Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the number one highest-grossing film of the year, both foreign and domestic, although I imagine it will have to settle for number two before long. The live-action remake of Disney’s animated classic was a hit with audiences and critics alike, and continued the hot streak that really kicked off with Cinderella. So it would come as a surprise to no one if Disney was planning a sequel to the tale as old as time, and it turns out, that was originally the plan. We now know that the end of Beauty and the Beast was originally different and was intended to lay the groundwork for a follow-up, which would have focused on that villainous consumer of eggs, Gaston. As Beauty and the Beast screenwriter, Evan Spiliotopoulos explained.
While Justice League wasn’t met with the same level of critical negativity that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, received, its commercial performance didn’t measure up to its predecessors. Despite being the biggest DC Extended Universe entry yet, Justice League didn’t get off to a great start at the box office, and while there has been a little improvement in international territories, the general consensus is that the movie starring Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg has underperformed. It’s been over a month since Justice League was released, and with its time in theaters wrapping up in the coming weeks, it’s estimated that the superhero movie could end its run having brought in approximately $675 million worldwide.
This estimate comes from Gitesh Pandya, the founder and editor of BoxOfficeGuru.com, who also recently noted that Justice League’s domestic run could end somewhere in the $235 million area. Assuming Justice League does manage to secure $675 million worldwide, to compare to other superhero movies, that would place it between Doctor Strange, which made over $677 million worldwide, and Man of Steel, which made nearly $668 million worldwide. If this were a smaller, standalone DC movie, then such an amount might be more impressive, but this is Justice League we’re talking about. No doubt Warner Bros was hoping it would perform similar to how The Avengers did for Marvel in 2012. Alas, even if we account for the home video sales coming in 2018, Justice League won’t reach that $1 billion mark, and may not even end up surpassing $700 million.
With Shazam scheduled to kick off principal photography in a few months, the World’s Mightiest Mortal’s movie has added some Walking Dead talent.