Disney fans everywhere rejoiced today as the live-action version of one of the company’s most beloved classics, Beauty and the Beast, hit theaters for the first time. The movie’s lead, Emma Watson, is likely smiling, as well — not only will fans finally be able to see her as Belle, with her singing voice proudly on display, but the actress also stands to make a boatload from the movie’s profits.
Though she was paid an already-impressive $3 million up front, the former Harry Potter star (who invited the cast to her premieres) will likely also earn a cut of the film’s profits, and, if they match up to Disney’s Maleficent’s figures, as they’re fully expected to do (the film grossed $759 million worldwide in 2014), she could reportedly increase that sum by as much as $12 million. For those of you doing the math, that’s a total potential payday of $15 million. Yowza!
It’s a number that would certainly put the 26-year-old on par with the list of the 10 highest paid actresses of 2016, which spanned a range of $10-$46 million (dayum, Jennifer Lawrence!).
Considering that Beast is set to make $120-$140 million in its first weekend alone, we’d say Watson’s off to a pretty good start.
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(h/t Marie Claire, photos via Jeff Spicer + Mike Coppola)