‘Hunger Games’ Star Scores Payday

March 27, 2012 by staff 

‘Hunger Games’ Star Scores Payday, With a record-breaking worldwide weekend haul of more than $214 million, The Hunger Games’ prospects seem anything but anemic — not just for the franchise but also for stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

Its domestic gross of $152.5 million ranks only behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Dark Knight in all-time opening weekends, which should also mean a big financial windfall for its three stars.

Although Lawrence was paid only $500,000 to play Katniss Everdeen in the film, she is set to receive “escalators,” bonuses that kick in when the movie crosses certain box-office thresholds (which by all accounts it already has crossed).

She stands to bring in more than $1 million by the time the film finishes its theatrical run and can expect greater rewards going forward. By comparison, sources say she was paid scale — somewhere in the range of $3,000 a week — for her breakthrough role as Ree in Deborah Granik’s Winter’s Bone, so the payday marks a quantum leap from her previous salaries.

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