Gerard Butler sues Olympus Has Fallen producers for $10m in profits


ACTOR Gerard Butler is suing the producers of Olympus Has Fallen, claiming he is owed at least $10million (£7.1million).

The 51-year-old Scot, who played US Secret Service agent Mike Banning in the movie, has filed a lawsuit against Nu Image and Millennium Films.


Gerard Butler played US Secret Service agent Mike Banning in Olympus Has FallenCredit: Handout

He claims that producers of the 2013 action film undervalued domestic and foreign box office receipts by tens of millions of dollars.

It comes after Scarlett Johansson’s move to sue Disney for releasing her new Marvel movie on its streaming service at the same time as cinemas.

The 36-year-old action star filed the suit on Thursday, claiming the move will likely cost her more than $50million in profit.

Olympus Has Fallen, which sees Banning battling to protect the US President, was a financial success and Butler reprised his role in two sequels.

London Has Fallen, with the action transported to the British capital, and Angel Has Fallen were released in 2016 and 2019 respectively.

The first film was made on a budget of $70million but made $170 million at the box office.

In the filing at Los Angeles Superior Court, Butler and his legal team claim he is owed more than $10 million in profits after it ordered an independent audit.

According to Deadline it said found the defendants “understated their own receipts and profits by over $11 million, including by failing to report approximately $8 million in payments to Producers’ own senior executives.”

Butler started out with small parts such as playing a sailor in Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies but went on to become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.

He found huge fame playing Spartan king Leonidas in 300, for which he embarked on a high-intensity workout regime for four months.

He divided his time between Los Angeles and Glasgow, Scotland.

The star and his team claim the movie's box office receipts were undervalued


The star and his team claim the movie’s box office receipts were undervaluedCredit: AFP or licensors
The 2013 film was a financial success and spawned a string of sequels


The 2013 film was a financial success and spawned a string of sequelsCredit: Handout
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