Writer Suzanne Collins never thought that her Hunger Games book franchise would be such a monstrous hit! So far, she has already made a fortune of more than $70 million with the published books, not including the royalties that she gets from the film franchise, which had already come up with 3 installments. Indeed, she struck gold with this work!
Film franchises are lucrative business in Hollywood. When handled with utmost care and craftsmanship, film franchises do really rake in a lot of money – making a name for its actors and kicking off other related money-making merchandise.
Apart from the author, ever wondered how much money the other actors in the Hunger Games film franchise have made so far? In this list, you are about to find out!
10. Liam Hemsworth – Gale Hawthorne – $1.5 million
Teen heartthrob sensation Hemsworth has made more than a million dollars playing the character of Gale Hawthorne. Plucked from other relatively irrelevant films, Hemsworth has made a name for himself and is now established as a bankable actor – besides being the love of MIley Cyrus, but that’s another story…
9. Josh Hutcherson – Peeta Mellark – $2 million
Hutcherson started in showbiz at a very young age, playing angst-ridden teenage roles in films like The Kids Are Alright and a few more. As Peeta Mellark, Hutcherson has shed his teeny bopper image for a more mature – and more lucrative role – in the Hunger Games film franchise. He is surely enjoying the new found fame and fortune so far.
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8. Elizabeth Banks – Effie Trinket – $16.5 million
This established actress plays the eccentric role of Trinket in the film franchise, and had amassed quite a fortune for the role. In interviews, she had repeatedly professed her love for the character that she plays in the Hunger Games film series. And who wouldn’t when you are earning by the millions by playing such a lovable character.
7. Stanley Tucci – Caesar Flickerman – $18.5 million
Tucci is a veteran actor who has many acting awards in his long and prolific career. A recognizable face for playing various supporting roles in high-profile films like The Devil Wears Prada, Tucci gained more popularity by starring in the film franchise of The Hunger Games. He remains to be one of Tinseltown’s most reliable character actors.
6. Lenny Kravitz – Cinna – $30 million
Before entering the world of acting, Kravitz had already achieved superstar status as a pop and rock singer – amassing best-selling singles and albums as well as a haul of Grammy awards and nominations. Making some $30 million as Cinna in this film franchise is not a bad idea – like icing on the cake, so to speak.
5. Philip Seymour Hoffman – $35 million
The late character actor still appears in the final Hunger Games film – with the help of CGI. Hoffman had always added luster and life to the film franchise. And why can’t he? He was one of Hollywood’s most respected method actors, winning an Academy Award for Best Actor and gaining a few more nominations in his relatively short but momentous film career.
4. Julianne Moore – President Alma Coin – $40 million
Moore is one of Hollywood’s most respected female actors. She seems to be in the same acting league as Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Julia Roberts. Known for her intense performances, Moore appeared in the second and final installment of the film franchise, and had likewise earned praise for her wonderful portrayal.
3. Donald Sutherland – President Snow – $40 million
Sutherland is one of Hollywood’s most enduring character actors. He has been making films since the early 70’s and has shown no signs of ceasing. His roles as President Snow is the perfect portrayal of the role from book to film. His enigmatic voice and towering presence had also lend much credence and credibility to the role.
2. Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss – $54 million
Lawrence fits the lead role in this film to a Tee. A bankable actress who is perhaps the most popular female celebrity in Hollywood, Lawrence is in the midst of superstardom. What’s even more impressive is that she has managed to make commercial films and critical/arthouse features with great ease. Fans just love her!
1. Woody Harrelson – Haymitch Abernathy – $65 million
Harrelson has had a long and illustrious career in film acting. He is known to play offbeat roles and his joining the Hunger Games film franchise adds another feather to his already adorned cap. An A-list actor, Harrelson even surpassed lead actress Jennifer Lawrence to finish as top earner in the Hunger Games film series.