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Halle Berry's Stock Is Apparently Back Up Again, Thanks To 'The Call' Box Office...

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 20, 2013 2:20 PM
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Halle Berry

That's what a piece on The Hollywood Reporter's website this morning, titled Will 'The Call's' Big Opening Mean Bigger Paycheck for Halle Berry?, states.

I read the headline, and my immediate reaction was, no. Why would it? My initial reasoning was that, it's just one movie; and, the film's surprise opening weekend success wasn't entirely due to Halle Berry's presence in it. It's a WWE Studios-backed project (as in the film subsidiary of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc), and they did a great a job in terms of reaching out to not only Halle Berry's audience, but also the WWE's own rather large base, who may all not necessarily be big Halle Berry fans. According to THR's report, 48 percent of the overall audience cited Halle Berry as the reason for seeing the film.

But then I actually read the Hollywood Reporter article and learned a few things:

- First, because of The Call's $17.1 million opening, Halle suddenly finds herself in a position to leverage, and is fully in the driver's seat when it comes to what she does next.

- That she will earn the same per-week salary as her former X-Men co-stars, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, in Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

- That she's expected to see a salary bump and higher-profile job opportunities for future projects; like, maybe most interestingly, she was recently courted by director Ivan Reitman to play the female lead role opposite Kevin Costner in a film called Draft Day (which is said to be based on this year's No. 1-ranked Black List script). We didn't know that. It may not have been reported because a deal hasn't been worked out. But they mention it to give you some idea of what she's being considered for, suggesting that she's still in some demand, now in large part because of the opening weekend success of The Call.

- That, despite the fact that she has yet to book a role beyond X-Men: Days of Futures Past, her agents at CAA (who she's been with for a relatively short period of time - since 2010) have been quietly orchestrating a reboot of her career, from booking her in Cloud Atlas, to The Call, and negotiating her return to X-Men, ensuring that she gets paid what the others are.

The Call is expected to fare a lot better overseas than here in the USA, which should only help with her international appeal, and leverage. However, as it's often about what comes next, the fact that she has yet to book any other roles beyond what will be a bit part in X-Men, speaks to a wider industry problem that sees much fewer roles for women over a certain age; a problem that's amplified if you're a woman of color.

She was once attached to star in the drama Tulia, which John Singleton

was to direct. But neither is attached to that project anymore.

Let's see what else CAA's careful orchestration career reboot plans will yield down the road.

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  • Donella | March 21, 2013 1:13 PMReply

    I hope she'll produce another movie again soon.

  • CJG | March 20, 2013 11:02 PMReply

    You wrote: "However, as it's often about what comes next, the fact that she has yet to book any other roles beyond what will be a bit part in X-Men, speaks to a wider industry problem that sees much fewer roles for women over a certain age; a problem that's amplified if you're a woman of color."

    Two things. First, maybe she simply hasn't come across any projects that grab her. And secondly, if a smart agent thinks that a client's present project is going to blow up big, they'll caution the client *not* to lock in a project before they can use the one that's going large to jack up their quote.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | March 20, 2013 10:21 PMReply

    Who's blowing up Halle's phone when Zoe Saldana is available? Same product but newer with more upgrades.

  • roberto | March 20, 2013 10:52 PM

    no thank u. ill take Halle

  • Mekisha Hale | March 20, 2013 7:42 PMReply

    Well it seems that actress Halle Berry's film "The Call" is and hopefully a beginning of climbing back on the saddle again. With so long it's been sort up and down lately,there's still interest in her going up on that hill again and see what's out there for her ability. And since she still has the looks at the age she is,plus making movies with this first true film "The Call" there is a shift in getting good parts. Halle Berry hasn't been out of the business completely she's been in the media on idea's that she's got and talking recently about the X-Men Franchise which I heard correctly "That she would return to the next X-Men movie". Another project is the movie that was mentioned in this article about the movie Draft Day director Ivan Reitman whose wants Halle Berry to the be lead opposite actor Kevin Costner which that project by reading sounds like an interesting combination for a movie project.
    With all that in the future either she'll pick the movie or not it's something different and she's never starred in a movie with actor Kevin Costner which would be a good movie if the script is good. Hollywood is a tricky place at the same time decides what is expected which is the consent climb to get those parts that are way over due when it comes to older actress age,race,and other things that determine what and who will be on top for the moment. But for Halle Berry it shouldn't be only on her merits alone,a lot of times what job is available is what you take not all the time but at times those moral ideas about what movies you won't do and other you would do and what idea I would like if that was possible are issues that ethnic actress es struggle with. I'm sure that Halle Berry as beautiful as she is even she has to have a hard time getting those parts. She's a woman of a certain age and shouldn't have to go out there like a young actress trying to get it sort of speaking. But with being in the situation with movies not making enough or quickly there release there gone. Now with a pep in her step with this sudden hit movie "The Call" hopefully those days of getting in movies now she hopefully with the experience choice the parts that she thinks make more difference and quality movies with some bite to it. Never know she might just found her place in this Hollywood game and has figured out the winning method.

