Sandra Bullock Banks $70M for 'Gravity'

The star crashed through Hollywood's glass ceiling, making her one of the highest-paid actors.
3:00 | 02/28/14

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Transcript for Sandra Bullock Banks $70M for 'Gravity'
We are back with actress Sandra bullock, huge payout for her Oscar nominated role in best picture nominee "Gravity." It has launched her into the stratosphere to become one of the highest paid arcs in Hollywood with just one movie and we're back here live inside the Dolby theatre and nick watt, count the ways for Sandra. Reporter: You know, I think Sandra might end up as runner-up in the best actress category, but it doesn't matter. She's already scored a huge victory for women and middle-aged people everywhere. Matt, this is Ryan, copy. Hurtling alone through space wearing short-shorts, Sandra bullock just crashed through Hollywood's glass ceiling banking $70 million as the star of "Gravity." Puts her right up there with Tom cruise in his heyday. Robert Downey for "Iron man." Grab ahold of anything you can. Reporter: Why, how? What? Well, partly because Angelina passed on the role. There aren't that many female superstars so once Angelina left, they really needed Sandra bullock. And so she got what's become a phenomenal deal. Reporter: According to "The Hollywood reporter" that's 20 mill up front and slice of "Gravity's" ultimately gar Gantt want box office pie equals 70 mill. She's a big deal but bullock only earned $14 million in all of last year. The movie business is mucho mano centric. Adam Sandler made more than the hottest starlet in town, Jennifer Lawrence. Adam Sandler and I have nothing against him, made more than Angelina Jolie. He made more than any woman. Sandra bullock's success here isn't just a vindication for women, it's kind of a vindication for old-school stars. You can be middle-aged and still bring in the massive audience. Reporter: The biggest hit of the year. With gorgeous George playing second fiddle. ♪ Now this is a great triumph but Hollywood is still a man's world. Can you believe that big star men earn on average more than double the big star women. Sandy, she's got a little something to say about that. Hey, nick, great to be here with you. That's the bonus of coming to L.A. Getting to see you and Chris

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