Scarlett Johansson To Get $20M For “Avengers” Sequel

The New York Post reports the actress will get a significant bump in pay to reprise her role as Black Widow. The payday will make her the highest paid actress in Hollywood.


According to the New York Post, her salary puts her ahead of Angelina Jolie who was paid $19 million for The Tourist, which flopped domestically.


The $20 million club is a elite group of actresses. Only four have done it before ScarJo:

1. Julia Roberts: Erin Brockovich (2000)
2. Cameron Diaz: Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
3. Angelina Jolie: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
4. Reese Witherspoon: Penelope (2006)

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To put her payday in perspective, Forbes ranked Kristen Stewart as the highest paid actress in Hollywood. She earned $34.5 million for her roles in Snow White and the Huntsmen and the Twilight series. Though, Stewart only pulled $12.5 million per film - just a little over half of ScarJo’s new salary.


The salary is a huge bump for the actress who reportedly only earned $4-6 million in the original Avengers film. Compare that to the rest of the cast:

Robert Downey Jr.: $50 million (including upfront salary and box office gross)
Samuel L. Jackson and ScarJo: $4-6 million
Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo: $2-3 million

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According to Vulture, ScarJo’s character had a significant amount of screen time just behind Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans:

Black Widow: 33:35. The most surprising thing to emerge from our little experiment was the fact that Scarlett Johansson’s three-point landing super-assassin got the third-most screen time of all the superheroes. In fact, she got the most unbroken dialogue scenes of any of the six: her introductory interrogation scene (3:14); recruiting Banner in the slums (2:49); a face-off on the Helicarrier with Loki (3:30); and a conversation with Hawkeye following their fight (2:40). Looks like Whedon realized he needed to give one of the film’s two strong female characters lots of talk time.

In fact, based on her new salary that’s roughly $606,060 per minute of screen time. And she most likely will get more in the sequel to justify her salary.


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