If you grew up watching Julia Robert's movies, then you know she was a box-office legend. It's probably why she was able to demand a $20 million (or P1,002,500,000) salary for her Oscar-winning performance in Erin Brockovich. But things have changed since then; having a Hollywood A-lister as the lead of a movie is no longer a guarantee of its success.
And Disney knows that, which is why you might be shocked to find out that Emma Watson was reportedly only paid $3 million upfront for her role as Belle in the recent Beauty and the Beast remake. We know…$3 million is no joke, but it is still comparatively small, especially for a Disney movie.
Don't feel too bad for her, though. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emma's final pay "will escalate to $15 million if the film's final haul is similar to Maleficent's $759 million worldwide gross, as is expected."
A lawyer of a client in one of Disney's upcoming films disclosed, "They are cheap with everyone." An agent of an actor in a previous live-action film added, "Disney has the luxury to not have to put a star there."
Beauty and the Beast topped this weekend's box office with a debut of $170 million in the U.S. alone. Just Jared reported, "It set a bunch of new records, including the biggest domestic debut ever for a PG title and the top March opening of all time."
So it's safe to say that things are looking good for our girl. <3
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