Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has continued its magical run at the box office by becoming the first movie of 2017 to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide.
The film reached the milestone on Wednesday. It took 29 days to hit the ten-figure mark and push its global haul to $1.002 billion. The movie is now the highest-grossing live-action musical of all-time. It will face stiff competition at the box office this weekend from The Fate of the Furious. Although it still has a Japanese release to come, so expect its global haul to continue to rise.
It has also surpassed Tim Burton’s live action movie – Alice in Wonderland to become the studio’s biggest earner.
Beauty and the Beast is directed by Bill Condon and sees Emma Watson as Belle alongside Dan Stevens as Beast, while the cast also includes Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Luke Evans as Gaston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Le Fou and Audra McDonald as Garderobe.
Beauty and the Beast had the biggest opening weekend ever for the month of March, grossing $174.8 million. It beat Batman v Superman’s $166 million record. Beauty made another $180 million internationally for an estimated total of $350 million worldwide in its opening weekend.
The Grand Plans:
Currently, Disney has no plans for a sequel but is exploring “possible spinoff and prequel scenarios.”
Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book made nearly $1 billion worldwide last year and Beauty and the Beast crossed that threshold this year. Considering this, Disney won’t stop remaking its animated classics in live action anytime soon. Jon Favreau helming an adaptation of The Lion King, Guy Ritchie directing Aladdin, Niki Caro tackling Mulan, and Tim Burton making what is presumably an even spookier version of Dumbo. Disney is going to need another vault for all the sweet, sweet cash they’re making off of our nostalgia addiction.