Star Wars: The Force Awakens has grossed over half a billion dollars – $529 million – in less than a week of its global release. That means Disney and Lucasfilm will be cutting some nice bonus checks this Christmas. Though, the fattest check was already paid out to its biggest star: Harrison Ford.
According to the Daily Mail, Ford received $25 million to reprise his Han Solo role for the newest Star Wars film. However, Variety believes that figure is too high. They put it more in the $15 million to $20 million ballpark. Additionally, that figure, no matter how much it really is, doesn't "include back-end bonuses from the pic's box office haul, which in a rare case doesn't even kick in till the film crosses $1 billion worldwide."
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Since Ford has a more prominent role than Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in The Force Awakens, Variety claims they only "earned salaries in the low-seven figure range." However, those two could be receiving bigger paychecks as their roles are expected to become meatier in the next two installments.
As for the newcomers: John Boyega and Daisy Ridley received a salary in the "low-six figure range ($100k-$300k)" and Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac are "had fixed quotes from previous film and TV work" that led to them receiving bigger payouts than Boyega and Ridley.
In this continuation of the Star Wars saga, balance returns to the Force as the First Order, emerging from the ashes of the Empire, clashes with the Resistance, which includes scrappy newcomers as well as heroes from the former Rebel Alliance.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now playing at your local theater.