Millionaire Arnold Schwarzenegger Admitted Having Lost $25 Million on a Controversial Movie, Despite It Earning $85 Million at the Box Office in 1991

Published 01/24/2023, 10:15 AM EST

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The media can be either kind or cruel to all celebrities alike. For a superstar like Arnold Schwarzenegger who has dedicated his entire life to many verticals, his stories have pretty much been an open book for all of his fans. While the mass celebrated his series of successes, they also called him out for his controversies.

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In 1991, Schwarzenegger sat down with Interview Magazine to talk about films and future plans with his family. However, he also addressed one of his ongoing controversies back then. A movie that was meant to be a hit, failed due to mass criticism. What was this movie and why were people angry about it?

A movie that cost Arnold Schwarzenegger millions

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In the 80s, Arnold Schwarzenegger had become a household name due to his blockbuster hits. Dishing out one successful movie after another, the star was on a highway full of milestones. However, just like any other celebrity, Schwarzenegger had his own set of failures, flops, and subsequent controversies. In the interview, he spoke about one such movie that turned into a huge financial loss due to public criticism.

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Kindergarten Cop was released in 1990. The movie featured a mix of children and violence—a cocktail of disaster. Naturally, the movie and its concept didn’t go down well with parents who watched the entertainer with their children. Both Schwarzenegger and movie director, Ivan Reitman, faced the audience’s brunt over the film.

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But that’s not all. Before the film made it to the big screen, Schwarzenegger hoped for it to cross $100 million in revenue. However, the film ended up making about $85 million, and the star calculated an estimated loss of about $25 million—all because of the controversy surrounding the movie and its storyline.

So, which film gave Arnold the biggest paycheck?

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Although the success and the legacy of the Terminator series are unparalleled, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biggest paycheck did not come from there. Another movie beat the blockbuster to give the star a bottomless purse.

Schwarzenegger and legendary actor Danny DeVito starred in a hit film called Twins. This movie was also directed by Ivan Reitman and had Schwarzenegger make one of his smartest financial decisions. The star requested backend points instead of his regular payment. The movie fetched $216 million at the theatre alone, leaving the star with about $35-40 million.

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Radha Iyer

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Radha Iyer is working as a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Master's degree in Media and Communications from Pandit Deendayal Energy University. Radha has worked as a content writer for over a year.
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