According to The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, the Scottish actor is suing Nu Image, Millennium Films and Pablo Nuestro Productions, alleging that he is owed at least $10 million from the profits of the 2013 action thriller about an attack on the White House. Butler played Mike Banning, a U.S. secret service agent tasked with saving the president (Aaron Eckart).
In the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Butler claims that producers never intended to pay him his share of grosses and profits. He also alleges that the company vastly understated domestic and international ticket sales, and an unreported $8 million went to the companies' executives.
"Producers embarked on a scheme designed to grossly misrepresent the finances of the film to Butler, so that Butler would believe that no such payments were due," the lawsuit reads.
"Olympus" earned $170.3 million at the global box office. It is the first of three " Fallen" movies starring Butler, including 2016's "London Has Fallen" and 2019's "Angel Has Fallen."
"Butler worked with (producers) to create a highly successful movie franchise," the lawsuit says. "He demands his fair share."
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Butler and Millennium for comment.
The suit comes just one day after Marvel actress Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney, alleging that her contract was breached when "Black Widow" was released on the Disney+ streaming service at the same time as its theatrical debut. She claimed that her salary was based in large part on box-office performance, which ranks among one of the lowest for a Marvel film so far with $320 319.5 million in three weeks.
In a statement to USA TODAY, a Disney spokesperson said there is "no merit whatsoever" to the filing and called the suit "especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic."
Johansson’s agent, Bryan Lourd, issued a response Friday, saying Disney "shamelessly and falsely accused Ms. Johansson of being insensitive to the global COVID pandemic, in an attempt to make her appear to be someone they and I know she isn’t."
Contributing: Brian Truitt, Charles Trepany
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