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Why Did Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman Decide To Take Salaries for the Film “Hook”?

Steven Spielberg directed Hook, a 1991 American fantasy swashbuckler adventure film written by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo. Dustin Hoffman plays Captain Hook, Robin Williams as Peter Banning, Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell, Bob Hoskins as Mr. Smee, and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy. It serves as a follow-up to JM Barrie’s 1911 novel Peter and Wendy centers on an adult Peter Pan who has forgotten everything about his childhood. But did you know that the director and some of the main actors agreed to work for free on the film?

Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, and Dustin Hoffman did not get any compensation for their roles in the film “Hook.” Instead, they split 40% of TriStar Pictures’ total earnings.

The Plot and Summary of Hook

Peter Pan pays a visit to his childhood friend Wendy, but she has grown up. He notices she has a granddaughter and falls in love with her, so he decides to stay. He grows up, takes the name Peter Banning, and becomes a lawyer, marrying Wendy’s granddaughter Moira and having a son, Jack, and a daughter, Maggie.

He becomes so preoccupied with his work that he neglects his son, who begins to resent him. They return home one day to find the children missing and scratches all over the house. Wendy then tells him he needs to remember who he is because Captain James Hook has kidnapped the children. But Peter has no idea what she’s talking about. Later, what appears to be a firefly appears, and it’s Tinkerbell, who tells Peter that he must accompany her to Neverland.

The issue is that Peter is terrified of flying. As a result, she knocks him out and whisks him away to Neverland. When he arrives, he is met by the Lost Boys, who believe he has abandoned them. He then discovers his children in the clutches of Captain Hook, who wishes to confront Peter Pan, but the problem is that Peter is no longer Peter Pan. As a result, he believes there is no point in challenging him. As a result, he dismisses Peter. He then decides to make his children like him, which irritates Peter when he sees how enamored his son is with Hook. (Source: IMDB)

How Much Did Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, and Dustin Hoffman Make from the Film’s Total Earnings?

They were to receive $20 million from the first $50 million in gross theatrical film rentals, with TriStar keeping the next $70 million before the three resumed receiving their percentage. The film was released in North America on December 11, 1991, earning $13.5 million on its opening weekend. It went on to earn $119.7 million in the United States and Canada, as well as $181.2 million in other countries, for a total of $300.9 million worldwide.

It is the sixth-highest-grossing pirate-themed film, trailing all five Pirates of the Caribbean films. It was the sixth-highest-grossing film in the United States and Canada in 1991 and the fourth-highest-grossing film worldwide. With $22.4 million in theatrical rentals, it was the second highest-grossing film in Japan. 

Despite making a profit of $50 million for the studio, it was declared a financial failure, having been overshadowed by the release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and a drop in box-office receipts compared to previous years. (Source: IMDB)

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