With an amazing opening weekend of $350 million, Beauty and the Beast is now in line to possibly pass up the $1 billion dollar range when it’s all said and done. This classic tale of an enchanted castle even went on to domestically beat out the live action debut of DC’s trinity in Batman V Superman. There is no doubt that Disney has found it’s groove in terms of how to produce successful films that are appealing to multiple audiences. For example Cinderella, Maleficent, The Jungle Book and now Beauty and the Beast have a special place in a lot of people’s hearts who grew up with their beloved characters. Now with children of their own, Disney’s brand of story telling is passed on to the next generation. With this kind of success, could this spin off a sequel?
Deadline has released an exclusive interview with the president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Sean Bailey. The interview focuses on Disney’s current formula for success and how to keep it going forward. Disney has several properties that release films year to year like clockwork including Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and their classic vault of stories which not only include the princesses we all know, but also some of their attractions found in their parks worldwide like Pirates of the Caribbean. Each division can really stay in their comfort zone and produce a high quality film, so although they may not be releasing a high number of films, those that are released usually crush box offices domestically and around the world.
This success did not come over night as even a giant like Disney went through some growing pains. May I remind you such films like John Carter and the Lone Ranger? These were very expensive box office flops that no doubt taught Disney a valuable lesson. Sequels can be very tempting to make when a film has as much success like Beauty and the Beast, but that doesn’t mean that people want a sequel. A perfect example is Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland which is one of Disney’s films in the billion dollar club. A sequel was made and failed to bring people to the theaters. Since these films flopped it’s obvious that Disney has found it’s groove and will continue to stick to it’s formula. Next on it’s list? If I am not mistaken that would be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, we can bet that
these will be highly successful as well.
So given the brief information that we have covered, what chances of a sequel does Beauty and the Beast have? Although possible, we know well that at this point and time a sequel
for this film does not fit in the current formula for success that Disney is enjoying. Plus they have other films working that will bring in audiences like Dumbo and Mulan and lets
remember that this is only one part of the ever growing family of Disney film properties.
Would you like a see a sequel made for Beauty and the Beast?
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