  • JEFTCG | March 20, 2013 3:43 PMReply

    Halle Berry flirted with me once. I guess she kind of dug me, I don't know, really; I was young and foolish back then. We had drinks and sat together at the Ivy and we must have looked pretty close to other people because they kept staring at us, and it never occurred to me to think, "Wow, I'm actually flirting with Halle Berry" until seven years later at a diner off the i-40 outside Elk City, Texas, when some big, blondie waitress at a quick-stop diner asked me around 2am what famous people I "knew out there in Holly-weird". Even though I'd been on the highway all day, I wasn't too beat-down to forget about my one date at the Ivy with a superstar. But I wasn't going to get into it with this too-friendly waitress my reasons why I didn't go for Halle that night. So instead I just grinned real friendly-like at my waitress friend and asked for one more shot for the road and figured if I stared out the window at the truck headlights passing on the highway long enough, she'd leave me alone. And she did.

  • sergio | March 20, 2013 4:56 PM

    And I was going to mention in my interview with her a few weeks ago that she really come on strong to me and slipped me her cell phone number, but I figured people wouldn't believe me

  • JEFTCG | March 20, 2013 4:53 PM

    DAMMIT, Carl, your post is the funniest (so far)! I've been giggling like Cesar Romero's Joker on the old Batman show all day.

    Also, I did go out on a date with Halle.

  • Carl | March 20, 2013 4:47 PM

    That's very interesting. Good for you.

    That reminds me of the time I had lunch with Beyonce and she tried to grab my dick under the table. However, since I'm SAVED and live for JESUS, I told her that her behavior was unacceptable. She apologized and gave me a million dollars. It was a wonderful time. I will never forget it.

    OK, we done bullshitting now?

  • sandra | March 20, 2013 4:29 PM

    @JEFTCG - Is this a brief synopsis of your latest sci-fi fantasy script?

  • CC | March 20, 2013 4:17 PM

    Yeeeeaah... riiiiiiiight, Halle Berry flirted with you and you resisted her overtures *wink*

    One time, on a remote island in the south seas, it was me, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. Slow jams were playing in the background and we were all butt naked. Burning hot oil, skin touching skin, amore was in the air. Then a loud thunderous lightning strike woke me from that dream. There a sat, startled, shakin' with my pud in my hand.

  • sandra | March 20, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    I hope she can build on this momentum. I really thought Halle's career was gone. Hope this isn't one of those hand-from-the-grave jolt shots before the final breath (cheesy horror movie-style LOL). I had written her off a long time ago. I wonder if her team can get their act together and secure strong projects for her. She apparently still has the fight (who knew?) and the looks (can easily pass for a woman 30-35). So if she is able to keep her focus on her work and chill with the off-screen drama she may be able to pick up on the momentum she had post-Oscar. Love to see an underdog get back on track. Now would be a good time for that Shoe Anonymous project. Something light, cute, sexy and commercial! Nice work, Ms. Berry!

  • ALM | March 20, 2013 2:44 PMReply

    Great for her, because a year ago it looked like she was about to retire. Even her detractors must admit that she has paid more than enough dues to warrant the salary bumps. If Julia Roberts has been getting $20 million a picture for years, Halle should be getting at least $12 million.

    The interesting thing is, I was just wondering yesterday what Kerry Washington gets paid for "Scandal". If Charlie Sheen and Kelsey Grammar were getting $2 million plus per episode for sitcoms, I hope that Kerry is getting at least 750k per episode for a drama. The salaries of lead actors with the intersection of gender and race could make for a very good post on this site. You may have done a post on this in the past before I became a regular visitor to the site. :)

  • lilkunta | January 13, 2014 12:01 PM

    @ ALM IT isnt about dues it is about acting ability and putting buts in the seats. Halle eanred $14 for Catwoman which bombed.
    Julia Roberts got $20mill for Erin Brokovich and rightfully so s she did the damn thin in that movie! She got $25mill for 1 movie: Closer. She got $20 mill for The Mexican as well bc it co starred Brad Pitt.
    Erin Brockovich (2000) $20,000,000
    The Mexican (2001) $20,000,000
    America's Sweethearts (2001) $15,000,000
    Ocean's Eleven (2001) $10,000,000
    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) $250,000(scale)
    Mona Lisa Smile (2003) $25,000,000
    Closer (2004) $20,000,000
    Ocean's Twelve (2004) $5,000,000
    Duplicity (2009) $15,000,000
    Valentine's Day (2010) $3,000,000+ 3% of the film's gross
    Eat Pray Love (2010) $10,000, 000

    When both these movies didnt do as well as expected her salary was reduced to 10mill, 12mill.

  • beemooree | March 21, 2013 1:56 AM

    ALM kerry gets paid 75k per ep so far.

  • Jesse | March 20, 2013 4:10 PM

    Scandal is still too new and its ratings are good but not super for her to earn BIG money. If the show gets picked up for season 3 or 4, then she should get a good bump nowhere what actors got in the 90s.

  • sandra | March 20, 2013 4:03 PM

    @ALM - Nowhere near that amount. No one on money-deep CBS earns close to that number (top guy on television is Mark Harmon at 500K). Kerry earns 75K/episode. I can realistically see that number jumping to 100K if the show continues to grow. Back to Ms. Berry, I think she may soon climb back to the 5-7 million range.

  • Marissa | March 20, 2013 2:32 PMReply

    Damn! I want her to fail!

  • Akimbo | March 20, 2013 4:07 PM

    We know.

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