The highly-anticipated theatrical release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is Nov. 20. The fourth movie in The Hunger Games movie franchise wraps up one of the most successful franchises in cinematic history, as the three previous “Hunger Games” films raked in over $2.31 billion worldwide.
The “Mockingjay” sequel is expected to be the highest-grossing fall movie by far, with anticipated cumulative box office earnings of $348 million — $134 million from its opening weekend alone. Some experts consider those estimates to be on the low end, too. Even if the lowest projections are a bit high, earnings from just the first weekend in the U.S. alone would be more than enough to cover the film’s $125 million production budget.
Take a look at the “Mockingjay” cast, their net worths and their earnings potential from the newest “Hunger Games” movie.
Liam Hemsworth Net Worth Vs. Josh Hutcherson Net Worth
Although it’s rumored that Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson are in competition for the affection of newly single Jennifer Lawrence, there is no contest when it comes to the net worths of the two actors. Hemsworth — who plays Gale Hawthorne, a young rebel and hunter who is smitten with his best friend, Katniss Everdeen — has a net worth of $16 million. By comparison, Hutcherson — who plays former Hunger Games tribute Peeta Mellark — limps into the finish line with just $1.5 million.
Hemsworth’s financial dominance over Hutcherson is even evident in their digs. Hemsworth shelled out just shy of $8 million for a luxurious ranch in Malibu, Calif. Hutcherson, on the other hand, paid $1.25 million for a small, three-bedroom home in Los Angeles’ Studio City.
However, the financial disparity between the two actors can’t be attributed to box office earnings. The eight movies Hemsworth has appeared in between 2009 and 2015 — not counting “Mockingjay Part 2” — have taken in a combined $2.91 billion worldwide. The less well-off Hutcherson, on the other hand, has appeared in twice as many movies over a period of time that is twice as long for a worldwide total box office gross of $3.65 million.
Both actors famously squabbled with the studio over their $2 million paydays for the second “Hunger Games” film, “Catching Fire,” after learning that Jennifer Lawrence would be earning $10 million — a raise of $9.5 million over the $500,000 she earned from the first film. Both Hutcherson and Hemsworth reportedly tried to hold out for $5 million each. Whether or not they got it, however, was never reported.
This financial contest between Hemsworth and Hutcherson is far from over, though. In 2016, Hemsworth stars in “Independence Day: Resurgence.” Hutcherson, on the other hand, has not one but three paychecks on the horizon. “In Dubious Battle” and “Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon” are both due out in 2016, and “The Long Home” is scheduled for a 2017 release.
Jennifer Lawrence Net Worth: $60 Million
Jennifer Lawrence can thank the “Hunger Games” franchise for her status as the highest-paid actress in the world. She has a net worth of $60 million — $52 million of which she earned in 2015 alone. Although her fortune can be credited to her role as Katniss Everdeen, deeply embedded industry sexism might be to blame for the fact that she makes $28 million less than Robert Downey Jr., Hollywood’s highest-paid male actor.
A widely publicized hack of internal Sony documents revealed that women, including Lawrence, are consistently and repeatedly paid less than their male counterparts. She and Amy Adams, for example, received 7 percent of the profits from “American Hustle,” while Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper took home 9 percent.
Woody Harrelson Net Worth: $65 Million
Actor and activist Woody Harrelson returns in “Mockingjay Part 2” as Haymitch Abernathy, winner of the 50th Hunger Games turned drunkard and mentor.
Harrelson is best known for his role as lovable bartender Woody Boyd on the TV show “Cheers.” His first big-screen speaking role was the single line he delivered in “Wildcats,” starring Goldie Hawn, and his first starring role in a movie was in 1992’s “White Men Can’t Jump.” This role spawned an A-List career for Harrelson, which helped him build his $65 million net worth.
It’s Harrelson’s big-screen success, however, that has made the actor box-office gold. He has appeared in nearly 50 movies, which have earned a combined $4.91 billion worldwide. Three of his four top-earning movies were from the “Hunger Games” franchise.
On top of his existing 84 acting credits, Harrelson will portray Lyndon Johnson in “LBJ,” which is slated for release in 2016, and Colonel in “War for the Planet of the Apes,” due out in 2017.
Julianne Moore Net Worth: $40 Million
Returning to “Mockingjay” as Alma Coin, Julianne Moore is once again cast as the president of District 13. Moore’s big break came in 1985 with her role as Frannie Hughes in “As the World Turns,” but her film career took off in 1992, with a leading part in “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.”
In the ensuing years, she has earned two Academy Award nominations for best actress, as well as two nominations for best supporting actress, both of which have contributed to her $40 million net worth. The 53 movies Moore has been in have grossed more than $3.31 million worldwide.
Elizabeth Banks Net Worth: $18 Million
In “Mockingjay Part 2,” Elizabeth Banks again takes on the role of Effie Trinket, the woman responsible for drawing names and escorting tributes to the Capitol. In her early career, Banks charmed audiences with quirky and awkward characters in movies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” But it was her role as producer of the $200 million hit “Pitch Perfect,” however, that enabled her to join the tiny, exclusive club of female directors.
Moore not only starred in, but directed “Pitch Perfect 2,” which earned $69 million as the highest grossing musical comedy of all-time. “Pitch Perfect 3,” which features Banks as Gail once again, has been announced for release in 2017.
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2’ Movie Trailer
According to Forbes, the buzz and audience anticipation surrounding “Mockingjay Part 2” trumps even the eagerly awaited release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The official trailer for the next “Hunger Games” movie, released on July 23, has been viewed over 15 million times.