Nineteen years ago, The First Wives Club proved that a movie starring self-proclaimed “women of a certain age” could not only become a huge cultural phenomenon, but could also be a box office success.
So why didn’t the instant classic (which cost $30 million to make but grossed $181 million) get a sequel? In a recent interview with Harvard Business Review, Goldie Hawn says that we can thank Hollywood’s notorious gender pay gap:
The big money goes to kids and young men—big tent-pole movies, which are expensive but have a great return. The smaller movies aren’t being made as much. For instance, First Wives Club. We were all women of a certain age, and everyone took a cut in salary to do it so the studio could make what it needed. We all took a smaller back end than usual and a much smaller front end. And we…
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