Whatever you get for you mother on Mother’s Day, it won’t quite measure up to Julia Roberts’ payout for last week’s film named after the holiday. Costing $25 million to make, Garry Marshall’s “Mother’s Day” was completely savaged by critics and essentially ignored by audiences, taking in just $8.3 million at this weekend’s box-office.
Now it has been revealed that a nice portion of the film’s budget went to actress Julia Roberts – an amount that’s raising eyebrows not so much for what she got paid but what little work she did to get it. Specifically Roberts garnered $3 million for just four days of work on the film.
Of course Roberts is being paid more for her marketable name than anything else, something the film’s posters and trailers have been exploiting to the hilt. Roberts last major hit was 2012’s “Mirror Mirror” and the actress remains one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. She also has “Money Monster” coming out next week, but that is a leading role as opposed to effectively a small supporting role in “Mother’s Day”.