Certain As The Sun, 'Beauty And The Beast' Has Earned $1 Billion At The Box Office

Disney's latest live-action reboot continues to find plenty of guests.
Emma Watson, right, as Belle with Dan Stevens, left, as Beast.
Emma Watson, right, as Belle with Dan Stevens, left, as Beast.

Beauty and the Beast” may take place in a little town, but the village has hardly been quiet. The reboot starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens crossed the $1 billion line at the worldwide box office, Disney announced in a statement issued Thursday.

This marks Disney’s second live-action remake to join the billionaires’ club, after “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010. “The Jungle Book” came close last year but ultimately stalled at $967 million

Without accounting for inflation, “Beauty and the Beast” is easily the most lucrative non-animated movie musical of all time. It’s the 29th title in history to hit $1 billion, a feat that 13 other Disney releases, mostly recently “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” have also accomplished.

“Beast” has consistently overperformed at the box office, spending two weeks in the No. 1 spot and another two at No. 2. Released March 17, the movie took less than a month to accrue $1 billion. “Rogue One” required 39 days, and “Zootopia” and “Frozen” both spread the love across approximately three months. “Captain America: Civil War,” on the other hand, needed only three weeks.

This news signals a bright future for Disney’s live-action onslaught, with remakes of “Dumbo,” “Mulan,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid” and other classics on the horizon. Lukewarm reviews and lingering controversy over the so-called “exclusively gay moment” did not prevent “Beauty and the Beast” from finding more than enough guests.



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