Two days ago a Daily Mail piece reported that while Harrison Ford could make up to $34 million for playing Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (i.e., $25 million plus a sliver of the film’s gross earnings after it passes $1 billion in ticket sales), Daisy Ridley and John Boyega were paid a flat fee of $450,000. Carrie Fisher pocketed around $1.5 million. Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was reportedly paid $5 million plus a 2% share of gross earnings. The worldwide grosses of The Force Awakens are expected to pass $2 billion.
The same day Variety‘s Justin Kroll reported that the fees were somewhat less. He stated, however, that Ford was paid over 50 times more than Ridley and Boyega, whose fees were between $100K and $300K. Ford’s paycheck was somewhere between $10 and $20 million, Kroll reported, but probably closer to $15 million if not higher.
Disney apparently created a two-tier pay system, one for the weathered cast members from the original trilogy and a lower one for the newbies. Fisher and Mark Hamill were paid in the “low seven figure range” — $1.5 million or so. Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac collected fees in the “mid-to-high six figures” since they had a certain recognition factor from previous films and TV shows (i.e., Girls). Kroll reported that cast members won’t get a cut of the back-end box office until the gross reaches $1 billion, but that’s just around the corner.