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Winning "The Hunger Games" sure has paid off for actress Jennifer Lawrence. The huge success of the first "Hunger Games" film has ensured that the 21-year-old actress will get a heck of pay raise for the upcoming sequel.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lawrence is currently in the process of renegotiating her contract with Lionsgate, the studio behind the big screen adaptations of Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" trilogy. Citing sources close to the production, the report says that Lawrence will likely net close to $10 million to reprise the role of District 12 tribute Katniss Everdeen in the sequel, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
That's a bit of pay increase for Lawrence -- and, actually, it's a 2,000 per cent raise. She was originally paid around $500,000 to play Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," plus a bonus that was dependent on the success or failure of the film. As you may be aware (and as Lawrence's agents are no doubt aware), "Hunger Games" grossed nearly $700 million worldwide. When you consider Lawrence's comparatively miniscule salary for the film, that's a pretty impressive return on investment for Lionsgate. If "Catching Fire" is anywhere near as successful as the first film, increasing Lawrence's salary by 20 times is still a comparative drop in the bucket.
Lawrence's sequel raise is impressive, but hardly unprecedented in Hollywood. Huge box office numbers more often than not translate into heavy bargaining power for the actors responsible. "Avengers" star Scarlett Johansson will likely see a similarly enormous pay day to reprise the role of Black Widow in the sequel to the super-powered ensemble.
And Lawrence isn't the only actor doing well because of the success of the first movie. Her "Hunger Games" co-stars Josh Hutcherson ("Detention") and Liam Hemsworth ("The Expendables 2") will also reportedly be getting a bit of a raise for "Catching Fire." However, because Lawrence is seen as the franchise's most bankable star, she'll enjoy a bigger pay increase.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" starts shooting in a few weeks and will be released on November 22, 2013.