On Dec. 18, the world was reintroduced to a galaxy, far, far away when "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was released. The new flick brought many of the heroes from the original trilogy back to the screen, and while the force may be strongest with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), it's Han Solo (Harrison Ford) who's wallet is full. Ford was reportedly the highest paid actor on set for J.J. Abrams' latest chapter.
According to Variety, Ford was paid somewhere in the eight-figure range to reprise his role as Solo. The amount was between $10 million-$20 million. There was an original report by the Daily Mail that said Ford earned $25 million for the role, but a source told Variety the report was false.
Fellow alum Hamill and Carrie Fisher were each reportedly paid in the "low seven-figure" range. Newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who play Finn and Ren, each made somewhere in the six-figure around $100,000-$300,000. It was also reported that Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren, and Oscar Isaac, a.k.a. Poe Dameron, received offers of "mid- to high-six figures."
Although Ford earned the most, it's fair to say that it's likely each actor will see an increase in pay for the upcoming installments, especially after "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" record-breaking weekend. According to Forbes, the movie brought in over $247 million in the US in it's opening weekend, while around the world the film earned $528 million. This broke the record for best worldwide opening, which was set earlier this year by "Jurassic World."
The next episode, "Star Wars: Episode VIII," will arrive on May 27, 2017, just two days before the 40th anniversary of "Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope." The movie will have a new director with Rian Johnson, but it is expected to pick up where the latest movie left off. Many of the actors will be returning.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is now playing in theaters everywhere in the US.