‘Mother’s Day’: Julia Roberts Made a Ton for Four Days’ Work

Image: Open Road Films
Image: Open Road Films

Julia Roberts had a four-day shoot for the holiday-themed comedy Mother’s Day, and she made a killing for her efforts.

Variety is reporting that Roberts and her wig were paid a whopping $US3 million for four days’ work, which equates to $US750,000 (around $984,000 in Australian dollars) per day.

It goes to show that Roberts still has strong pull when it comes to demanding big pay cheques from studios, even if the actress doesn’t quite have the box office pull she once did. Larry Crowne, Mirror Mirror, August: Osage County and Secret in Their Eyes didn’t exactly earn big during their runs, and Mother’s Day isn’t off to a very promising start either.

Mother’s Day, which reunites Roberts with Pretty Woman and The Runaway Bride director Garry Marshall, marks a follow-up of sorts to Marshall’s Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Valentine’s Day, by the way, saw Roberts earn $US3 million for approximately 6 minutes’ worth of screen time.

Valentine’s Day earned a strong $US216 million worldwide, paving the way for New Year’s Eve, which dropped in earnings but still took a decent $US142 million at the box office.

Mother’s Day has opened to a very poor $US8.3 million in the U.S., finishing up in fourth place after the weekend, and currently sits with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 8%. Of course, there’s still the possibility the film earns something remotely decent as the actual Mother’s Day holiday rolls around.

Roberts has a history of earning big bucks. The actress was paid $US20 million for her Oscar-winning turn in Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, which went on to rake in $US256 million worldwide.

Erin Brockovich (2000)