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12-28-2015, 08:54 AM

Star Wars 7 Hits $1 Billion Faster Than Any Movie in History

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has set another record. The movie's second weekend numbers are in, and the sci-fi blockbuster has now generated an estimated $1.09 billion at the worldwide box office. That feat was achieved after just 12 days in theaters, crossing $1 billion faster than any movie in history.

These numbers and analysis come from Entertainment Weekly.

The Force Awakens made $153.5 million at the US box office this weekend, which was good for the biggest domestic second weekend of all time. The previous record was $106.6 from Jurassic World earlier this year.

In the US, The Force Awakens has now made $545 million. It made $500 million domestically in 10 days, beating Jurassic World, which needed 17 days to reach that mark.

The Force Awakens is now showing in theaters across all major regions of the world, except China. It opens there on January 9. As EW points out, The Force Awakens' numbers are even more impressive when you consider that Jurassic World opened in June in all major worldwide regions, including China.

In other news about The Force Awakens, sources have revealed why Harrison Ford was paid 50X more than other actors in the movie. In addition, some more of the movie's lore has been revealed, while we've also learned what The Force Awakens was originally called.



Why Harrison Ford was paid 50X more than other actors in the movie?
Variety have revealed that Harrison Ford is the film's biggest earner by some distance, netting himself an eight figure sum that is estimated to be somewhere in the $10 million to $20 million range. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the other two main stars from the original trilogy, were both paid in the "low-seven-figure range."

Elsewhere, supporting actors Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac received "mid-to-high-six figures," while the movie's two young stars, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, were both paid between $100,000 and $300,000.

Variety explains that the reason for Ford's huge salary was predominantly because Han Solo is killed off in the movie, while Hamill and Fisher will continue to play Luke and Leia in forthcoming sequels. This so-called "legacy pay deal" reflects the fact that their parts will increase in size in subsequent Star Wars films, which will be represented in larger earnings.

Despite being the film's leads, Boyega and Ridley were paid considerably less because they were relatively unknown before appearing in The Force Awakens. Conversely, Driver and Isaac are established actors and their fees are in line with what they earn on other film and TV projects.

12-28-2015, 09:42 AM
this is what I hate about the English entertainment industry they price everything like a commodity- including the value of the commodified person over acting talent value and worth.

A load of profiteers made alot of money of the casting of the two central actors- not least the talent schools.

British talent is a tightly controlled industry