Despite This is Spinal Tap‘s decades of success, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Rob Reiner contend in their lawsuit, film distributor Vivendi said the four creators’ share of total worldwide merchandising income between 1984 and 2013 was just $81.00.
And between 1989 and 2013, total income from music sales was purportedly just $98.00.
The complaint makes no mention of seeking any compensation for the estates of late Tap drummers like John “Stumpy” Pepys, Eric “Stumpy Joe” Childs, Peter “James” Bond, Mick Shrimpton, Joe “Mama” Besser, Richard “Ric” Shrimpton, Sammy “Stumpy” Bateman, Scott “Skippy” Scuffleton, or Chris “Poppa” Cadeau.
Source: Spinal Tap Reunites… To Take Movie Distributor To Court Over $400M – Consumerist
The wonderful bit about the deceased drummers was from Consumerist’s Mary Beth Quirk.