Director Roland Emmerich' $200 million-budgeted, Vancouver-lensed disaster picture "2012", has so far grossed $148,958,486 domestic and $451,300,000 foreign for a worldwide total of $600,258,486 in 3 weeks.
According to reports, Emmerich received a 'traditional' $20 million advance against 20 percent of the first-dollar gross profits to make the picture. He owned the script, produced the film and directed, offering a take it or leave it deal with Sony/Columbia.
Some estimates peg Emmerich' take (so far) as $100 million.
"2012," uses 'end-of-days' prophecies to depict the world's demise after a solar meltdown.
The ensemble cast includes actors John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Woody Harrelson, following the aftermath of a global cataclysm in the Year 2012, leading to the 'end of the world', as survivors struggle for their lives.
Premise of the feature is inspired by theories that posit the ancient Mayans predicting a doomsday event occuring during the 2012 winter solstice.
Sneak Peek "2012"...