maybe I just dislike things that are liked too much, as I also dont get the fuss about Twilight and Lady Gaga, for instance.

  9. pooky says:

    I would generally wh*re myself out to highest bidder at the drop of a hat, but not even $350 million could make James Cameron attractive enough to do the nasty. See also Harvey Weinstein.

    *shudder*

  10. malachais says:

    WOW HAHAHAHA

    I once saw James Cameron in Houston at the NASA Space Center. SEX

  11. OMG says:

    I agree Kaiser, he is lickable at 350M.. For me, even 10M….teehee

  12. ViktoryGin says:

    No, I don’t want to lick him. Sorry.

    But in true goldigger female fashion, money does add an element of sex appeal that he would lack if here were a manager at Wal-Mart. Side eye.

    I will say, however…what a calculating motherf*cker. He knew exactly what he was doing when he cut that deal. Glad it worked out for him.

    Love the part about him looking like a middle-aged lesbian with bad hair. On point, Kaiser.

  13. Eileen Yover says:

    I know Suzy Amis’s brother Dave-they are all from OKC and this guy treats everyone to huge weekends all expenses paid. He’s pretty generous with his money I hear! And holy crap Suzy looks like blonde Maria Shriver! He sucking the life out of her!

  14. simplicity says:

    “Not at all reminiscent of a lesbian with gray hair.” … LMAO

    Didn’t he write the script in two days and sell it as a love story? My god this guy is grandiose when you listen to his interviews.

    Kudo’s to his one award, special effects, and to high sales which will help keep the film industry alive.

  15. Annie says:

    Triple “Ew”.

  16. Linda says:

    I question his treatment of women.

  17. jenna says:

    Holy crap! Can you say prenup? Postnup? Whatever??

  18. buckley says:

    I would love to see him on Playgirl.
    ROOOAR!

  19. Kaboom says:

    Maybe now he can afford to feed his bony thing of a wife.

  20. TaylorB says:

    Kaiser,

    Not to nitpick and I just can not stand the intertube grammar police types however I feel I simply must interject on this one, I suspect you need to update your grammar check software… for example when I type in ‘James Cameron is SEXY’ my grammar check replaces it with the grammatically correct version ‘James Cameron is an ugly, misogynistic, stuck-up, prick and he wears dumba$$ looking sunglasses’.

    Didn’t mean to offend, just trying to help. :-)

  21. LolaBella says:

    James Cameron is incredibly sexy…(in his own mind). ;-)

    I’m happy he cut his hair, got rid of the ‘post eye surgery sunglasses’ and no longer looks like someone’s grandma.

  22. bella Mama says:

    @taylorB – HA!

    yeah, so not sexy in any way, shape or form.

  23. nnn says:

    He is not a beauty but then again most men his age are as ugly or uglier…and with fewer money.

    I beleive many women would accept him if he treats them right. He is not the fugliest in the business.

  24. viper says:

    Great lets pay an aging fart a pay check that a 3d world country could live off of for a year or two. Because the giant smurfs porno is just what hollywood was missing

  25. TaylorB says:

    Eileen Youover,

    You said you know Suzy Amis and her family, are they all so thin? I am not a human MD, but she looks mighty skinny and her pallor is questionable.

  26. TaylorB says:

    #24 wrote “He is not the fugliest in the business.”

    That is true, he isn’t the fugliest, but he sure is giving some of them, like Carrot Top for instance, a run for their money.

  27. viper says:

    Youd think with teh money that he makes he would AT LEAST fix that ridiculous nose of his….and resolve his budda belly issue.

  28. lucy2 says:

    Wow, his wife looks terrible. I hope she’s not ill.
    Holy cow, that’s a boat load of cash. But the guy did make a product that people were willing to shell out over $2 billion for, and he (with a lot of help I’m sure) developed all the technology to do it, so good for him. I still find him unlikable (and unlickable) though.

    Can Fox take some of their profit and throw just a couple mil to an Arrested Development movie? Pretty please?

  29. viper says:

    I’d rather see another Ancorman movie instead.

