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Talk about out of this world: Sandra Bullock is set to make a huge payday for "Gravity," thanks to a lucrative -- and rare -- deal that will hand the actress a significant portion of the Best Picture nominee's box office profits.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bullock will walk away with some $70 million for "Gravity," by far her biggest paycheck to date. How did the Academy Award-winning actress score such a deal? Precisely because of her little gold man, sources tell THR, which Bullock used as leverage to get a better contract.

THR writes, "Bullock's deal with Warner Bros. for the Alfonso Cuaron-directed space epic calls for her to earn $20 million upfront against 15 percent of first-dollar gross. That means once her advance is covered, she will collect 15 percent of the studio's slice of the box-office pie, known as 'film rentals.'"

And with "Gravity" already pulling in over $700 million worldwide (and expected to make at least another $50 million more by the time it ends its theatrical run), that means Bullock is due for a major payout. (Her deal is similar to the one struck by "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr., who made about $50 million for the third installment of that mega-hit franchise thanks to first-dollar gross profits.)

Even if Bullock loses her bid for another Best Actress trophy this Sunday, it seems her grueling trip into space was well worth it.

[h/t Vulture]
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