Budget Breakdowns: What a Typical Movie and TV Pilot Really Cost to Make Now (and Why)

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'Annie,' released Dec. 19 in the U.S., grossed $133.8 million worldwide and lost money for Sony.

THR crunches the numbers on two budgets revealed in the Sony hack: The canceled CBS series 'Battle Creek' and the 'Annie' reboot, where music rights proved as expensive as Jamie Foxx.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Cameron Diaz is a bigger star than Jamie Foxx. At least that's the way Sony saw it when paying the actress $7.5 million to appear in Annie, $2.5 million more than her male co-star.

To illustrate the state of Hollywood salaries, THR analyzed two full production budgets revealed in the Sony hack — one for a midrange family movie, the other the pilot for Battle Creek, a CBS series that aired this spring — chosen not because they represent excessive spending, but rather because they exemplify what it costs to make an average piece of American entertainment.

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