Unfortunately this has been met with fierce backlash in some international markets such as Malaysia. Here’s the lowdown on the sit:
- In Malaysia homosexuality is illegal. You can be imprisoned for up to 20 years for committing this “offence”.
- LGBT characters in Malaysian-produced films must be shown to repent or die (YIKES!)
- The new remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ portrays LeFou as openly gay and in love with Gaston.
- He does not repent or die (thank goodness!)
- Malaysian censors requested that the LeFou’s “gay moment” scenes be cut from the film.
- Disney decided to pull ‘Beauty and the Beast’ from Maylsian cinemas rather than censor it.
YIPPEE FOR DISNEY!
And then PLOT TWIST! Disney has now released a statement saying that ‘BATB’ will be released in Malaysia:
“We are pleased to announce that Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has now been approved to be released in Malaysia with no cuts, with a PG13 rating,”
Looks like Malaysia film dudes realised what a box office smash they would be missing out on. It makes sense tbh, considering that Disney films have been some of the highest earning films EVER in Malaysia.
And ‘Beauty and the Beast’ just smashed every box office record there is, earning $170 million in the US and $350 million globally – that was 5 records in one go! It’s 7th biggest opening film in history (behind Potter, obvs).
Here are a few more of our favourite films that smashed it at the box office.
‘Toy Story 3’ was the first of Pixar’s films to gross $1 billion, ‘Finding Dory’ being the second.
The 1939 movie ‘Gone with the Wind’ is the highest grossing movie of all time.
‘Deadpool’ had the most profitable opening weekend for an R rated movie.