Trying to bank on enormous ensemble casts
The term “bankable stars” is losing its value. Even though Movie 43 is overloaded with some of the biggest names in the industry, the film only went on to take a measly $30 million worldwide. The Big Wedding? That cast rocked A-listers like Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton and more, but it still only put $21.8 million in the bank.
The moral of this story? If you’re going to forgo a significant amount of your budget for hefty actor paychecks, you should probably make sure your material is worth it in the first place.