Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan‘s Fifty Shades of Grey pay-day is definitely a huge one, since the film will reportedly top out at $550-million worldwide. Now, the stars will be reportedly be negotiating for a much higher salary, a seven-figure salary at that.
Despite its R-rating, fans and hate-watchers of the film alike have flocked to the theater to see Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele get it on in the red room of pain, and it did not disappoint in the entertainment department. In fact, the movie is quite enjoyable funny.
To date, the film has grossed $528 million worldwide. The same success is projected for the Fifty Shades sequels, even more so now that we know how delightfully hilarious Johnson is. She’s truly a gifted actress and a scene-stealer, not to mention easy on the eyes.
By now, Johnson and Dornan are aware of their sex-appeal and ability to transform the Twilight fan-fiction into a box-office mega-hit. And so accordingly, the leading actors are reportedly seeking out a seven-figure deal for the Fifty Shades sequels (Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed).
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that “the pair received $250,000 each (plus tiered box-office bonuses)” to star in the sexy BDSM flick based off of E.L. James‘s
mommy-porn erotic novel, and that they both signed three-picture deals.
THR also reports that neither pair received any “backend compensation” on the first film.
Of Johnson and Dornan’s franchise payday, the insider said, “It was a very basic franchise starter deal. Look at Twilight and Hunger Games, and that’s where it is heading.”
Now, “like most stars of franchise films, they will try to renegotiate for seven-figure raises for Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty ShadesFreed.”
In terms of negotiations, the Johnson and Dornan might look to Jennifer Lawrence, for example, who starred in the Hunger Games franchise. Lawrence reportedly received a $500,000 salary for the first film, and ultimately landed a $10 million paycheck for the second film, Catching Fire.
The film has far exceeded our expectations, probably all thanks to Johnson her easy-going comedic asides.
While Dornan and Johnson will be returning for the sequels, director Sam Taylor-Johnson is reportedly not expected to return due to clashing James (which is unfortunate, since her vision for translating the book to film was quite wonderful).
Until late 2016 (or Valentine’s Day 2017?), when we’ll have Johnson and Dornan back in the red room on the big screens.