Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reportedly earned only $250,000 apiece for the first film
All that kinky sex apparently comes at a cost.
While that doesn’t hold a candle to the $100,000 per hour that Christian Grey makes, the raise is a hefty bump in paycheck for both Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, who earned only $250,000 apiece for the first movie, plus box office bonuses, reports the trade magazine.
And though the raise may seem astronomical, it’s actually par for the course.
“It was a very basic franchise starter deal,” an insider told the Reporter. “Look at Twilight and Hunger Games, and that’s where it is heading.”
Indeed, Jennifer Lawrence was reportedly only paid $500,000 to play Katniss Everdeen in the first Hunger Games film, but went on to earn $10 million for its sequel, Catching Fire.
However, Fifty Shades producer Dana Brunetti told the trade he’s hoping to stay close to the first movie’s relatively modest $40 million budget – without spending too much on salaries.
“That was the great thing about this film – we knew we were going to be able to make stars,” he said. “Now it’s their opportunity to get paid on other projects. It’s been a breakout role for both of them. I’m sure they are getting tons of offers on other things.”
For his part, Dornan, 32, has insisted that he’s game to return for the sequels despite rumors that the franchise might lose its Mr. Grey.
“Jamie is delighted that the film is breaking box office records worldwide, and whilst the studio has not made any formal announcements about sequels, he is looking forward to making the next film,” Dornan’s rep told PEOPLE last month.