Many speculated that Zac Efron would not return for the first theatrically released High School Musical installment. Efron was stated as saying that he would return for the film if the script was good enough. Obviously, Disney had to step up their wooing game by giving Efron a pay increase. He’s speculated to have received around $3 million for returning for the final film. The film was a success with critics and fans alike and setting the record for the highest grossing opening weekend for a musical film.