How Much Will Keanu Earn from The Matrix Sequels?
Wondering what kind of money Keanu Reeves is pulling in from The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions? Estimates are that Reeves will make anywhere from $90 million to near $200 million, with the latter figure probably more accurate, says Variety.
Reeves agreed to reprise his role in back-to-back sequels in 1999. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures paid $30 million against 15% of the gross for both films. Because "Reloaded" made so much when the theatrical split was weighted toward the studio that Reeves has burned through his $30 million advance and is already collecting 15% of the gross. Not bad, eh?
Since the first film grossed nearly twice as much abroad to get to $350 million, estimates are that the first sequel could reach $700 million worldwide. When box office is added to revenues from the videogame, DVD, TV sale and other ancillaries, Reeves' earning potential is massive.
It gets better on "Revolutions," because he earns 15% of everything the moment the film opens!