I’m going to start this article off by letting you know that I will do my best to avoid spoilers for The Force Awakens, even though, based on the box office results, you’ve probably already seen it. However, I will have to infer to certain parts of the film, so I will recommend you proceed with caution.
As mentioned above, Star Wars is on a role at the box office. The film continues to smash record after record, and it looks like we may have a new contender for highest grossing film of all time. With all of this in mind, it has come to light this weekend, that Harrison Ford has received quite a significant amount to reprise his role.
According to a report in The Daily Mail, Ford received $25 million to return as Han Solo. When compared to the other members of the cast, this dwarfs Boyega and Ridley ($100-$300K). Even in comparison to the other returning figures such as Hamill and Fisher, this is significantly more.
However, there is a reason for this. As well as the fact that Ford is on a “legacy pay scale” (Gets paid more as he is returning), Ford got paid more due to the nature of his presence in this new franchise. I will not say anymore, as to reveal this could constitute a spoiler.
In all honesty though, this makes a fair bit of sense, though I cannot reveal why, without going into spoilers. In any case, go see the movie and you will understand, and if you have seen the film, go see it again. Good luck and may the force be with you.