Beauty and the Beast Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide
We all knew it was going to happen: Beauty and the Beast has crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. While I don't think the film was as good as its original animated counterpart, I did like this live action adaptation a fair amount. It did a lot of things right in bringing this iconic story to the big screen. Some of the emotional beats were lost in translation, but it still managed to do a lot of things right. You can read our full review here. So I am very happy for Beauty and the Beast's success. But who can say they're actually surprised. If you had asked me on January 1st, 2017 which films were going to cross a billion dollars, Beauty and the Beast would've been one of the first movies I would have said. I mean, people were making legitimate predictions that the film would open to $200 million domestically in its first weekend, and it came close! So a billion at the worldwide box office is really a no-brainer. I hope this gives Disney confidence to go the extra mile with their other live action film adaptations. The fact that Beauty and the Beast can make a billion dollars should assure them to take more risks with some of their properties. Beauty and the Beast did play it rather safe, and it would be good to see Disney go in other, less safe directions in the future.
So Beauty and the Beast is the first 2017 film to cross a billion dollars, but it won't be the last. What other movies will join it? I think a few are pretty obvious. Furious 7 made $1.5 billion dollars, so saying that The Fate of the Furious will cross a billion is not unreasonable at all. I don't think it will make as much as Furious 7, but I do believe it will cross a billion. I also guarantee you that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will gross over $1 billion as well. The original 2014 film made $773 million worldwide, and that was before the Guardians were a pop-culture phenomenon. I think Vol. 2 will easily cross a billion, even if it's just half-decent (which I don't believe it will). Unfortunately, I think Transformers: The Last Knight will join the billion dollar club as well. Hopefully, audiences have learned the lesson, and won't flock out to see another sh*tty Transformers movie, but I seriously doubt it. With all the buzz coming out of CinemaCon, I think Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales also has an great shot. And, of course, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. That will do more than cross $1 billion; I think it will probably cross $2 billion. A couple, less-likely possibilities are Spider-Man: Homecoming and Justice League, and both depend upon how well received they are. If everyone comes out of Homecoming raving about it, it will make serious money. If I had to put my money on it now, I would say Homecoming makes around $800-900 million, but not a billion. Still, the possibility exists that it could explode at the box office... if it's done right. Justice League could make a billion, but only if it's really good. If it gets the same kind of critical reception that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice got, then I think its chances are slim. But if it really does turns a new page for DC, and it's fantastic, then I think we could see it cross a billion as well.
What do you think? Are you happy that Beauty and the Beast crossed $1 billion worldwide? What other 2017 films do you think will join the billion dollar club? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Written by: Nate
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