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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 2:00 am

The Winter Olympics may be over, but that hasn’t stopped Sandra Bullock from going for the gold.

A Hollywood Reporter story (“How Sandra Bullock Made $70 million for ‘Gravity’ ”) details the monetary fortune the appealing actress is taking home. According to the trade publication, she originally was paid $20 million up front against 15 percent of the first-dollar gross, with all income streams topping $70 million.

“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,’ ” Stephen Galloway wrote.

By the way, “Gravity” so far has grossed $700 million globally and is expected to top $750 million. The picture required $110 million in production costs and another $100 million in advertising and promotion.

Bullock’s contract is quite lucrative, and the Warner Bros. executives proved very wise in keeping the actress in the game despite any salary request.

In a way, the studio chiefs couldn’t afford to lose Bullock, who wasn’t the first choice for the role.

Angelina Jolie, the original participant, dropped out of the project after the studio had invested a fortune in expensive visuals. Those stunning effects, overseen by director Alfonso Cuaron (who received a best-director Oscar for his work), helped to provide an out-of-this-world journey that provides a truly immersive experience in 3-D.

The boys are coming back

“Entourage” is coming to the big screen.

A theatrical version of the HBO favorite will be released June 12, 2015.

According to a studio news release, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven will return, as will Emmanuelle Chriqui. Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment will join the cast.

Like the cable series, “Entourage” will follow the characters who remain friends despite the cutthroat tactics of the movie business.

It will be filmed in Los Angeles and Miami.

Sources include the Hollywood Reporter, Time magazine, the Internet Movie Database, and Box Office Mojo.

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