Sources close to the matter told The Hollywood Reporter that Lawrence is negotiating a deal in the ballpark of $10 million to reprise her role in the sequel, Catching Fire.
The deal includes bonuses and special perks as well as her salary. If Catching Fire does as well or better than its predecessor, — which grossed about $684 million for Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF) — Lawrence could earn even more.
The $10 million figure may seem standard for Hollywood, but it’s a huge increase compared to the $500,000 and bonuses Lawrence was paid for The Hunger Games.
It’s not unusual for stars to renegotiate contracts for wildly popular film franchises, especially when a virtually unknown is cast in the original flick. Once an actor becomes known as an iconic character, the power of negotiation is in his/her court. Several stars of the Harry Potter and Twilight series were paid far more handsomely for their work in sequels. And Lawrence’s co-stars are also said to be renegotiating their contracts.
Lions Gate will release a total of four films based on the best-selling Suzanne Collins trilogy. Catching Fire is slated for release on November 22, 2013.