Al Pacino's aging salesman character in Glengarry Glen Ross might have trouble bringing in money, but the Oscar winner is doing just fine raking in dough on his own. Pacino is being paid a hefty $125,000 a week to headline the current Broadway revival of David Mamet's play, along with a 5% stake in the production's potential profits, according to Bloomberg.com.
Pacino's paycheck surpasses that of other Broadway A-listers, including Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, who were reportedly paid $120,000 a week to star in 2009's A Steady Rain. Another notable bankroll: Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who reportedly pulled in $100,000 per week for their return engagement in The Producers. Pacino proved his box office clout by making The Merchant of Venice an SRO hit in 2010, and so far, he is packing in crowds at the Schoenfeld Theatre, with Glengarry selling more than $700,000 in tickets for its first four preview performances.
Broadway.com decided to revisit the expletive-heavy Glengarry script for a by-the-numbers look at just how Pacino's paycheck breaks down. His character Shelley Levene says "f**k, f**king, motherf**ker" or some other variation of the word roughly 48 times in the play. That comes out to at least $325.52 every time he drops the F bomb at each performance! That's a whole lot of f**king money, Al!
Glengarry Glen Ross opens at the Schoenfeld Theatre on November 11. The limited engagement is set to conclude on December 30.