Singer/actress Beyonce Knowles arrives to the
premiere of 'Dreamgirls' at the Ziegfeld Theatre, Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, in New
York. (AP Photo/Paul Hawthorne)
In this photograph provided by Paramount Pictures,
Beyonce Knowles arrives for the premiere of 'Dreamgirls' at the Ziegfeld Theatre
in New York, Monday, Dec. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Albert
London - She had to shed more than 9kg to trim down for the high-profile
role, alongside Jamie Foxx, but the sacrifice is undoubtedly worth it for
Beyonce Knowles, as she is in line to earn more than any other black actress in
Hollywood history for her role in Dreamgirls, a fictionalized account of the 60s
Motown sensation Diana Ross and the Supremes.
Unlike her peers, including the Oscar-winning Halle Berry and Whoopi
Goldberg, Knowles will become the only black female artist to actually see her
earnings rise to secure the chance to headline in a movie, critics are already
touting as an Academy Award nominee.
Knowles saw her fee rise to 12.5 million dollars that is twice as much as she
earned for her last major film role, as a "black empowered" secret agent in
Austin Powers in Goldmember.
Thanks to the tough negotiating stance her father Matthew Knowles took when
he told studio bosses he was weary of a 'racial pay gap' between black and white
performers in "so-called liberal Hollywood", she is expected to make up to 24
million dollars from the Dreamgirls CD.
Knowles's CD royalty rate is estimated at 17 per cent of proceeds - unusually
high, given she did not write any of the songs. It is part of a calculated
strategy by her father, business associates said last week, reports the Sunday
And if industry predictions are to be believed, following a deluge of advance
orders, the soundtrack to Dreamgirls could become the biggest-grossing
double-album soundtrack since Saturday Night Fever in the 1970s.(ANI)