How much money has Kim Kardashian’s sex tape made?

Ray J and Kim Kardashian

This spring marks the 10th anniversary of Kim Kardashian’s infamous sex tape with then boyfriend Ray J. The tape was made back in 2003 when the pair were in Mexico celebrating Kim’s 23rd birthday. The video sat on the shelves for four years before it was leaked in 2007.

Once it was made public, a nasty battle was waged after it was rumored Ray leaked the video without Kim’s permission. Initially, Kim fought back before finally signing off on the release of the 41 minute video.

Steven Hirsch, the founder of Vivid Entertainment, explained, “Ultimately she did sell us the footage so we had the ability to put it out and distribute it.”

According to The Sun, reports claim that Kim was paid $5 million the for rights to the video, but Kim’s attorney said that figure is “greatly inflated.”

Kim Kardashian and Ray J

“I can only say that it’s the most popular tape we’ve ever done,” Steve said. “Revenue-wise it has generated more income than any other tape that we’ve done.

TMZ recently released the stats for Vivid’s most popular video ever:

— 210 million views, accounting for online, DVD and VividTV.
— Someone began watching the tape on an average of every 1.5 seconds.
— There were significant spikes over the last decade for the following events — Kim’s marriage to Kris Humphries, her divorce from Humphries, rumors she started dating Kanye, her Paper Magazine cover and the Paris robbery.
— The tape has raked in north of $100 mil since its release.

Many credit the video with propelling Kim (and her family) into the spotlight. After all, Keeping Up with the Kardashians debuted just seven months after the release of Kim’s sex tape.

Kim admitted during her interview with Oprah, “I’m not naive to the fact that that was pretty much is how I was introduced to the world,” but maintains it’s her talent and hard work that has gotten her to where she is today.


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  • Brie Mode

    If it weren’t for the fact that my dad would have my head and probably disown me (not really. We’re bffs) for doing something like that and my mom would probably come back to life just to die all over again…. If I knew it’d make me a shitload of money, I’d probably do it too, not gonna lie.

    Kim used to be really gorgeous. Shame she felt so uncomfortable with her looks that she felt the need to change them so drastically.

  • AshleyBlack

    Her talent and hard work(… bed) that got her where she is today.

    • ChelseaHouskasEyebrows

      Ray J put in the “hard work” *wink wink*

    • sysmjp

      I found the tape incredibly boring. Two good looking people having incredibly boring sex and I didn’t pay a dime for it.

  • Hahahaha

    How dare she say she doesn’t get work done on her face!! She looks like a complete different person! What a fkn liar!

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    • sysmjp

      Yea, she used to be unbelievably beautiful. Whatever she did was not for the better.

  • barbinop

    Her talent????? What have I missed?

  • Chu ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

    Whoa.. she looks nothing like her former self.

  • Just meee

    Her and Kylie look soooo different. And there a$$’s look ridiculous! So fake. It’s gross