  30. Eileen Yover says:

    Taylor B:I know Suzy Amis’ her brother Dave-I’ve only met her once when her and Mr. Cameron came down to OKC to pick up Dave for vacation. Dave’s not that thin at all-and she was thin, but not like that pic above!

  31. Megan says:

    No offense but who cares what he looks like… he’s a very talented man. Just because someone doesn’t look like a Ken doll and hasn’t had 100 nose jobs doesn’t mean they aren’t worth anything.

  32. yae says:

    I remember sitting in the theater watching Avatar when the scene where they chant and “plug” into the living tree played.

    I turned to my 15 year old son (who has pulled away as he gets older) and tears were streaming down his face under his 3-glasses. I reached out and held his hand.

    In the car after the movie he stared out the window and quietly said, “The earth is a living being Mom.” Then he reached out for my hand.

    I felt as powerful as that tree in that instant.

    One of the best moments I have ever had with my child.

    Thank you Mr. Cameron

  33. malina says:

    I don’t wanna lick him…

  34. viper says:

    So your son was moved by the idea that nature is alive but not by the fact that people were slaughtering the natives for the insignificant? WOW humanity really is doomed. I’ll wager the Palestinians go extinct in about 7 years.

  35. NancyMan says:

    It would take a gag and a bag for him and a roofie for me before I would do him! Foul!

  36. dj says:

    Yae thank you for sharing your private powerful moment with your son. That brought tears to my eyes. For the record, Cameron can be full of crap but he creates new technology (like George Lucas) to make his films his way (Abyss & Avatar). He loves and supports really strong women. One of his former wives is Kathryn Bigelow who won last year’s Best Director Oscar (first woman EVER to do so) for Hurt Locker, another is Gale Ann Hurd sci-fi film producer, etc.

  37. cprincess says:

    Well I hope Suzy eats something-she looks like a skeleton and its not attractive and she needs to cut that fried hair-on the other hand,kudos to her to for not bothering to have herself pulled and botoxed to within a inch of her life…

  38. Emily says:

    Eww! Kaiser, were you on something when you wrote this? He’s gross!!

  39. LBees says:

    A) Ew. Not sexy. Granduncle-father? Yes. Sean Connery is sexy. this guy is just filthy rich (which seems to tweak some nips ’round here.)

    B) Wasn’t his wife in Titanic? I’d recognize that leather-face anywhere.

  40. Mrs Odie 2 says:

    God, I love money.

  41. original kate says:

    LMAO at his shades…did he pull up in a de lorean, too?

  42. yae says:

    Viper,
    To restore your faith in humanity, my son also made a very moving video about the plight of Palestinian children for Human Geography.

  43. Shoe Lover says:

    to the people saying James Cameron is misogynistic- have you EVER watched one of his movies? They are always full of strong kick arse women who take no cr@p from men e.g. Terminator, Terminator 2, Aliens etc. Or in the case of Titanic- a woman who was repressed by her mother and environment and finally mustered the courage to fight for the man she loved and live her life how SHE wanted. Nothing I have seen in his movies fits the definition of misogynistic which is “hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women”

  44. Denver says:

    yae: Don’t bother with viper — she’s a nasty little pig whose woefully ignorant and inarticulate posts are generally ignored around here (for obvious reasons).

    By the way, your story was very touching. My boys are still very young, so we’ve yet to venture into the “pulling away” stage. But when we inevitably get there, I hope we can experience moments like the one you described to ensure we don’t drift too far apart.

  45. memi says:

    James Cameron is a CANADIAN fellow who used to drive a truck and has never really left his blue-collar sensibilities far behind. He went to Alberta, Canada, recently and justifiab ly gave them h*ll for their oil tar sands that pollute the north AMerican environment!

    Titanic may have been (like Avatar) a masterpiece, but yes he was extremely misogynistic and horribly sexist in his TRUE LIES Arnold S. film where his mean streak and hatred against women was obvious (at the time he had divorced his wife Hurt Locker best director).

    His meanspirited, hateful sexist treatment of his ‘wife’ in hte movie was deemed “cruel” by dozens of reviewers. Since then, maybe he grew up his humanist side and reformed, eh?