Why Emma Watson's Big 'Beauty and the Beast' Paycheck Is Something We Should All Celebrate

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Beauty and the Beast opens March 17 and it's probably going to make all the money (it's projected to bring in $120-$140 million this weekend alone, according to The Hollywood Reporter). So how much did Disney pay the movie's star, Emma Watson? A ton, and—considering women in Hollywood seldom make what they deserve—the world should be celebrating.

According to THR, Watson got an upfront payday of $3 million, but she stands to make as much as $15 million if the movie does really, really well (which it almost definitely will).

Beauty and the Beast will have to pull in numbers close to Maleficent's $759 million worldwide gross for Watson to get the full $15 million, but considering Cinderella and The Jungle Book earned $544 million and $967 million respectively, it seems pretty likely that' she'll max out her contract. Good for her.

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Kayleigh Roberts is the weekend editor at Marie Claire, covering celebrity and entertainment news, from actual royals like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to Hollywood royalty, like Katie Holmes and Chrissy Teigen. She’s a Ravenclaw who would do great things in Slytherin. To learn more about her, google “Leslie Knope eating salad GIF.